Thursday, 23 February 2017

Gingham and Tigers I wears - oh MY!


While I may still be relatively new to making *my* own clothing, I've discovered some surprising side-effects of me-made fashion already.

The first being, that making my own clothes has resulted in instant conversation starters when I'm out and about. "I love your dress." "Oh thank-you! I *made* it."

This small exchange results in an instant mini-conversation about sewing, whether the other party sews or not etc. It's quite fun! And if I get any funny looks, I prefer to think they are gobsmacked by my amazing sense of style, rather than thinking "What IS she wearing?" and shaking their heads. I'm thinking positive though, because every time I go out, someone likes my dress or skirt...so like a five year old, I bask in their admiration.



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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Bunnies, Bags and Bonnets


February has been a flurry of pattern making and plans. 
Today I finally pressed 'publish' on the Pixie Pocket pattern, a sweet little woodland bunny that I designed to be friends with Hazel. There is a lot of work in pattern making, especially as my doll patterns have step-by-step photograph guides. It's the way I learn best so I figured maybe other people do too!

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Marvelous Maxi

It's been on my 'to make list' for awhile.
A long, swishy, full skirt that would have made my five-year old self swoon.
(You see at five, a long skirt or dress must mean one is a princess)

With fabric that I bought a few years ago for a fifties style dress that I somehow never got around to, I thought this beautiful Joel Dewberry Voile would make a rather marvelous maxi.


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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Crochet Hearts, Mr. Spool and Gold Glitter Pegs

January has been a little bit of a catch-up month for me in some ways, December being a bit of an odd month in 2016, where I launched my first ever pattern and the buzz of the holidays can make your head spin. January is to December, like boxing day is to Christmas day. A little. 

A lot of the craziness is done and dusted, you've got leftovers in the fridge from the day before so you can take it a bit more slowly. That is before February looms ahead and you realize it's no longer plausible to plead the 'but I'm on holidays' excuse in your mind...

This weekend I've had to step back and take a little break, as I realised I have been going full steam ahead since Hazel's launch, and even though I feel like I haven't done much at all, I've scarcely let my mind rest. I find I can creatively burn out just thinking too much sometimes. The new website has been launched, and like some kind of Mrs. Bennet-like regency debut (I'm reading too many books right now!) I've been making sure Hazel has been properly introduced to the world. When the flu came knocking at my door, I realised I might have been unintentionally running myself into the ground. 

I've had a few blog posts to catch up on this month, and this is one of them. A little gift bundle that was made as a Christmas gift, so wasn't able to be shared until after December 25. Though I've left it so long to post, it's probably up there with the rebellious Christmas trees I am sure are still lingering in some people's living rooms...


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