Rococo dreams. Lady of the house. If only it were mine. Dress is mine though. Made of a a gloriously crispy silk taffeta. 📷 by @phillipvn 💇🏼♀️ @laurendecosimo 🏡 @andrea_fisher_design
BRIGHT ORANGE! WASHI WITH SLEEVES! Heather Ross unicorns! My own Yummies fabric! Finally got the bust to fit almost perfectly. The only thing that worked was a curved dart, which is hard to sew just right, not to mention make two the same🤷🏻♂️Next time I need to adjust the sleeves to have fuller bicep and maybe add more room for dat ass. I love using a precious bit of fabric for the front bodice and keeping the rest more subtle.
I’ve been absent from posting these last couple of days because I’ve been obsessed with constructing this dress. If you caught my stories, you would have seen me progressing with my soutache evolution. After days of work, I present the dress that I’ll be wearing to the Dickens Fair with my @vintagestylecouncil ladies. The brainchild of @duchessofhutch, we’re doing Victorian by way of 20th Century Victorian revival and I thought this would fit the bill. And I made a matching purse!! I was inspired by the soutache trim on a jacket posted by @lydia1940s and had *just* enough fabric to make a 1940s style clutch (and even worked my initial into the design). I love this dress and I’m very happy with all the details. The hat is a recent acquisition and I feel like Charlotte Vale (or at least, June) in Now Voyager in this outfit. Read about this creation and see more photos over at @sewweekly. #vintagesewing#vintagefabric#vintagepattern#butterick#1940sstyle#1940sfashion#1940sStyle#1940sfashion#instasew#sewcialists#memade#sewersofinstagram#instasew#victorianrevival#ootdsocialclub#vintagehat
Just in time for the cold weather I finished my Snawheid by @katedaviesdesigns . The yarn I used is the super cosy "Simple Beginnings", @whistlebare 's kid mohair from their own angora goats. 2x50g skeins were used to make the hat and pom pom ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
Seriously in love with this @inthefolds Collins Top made up in a blush pink linen from @wearethefabricstore. This is fabric origami at its most awesome - I think I need a couple more of these 🤔♥️🎉
One week before I pressed launch on my Kickstarter campaign, I felt like all my energy had been depleted and I just couldn’t do it. 2017 has been a great year, but it’s also been a tough and testing year, and for a moment there I thought I had nothing left to give. It took a lot of physical, mental and emotional energy to put the campaign together and I couldn’t envisage how I was going to get through 30 days of hustling to reach the goal. But the moment I made the project live, something in me shifted. I no longer could control the outcome, and there was something truly liberating about that. People started pledging and seeing how much enthusiasm there is for my work, was just the metaphorical kick up the bum I needed to see out the end of the year. I find it incredible that energy came from the last place I could have expected and I would have never known unless I leaned into this feeling and just went for it (helped hugely by the people around me telling me to get on with it!) I am so proud and relieved about how it has unfolded (like the pun? ☺️) and I cannot wait to share my printed patterns with all of you in 2018. All my gratitude and virtual high fives to the 187 people who have pledged to the campaign so far. You have given me the energy I needed ❤️❤️❤️ #inthefoldspatternsinprint
Fabric: Wool Gabardine
Pattern: Butterick 3704
Year: Late 1940s
Time to complete: ~26 hours
First worn: December 2017
Wear again? OMG YES!
In my never-ending quest to create the vintage wardrobe that I can’t afford to buy, and listing over the couture skills of @peterlappin this week I introduced myself to the world of soutache trim and it’s appearance in 1940s clothing. First, the inspiration. I’ll be attending the Dickens Faire with fellow @vintagestylecouncil ladies and instead of dressing in Victorian garb, we’re dressing in Victorian revival fashion of the 20th Century. With the sloped shoulders, the wool gabardine and the soutache trim, I thought this would be a good representation of 1850s-1860s style. Butterick 3704 fit the bill and would work well with the soutache trim. Because I’ve worked with this pattern before and didn’t like the was the skirt and inset belt looked, I ditched the lower half for my new friend, DuBarry 2307B (my red wool dress from last week). I worked so hard on this dress, basting, stitching and picking. I was relentless in my quest to make this as nice as possible.
Applying the soutache was far easier than I thought it would be. I machine stitched the neckline and the sash and the trick was basically go very very slowly. The matching purse (!!!) was hand sewn for ultimate control. I simply drew the design on with a chalk pencil and treated it like embroidery. Right when I had decided to hand stitch a design for a matching clutch, @lydia1940s posted a gorgeous soutache-trimmed jacket with a floral design. Based on the timing, the design was bashert. And I worked in my initials!
1. The self-covered button!
2. The purse!
3. The hem (my Aunt-in-law taught me how to stitch a better hem)
4. Taking my time, more than any other thing I’ve ever done.
I say this a lot, but I don’t know who I’ve become!
The blogs third installment of the Flying Fox roundup is ready and awaiting Melbourne’s internet outage to pass us by (😅😫). In the meantime here’s some #flyingfoxpattern cuteness to hold us all over 🦊❤️✂️
I'm just about to cut, wrap and send this beauty away for the first time. Eeeek!!! What would you make with this chocolate crushed bamboo velvet???
Mustard + linen...a perfect combination in my opinion. Making a second sample for my first digital pattern release coming soon in 2018. To stay in the loop, sign up for our email newsletter on the site. Link in bio. 👌😌
Clearly I cannot settle unless my hands are occupied with a hook and some yarn! Made a start tonight on the #sundayshawl (which I plan to use as a oversized winter scarf!) by @thelittlebeenz - using up some stash yarn for this one, Fancy Yarn in Stone Stonewash by @aldiuk Sidar Souki DK in 175 by @knitsirdar and Premium DK in Grey by @womensinstitute for @hobbycrafthq - changed to a UK tr to replace the UK dtr stitches to make sure I don’t run out of yarn with a 4mm hook! ❄️ #crochet#crochetersofinstagram#crochetaddict#crochetlove#yarnlove#yarnaddict#memade
Repost @existitchalcrisis in her Square neck top made from Liberty Jersey (#swoon ) 😍😍😍 // Slightly marred by the fact that i got to the very last section of the very last hem and realised i had fused a pinhead to the fabric while ironing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Couldn't bear ripping the fabric so i cut away the metal pin and kept the pinhead. ⠀
I know I've posted this before but it's relevant. Running this competition within Australia only on facebook, just follow the linktree 😘😘😘FREEBIE TIME!!😘😘😘
I've had quite a few new people liking the page of late and I really appreciate all the support that has been given to me with this new venture. So I thought it would be nice to pass it forward and thankyou all with a competition (*In no way affiliated with fb)
WIN any 4 Crystal Mugs of your choosing that I have available here in Newcastle. This competition is limited to Australia only because of delivery times so close to December 25th.
Mugs available to choose from, only one of each type is available. Amethyst, Amazonite, Blue Apatite, Blue Labradorite, Blue Lace Agate, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Dalmatian Stone, Eudialyte, Fluorite, Malachite, Purple Labradorite, Purple Agate, Quantum Quattro, Tiger Iron.
Let's make it simple!
1. Like Crystal Apertures page (not just the post)
2. Share the post (privacy set to public) DON'T FORGET!
3. Tag at least 3x people below who you think would love to own a set of these mugs.
The more tags, the more entries you receive in the competition!
The winner will be decided via Random.org on Friday December 15th at 3pm, just in time for that big day. I will ensure you receive the mugs with plenty of time to give as a gift.
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Helen Wilkinson of @helens__closet and the @lovetosew.podcast was another team member who helped me test the dress. I love Helen's patterns and the ways that she creates your go to pieces that every wardrobe sewer needs in her closet. I was eager to see how Helen worked with the pattern. ⠀
Helen not only helped me make aspects of the course flow better for busy wardrobe sewists, but she fitted the dress beautifully for someone who hadn't really draped before. With Helen's feedback, I determined that future students needed more waist and torso customizations. Thanks to Helen's participation and input, I added another torso variation to the dress course so the pattern customization pack is ready to go. #fairfitmethod#fairfitdress#fairfitpattern
What do you do when you don't have enough fabric or matching ribbing for all the bands? You create a split hem with mitered corners. And It turns out better than using a waistband! I have a tutorial for how to sew a split hem with mitered corners #ontheblog ! #linkinprofile
I'm wearing the #lindensweatshirt by @grainlinestudio in quilted scuba from @designcofabrics and matching ribbing from my stash.
I'm also wearing an ear warmer that I made using @deliacreates tutorial 6 years ago! I love it!