Saturday, 31 October 2015
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
I know, I know it really wasn't long ago that I made Tilly and the Buttons Coco but they're just so snuggly that I couldn't resist! You may have caught a glimpse of this Coco in my post about my new sewing machine. I decided to make it after seeing this dress in Boden.
Saturday, 24 October 2015
I have admired Elisalex by By Hand London for a while. I love the beautiful shape to the skirt and I've seen some truly fabulous ones online so I decided to take the plunge! I found this fox print fabric at a local market, it appears to be a heavy cotton canvas. Probably designed to be used for a child's bedroom curtains and it was a steal at £4 a metre.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
I have always looked at Merchant and Mills patterns longingly, never sure if they would end up looking like a gorgeous garment from All Saints or a sack on me. I decided to take the plunge and bought the Trapeze pattern and I'm hooked! It is indeed a sack on me, but it is a gorgeous one!
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
When Tilly and the Buttons released a new pattern I was very quick to begin sewing. Before I had even ordered the pattern I had chosen the fabric from my stash! I decided to use a drapey cat print fabric I bought from Walthamstow at the start of the year. I have never been that sure if I loved or hated the fabric. Katie from 'What Katie Sews' made a dress in the same fabric a few weeks back. I decided to make the pattern in a size 2 as Tilly and the Buttons patterns can sometimes be a bit too small across the back for me.
Sunday, 11 October 2015
I have just returned from a fabulous day at The Knit and Stitch show at Ally Pally! It was so inspiring to see so many enthusiastic people who enjoy such a range of crafts!
Saturday, 10 October 2015
I'm afraid my Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress has been around a while, so much so that it was made pre serger and was sewn with my old machine. It's taken me a while to blog about it because it spends most of its time either being worn or in the wash!
Sunday, 4 October 2015
At the moment my brother works out in Doha in Qatar and last week my parents went out to visit him with a stint in Dubai. Whilst out there my mum decided to head for the souks, which are known for having some lovely high quality silks. Luckily for me, she didn't forget me and bought a couple of gems back for my stash!
Saturday, 3 October 2015
After the trauma of a broken machine last week I started a huge amount of research into a potential new one and was given a fantastic amount of advice from the sewing community on google plus! So thank you very much to all of you! I decided to go with my initial gut feeling and bought the Janome CXL301 because I felt that for the money it offered me the most and I trust the Janome brand. I bought the machine from a rather fantastic shop called GUR sewing machines which had brilliant customer service. I phoned them to place the order and they were able to offer me a discount over the phone which was brilliant! I placed the order at 12 o'clock on Thursday afternoon and it had arrived by 9 o'clock the next day! I couldn't have hoped for a better service. Needless to say I was desperate to get home yesterday.