Friday, 30 May 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Simple Wardrobe pieces

In the process of cleaning out my wardrobe I looked at what I wear the most, items that last for several seasons before they wear out - my basics and realised most of these were simple pieces in plain colours.  Not buying anything for a year was a challenge in Singapore - I did fall off the wagon just a little bit - I wandered past a Camper shoe shop with 50-70% off and it was too hard to resist.

I have had my eye out for a pair of black flats for summer, I had saved a few on pinterest with ankle strap, but I have narrow feet and hadn't found a pair to fit. I saw a pair exactly the same as one on pinterest at Camper for 50% off and they fitted - enough said.

Leather lined and super soft - I've worn them twice before winter has really set in and I am back to my basic black boot. I'm really happy with these though as they are perfect for work - flat and comfortable.

I then had a little sewing binge and made myself 2 tunics, one in the Chambray I bought in Singapore

I used Vogue 8805 ( I moved on from the staple dress and back to this pattern!) with a few modifications. I made the neck a bit lower ( I know it still looks high and I cut it down 2cm) and as a result the neck opening is bigger so I gave up in the button in the back and cut it in one piece like the front so it just pulls over my head. I put patch pockets on to copy the Toast one I liked.

Version 2
In a stiffer grey cotton, I wore it all day before taking the picture so it's a bit wrinkled but you get the idea. I've been wearing them with tight, boots a scarf and cardigan. The 3/4 sleeve works for me , I find a longer sleeve gets in the way unless it's tight fitting.
Then I taught myself to crochet again
Simple seems to be my theme - cotton dish clothes
My plan is now to copy a couple of my favourite knit tops as the originals are in constant rotation and starting to look a worn. I have also been eyeing up a dress pattern Anna Dress. I have one full length black dress which I have had for about 10 yrs and thinking maybe it's time for something new.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

April Making

It's a picture heavy post today, over a month of living and making. The April blur was 10 days of work straight , followed by a 6 day trip to Singapore , school holidays, and a few days in bed with the Flu - all of which meant I didn't get much sewing in. But I did get around to making two Bimaa tops for G - love this pattern so quick and easy.

Version 1 is a soft European jersey knit I bought on Etsy, G's favourite because it is so comfortable to wear. Both versions have the same cowl neck which is really popular but I can see a hoodie version for the 3rd version.

The 2nd one ( excuse the blurry night time shot) is made of a thick cotton sweatshirt material from my local fabric shop and I think will be a good winter basic. It is more a tomato red than the pink it looks in this shot.

The rest of our making has been more of the craft variety - this is potato print paper for gift wrapping.

The Singapore trip was by myself - so easy to travel alone after our Feb trip in which we passed through Singapore for 2 nights, jet lagged and struggling with the heat after winter in Europe. I really enjoyed Singapore - I did a little fabric browsing in the Chinese district ( got the chambray I had been looking for - yay), checked out the trendy Haji Lane and local design shops, visited the spectacular Gardens by the Bay and bought 15m of Curtain fabric at Ikea - what was I thinking! Now I have to make it up - on the May sewing list but may take a while longer to get around to it.

Now I am on pinterest looking for denim tunic ideas - liking some of the Toast ones - especially the Brigette.