Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt

Deer and Doe Chardon skirt - French style!  Made in September. Fabric is £4.99/m stretch cotton twill from Fabric Land in a tiny Aztec print on fresh white. I also cut the facings from the same and medium interfacing.  I sewed a 42 to match a 40 hip and sewed the button loops (two at the front two on the reverse) and a centre back zip - I used invisible. I think the renovation of the pattern was a good idea as I wasn't keen on the bottom band so must have overlooked it. It is easy to make and easy to fit too obviously. *Reblogged the Tilly and the Buttons Mimi Blouse here. 
It has box pleats at the front and also the back, then you stitch the pleat in the ditch to keep the pleats inside sharp, this creates the illusion of a smooth waistband. I will definitely sew this skirt again.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Beausoleil Blouse in Eastbourne

This weekend I went to Eastbourne for a coastal getaway. I wore the cotton lawn beausoleil top made in the summer.
Eastbourne Pier.
'Potion' Tatty Devine pendant.
I made her doggy bag two years ago!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Eastbourne - Beachy Head & Vienna Top

Itch to Stitch Vienna Top and a Ralph Lauren jacket from 2003! Tatty Devine necklace I had to sell as I only wore it twice.
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. 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. Vienna Tank PDF Sewing Pattern
 Eastbourne Seafront:-
Eastbourne is a pretty beach and historic hiking location. We stayed at Ellesmere Hotel, which kindly doesn't charge for your companion dog, clean and great value - recommended! It was £44 for a twin room, which I split with my friend. I took two days off work and we spent the time outdoors walking in the fresh air, we didn't go to any pubs or restaurants and instead chose picnics on the hills. Walk up South Downs National Park - there is a large hill from which you can catch a view of the town. Carry onto Beachy Head.  Ariel view:-
 It's best to visit in sunshine because the chalk lights up a fresh white.
We walked to Belle Tout lighthouse (not pictured) and onto Birling Gap. The step climbing and hills were great exercise with amazing views! I think we walked the equivalent of a half marathon on each day.
Chalk rest break. The steps down to here are closed in October so we were happy to visit in time.

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. Inverted pleat at the back under the yoke but I didn't get any back shots.
Necklace is AW17 Tatty Devine Beetle pendant. I worked an overtime Saturday and decided to buy some bling with it!

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

Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt - Richmond Park

I wore a Eucalyptus brand shirt (made in UK) and my Rosari skirt for the walk (and pub!). 
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.
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.