Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I am so excited to show you some of the amazing outfits that have been entered into the fashion show contest – all made from Weaving Destination fabric!
I was delighted to receive Roisin's entry to the fashion show – a classic Sew Dolly Clackett dress. It even fit me, so I slipped it on to take photos! It uses the border print in such a clever way – up the back of the dress and at the bottom. There are adorable pleats in the skirt front as well! Thanks Roisin!!
The super lovely Jane who blogs over at Handmade Jane used Weaving Destination fabric to make pillow covers, lined bags, zipped pouches and book covers! I just love how the fabric looks on those adorable pillows! You can read more about her makes here...
Thank you, Jane!!
I am super excited about this amazing me-made make from Contrariety Rose. Louise makes bespoke dresses with vintage flair. Check out her super cool website and her Etsy shop with similarly amazing dresses!
Another awesome halter design – this time in separates from Steely Seamstress. I absolutely LOVE the shirred back to this amazing halter top! And isn't the placement of the print just ingenious? This has an adorable mini wrap skirt with great wooden buttons! Thank you Steely Seamstress!!
Many of you will know Rachel who blogs over at House of Pinheiro. I am in awe of Rachel's self-drafted jacket entry! The placement of the stripes is just fantastic and I love the lining fabric as well. Rachel also made a cute keyhole blouse with a v-neck back! I am so excited because this is the outfit I get to model in the fashion show! yay! Thank you, Rachel!!!
One of the most amazing outfits I have seen is Sally's own make from the fabric! Many of you know Sally who blogs over at Charity Shop Chic (and her fabulous new pattern line – Capital Chic Patterns). This dress is SO AMAZING! The skirt has loads of beautiful pleats (there is tulle sewn under the skirt as well to give it extra flare). The top is made from Harris tweed as Sally wanted to honour the spirit of Weaving Destination by matching Scottish handwoven fabric with Indian handwoven fabric! And I think you will agree with me that it is absolutely stunning! PLUS the best part is that Sally will be modelling her dress in the fashion show!! I am beyond excited!!!! Thank you so much, Sally!
And last but not least is a very special make as it is made from a sample of our ethical Eri silk fabric. This silk is made from Eri silkworms, which are only found in the Northeast part of India. The other great thing about this silk is that it is 100% vegan (the silkworms are not killed in the process)! Rachel made a fantastic outfit with a beautiful lace yoke and will also be modelling this herself in the fashion show!! YAY! Thanks so much, Rachel!!
How amazing are these makes? I am so happy for everyone's entries and support and am super excited for the fashion show tomorrow!
Which garment is your favourite?
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Are you a designer? Do you love to sew? Do you want to use your creativity and talent for a good cause? Do you want your designs to get noticed at the Edinburgh Festival?
d. At the End, You Can Either Donate Your Garment to Weaving Destination or We Will Post it Back to You. We are happy to send you back your garment for you to cherish or you can donate it to Weaving Destination! Just let us know what you prefer!!
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I'm back from a lovely short holiday and am excited to show you my most recent creation! I was delighted to pattern test the Lilou dress pattern from Tilly's new book: Love at First Stitch. It's such a fabulous dress pattern with a chic no-fuss bodice and a beautifully draped skirt.
I cut into some precious Japanese cotton fabric that I purchased last year for the bodice. It reminds me a bit of a 1950s pattern with hearts and flowers. The bodice is very straightforward to sew together and has a neat lining. I used a polka dot fabric for the bodice lining (fun!)
The skirt fabric is a lovely twill blend that is stable but with some drape. This dress fits fabulously into my work wardrobe as it works well under a wool blazer:
Here's my best Tilly pose....have you seen the pictures from the book?? One of my favourite things to do is to read it before bed and look at all the beautiful pictures and imagine all the clothes I am going to make!!
There's something about the faux separates look that I just love in dresses!
I am really pleased with the way the dress came out. I feel like I could wear it in almost every season – it's perfect for hot summer days or paired with a jacket for those cool autumn and spring nights.
The dress is also perfect for twirling :-)
Do you have the book? Are you planning to make some of the patterns? I can't wait to try them all!!
Monday, May 5, 2014
And boy, does she love it! Look at her....and doesn't the hot water bottle look like a mini-Scottish cat toy?
Our sweet little chickpea...
Have you ever sewn for your pets?
Monday, April 28, 2014
Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my last two makes! I don't know what happened between last week and this week but the sun has disappeared! Perfect for a good ol' wool project. Enter the skirt from McCall 3834:
I had enough fabric left over from my jacket (McCall 3769 or the 'Lantern Army' jacket) to make a matching skirt. McCall 3834 was super easy and quick to sew with maybe 2 hours or so of construction time. The skirt is very straight and there's only two major pieces.
I decided to leave the hem a bit longer because I love how it looks with the jacket. What you can't see from the brown wool fabric is that there are tiny little flecks of blue in it. So, I am planning on making a matching blouse in a similar blue colour to the one I'm wearing here (what can I say, I like blue blouses!!) This blouse is from a 1950s Maudella pattern but I'd like another blouse without the bow necktie.
The beautiful flowers (violets?) give a false impression that spring is here! But as you can see from the photos, it was very windy and cold. Scotland is very changeable in terms of weather. Locals often joke that if you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes and it will change!
Of course, that means I'll get a lot of wear out of this suit!! I can't wait to make more suits from the 1940 McCall patterns...
Happy spring (or autumn) to you all!
Friday, April 25, 2014
Late as usual for the party, I was stuck in the Clackett Cantina and didn't manage to get out in time for yesterday's deadline for the 'Sew Dolly Clackett' challenge. For those of you that haven't heard of this...it's a lovely wedding gift for our beloved fellow blogger and sewist extraordinaire, Roisin. I had the pleasure of meeting Roisin and Nic in London and I am over the moon at their wedding! And yes, she is as nice and stylish in person as on her blog (with a killer shoe and me-made dress collection)! A definite source of inspiration.
So, I wanted to pick an extra special pattern and photoshoot location for my 'Sew Dolly Clackett' dress. Do you believe this western-looking street is hidden away in an alley in the heart of Edinburgh? It is basically several false fronts on a bunch of sheds that an innovative furniture store owner (who used to work on movie/theatre sets) created for their business. So great!
Of course, I didn't actually follow the rules for the challenge...I sort of made up a "If Dolly Clackett wore 1940s dresses" challenge. Or "Dolly Clackett Sews for Victory". But, I do think Roisin would approve of the fabric...so bright and colourful! It brings a smile to my face.
I chose McCall 3684 for the extra drapey fabric (fabric content unknown but I'm guessing some sort of jersey blend). I will definitely have to make this dress again because I wasn't able to make the awesome sleeves that are part of View A.
The bodice is really neat. It includes gathering at the shoulders and then two w-shaped bodice pieces that are sewn together with a lapped seam just below the bust area. I think the shape really elongates the torso (I like this look so much better sans belt, though I know they would have worn one in 1940).
The back has the 'bloused' effect and the dress zips on the side.
Raising a glass to you, Roisin and Nic!!! Happy almost wedding!
Happy Friday everyone!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I made the dressing gown out of a rich and heavy silk jacquard fabric. I've used a similar version of this fabric before (in red) to make a 1930's gown. It sews like a dream.
The pattern consists of a yoked shoulder front, long 'puffed' sleeves and a wrap front held in place by a hook and eye. I didn't have enough fabric to make the belt and my local fabric store is no longer carrying this fabric. But I think that's fine as belts on robes are sometimes a bit annoying! So I just wear my sans belt. There are also subtle gathers on the front waist and more gathers on the back yoke.
The dressing gown goes perfectly with my 1940 McCall 'Wish Upon a Star' nightgown! It's nice because the dressing gown doesn't have a collar which allows the collar and ties of the nightgown to show through.
I really adore the big puffy sleeves and I feel so glamorous when I wear this around the house! Plus, it's nice and toasty – perfect for virtually every season here in Scotland!
Awww...look at the kitty...our dearest little Echo 'Chickpea'. She's such a sweetie!!
I'm really trying to develop an entire wardrobe of 1930s and 40s inspired 'at-home' lounging and nightwear garments! I just love how beautiful all the garment designs are from those time periods!
Friday, April 4, 2014
7. The 1941 'Yipppppeeeeee Trousers'
I remember her finishing this dress, then quickly donning her wellies as we ran out to climb East Lomond Hill, hoping to catch the light, leaning on me to change into her shoes, as it was muddy. The view from the hill was great, and we got some interesting images.
I also liked it paired with her The 1940 'Faux Bunny Love Jacket' (Simplicity No.3529).
I enjoyed helping her with this one, making the belt out of a Ness tartan scarf, to match her shoes and purse. We took theses photos on a trip up to St Andrews, in the ruins of the Cathedral.
"This one goes to 11…"
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Debi is traveling on business this week, so she’s asked me to do a guest post.
I’ve chosen my top ten favourite outfits; a very difficult task, believe me, as I’ve loved her sewing projects, and delighted in watching how her skills have improved with time, practice, and helpful advice from other sewists.
I’ll admit to being partial to the 1930s fashions: I think Debi looks great in them. I love the 1940s McCall patterns too but I really enjoy the silhouette and drape of the 1930's patterns on her. Here are the first five of my favourites:
Without a doubt, this is my favourite of Debi’s collection. The simplicity of the lines, the fit, the fabric she chose, and the hairstyle… va-va-va-VOOOM! I’m a lucky man, oh yes, I am.
I particularly like the pleats on the sleeve caps, the stand up collar and the drape of the twelve-gore skirt. It looksamazing on her, and she knows it. Meow!
2. The 1933 'Art Deco Love Dress and Jacket'
(Eva Dress reprint of Butterick No.5756)
A very close second, this was previously my favourite outfit. Katherine Hepburn wore it in the 1933 RKO film “Christopher Strong.”
Photos Courtesy RKO Pictures LLC
I love the way this outfit fits, hugging her waist and hips, then draping away into a full skirt. The jacket has great details like cutout mutton sleeves that gives the outfit a strikingly bold silhouette.
I’ve been hoping that Debi will make another one in blue with Grant Tartan for the jacket, to match me in my kilt when we go to a ceilidh or similar event. The fabric is in the stash now, so it will happen.
3. The 1934 'We Are Made For Each Other Gown'
(Wearing History‘s “Manhattan Melodrama”)