books i love, trousers

Lotta Jansdotter and Owyn Pants

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.


Denim coat hack thing

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.


Day Dress - Avid Seamstress

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.


Roberts Collection - Silky dungarees

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. 


Jumpsuit Joy from the Roberts Collection by Marilla Walker

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.

Fen Dress by Fancy Tiger Crafts

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!

Pattern cutting at Ray Stitch, London

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.

Scout tee with block printed fishes

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.

Sew Over it - Ultimate Trousers

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. 

Cross back top

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.

A maiden voyage to Walthamstow market

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!)