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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Hawaiian Willamette

Hey June Willammette cropped version. I've wanted a mens style Hawaiian shirt for a while, the short length on this one is quite flattering.
This shirt I sewed in July but I finally managed some photos albeit on a night out! I paired it with my favourite jeans, button up high waists which I thrifted in 2015. I used a rainforest print cotton twill and two faux horn buttons.
Necklace is AW17 Tatty Devine Beetle pendant. I worked an overtime Saturday and decided to buy some bling with it! It's perfect! Nature themed, a little bit creepy, shimmering colour and a substantial pendant that's not OTT. The low neckline of this shirt presents statement jewellery well.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Willamette Shirt - Poplin

Hey June Willamette cropped view. This cotton poplin with clear buttons is my first version that I decided to throw on for an impromptu walk with Alice, these photos are in Reading on the rivermead side of Caversham Bridge whilst the festival was going on!
 We were blessed with gorgeous sunshine! It was also hot and humid, just as well I wore all cotton...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Beausoleil Blouse & Rosari Skirt

Itch to Stitch Beausoleil Dress & Top - I was attracted to the French name, and the option for peplum. It's a simple versatile design, but also interesting enough to want to sew. I also like the smart appearance of sleeve cuffs in shirt patterns. I sewed size 4C with 8 peplum and graded between. It has front darts and a centre back invisible zip.
I like that this top is not too close fitting, it was smart, neat and fresh to wear.

I used rose print cotton lawn and white cotton lawn for facings.
This is an intermediate sewing pattern because it uses an all in one facing, understitching and pulling the back pieces through the shoulders can be tricky but it looks beautifully neat. I also edge stitched mine. The front and back facings and sleeve bands are interfaced, along with the centre back zip. I'd sew it again but stick with cotton lawn or viscose, something that presses easily. I used a white invisible zip as that is what I already had left over from last summer and silver hook and eye. I think the cut outs add a modern edge to a granny chic print like this one!
Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt
I used white/navy bengaline and golden/charcoal tortoiseshell buttons, this is the patch pocket version. Understitched the button facings and waistband so it was crisp to press and topstitch. I would say the waistband comes up 1 inch smaller than the garment measurement listed.
I wore a Eucalyptus brand shirt (made in UK) and my Rosari skirt for the walk (and pub!). The deer in Hampton Wick area. The parks shoot them to 'control the population' which is definitely a lie as humans far outnumber the deer! They are gorgeous gentle animals.
 This deer was wading through the water and his friend was throwing mud over his shoulder to keep cool.
We purchased a London travelcard for £15.80 on the railcard, but you can visit Richmond or Hampton Wick from Reading avoiding the underground and probably around £13.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Strawberries & Cream Vienna

Viscose jersey £8.99 Minerva Crafts I only purchased a metre. I love the smooth feel of viscose jersey and the prints are nice and bright.  Cream coloured broderie anglaise from 2015 when I made a dress (unworn), the skirt was panelled so there wasn't enough for a button down blouse. I was able to cut the yoke on a centre seam, the ruffle and ribbons from it - and enough for another. I cut a size 4 which is a uk 10-12.
The sewing is a labour of love for a vest, a whole morning, but it produces a gorgeous vest which is also fancy - and it works well for layering. I wore my olive green version in January by the sea.  If you are using a ditsy print or plain fabric you can sew the front 'facings' to the outside for a contrast.
 I won't wear it as a bow but I think it is so lovely tied together too.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Anza Dress - Itch to Stitch

This time I wore the Anza (Clueless Cher tartan!) with a waist belt.
The buttonhole came off the button where my satchel was pressing but my blogtographer didn't notice and neither did I!
I finished the facings with a tiny close zigzag. I sewed size 4-C bodice, 8 elastic casing, 4 elastic using the materials chart, 8 skirt. Didn't need to grade just cut the hip size for the elastic casing.  1.7cm faux horn buttons from Fabric Land.
Itch to Stitch Anza Ad 300 x 300
Wood bracelet I bought in the Oxford market.
 Christchurch

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lace Arenal & Style Arc Willow Pants

Itch to Stitch Arenal Top:
Itch to Stitch Arenal Top Ad 300 x 300
I fancied some new office tops for spring summer so I chose the 3/4 sleeve version in a light colour. I had a tshirting that I purchased it for £4/m to make a 1940s style Kathryn dress but it was too thin, ideal for an Arenal tshirt! I previously made this in a sweatshirt knit.   I added white stretch lace to the yoke, you can also use stretch wovens for this piece. I also made Style Arc Willow Pants size 12 (£9, etsy).
Necklace is a dreamcatcher earring pendant on  sterling silver chain.

These trousers are bengaline but I wanted a non stretch woven pattern so the navy diamond print wouldn't stretch. I used a medium interfacing for the waistband, and a white invisible zip. It's an easy, nifty pattern with a fashionable cigarette style and hem slits. I first hemmed these 1cm according to the pattern piece but they were a little long so I turned up an extra 2cm which lost some of the vent effect. I used an olive green tortoiseshell 2.3cm button which also match my grey Lisbon cardigan.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Iced Gem Bellini!

Bellini pattern by Capital Chic (PDF £9.00). The casual blouse style is suitable for Hawaiian or summer prints and it's smart enough to want to wear. The fabric is from a new duvet I purchased from George click and collect on my bike after work on Friday. It's polycotton so it's easy to iron in the mornings and doesn't crease easily. I can't eat iced gems anymore but I can wear them! Apparently they were made in the 1910's here in Reading, Berkshire by Huntley & Palmers. For me, they have a 1980's / 1990's nostalgia of childhood!
I sewed a 12 graded out to 14 hip this time (I sewed it two years ago). I used a medium interfacing for the collar and a light interfacing for the facings. I love this pattern as it is easy to make and looks adorable on, it uses french seams and it took less than 5 hours straight. I used brown tortoishell buttons as they look pretty on casual shirts.
Cotton shirting, pale mint stripes with a tiny green and burgundy floral. I purchased it as a 2m remnant and because the fabric is one off I used a pattern I sewed before!
I used small white/clear buttons and medium weight interfacing.  It has an airy and subtle-pretty look that I love, and certainly it is practical sewing!  I finished this shirt on a half day and early Saturday morning for the sleeve binding and buttons.