Made the husband @trickywwb a @merchantandmills Foreman jacket for Christmas. Made in a delicious khaki waterproof cotton from @croftmillfabric 😍 I chose this fabric as green is his favourite colour, and he needed something shower-proof for when he’s walking the doggies in the mountains and feeding our chickens and gets caught in a bit of rain. It’s lightweight but warm too!
He loves the jacket so much, he’s literally worn it everyday which is so satisfying for a homemade gift-giver to see. I’ll be making many more of these, I’m sure! .
This is what my furlough looks like. I'm trying some new-to-me facing techniques for a Sewaholic Alma and a Wearing History R3006 blouse while the china silk to line my wool skirt soaks in a prewash. The fabric is a teeny houndstooth cotton from Japan in navy and black. #merchantandmills#wearinghistory#sewaholicpatterns
It’s s long weekend in these parts, so the weekend’s orders won’t ship until Tuesday. In the mean time, I’m just chilling in my new #bantamtop and old trusty #saltmarshskirt - both are patterns from the #merchantandmillsworkbook The indigo ikat I used for the top is a dream in this hot weather, as is the very(!!) well worn Boston Fall laundered linen. The workbook and fabrics are all available in my store. Oh, and excuse the little bra strap reveal...I completely mucked up the seam allowance around the neck and arms, so it’s a little skinny over the shoulders. #notperfect but totally ok with that...
And these photos are the best of all! At the beginning of the month, we went to see the Paul Thomas Anderson film #phantomthread . I really enjoyed it; Dylan (who's the bigger PTA fan) thought it was okay. But because of all the exquisitely filmed tailoring and sewing scenes, Dylan announced later that day that he wanted to get started on sewing up a craft apron -- and that he'd make it himself. We picked up this railroad denim in Japan for apron purposes, but I always thought I'd be the one making it (which was fine). But he insisted, so we selected the pattern from the #merchantandmills Sewing Book. I set up the machine for him and did some general supervision, but Dylan really did it all -- even installing the grommets! He said he really enjoyed working with his hands, and he wants to sew up more from that book now, including some bags. And in "fourth quarter, 2019," he wants to be able to sew an item of clothing for me. So sweet! (But do I really want our place even more overrun with fabric? And do I really want to have to share my sewing machine time?!😁)
Happy Friday! I have lovely, lovely project for a rainy afternoon! This arrived in just before Christmas and I thought I may have chance to get my hands on this over my Christmas holiday but two wonderful children kept me busy. So here I am excited that I have a rare quiet moment to make a start on something new. Will let you know how I get on! #sewing#jacktarbag#merchantandmills#dryoilcanvas#makermakes#makermaker#busymum
I stopped by @spoolofthread to see how the expansion into the space next door looked. They have lots of fabric, both quilting cotton and garment fabric, as well as Merchant and Mills notions, Haptic labs patterns, about 100 colours of @konacotton and a bunch of boxes still to be unpacked. #spoolofthread#konacotton#localquiltshop#merchantandmills
I have two pieces of this #naniiro fabric, which I got from two different places, at least 18 months apart. I'm finally getting ready to make a #merchantandmills#landgatejacket , but I was disappointed to learn that the large cut I had wouldn't be quite enough (it's a very large unisex pattern). So I pulled out the smaller cut, resigned to the fact that I'd have to piece them together and make do. How patched-together would that seam look? I laid the pieces side by side, and I seriously can't believe this perfection! (And happy new year, everyone! There's been loads of sewing happening, including by Dylan! Hope to post more photos soon!)
Second sweater off the needles in 2018!! This is the sweater that I love to hate and hate to love!! Brioche...we have had an on-again off-again relationship 🤨not my favourite and not to be explored again, thank you very muchly. In fact, there are only two of us on Ravelry who have completed this sweater!! The pattern was published in Pom Pom Quarterly 2014. The dress is a Merchant and Mills pattern sewn in a double-faced linen. #knittersofinstagram#ravelry#cidre#merchantandmills#linendress#briocheknitting
Little details on a handmade tote bag, a helpful reminder of why it is worth making things yourself, and sometimes why a simple project is a good idea so something goes right and you aren’t going nuts at midnight unpicking neck facings or sleeve details or whatever fiddly project you’re desperate to finish...! Sea green linen here from @merchantandmills and a little tab from some brocade @eliseashbyart gave me a while ago!
Completed my Merchant & Mills Top 64 pattern. Really easy to make so didn't take long. I changed the bottom band to a Margaret Howell fabric ( can't see on the pic but it has a very fine plaid) I'd picked up at one of their sales. Pleased with results. A nice comfy and casual top. #merchantandmills#sewingday#sharensc#handmade#margarethowell
We are mad for this book here at the workshop and anything @merchantandmills ... This is Liz's second garment from the book and we've just planned almost another whole year of making from here as well... it's a stunning bias cut linen dress, so simple looking but with classic dressmaking skills needed like french seams and bias trim. Well done Liz.. I look forward to more Tuesday evenings with this book! #learntosew#sewing#merchantandmills
Last night I finished my third dress using the Ellis and Hattie pattern from Merchant and Mills. I have to embroider my initials onto the bottom of the skirt at the back, but I am pretty pleased with the way it has come out. I adapted the pattern a little to include 2 panels of colour in the skirt and cut the fabric to leave the selvedge exposed rather than hemming the bottom because the selvedge is so beautiful.
I am really drawn to these classic lines, with a longer skirt and loose fit waist that can be cinched in with a belt or worn free. One more cord version of this to make and then I might see if I can find a new pattern to play with.
Finally got to wrapping Grandma's Christmas present which includes some beautiful glass-headed Merchant and Mills pins and the kiddies said declared we absolute cannot give pins without a pin cushion, so here was yesterday's little project!! ✂️🍄#pincusion#mushrooms#merchantandmills#twobluebirdies