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{ DATURA } The 2nd…

So Ive probably gone & confused y’all with my Datura’s.

But its not so confusing. Stick with me.

Splat! came first, then this one & then the 3rd for my SIL. You see…not so confusing after all. I just posted them in the wrong order. Deer&Doe_Datura_closeup

Anyway, since Splat! was a little snug I had promised to make another allowing a little extra room for comfort. I { REALLY } wanted a white one for summer { WHAT SUMMER ??? } so after scratching through my stash, I settled on this white cotton with light grey paisley print thats been lurking for years. Since this version was quite a spontaneous make, I had to improvise with the contrast yoke fabric….& by improvise I really mean I cut into one of the hubsters shirts & lined it with white. The shirt was too big anyway but the grey was a perfect match. Deer&Doe_Datura_back

She went together as easy as pie until I got to the snaps at the back. I dont know, I just prefer to use snaps on my Datura tops as opposed to regular buttons. I hammered & hammered until I couldnt hammer any more. Eventually got it right. I think the snaps I was using were just rubbish so when Juli of Sweet Little Chickadee posted some lovely colourful snaps on her  Instagram one day, I jumped at the opportunity to ask her where she had found them. Dear me that girl is the best. She hooked me up to Cowgirl Snaps on etsy & I didnt waste time in ordering a whole bunch of stunning colours. They took about a week to arrive with me in Europe & I was in popper heaven!  I might still remove the silver snaps off this Datura & replace them with some pearly white ones….we’ll see!Deer_Doe_Datura_poppers

Cowgirl_snaps Deer&Doe_Datura

Anyway friends, thats 2 posts in 2 days. I deserve a medal especially with how slack Ive been with blogging recently! Ive been sewing, just not photographing. A combination of no time & no lack of decent weather outdoors to photograph. I had such high hopes for summer this year { SIGH }.

To all of you, have a great weekend.

We have a friends wedding tomorrow. I had high hopes of making a great dress for the wedding too { ANOTHER SIGH }…alas, Im RTW all the way 🙂

xx Till soon

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{ EASY SILK } Copy Cat top…

Seven Years ago I purchased a lovely simple  pullover top that Ive worn pretty much every week of my life since…Its that lovely.

With easy knit at the back & a gorgeous printed satin in the front, it started to look a little worse for wear. Ok, ok…it looked a little worse for wear around 3 years ago already but for some reason, I still see it as pristine as it was the day I carried it home in my shopping bag.

It was time to reproduce.

So I traced the pattern off which wasnt very hard given its just a block with boat neck. I chose a grey knit/jersey for the back as well but for the front I used the piece of 8mm Light Pink Silk Habotai I purchased a few months ago. The baby pink was a little too clean for me, so I dirtied it up  with my favourite RIT liquid dyes using the colour formulation for “Titanium” from the Fall 2012 Pantone colours RIT has on their website. I used 1/4 tsp Kelly Green, 1/4 tsp Black with 4 cups of water & added extra colour as I needed to intensify where needed. I dipped my silk until it looked more or less how I wanted it, rinsed and laid it out to dry.  RIT_liquid_dyeing

 

RIT_dyed_silk

Pink & grey are one of my { FAVOURITE } colour combinations. Pink is so girly & grey is so soft, the two go together perfectly. In fact, I love grey with everything really!

The silk & jersey sewed together without any problems. I was anxious at first – it could have been a full on fuck up! I hadnt tested the two fabrics together….should I be admitting that?!? Truth be told, Im quite a rouge when it comes to sewing in a way. I dont muslin (or hate doing when my better judgement insists), I hardly ever test fabrics & sometimes, I dont even pre-wash….even though its one of the first things I advise when someone asks me about sewing!! hahaha. Rich, I know, but thats how I roll.

So here’s how she looked once sewn up :Silk_jersey_top_front

The neck facing near my right shoulder doesn’t sit 100% flat….think it has something to do with the interfacing in that area. Ive already unpicked her there & will give it another go just so she’s perfect but on the whole, I really love it. Its simple & so easy to wear. Id make this again…probably not with an 8mm silk because it is quite fine but definitely with the 2 fabric combinations.

Hope you all had an awesome weekend!!

x Ange

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{ DATURA } Splat!

You know how excited I was for the Datura to drop through my box last week….I dont need to tell ya again do I?! Postage was super fast & efficient, direct from { PARIS }.

I got matching fabrics, cutting & sewing before the pattern could even make it to storage.  I decided to go for a version without the peter pan colour and without the cutouts & chose a fushia pink satin for the yoke which I used on the reverse side because I found the depth of fushia better and I didnt want the bling bling of the shiny shiny. The fushia pink I had used previously for another top but there was sufficient left over to cut the yoke although I will admit to having overestimated just how much, resulting in me having to cut the inner back yoke as two pieces instead of one. I just didnt have enough fushia to cut it on the fold so it means I have a join on the inner back. No great shakes coz no-one sees it – I just thought Id be honest coz Im down like that 🙂 I  used the offcut from my Cloudy Day Dress to cut the front & back pieces.

I think they make an unexpected combination that works well.Deer&Doe_Datura_front

Normally when a brand is new to me, I usually cut the pattern a size bigger just incase the fit is small. In the recent past you will have noticed all my efforts in this regard have taught me that cutting a size bigger is not really necessary because I usually have luck with sizing. Not this time Im afraid { SOB SOB }.  I decided to cut the pattern my size & let me just say the fit is snug….snugger than I’d like. Wearable of course, but snug! { DOH  DOH DOH ! }  So, I’ll be going back to my madness method in future. We live ‘n learn huh. Deer&Doe_Datura_sideDeer&Doe_Datura_top

This particular Deer & Doe pattern is marked as { ADVANCED }. I agree but disagree because although the yoke is tricky, I wouldn’t necessarily call it advanced sewing. Nevertheless, once you’ve gotten past the yoke, she comes together lightning fast. I did find the instructions a little hit ‘n miss in places but totally workable.

In lieu of using buttons to the back, I went for silver press studs/snaps instead. The buttons are not functional, ie. you dont need them to get the blouse on & off, but it does add a lovely touch to the back, one Id never omit because I love the button back detail. I purchased the Hemline brand Starter Kit snaps that has all the pieces plus the plastic tool for inserting these suckers. Well let me just say that even the hubster had a hard time with these things. { NIGHTMARE }. They instruct you to work on a hard, flat & impact proof surface. Fine. But once you hit that sucker with a hammer, the top of the stud gets stuck in the plastic holder & once you’ve managed to pry it out, the top of the stud is flattened!! We didn’t even whack it very hard, { PROMISE }!!! Indeed, practice made perfect but dear me, after ruining 4 or 5 studs in the process. Anyway, it adds a nice element to the blouse so lets forgive & forget shall we. Deer&Doe_Datura_snaps

Oh yeah, I constructed using fushia pink thread which looks kinda cool especially around the button placket and hem. Had I used buttons, I probably would have either used pink buttons or sewn the buttons on with pink thread. Plenty time for experimentation in the future ‘ey.Deer&Doe_Datura_back

Highly recommend the Datura. Will definitely be making more…. in a size larger! Im thinking pastels for spring this year and a plain white one for summer….Hmmmm.

Thanks for popping by x

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{ TREASURE } Found…

The hubster has recently made us 2 lovely tables for our home – one for the dining room & one for outdoor. He made both these tables from timber that has been lying around the factory (some inside, some outside in the elements) for 20+years….yip! They chopped down a European Walnut tree in their garden all those years back. The timber was chopped & stacked but no-one ever did anything more with it.

Now my beady eye sees { EVERYTHING } & I am fortunate enough to have the ability to see potential in old things so I “commissioned” the timber to be used for our tables. Some of the timber is worm eaten but I kinda dig the character of timber that is bashed around a little. I hate perfect looking timber with perfect grain & finish. I like a little roughness & natural oiled finishes – so the results are exactly what we wanted…

Now, you thinking WTF has this got to do with sewing??!! Ok, well in my scrounging around the factory, I came across this : thread_find

{ EXCITEMENT }  how amazing right?! The majority is really old Gütermann silk threads for buttons but there is quite a bit of cotton thread there too. We think they had something to do with either coats or jeans because the colours are all dark, muted tones (grey, dark greens, blues etc) with one or two brights mixed in.  The boxes are really old but there are no dates on them so we have no idea how old they are!! There was even a box of buttons (mostly black) and buckles so Im thinking coats or perhaps military wear??!

There was so much loveliness bundled up in one place I think my heart skipped a little beat. Lets say I wont be needing blue, brown or black thread for quite some time!

 

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{ BURDASTYLE } Das Ruck-Zuck-Nähpaket

Hello fellow sewers –

I noticed this double page spread in the January 2013 BurdaStyle magazine essentially advertising their Fertig Zuge-Schnitten Nähpaket (Ready-to-sew Kit) which I found rather intriguing. I especially loved the packaging!

BurdaStyle_naehpaketThe kit contains the cut fabric pieces needed, sewing thread, needle, extras ie. elastic and an instruction sheet. All you have to do its get started on construction. No worries regarding cutting out, remembering to add seam allowance or fussing with notions…its all there!

At the moment the options are some comfie leggings/pants available for €29,90 { OR }

A cross-over/wrap-around top available for €26,90.

Both pieces are available in grey, fushia or lavender coloured fabric options.

Now, while I love the idea of something like this being available for beginners, for the life of me, I was unable to locate this for purchasing or further information on the website given – burdastyle.de/shop! I looked & looked and eventually gave up. { FRUSTRATING } It could be hiding from me so if anyone else has located this, please drop me a link to the page down in the comments section.

I would like to see BurdaStyle continue with this idea, perhaps offer more advanced kits as an option. I think these are a great idea – if only we could find the link to purchase.

Im also not sure if this translated to BurdaStyle outside of the BurdaStyle.de customers…If so, drop me a line & let me know what you think. As always, thanks for stopping by x