Pillow Frenzy

It seems that I’ve had a bit of a run on making pillowcases for my friends. I love giving them as gifts, as they are so easy to make.

With these ones I made for my sister, I’ve used Gutermann fabrics with a touch of pom pom specialness. They go brilliantly with her seaside themed front room. This Gutermann collection has lots of subtle colours which would fit well in any environment.

Guter pillows topMy friend Fran loves cowboys and loves these pillows too. They are made using the Moda Fabrics Honky-Tonk range.

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The wild world of FreeSpirit fabrics

earthly-wideThese Garden of Earthly Delights fabrics from Studio KM are like a strange and sensuous Darwinian journey to a newly discovered world. These fabrics are for the most outrageous dresses or more realistically, beautiful cushions or other home decor bits. Personally, I’d just stretch them up and put them in a frame.

elizabeth-wideWe think Tula Pink is the most Funky of all the fabric designers out there and this Elizabeth collection doesn’t disappoint! Inspired by a trip to Hampton Court and the art of taking a good selfie.

duck-egg-wideKaffe Fasset never disappoints in the wild colour stakes. We’ve had a few fabrics in the Rowan ranges in the past, but we bought this Big Blooms Duck Egg fabric to make up a Gather Buchanan dressing gown. A bit selfish maybe, but there is lots left!

rayon-sidewaysFinally these beautiful Rayon fabrics. Beautiful feel with stunning colours and design, perfect for those free flowing summer dress creations.

 

 

 

Me made May 2015 part 3

just a quick catch up on my #memademay2015 outfits!

  
On day 11 I had a coffee with Demis Roussos wearing one of my favourite By Hand London Anna dresses in some gorgeous Riley Blake Vintage Happy fabric.

  
Being serenaded in the street by Neil Sedaka in a red Jersey Cake Cabarita top and an Amy Butler Barcelona A-line skirt in Moda Honky-Tonk fabric.

 
With the absolutely gorgeous Starsky!! Love that cardi! Wearing my Gather Mortmain dress in Moda Simply Style fabric.

  
This is an actual selfie with Neville Staples who plays with The Specials, I love a bit of Ska! You can just about see that I am wearing my black Anna dress, a staple wardrobe item for me!

 
I also love a bit of Punk, here I am supporting the sex pistols on my ukulele! Wearing my Sewaholic Thurlow trousers and Sewaholic Granville shirt in Moda Regent Street Lawn luscious fabric.

  
It was a beautiful day today so I wore my new drape top, the pattern for this is in The Sewing Bee book, I am also wearing my Denim skirt a must have wardrobe item! Catching some rays on Bognor beach with The Hoff!

 
Lassie came home! Wearing my denim skirt again with a Sewaholic Renfrew top in stripey Jersey.


Another real life famous person! It’s Stuart Hiliard of British Sewing Bee fame! Embarrassingly I am wearing my denim skirt for the third day in a row! It is just so easy to wear! My top is a Grainline Scout Tee in Moda Regent Street lawn. The pattern for my denim skirt is from the Sew Serendipity book, however the Grainline Studio Moll skirt patterns have just arrived and I know I am going to make a denim version ASAP. 

  
I seem to have a thing about TV cops, here I am with Ponch from CHiPs does anyone else remember him? Wearing a teapot skirt, with another Sewaholic Renfrew top.

 
Loving Marvin’s shiny suit! Another Amy Butler Barcelonia skirt and another Sewaholic Renfrew top, these are 2 of my favourite go to patterns! Skirt fabric is from the Field study range by Anna Maria Horner for Freespirit fabrics. 

 

New Morris Blazer and Moss Skirt from Grainline Patterns are here!

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Like quite a lot of others in the sewing world, we’d been awaiting the release of Grainline Studio’s Morris Blazer on printed paper for quite a while, so when we went looking again on Grainline’s website a few weeks ago it was all systems go!

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Whilst we were there, another new paper pattern took our fancy, the Moss Skirt. We’ve only had a brief look,  but we think that this could overtake the Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt as our favourite A-line[ish] skirt pattern.

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So this morning, our lovely postman turned up with a huge box of patterns, which refilled our sadly depleted selection from Grainline. We are now fully stocked up with Morris Jackets, Moss Skirts, Linden Sweatshirts and Alder Shirtdresses.

Let’s go!

Thread Theory have three new patterns. including one for the girls!

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Those rugged chaps at Thread Theory have finally brought out their three latest pdf patterns out on paper all at once.

The Jutland Pants are a classic, relaxed-fit, straight legged trousers designed to be ready for anything!  These pants are roomy enough to allow for a full range of movement but still offer a flattering fit with back darts to shape the seat.  This pattern is the perfect base to create everything from hard-wearing denim jeans to rugged water-resistant hiking pants.

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The Finlayson Sweater is a grown up version of the classic hoodie. It will be a wardrobe staple due to its cozy boxy shape and hard wearing cuffed hems but there is no worry of looking like a slob while wearing it!

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Finally, Matt is definitely showing his feminine side with the Camas Blouse. Enjoy the unrestricted comfort of a t-shirt and the put together elegance of a blouse. This blouse is designed to be COMFORTABLE and can be sewn in knits or stretch fabrics. It features shoulder and back yokes, elegant gathering, and a flattering curved v-shaped neckline placket.

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New Aster Colette sewing pattern in stock!

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Meet Aster: A Simplified Classic

Who doesn’t love the simple appeal of a button up? They are a classic for a reason, they easily transition from season to season, and they are a multi-purpose wardrobe staple. A good button-up shirt can take you from work to play.

Aster is a modern and simplified version of this iconic garment. The button-up style instantly lends a put-together quality to the blouse, while the  v-neckline is universally flattering, and eliminates the fuss of a collar. Bust darts offer soft shaping, giving Aster its flattering body skimming fit.

This highly customizable pattern is perfect for an advanced beginner or an experienced sewist looking to refine their skill set. With its semi-fitted shape, 3 mix-and-match versions, and a wide variety of fabric options, Aster can be made to wear during any season.

Me made May, my week.

What a hectic week I have had, I love Me made May, it’s such a thrilling & exciting month!

To kick it all off I met up with Bruce Lee for a G&T wearing a panel skirt from the Sew Serendipity book made up in Gutermann French Cottage fabric and Sewaholic Renfrew top in Purple Jersey.

  

Well that was Monday, so on Tuesday I met up with my mates from The Clash and we really rocked the Kasbah! I was wearing another Sew Serendipity skirt, this time in Denim with another Sewaholic Renfrew in stripey Jersey.

  

This skirt has Surfing Kitty secret pockets!

  
On Wednesday I had a Jammin’ session with Jimi!

  
Wearing my Sewaholic Davies dress in Rose Garden Jersey.

I was really getting into the groove so I met up with Tammy for a bit of country style dressing!

 
This was a Colette pattern kind of day in my Gingham Jasmine blouse and Denim Beignet skirt (look at those anchor buttons!) 

By Friday I wanted nothing better than to chill out with Mr Gatsby AKA Robert Redford!

  
Wearing my Grainline Scout Tee in some gorgeous Regent Street Lawn and a Colette Moneta skirt in Grey Jersey.

By Saturday I was ready for another game of Ping pong, this time with my mate Bob, I don’t think I am helping his game much! 

  
It’s about time I wore an Anna! It is my favourite dress pattern, this one is made using some of the gorgeous Hemmingway fabric. So sad to hear that By Hand London are no longer going to be making paper patterns, I had better make several copies of this one!

Today I am wearing another Anna as I teach Bjorn how to play the crowd at the end of his tennis matches.

  
And it wouldn’t be Me made May if I didn’t show you my knickers!

  
you will just have to believe me when I say that I am wearing Me Made knickers every day because I am not about to start taking photos of me in them!

I hope you are all enjoying Me made May as much as I am xxx