Saturday, 4 October 2014

October inspirations

This month sees many changes, hopefully the weather growing colder as I am sick of this autumnal heat! I also hope to sew myself some more of Tilly's wonderful patterns and continue to build a handmade wardrobe that is worn with ease on a daily basis. I want to wear tartan, polka dots and striped tee shirts, with colourful wollen tights. This month will also see me continue to obsess over my new pompom makers and create yet more of these little woollen joys. Most excitingly this month sees my first trip across the Atlantic to San Francisco- eeekk! Coinciding with my first ever American Halloween, double eeekk! I hope this will be a magucal month full to the brim with inspiration, wool, frost, holiday fun and pumpkins!

All photos from Pinterest.

That's all for today, what is inspiring you this month?
Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o x

Handmade fair with Kirstie Allsopp!

Omgee best weekend ever!
My lovely Zinny and I went for an amazing day trip to Kirstie Allsopp's handmade fair at Hampton Court Palace and it was a handmade dream. Stalls full of beautiful trimmings, fabrics and yarns, classes to attend, shows to watch, vintage tea rooms and champagne to enjoy and many familiar crafting faces to spot. It was an amazing day out, I think my favourite purchase was my handmade dinosaur necklace from Designosaur, look them up on etsy they are amazing! I will definitely be treating myself to some more of their jewellery somewhere along the line.

It was my favourite Sunday for sometime, I can't wait to go again next year! Here are some highlights in photos:

I think my favourite things from the day were the world pompom record attempt 'world pomination', listening to the lovely vintage singers and drinking champagne on the lawn in the large September sunshine, just lovely! Oh, and SEEING KIRSTIE ALLSOPP of course, donning a beautiful floral crown, naturally.

I wore my new favourite top, my new Mimi blouse from Tilly's Love at first stitch, with my polka dot Salme 142.

I indulged in a little shopping while there, and also made some lovely pink pom-poms and a paper garland at the workshops.

I adore my new pompom makers. I've already made about 20, three have turned into a necklace and three more into this subtle headband, in homage to one my mother made for me as a child.

That's all for today, if you get the chance to visit the desire next year I urge you to do so, it really was a lovely way to spend the day. Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Blog hop!

It's blog hop time!

I've been nominated by the talented Zoe of (thank you Zoe! Check out her blog for some beautiful stitchery and dressmaking) and having researched what a blog hop actually is, here I go writing my little bit!

*** Why do I write? ***

I have always loved to write, especially journalistic writing and spent many long summer holidays making my own girls magazines. Writing is very therapeutic and I am a compulsive list writer both at work and in my own time. I adore magazines and they remind me very much of blogs in their style, which is probably why I started reading and enjoying blogs from around the world. I started blogging myself primarily as a way to record my projects when I changed from being an occasional sewer to having a nearly entirely hand sewn wardrobe! I also really enjoyed reading other peoples blogs and would like to hope my blog has given a couple of people an idea, or advice, somewhere along the line. I think part of why I enjoy 'cataloging' my makes on my blog is my OCDness, I like to know things in their entirety and I am never happy knowing only part of a story. I also hate losing things to an unhealthy degree! When I cannot find something I find it very hard to focus on anything else until it has been located.

*** What am I working on? ***

I am currently working my way through Tilly's patterns from her book Love at First Stitch, and have already made my own Megan dress and Mimi blouse, both of which I ADORE. Such amazing style throughout every inch of her book, I just can't explain how much I love it! Next on the sewing table (or floor, in my case) is the Delphine skirt and the Lilou dress, probably both in my latest obsession polka dots. I am also very slowly working through a winter coat for 2014/15, this year a bright pea green Simplicity 2311.

*** How does your blog differ from others of its genre? ***

To be honest, I don't think it does much! I think I do try and make reference to current trends in my sewing and reflect what's on the highstreet in my own way. I also like to look to movies for inspiration, which may me different to others! I also prattle on about my life more than others, so sorry about that difference :)

*** How does your writing process work? ***

Usually I will begin with a finished project as I tend to not blog so much about the process, rather review the entire project in the pattern review at the end of it. I also really enjoy taking part in blog challenges, such as Me Made May, One week one pattern and Wardrobe architect project, and these often get me thinking about my wardrobe and my sewing in a more critical and interesting way, often resulting in far more positive sewing experiences, and more interesting blog posts to read!

*** My nominations! ***

Lucy at, who does amazing illustrations which always put a smile on my face, and which I also want to one day see on a fabric! Lucy is equally as lovely, neigh MORE lovely, in real life!
Adora at, who has a beautiful blog full of fashion inspiration and ALSO a beautiful Instagram which turns me green with envy at how unpicturesque my life is in comparison!

That's all for today, thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o x

A handmade holiday- packing a handmade wardrobe for travelling

Happy summer holidays! I write this on an aeroplane returning from my 4 day excursion to Helsinki with my lovely mum.
It surprised me how much was going on in Helsinki this summer, although I suppose when summers and warmth are in short supply, one would hope they would make the most of it.
Among my favourite things I saw were the amazing community art projects and of course the incredible Scandinavian fabrics of Marimokko and Eurokangas. 

This is an amazing community art project you can read about here. Together people built three huge controversial buildings using just cardboard boxes and parcel tape. They were enormous! At the end of the day they were pulled down, dramatically! And the public were invited to jump around on the remains of the boxes, fun!

This is just a pretty community art piece we saw coming together outside the Music Centre.

But when one is a dressmaker, and ones wardrobe is overflowing with an array of multicoloured and patterned dresses, how do you begin to pack for a holiday? I struggled, to be perfectly frank, but I think I got there in the end. 
To start with, Finland is probably even colder than I was expecting given that is is infact August. I love the cold and this was not at all an issue, and I got to wear my lovely new winter coat long before I was expecting-win win!
Bored yet? Let's move on!

My original intention when packing was to take a selection of long sleeved skater dresses I had been working on for AW14/15, using beautiful John Lewis Westminster Fibres fabrics bought with my end of year vouchers. However, this plan soon changed as it emerged that intending to wear every colour under the sun did not really make taking coordinating accessories, bags, knitwear, coats etc very easy. Infact, it made it impossible, so I decided to wear a pack a selection of skirts and pinafores with simple long or short sleeved tops to wear beneath according to the weather. Turns out, the only clean clothes I am taking home are short sleeved tees. I was bloody cold!

Me made clothes I packed:
Stripe long sleeve tee
The fave just-a-peek skirt
The other fave taupe circle skirt
*New* Brown pleated pinafore
Black and white leaves dress
Denim pinafore
Green snoodle
Navy and green check pinafore

Wow what exciting colours! Ahem... But in all seriousness, I really would rather take plainer clothes for layering when travelling as I HATE being too hot or too cold, and it also makes mixing and matching all the more simple if you stick to a rather more limited pallet. I packed black, white, green, red, navy and taupe, predominantly. 

In addition the bought clothes I packed to supplement my handmade pieces were:
Short sleeved stripe tee
Denim shirt
Black long sleeve blouse with red trim and embroidery.
Sheer sleeve check shirt
*New* camel coat
Patterned boxy jacket
Red hat
Tartan scarf

While in Helsinki I also bought a cosy brown jumper, as it was so cold I couldn't bear to be without! And, as it's August, I failed to pack one...

So, for future reference, should you ever be visiting Helsinki yourself, here are some of my favourite places to consider visiting:
For starters, the sea! So beautiful, wherever you are in the world, and there are some very impressive ships in Finland I must say!
For fabrics and inspirational interiors, Marimokko is unmissable
For more affordable fabrics and an incredible range of insulated fabric options, try Eurokangas
The Atheneum art gallery, especially if you like Moomins!
Fazer for chocolates and indulgent breakfasts! (People in Finland take breakfast very seriously!)
The Contemporary Art Museum, if only for the amazing outside space and cute skaters
The Finnish Natural History Museum for awesome dinosaurs and a beautifully put together exhibition space, and the best staircase I have ever seen!
The Russain Church- just awesome
Helsinki Cathedral in Senate Square, for a postcard moment
Hakaniemen indoor market and nearby very unusual ___Kallio?____church- so interesting I have never seen anything quite like it!
The Kauppatori market by the river for souvenirs for family and friends 
Temppeliaukio church with a copper ceiling- absolutely incredible but crawling with tourists 
The National Museum of Finland for some local history from the prehistoric era to the 1970s- some incredible folk art in here and the skeleton of an extinct seal which died 4000 years ago!
The Academic Bookshop- just an incredible range of Finnish and English books- and a lovely place to have tea!
Always look up what pop up or community art projects are ongoing when you are there, these were some of my favourite experiences of the holiday.

The best meal we had was at a lovely restraunt called Killa- lol, but awesome noodles and salmon.

My souvenirs to myself included a jumper (as it was freezing!) a bow to put in my hair, some cheap wooden beads off the market (everywhere in Helsinki seems to sell lovely beads), a Japanese pattern book from the Academic bookshop and some incredible fabric from Marimotto. My mum bought me two pieces of amazing fabric as well, and I bought her some gloves :). 

I always find holidays, however long, incredibly inspiring and I love returning home with a mind buzzing with ideas of things to write, sew, knit and create! Thanks for reading, happy sewing and happy holidays! X o x o