Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sewing Sunday: Floral Jersey Tee

Hello, hello! I hope you're well and enjoying the sunshine :)

Today's post is short and simple - a little tee I put together recently. It's made from a gorgeous soft jersey fabric my cousin bought for me and it is the nicest thing to wear. The pattern is KWIK SEW 2159, I picked it up for around 50p at a market stall and it was so easy to follow - recommend!

Sports luxe vibes.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sewing Sunday: Fairtrade Chakra Hand Block Top

Last year I made some 'life choices' that have been hard to stick to at times but I've managed to change for what I believe is the better. One of these choices was to only buy fair trade clothing, which can be pretty limiting and expensive if you're buying brand new. Thankfully I am a bit of a charity shop ninja, I sew, and there are great places producing slow, fairtrade fashion.

With this change I also started to look at the material I was buying and where it's from. I buy a lot of second hand and vintage fabric anyway but I decided to purchase only these alongside fair trade.
I must admit I've slipped at times, but I'm trying and that's the main thing!

So without further ado, here is my first fairtrade fabric top.
The fabric is a Chakra Hand Block Canvas from Offset Warehouse and it's gorgeous. The fact that it's organic and that so much care has gone into producing it only adds to the charm.

I decided to make a top from the vintage Simplicity 3928 pattern, same as for the Lisbon top :)

It took an insane amount of care to pattern match like my life depended on it but it definitely paid off! I had a real hard time with choosing the right buttons, I went to Liberty London and picked up a couple of options but in the end the small, round covered buttons won. There was so much going on in the (perfectly matched!) pattern that it was better to go for something more unassuming and understated.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Sewing Sunday: Colourful Patterned Jacket

Happy new year everybody! I hope you all had fun welcoming in 2017 and there's not too many sore heads!

This week's project is a tres cool patterned coat. Its a mix of flowers, vines, buds and ribbony leaves. My favourite part is the splash of gold thread that catches in the light mixed in with the green/pinky/purple hues.

Choosing the lining was fun, I took a swatch of the coat fabric and went round Shepherd's Bush Market on my lunch break holding it up and getting people's opinions. I couldn't decide on purple or red but in the end I think the best colour won. I love how you can glimpse it in the pocket lining

The pattern is the same as I used for my Gold Tones Coat, this time with a collar. I found it to be  better sew this time around, especially as the fabric was more manageable and a lighter weight than upholstery fabric(!).