8.11.14

$3 Stripey Dress

Dear Laura,



I think you can guess that I have a bit of a fabric hoard and I don't seem to be able to stop myself from buying more and more and more. I love it and love the possibilities it brings with it. A few months ago I went to a course called "cutting the couture way" it was really fun. A lady who had worked in the Paris fashion houses showed us all the brilliant techniques for making clothes properly and well. The main take aways for me were: Always line a dress or wear a slip because that way the fabric will fall properly and it will look great; and when working with stretchy fabric you can use a rayon strip over the seams to make the sew properly without stretching out. It was brilliant and she was brilliant. 

It was also held at a fabric store and we arrived a little early so of course I had to shop shop shop. In the clearance bin I found this stripy stretch knit fabric, I have no idea what it is but I do know that it melts with a hot iron, so it is clearly not a natural fabric. I decided that it would make a perfect work dress and with the weight of the fabric it seemed natural to cut it on the bias. I hung it on my dress form and realised that I only needed one seam down the back, I made it a curved seam to make it a bit more interesting. I did not take heed of the advice from my class but I really do need to line this dress not only for it to fall beautifully but also because it is a little see through and I don't need everyone at work seeing my pants! 

It is super comfortable and I wear it all the time, I even have some left over and I am thinking about making a top with it with sleeves to go with jeans. I am loving it and it took an afternoon to make and only cost $3.


Lots of love

Annie

19.10.14

Under the Cover of Darkness

Dear Laura,





I have been wanting to get my garden established for ages but it is hard to get going as we have only just really finished all the outside construction work. However when I saw Sabrinas post (of Wolves in London) with those gorgeous seed packets I decided that this was the year, I would collect seeds, buy bulbs and next spring make sure my garden was up and running. The only problem with collecting seeds is that in my garden we don't have any seeds to collect. There are however lots of lovely looking flowers all around the neighbourhood.

And so... under the cover of darkness, with the excuse of walking the dog. Off I went, nail scissors in pocket, plastic bags in hand and a slight fear of being caught in my stomach. I snipped and pocketed and got a few odd looks but I think I got a good hoard. I also collected some wild flowers to put on the table. I have no idea if I collected the seeds correctly, or if I managed to separate out the different flowers, however I think that will be part of the fun when it comes to planting next year.

Lots of love

Annie

4.10.14

Tigers on a Purse

Dear Laura,





A little while ago, our naughty pup put her head in my bag and found a lovely piece of leather to chew on. Unfortunately for me, that piece of leather was the purse I bought myself as a treat when I got my Ph.D. Sad as it is to have chew marks all over it, it did give me an opportunity to try my hand at making a new one for myself. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I wanted to use some of the ends of the cotton and steel fabric I had used to make my dress, it is canvas and much more suited to this application than a dress.

I loved the contrast of the bright deep pink material I have with the deers trophy heads on it so I used that for the lining. I choose a yellow zip because I love yellow and pink together. It turned out I needed much more lining fabric than I thought and was surprised to use nearly 1/2 yard on the purse. I finished it off by sewing around the edges and put the top thread as green and the bobbin with pink so both sides have the right colour thread. A genius idea I read in a book once. I hope you like it, I am very happy and have been showing it off to people left right and center, whether they are interested or not!

Lots of love 

Annie
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