Finally got to make something out of this white spotted cotton. This is a Scout tee from Grainline studios this time with a tear drop cut out in the back. In this pic they are worn with the Owyn pants - at this point they are a bit big - later I took them in as they were too baggy for my liking.
I love this book by Lotta Jansdotter - it has so many lovely simple garments in it. I decided to start with the Owyn pants as I fancied a couple of pair for the rest of the 'summer' here in the UK. Here it is with another recent purchase about block printing.
They are a bit difficult to see here because I'm in a punt on the river Cam in Cambridge. More to come in another post.
These trousers are from the Mercury pattern by Marilla Walker. I made them up in a terracotta silk linen mix i found at Walthamstow market. I need to take the was it band in a bit as they have a tendency to fall down if I move at speed. Here I am at a garden party wearing them with a off white speckled linemen Morris blazer.
This is a nice simple version of the in a quilted black stretchy fabric. It holds the structure of the dress nicely and looks pretty great with a nice bold necklace. Here it is being worn at my friends wedding. For their wedding I tacked their initials to the dress - I think they liked it!
I made the trouser version of the Marigold jumpsuit. I think the waistband could be lowered as the overall effect is that there is a lot of fabric from the natural wait down. Next time I'll drop it a bit i think. They are nice and comfy for flopping around the house though so not a waste of fabric.
This jacket/coat is a hack between a Butterick coat and Marilla Walkers Rose Petal coat (where I took the collar from. Nice chunky wooden buttons look good I reckon. Wish I'd washed the indigo denim more than once though as it keep rubbing off on light coloured stuff. Bum.
This is the day dress of my dreams but I've still not quite nailed the neckline as it gapes a little. BUT I love the rest of the shape and the skirt has the essential pockets for carrying all my gubbons about in. This first one is in Nani Iro double gauze and is soft like the clouds.
This next one is in a crisp red cotton with a striped border. I adjusted the sleeves so they are now petal sleeves from a magazine tutorial by Elisalex.
Here it is again in a nice soft chambray from Backstitch.
Basically I really really wanted a spotted demin jacket. The pattern was from the front of a magazine and I've reused it again since as I liked the shape so much. The stamps are from hobby craft. I printed with my normal fabric printing ink and printed that guy right up. I like having the sleeves rolled up for a nice casual look.
I love these bad boys. Worn with a t-shirt or one of the 15 striped long sleeve t-shirts I own (it might be becoming a problem now!) they look super cute and are lovely to swish about in. I totally messed up the waistline not his the first time round - i think it was because of the fabric I used (isn;t it always?). It was kind of stretchy a bitand curled back on itself. It certainly didn't like being sewn that's for sure. Well in the end I won the great battle of human versus fabric.
I had been waiting with baited breath for Marilla Walker to finish her jumpsuit pattern as I'd seen sneak peaks on Instagram and knew I wanted to make on for myself! Instead of just one pattern she made a whole collection!! Check out the collection of a dungarees, a dungaree dress, jumpsuit AND top.
I made the first jumpsuit in a thick black crepe which hangs really nicely. I decided to bling it up by adding a gold trim on the pockets, shoulders and in a chevron on the back over the seams.
The second one jumpsuit is navy linen which is super soft. This time i trimmed it with turquoise and gold ribbon and vintage vogue star pearly buttons.
The Fen pattern looks like a great winter staple even though they say it's for being in the garden. Imagine it with wooly tights and a cashmere cardigan or a long sleeved t-shirt underneath it? Cosy! At the same time I picked up a pattern for the Aster Blouse from Colette (i've not made this yet though).
I made a wearable toile in a pink cotton I picked up from the man outside Sainsburys at Walthamstow market. Basically I'm definitely obsessed with dresses that have pockets!
I sewed jersey on my regular sewing machine and no one cried! Hooray! I love this Linden Sweatshirt pattern from Grainline - I have had commissions from colleagues for the exact same top so I think we'll have to coordinate so we don't all show up in the same top!
I've been doing some more block printing this time with clowns and stars. The clown stamps (from Tiger) are on a very thin light blue cotton and the white satr things are on a thick grey linen which I sewed up into a Camber Set Dress (pic soon).
This weekend I went to the pattern cutting course at Ray Stitch in London. The course tutor was Alice - she was fantastic! So clear and charismatic at the same time. We created a bodice block and a skirt block. We sewed them up in calico and made adjustments to our patterns. We spent the second day looking at dart control and using seams to create shape.
Alice recommended Make your Own Dress Patterns By Adele Margolis.
I wanted to try and replicate the way that feathers fall. I carved three different sizes of feathers and printed them in white onto black linen that I'd cut out in a Camber set dress pattern from Merchant and Mills.
And here's the finished piece. I love the way the black linen hangs - I've worn this once and received many and Ooh and an Ahhh!. :)
I've always had a bit of a thing about patterns and what with being a designer in my past life this was always inevitable. I spent most of my time at art college in the print rooms playing with the various print process available to me. I ordered a starter block printing kit which had a block of speedy carve rubber in it. Here is a little tester I did with a butterfly. It's a bit twee though so decided against printing it on fabric.
I carved a fish and printed it on a brushed red cotton I found in Boston on a recent trip.
I have been sewing since February but so far I've just made dresses and tops - trousers were much to scary. So I booked onto a course at Sew Over It in Islington to do their Ultimate Trousers course. The course teacher was Julie and she brought all her 40 year experience with her to the class. I finally conquered and invisible zip and learnt o fit the trouser pattern.
Here are my jazzy trews! I'm pretty pleased with them. I think the fabric I chose was too light so I'll choose something more structured next time.
I loved the look of this cross back top in Love Sewing magazine so a made it up in the floral viscose I picked up from Walthamstow. Its an odd one because it should fit perfectly but it slips arounds all over the shop. I do like the cross back shape though so might try this again in another fabric. The pattern asks you to face the arms, neck AND the backcross pieces. I'm not sure it was really necessary - the arms and cross pieces could have been hemmed instead and I still think it would have worked.
I had heard tell of a magical place full of fabric treasure troves called Walthamstow Market. I used a map I found on the internet to make sure I did't miss any. In actual fact I don't think you need a map. Just keep a keen eye out and make sure look behind the many stall for the fabric shops. I started off trying to take a photo of each stall and shop to help you find them but it was so hard because the stall and shops are so closely crammed in - but here's a couple.
Here's my haul (approx 35m of it!)