Thursday, 14 August 2014

Etsy Picks: Time for Tea

This week is National Afternoon Tea Week! I don't know what that entails particularly, but I've made a treasury on Etsy to celebrate all things tea party. I've gone for a fresh, bright feel, lots of popping colour and strong shapes. Here's a few of my faves, I hope you like them!

I love this Scandi print tea cosy by AndShine.
These coffee pot wall decals by SirFaceGraphics are available in a range of colours and would instantly brighten up any wall.
This gorgeous macaroon photo by KeriBevan looks good enough to eat.
This pretty upcycled cake stand by AnnaJaneVintage is delicate but not fussy. Perfect for my tea party!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Making Plans

My studio suffers from an abundance of dress patterns, all safely stored away in an old filing cabinet, and of fabric, which is less safely shoved on a very bowed set of shelves for all the world to see. Fortunately there is one very simple solution to this problem; MAKE THINGS. Here is what I am thinking so far...
A Hazel dress by Colette in a retro floral cotton.
Some sort of pajama-y/night dress/shorts thing in these Tana Lawns I was given for Christmas.
 I've got loads of this poly-cotton madras fabric so potentially a cheongsam style dress altered from this pattern, and..
A 50s style shirtwaister using this Burda repro pattern.
Still not decided on this one, I LOVE the fabric, and am thinking a peplum top in a similar style to this dress. Or maybe a skirt? Or something else entirely?
 Possibly a blouse in this green print chiffon, although there's about 3m of it, so I could do a full dress?

 I got a copy of Drape Drape ages ago and haven't made anything from it yet so hopefully this navy stripe jersey will become a lovely dress like this one.

 And this blue and grey jersey might get the Drape Drape treatment too, maybe with a bit of contrast trim, or a printed yoke section.

For once I've been a good dressmaker and washed all my fabrics first, with varying success, that blue jersey is VERY blue and it's not afraid to share it. No major disasters, just might need to get some colour run remover next time I'm in town...

So, what's on your sewing pile? 
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