{ LEATHER JACKET } Cabernet…

Hello Lovelies -

Im finally getting my a-into-g & started to muslin the BurdaStyle leather jacket from the 08/2013 magazine. I buy the German edition becoz thats whats on offer here in my ‘hood but I need your help { PRETTY PLEASE}. Normally Im quite good at following the german instructions but Im battling to make sense of these.

Can any of you lovelies email me a copy of the scanned english instructions for the 113 leather jacket from the 08/2013 BurdaStyle ? You can send to angekronaus@gmail.com.Id love you forevs :)

Here’s a pic!!


Im very behind in my sewing. Sewjo seems to be back but I just cant find the time to sew. Work is craz-ee. Im supposed to be only working 20hrs per week but its looking more like 50!! & the weekends are filled with housekeeping duties, on top of all sorts of other challenging stuff we’re having to navigate at the moment (more on that another time though)…


Never ends.

I seem to have 3 WIPs at the moment in various stages of “undecided”….does it get any worse ? One just needs a hem, the other needs to progress from muslin phase & the last is dyed, pinned & just needs to be sewed. I need a kick in the ass I know. And somehow Ive started on this leather jacket too…..

I really need to go back to one project at a time!

x Ange



{ BY HAND LONDON } Kickstarter…

Hello Lovelies -

414 awesome people of this world have backed the gorgeous ladies of By Hand London so far in an effort to raise 35000gbp.

With only 8 more days to go, please head over to their Kickstarter page to read all about how you can pledge to help them achieve their dream of printing fabric on demand.  The smallest pledge would help so dont be shy.

These girls have offered us one smashingly good pattern after the next, just imagine how amazing their fabrics would be….

x Ange


What a word huh??!!

Frühlingsmüdigkeit is the only “thing” I can put my latest funk down to. Directly translated it means Spring Tiredness & although Im not necessarily tired as such, I seem to be disinterested in most things that usually make me quite happy ie. cooking, painting & sewing. I just feel sorta kinda…. { FLAT }.

I started muslin-ing the Anna & lost total interest so I started on another little project but Ive lost interest in that too….Do you see a trend ? The Hubster pointed out its perfect time for the so called syndrome so Im gonna roll with it & see how long it takes for my sewjo & other jo’s to return.

Until then, I’ll just keep myself busy with watching as Spring develops….however ironic that may be.




Guys, Ive finally gotten Anna on the cutting table….{ FINALLY }.

Now, you guys know Im not one for muslin-ing BUT after the near crash that was the Datura I decided all new brands deserved at minimum a quick fit – just to be sure. So, having not sewn a By Hand London garment as yet, I decided it was prudent to start with a little mockup…

Boy am I glad I did.

This betty’s bewbs dont fit!!! { WAAAAAAAAH }

Its far too tight, the side seams are under some serious strain & the back – well, theres absolutely no chance of getting a zip in there.

As frustrating as it is, Im soooooooooo pleased I decided to muslin, even though I hate it so much!! I cant say I wasnt tempted to just chop into my silk coz damn, I was revving to go.

Moral of the story – Always listen to your inner monkey.

Anna_muslin_frontAnna_muslin_back Back to the chopping board for me….


{ PENDRELL } Perfectly…

This soft drapey black georgette was screaming to be a Pendrell, just { SCREAMIN’}.Sewaholic_Pendrell_closeup

Call me a bore, but I really like her in black. Equal parts sophisticated & chic to borderline american football player with those puffy cap sleeves but Im all in on american football players. Dont.dare.judge.

What can I say about the Pendrell that hasn’t already been said?! Well, nuttin’ really. She’s an absolute dream to sew up & an absolute thrill to wear.  Since there are no zips, buttons or any of that crap, she’s easy but like others have reported, somewhat tight to slip on. Once on though, she sits like a glove.

I found the extended length rather ,well…extended but it gave me enough to turn up quite a wide hem which Im so in love with so I didnt mind. I also took the opportunity to make little slits to the side seams before hemming. Apart from that, I sewed in the neck binding as per the instructions but opted to omit the armhole bindings & just turned them under & sewed….easy peasy.Sewaholic_Pendrell_side

While version C is a simple princess seamed blouse, the other two versions with cap sleeves or frills bumps this pattern up from being plain jane to unique & quite pretty. I have to admit that I am in { LOVE }.

Im digging Miss Pendrell so much Im thinking I might just take the time to increase the length & width to make it a dress. { WHAAAA }.Sewaholic_Pendrell_front

Imagine. All this loveliness in dress form.

Folks, thats all for today….now onto #SewDollyClackett :-)

{ OH NO } “The sick”…

I have things to blog about, I do. Its just, life sometimes gets in the way you know.

Last week my world was wrapped up in school & my final Deutsch exam. In fact, the last 6 months have been slower here on the blog due to school but thats about to change cos { SCHOOL’S OUT } and Im ready to be reacquainted with my Sapphy.  BTW, I’ll take claps & whistles for finishing top of my class, I sure will. :-)

But just as I thought I was home free, I picked up a nasty viral infection. Ended up in bed for 4 days with insane fever & a terrible chest infection to boot. Only today am I feeling somewhat “alive” again. I honestly cannot remember when last I felt that bad, if ever perhaps. Breaking my ankle last year was a walk in the park compared (ok, maybe not) but you knowwhatimean.


So like I said, I have things to blog about, things I made prior exams & ‘the sick’. Im just gonna have to be patient with recovery but rest assured, I’ll post as soon as I can.

Hope you are all well x

{ FRIDAY FAVOURITE } Journey of a Dress…


{ source : DVF }

If ever there was an exhibition Id love to attend, then this would be it…The DVF “Journey of a Dress” which started in January would absolutely have been on my { MUST-DO } list.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg’s feminine & timeless  creation of the iconic wrap dress. 200 mannequins showcasing 4 decades of genius in various styles that Im sure would knock anyone’s socks off.

Pity I dont live in LA or have travel plans to be in LA before the exhibition closes on April 1st.


{ JUNGLE } Jammin’…

I went shopping for a piece of jersey knit last week. I needed only 1.2m of knit. Thats all.

I walked out with 2m of stretch denim, 1.2m of the knit and 3m of this :


It feels & looks like a cotton voile but its a viscose voile…or so he says. Im gonna have to do the burn test & see what gives but isn’t it so crazyprwiddy. The colours are a wild combination of yellow, orange, blues, purple…. { YUMMMMMMMMMMMM YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM }.


Fabric makes me incredibly happy…

Happy like summer rain, like bacon & eggs, like hearing children laugh…

But what makes me even happier is { SILK }.

Oh dear, the lengths I would go to for a piece of silk…

Enter FD Silk, based in China & its instant EL-OH-VEE-EEE { LOVE }. I discovered their website last year via Red Point Tailor (thank you) & quickly saved the deets for future reference. I had held out so long on purchasing The Great Anna so when I eventually took the plunge in December, I thought it only apt that I teamed it up with some silk. Hence the reason I was trawling for a good silk supplier. Admittedly, I could have just ordered from Mood but the postage to Europe would have cost me a small fortune over & above the cost of their silks.

So I selected some colour options over at FD Silk & contacted Ms Zoe for some assistance. She went above & beyond to help me with sending extra images of the silks I had enquired about so I could compare the colours – helpful in every single minute detail. What more could you ask for huh??!!

It was time to select the weights of the silks & what type of silk I needed. They offer Silk Organza, Silk Crepe de Chine (CdC), Silk Stretch Satin (Charmeuse), Silk Charmeuse, Silk Georgette / Chiffon in various weights ranging from 8mm to 40mm…the higher the number, the heavier the silk allowing for better wear.  The heavier the weight, the more expensive it becomes too but well worth the investment especially for those special garments. The mm stands for Momme (pronounced MOE-ME) specific to silk.

I purchased 1m each of 8mm Silk Habotai which I plan on making a slip vest/blouse with. I love these two colours together. They look like a swirly fresh summer ice-cream & believe me when I say it feels like heaven. The sheen is absolutely beautiful. For reference, the colour on the left is called “Pinkish Purple” similar to a lavender mauve type shade and the lighter shade on the right is called “Light Pink” naturally.8mm_habotai_white

I also purchased 7m of 14mm Crepe de Chine which I specifically have one in mind for my Anna. Can you guess which one ?? :-)14mm_crepe_de_chine

The CdC is gorgeous but quite different to the Habotai. While its completely luxurious & soft, it doesn’t have the same sheen you see on the Habotai & thats ok because it is a different finish of course. From L-R “Plum Purple” which is a hot pink, “Light Purple” which is self explanatory & screams Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year and “Bright Yellow” which is the brightest happiest piece of fabric I think Ive ever purchased. All completely different, but equally beautiful.

Since choosing colours online is so hard, I also asked Zoe to send me some samples for future use as well as some samples of the different weights. Silk_sample_card

The colour swatch card is the one on the top. I folded my swatches out so I could see the back of the fabric too because sometimes the reverse side takes on a different colour as is the case with the charmeuse especially. Its kinda cool to see how the finishes vary depending on which side you use. Amanda recently posted a project in which she did exactly this – used the reverse side of her silk for the blouse & the shiny side for the collar. { STUNNING }

The bigger sample cards are all different examples of the various weights which is { SUPER SUPER } helpful & extremely fun to paw through. The stretch satin/charmeuse has such a gorgeous hand it will blow ya socks off & the 30mm CdC has me totally captivated.

So, if you’re looking for a silk supplier, head on over to FD Silk & speak to Zoe about what you require. My parcel was sent with UPS on Friday & was delivered to my front door on the following Tuesday – amazing. Even the UPS dude was amazed at their own service. I do love me some instant(ish) gratification, especially when it involves fabric & silk. The cost of postage varies depending on where & the weight but I found the postage fairly reasonable given the distance.

***For those wondering, I paid for this entire order, nothing was sponsored***

I just love to spread the word on great product & excellent service especially because it seems to be few & far between these days.

Happy Shopping my lovelies x