But first, a few inspiring things that have happened in cyber space in the last 24 hours or so.
- Did you read about Essena ONeill? The Aussie “lifestyle” blogger who had enough of the glorified life she promoted on social media, closed it all down and started a website, where she instead promotes things that she feels passionate about. She’s got some really good things to share – incl. the documentary ‘Fashion victims‘, and my favourite TED talk of all times, Amanda Palmers ‘The art of asking’. Go girl, is all I’ve got to say.
- The Guardian published this interview with Amber Rose. A much needed article, if nothing else than for the sometimes frankly bitchy voice inside my own head.
Moving on to something considerably less ground breaking – my Tessuti Sydney jacket. Guys, it’s so warm and snug I might just never take it off. Oh and in the interest of full disclosure – I did put on make-up to take photo’s for this post. I did not look like this an hour ago. Also, I should really be sweating it out in the library right now, not blogging. But who’s perfect… Continue reading
Hola sewers. A while back I bought this jacket/cardigan pattern from Lekala Sewing Patterns. They sell a wide range of patterns, which on first glance look pretty boring. Or, for someone used to the awesome styling of indie pattern companies, they do at least! Their big selling point is that they have a nifty system whereby you create a profile, and upload your measurements, and a bunch of further ‘adjustments’, e.g. if your shoulder width is below or above average, arm length etc. So, when you buy a pattern, they send you a custom made one, based on your profile and god knows what kind of complicated algorithm.
It sounded a bit too good to be true, but as their patterns cost a pittance, I went for it. I’ve been in dire need of a cardigan for a while, so I finally decided to sew it up. And people, IT FITS SO WELL. Continue reading
I’ve found my favourite tank top – The Bantam Vest by Merchant & Mills. Oh yes. For a tall, wide-shouldered woman like myself, this top is pure gold. It’s got a racer back (never mind the fact that when I showed it to Dan, he said I looked like I was heading down to the gym to lift some weights), a very generous wide fit and length, all of which I like.
This is my first version which I approached like a wearable muslin. Like with this Wiksten tank I decided to make it out of an old vintage sheet, and make use of the beautiful embroidered details. Love the result. Continue reading
Did I mention how much I love my serger? Yes, I did, but here I go again. As much as I love sewing with crisp woven cottons, there’s nothing like wearing soft figure hugging knits. And when blessed with a serger, the sewing process is so much more fun, and fast.
Having loved all of Grainline’s patterns that I’ve tried so far, I was very keen to whip up a Lark tee when it came out. I bought some amazing organic rib knit from Organic Cotton Plus, and went to work.
Back to school really hit me right in the face. So to speak. After a really brilliant month of sewing action in August, any energy left over for making and blogging kind of dwindled. Two freelance jobs, an awesome internship and a lot of course work will do that to you. Don’t get me wrong – I am enjoying all of it, but my creativity needs brain space.
I have been sewing a liiiittle bit (try to stop me), focusing on adding a few warm pieces to my winter wardrobe. First up was another Jac shirt. I LOVE this pattern. It’s a super classy piece and the perfect oversized shirt. I’ve used my first one to death.
The fabric is another glorious striped cotton from Miss Matatabi. Very similar to my first one – I just think the old man style fabric fits the pattern really well. Here’s the result.
I hope you’ve been following the Refashioners over on makery.uk? It’s been so much fun to see all the different creations people have made out of their men’s shirts. Who knew men’s clothing held all that potential?
When originally invited by Portia to take part in refashioning a men’s shirt I planned to make a button down skirt. However, the shirt I got in the post was in no way big enough to cover my backside, so, I went with a top instead.
For more info on my refashioning process, check out my blog post on makery.uk here!Here is the shirt Portia sent to me, and below are more photo’s of the result! Continue reading
After making my grey Moneta dress I had some grey fabric left over. It wasn’t much fabric, so I fiddled with the pattern layout for ages, before deciding to cut out the cuffs and neck band from a contrasting fabric. The leftovers from my tropical Linden came in handy… Continue reading