Saturday, 20 October 2012

Recent Aquisitions

The other week I dragged LeBeau along to a Vintage Fair and we had a pretty rubbish day. We got lost, couldn't find anywhere to park, then paid a small fortune to park, then when we finally got there I wasn't all that impressed.

Not one to admit defeat, I made a second lap of the stalls. It was a good job I did because I discovered sewing patterns!

I was very restrained and only bought one -

Seriously, how gorgeous is that! I paid £2, which is more than I would usually pay for a pattern with such a battered envelope. When I got home I checked through the pattern pieces and they are all in very good condition (and they all seem to be there)

Check out that pleated detail on the collar, it makes me drool, even the blonde in the white dress is checking it out enviously

I also picked up some gorgeous buttons, which I intend to use for a coat, I took about 20 pictures of them trying to capture how pretty they are, but was failing miserably so you will just have to make do with this one

They sparkle beautifully, without being blingy in a way that my camera refuses to capture.

 They will be used to make Butterick 5145, view A.

I know the envelope art is hideous, but have a look at the line drawings

A plain smart fitted little coat, which should last me ages without looking dated. I am thinking of 'peter pan-ing' the collar a little bit though.

I finally feel like I've got some sewing mojo back, I've been going crazy on the overlocker and I've done some more refashion-ing which I'm feeling quite pleased about.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Little Red Riding Rach

I made a Minoru, actually I made it a couple of months ago but no opportunity for pictures. This week we had a nice sunny day, and a nice walk in the park so it was photo-opp-tastic

I look like I have been photoshopped onto a background thanks to the unexpected camera flash, I promise I was really there

I was a rebel with this make - I didn't make a toile, shock, horror, I didn't even do a tissue fitting, I recklessly cut into my fashion fabric.

Thanks to the lack of toile, this is a little bit big, but I was cunning and tightened up the elastic in the waist a bit, problem solved and I can fit a big bulky jumper underneath it still.

 Apart from the bigness, this went together easily, Tasia's instructions are very good and when I was in doubt I just had a look at the sewalong on the Sewaholic website. The only other change I made was to add some in seam pockets. I think I will probably make this again in a slightly more subdued colour.

On our walk around the park, I then tried to climb a tree thinking of getting some interesting blog photo's, however I just got laughed at and told off for getting dirty jeans. Also you can see my awesome witches shoes in this picture, LeBeau hates them, I threaten to turn him into a frog if he criticises my choice in footwear again.

The hood on this jacket is truly epic.

I am now off to do some homework, instead of procrastinating here

Rachel-Lou x