Saturday, July 27, 2013

Competition time!! The Anna caption comp!!

I have teamed up with the lovely ladies over at By Hand London to give away a copy of the awesome new Anna Dress Pattern along with 6 yards of this fabulous Opi wax print cotton so you can make yourself an Anna to really stand out in the crowd.

So, who’s in??  All you've got to do is tell the Ladies from By hand London what you think is going on in this picture below by 5pm GMT / 11am EST Sunday 28th July via Twitter, comment under the Facebook post or under the instagram picture. Basically, the entry that makes us laugh (cackle) the hardest wins. Okaaay, GO!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Spotty trousers

I was a little nervous of this whole patterned trouser trend it felt a bit scary to highlight the part of my body I am less happy with. Even so I decided to jump in and have a go! Well I am converted I LOVE these spotty trousers they are so comfy and can easily be dressed up with some killer heels or played down with a pair of white Superga trainers

I made them out of the supreme Laura spotty stretch cotton (a favourite fabric of mine see the dress I made here) Fabric available here. Stretch cotton fabric is ideal for this style of trousers as it is super comfy and comes in some wonderful patterns.

I used the same pattern as the black trousers I made a while ago (see them here) it is from Hot patterns and is called the tongue twister Classix Nouveau Dolce Vita Slim Cut pants (wow that is a loooong pattern name!) Available here.

Now I am addicted I will be making some here are the fabric I am considering, which one would you use?

happy sewing xxx

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Introducing Anna...

Anna (As described by her fellow By Hand London lovelies)
A suburban London girl, with roots in Canada and India, Anna charms everyone she meets. Softly spoken and thoughtful, Anna has her head screwed on completely right, and above all values time with her friends, her family and her man. One of the first things you notice about Anna is her impeccable taste. Having studied as a fashion designer and worked as a stylist, she loves fashion, but sees it through an artful prism. A natural aesthete, her blog is full of quiet images of long hair, dreamy blurred detail and moody landscapes. She is never obvious, pairing a traditional feminine shape with a big clumpy black shoe and intricate gold rings. Excited about life and naturally curious she is always trying to learn new things. Which may explain why she manages to be a fashion illustrator, work as visual merchandiser for a big London department store and oh yes, has also set up her own leather accessories label. Basically, she’s one of those infuriatingly talented people that seems to simply be good at whatever she touches! Couple this with some sweetness and brains and you've got someone we’re damn proud to have as part of the gang.

Great news the new Anna dress pattern from the always new and inspiring By Hand London girls is just as fabulous as the Charlotte, Elisalex and the Victoria.
Once again these girls have pulled it out of the bag and given us a simple summer dress pattern. With its double pleated bust and A line skirt this will suit my shape perfectly. I love the slash neck version (it reminds me of the Peony neck which if you've been following my blog for a while will know I love, made here and here and in a video here) but they also do a v neck version. You can also make a long or short so it doesn't matter if you are  a maxi or a mini girl this pattern will see you though this summer we are finally getting.

The best bit, on the front cover there is a picture of just 1 little sewing machine, in By Hand London speak that means this pattern is easy peasy so an beginners our there can give this a good.

The pattern is available to buy here and keep your eyes open as we will be joining up with the by hand London girls shortly for a fabulous give away including a huge piece of fabric and pattern to make your very own Anna dress.

happy sewing xxx

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Elisalex Dress

I Love the By Hand London girls and their wonderful patterns. I actually made this version of the Elisalex a few months ago but it has taken me till now to finally get it on the blog.
The dress has a lovely fitted bodice with a low cut back (sorry didn't get any pics of this) then a tulip skirt, perfect if like me you are on the pear side! If you think the sleeves are a bit hot for this weather don't worry the dress looks just as good with no sleeves.

The pattern suggests using a stiffer fabric like a brocade but I chose a soft crepe and think it worked really well? What do you think? 
All of the By hand London patterns are inspired by one of their favourite girls, this is how they describe Elisalex 

"Lifelong West London girl Elisalex is half Italian, an obsessive maker and proud mama to her beautiful four year old boy. She shamelessly enjoys a touch of the 50s housewife – sewing, baking and romance being just a few of her favourite things. However, don’t let that fool you, this girl left a bit of her heart in Nashville a while back and loves nothing more than dancing all night to country music or getting down to some 60s reggae. As much as she loves summer, for this pale beauty nothing beats a stormy winter evening with real wood fires and knitting at hand. A firm non believer in the concept of being overdressed, if you spot someone in a ballgown and heels workin’ it on the dancefloor of an East London dive bar – well, it’s probably our girl."

FABRIC: French crepe magenta 
PATTERN: Elisalex from By Hand London 

Here is Elisalex in her version with no sleeves.

Happy sewing xxx

PS Don't forget to check out their latest pattern the Anna dress