More unseasonal sewing!? By Hand London Flora, the perfect sundress. A girl will need something to wear in Venice after all, and the timing is perfect for the Summer Sundress Sew-a-long.
aaah the dresses of summer, airy and light, fun and frivolous, the darling buds of May….
It’s below zero overnight in this part of Oz at the moment. The days are mostly sunny and clear. Find yourself a little sun-trap, pour yourself something sparkly, aah is it summer yet? Something to wear……
Here’s my Flora and here‘s one I made one earlier (for my daughter).
White linen Anna top and linen blue and white striped Laura pants
At the moment I’m trying to put together a me-made travel wardrobe. For the UK and Northern Italy in August/September. Yep, I’m a bit excited :)
I’d love some fabric shop suggestions for London, Milan or Venice……………….. Continue reading
The rolled hem, was something I really wanted to master. Here are a few of the things I found useful, if you want to use a rolled hem foot on your regular sewing machine. Continue reading
Mary and her butterscotch By Hand London Elisalex dress, looking good!
Details of Mary’s winter Elisalex dress here and mine here.
You might remember a couple of weeks ago, just as the mercury plummeted and the winds picked up, I finished my wool/cashmere and silk lined Cordova jacket .
I really like Leith’s and Andrea’s Cordova jackets. They had noted that the pattern ran large, but I didn’t size down as they suggested and I wasn’t totally happy with my finished look. It probably didn’t help that the fabric was quite thick. Lovely and warm, but fairly bulky. I asked for some advice on reducing the puffiness in the shoulders. I got some lovely feedback. Continue reading
Finally, and well behind the trend, I’ve done my first exposed zip in a By Hand London design with ‘Kate’ length sleeves.
Using the same fabric as my friend Mary’s dress, I used the other side as the right side and made my own winter Elisalex dress. Continue reading
A quick post to seek some advice. I finished my Cordova jacket just in time for Canberra’s icy blast. But as several bloggers have noted it does run large and I probably should have sized down, or at least reduced the shoulders. I’m thinking of trying to take some of the puffiness out of the shoulders. It would mean unpicking the lining. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? Has anyone else tried this sort of retro-fitting? It’s wool/cashmere with a silk lining.
This is my self-drafted slip.
Bias cut silk satin.
Finished with self-made silk bias.
Lace at the hem.
A little luxury everyday. Continue reading
1 They are comfortable, very, very comfortable.
2 They are easy to make. No seam finishing needed. No zips, no buttons.
3 They are quick to make.
4 They look smart.
5 They’ll be great for 24 hour plane flights. Continue reading
Tessuti has announced the winner of their 2014 jaywalk competition and it’s Emma! with an amazing dress. Check it out, and the other finalists on the Tessuti blog. Congrats Emma and the other finalists, some fantastic outfits.
Meanwhile I’ve been making the most of the jaywalk jersey scraps. Can’t let such beautiful fabric go to waste. Here’s my jaywalk sewaholic Renfrew top.