The first time I visited TrixieLixie, I stroked this fabric [White Floral Printed Chambray] and knew I had to have it, though did not walk away with it that day – big mistake. All I could think about was how nice it would be once made into a dress. I knew exactly which dress pattern I wanted to use too. For weeks all I could think about was getting my hands on this fabric.
My birthday was around the corner and I knew that was the perfect excuse for another visit to get some. I had a plan…. a pattern in mind and the fabric – that’s not normally how it goes, I normally pick a fabric because it’s beautiful and worry about what I will make with it later!
I choose to make the Megan Neilson Darling Ranges dress. I just knew the pattern and fabric were meant to be together. The pattern is so lovely, it’s an easily adaptable modern shirt dress. It has a v-neck, button front, high waistline, multiple sleeve lengths, large pockets and ties at the back to allow it to be worn in a fitted or loose style. Suits me down to the ground.
While there, I spotted some gorgeous buttons that jumped out at me. They are absolutely stunning – I knew they would look amazing on my dress so added them to my pile of goodies. I also picked up the amazing Prym magnetic pin caddy, with it being my birthday, I had to treat myself!
The fabric was amazing to work with and behaved really well – making it a really enjoyable project. It’s nice and light which makes it awesome for the lovely Welsh summer that we have [occasionally!].
I already have my eye on some other fabrics to make different versions!
Until next time…
I love sharing my latest makes, but I am a bit of a sewing obsessive, as soon as I finish something I start something new! I am constantly thinking about what I am going to make next! So let me show you what I have been making …………
These are the Sew me something Portia trousers, the fabric is a super soft cotton/linen blend that drapes beautifully. I struggled a bit with the zip on these only to realise that I hadn’t cut out enough facings! Great views of Barrybados in the background! I am also wearing my me made Colette Anise jacket and a huge piece of Liberty silk as a scarf!!
Another recent make is my Deer and Doe Myosotis dress, very comfortable, a great dress for big lunches! I would probably go down a size if I make it again as it is very generous. The fabric is a lush cotton lawn by Lady McElroy available here
I have recently finished a couple of Tilly & the Buttons Cleo pinafores, this one is mine. I made it slightly longer and put the split at the back. I regretted not inserting pockets, although I have been persuaded that front patch pockets will work so watch this space. The denim has a slight stretch so it is really comfortable. I also made a Cleo for my sister, I will try & get a photo of us together in them!
I am also doing a bit of mending after obsessively looking at Japanese mending techniques on Pinterest 😂 does anyone else hate throwing things away! I just love this Sashiko technique!
Anyway, I have got lots of sewing to be getting on with (Tamarack jacket) so I’m off to get on with it!
Best-selling Colette do three dress patterns, [Myrtle,Moneta, and Wren] and a skirt pattern [Mabel] that have been designed specifically for jersey and after trying them all we can say they are straightforward and great fun, with a size range that will accommodate everyone.
These 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.
We 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.
We have had some new fabric ranges delivered that are really lovely! The first one is called Hope Chest by Penny Rose Fabrics, this is how they describe them on their website:
The bright and colorful designs of the 1930’s era are one of the most popular genres of quilting fabrics. The color, diversity of design, and size allows for many uses including quilting, home decor and garments.
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s there was a great revival of Quilting. The hard times brought a strong desire for women to socialize. Quilting became a popular way for women to fulfill their desire to be creative while still making something practical for her family. To keep expenses to a minimum, women would find quilting materials from many different sources such as sewing scraps, out-grown clothing and feed sacks.
Enjoy these happy bright colors and designs that bring a little remembrance of an era that looked forward to better times.
Another luscious new range that we now have in stock is the new Regents Lawns by Moda Fabrics. Gorgeously light weight, these would make lovely knickers and camisole tops, I am going to be adding them to our current knicker kits after Christmas and I am working on a Camisole pattern to also launch as a kit in January.
We also have the jelly rolls and charm packs in this range.
We are doing a give-away collaboration with the gorgeous Jane at Handmade Jane so get over to her blog pretty sharpish if you would like to win a metre of your choice from the lush, vintage style Hemmingway fabric range.
You need to respond by Monday 10th November to be in with a chance of winning.
This week we had some lovely Amy Butler babycord fabric delivered, it is velvety soft and as soon as I saw it I knew I needed to make something straight away!
The weather has been so lovely for the past couple of weeks and I had been promising myself a pair of Thurlow shorts so this seemed the ideal opportunity to make some!
I found the LLadybird Thurlow sew-along a great help for making these, particularly for the pockets and zipper, I used one of our gorgeous everyday cotton spotty fabrics for the pocket and waistband lining and one of the button’s from The Button Museum in Ross-on Wye that a friend recently gave to me.
I love all three of these corduroys so I am thinking of making a couple of skirts next! A Colette Ginger perhaps? Or if I can wait a week we are getting the Tilly and the Buttons patterns in and I could make a Miette Skirt! Watch this space!
My other W.I.P is a gorgeous Chickadee cardigan from Little Red in the City, its knitted in one piece which means you can try it on for size as you are going along, I have got quite a lot of it done but unfortunately I am now suffering from tennis elbow and knitting is just too painful so I have had to put it aside for about a month while my arm recovers!
Has anyone else had to stop sewing or knitting due to injury? Mr LLM is saying that I have knitters elbow as I have not been near a tennis racket for years! The nearest I am getting to Tennis at the moment is watching Wimbledon!The wool I am using is from the National Museum of Wales, Woollen Museum, I love the vintage style colours that they have used to dye this beautiful yarn. Perhaps I will get it finished in time for the Autumn and cooler weather.
I made a really nice outfit before Xmas using 2 of my favourite Colette patterns, they were so easy and such fun to make that we have put everything together to make a couple of kits for the website so that you can get everything you need to make them yourself.
The first thing I made was a Zinnia skirt using a gorgeous China blue linen/silk blend fabric
This skirt is really easy to make and drapes beautifully in this fabric, everything you need including the pattern, fabric and zip is available in this kit
This is also available as a kit and is also a beginner sewing pattern so it is quite easy to make.
If like me you enjoy a good sew-a-long there are 2 coming up that look great, By Hand London are doing a Georgia Dress sew-a-long starting on 27th January which my daughter is going to be joining in with and also the Albion coat sew-a-long on the Coletterie you could win a Bernina sewing machine with this one! I think I might give it a go! We have got 10% off at TrixieLixie at the moment so if you want to buy one of these patterns nows the time!