pattern review · sewing

{ NEW LOOK 6248 } The quick linen skirt…

It was the weekend before the Monday we were leaving to go on holiday….so what did I do….well, I whipped up a last minute skirt for the holidays didnt I?!? Dont you?

Good thing this tried ‘n tested pattern is a breeze.

Might I also add this was { LAST } year Summer. Whoops!NL6248

I used some of the 100% white linen I had left over from the shirt-dress. Love the fabric. It may crease like no-ones business but its crispness is such a pleasure in the heat.

I made view E without the ruffles, which admittedly woulda looked really cool but I didnt have the time to ruffle about in honesty. 8 panels sewn together, each seam topstitched with a 4,5 length on my Sapphy, in go the facings & the zip, hem & she’s done.

Easy as that. N6248

Just thought Id share if any of you are considering this little skirt for the coming summer.

Till soon my dears xx

PS – Ive paired the skirt above with the BurdaStyle wrap top I made yonks ago incase you interested in that pattern.

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chit-chat · sewing

{ BIGGEST, TOUGHEST } project of my life…

Lovelies –

Ive eluded to my absence in the recent past & although I dont feel pressure as such to post to my blog regularly any more, I have felt a little guilty for keeping you all in the dark. Your’e not just readers. I value you all as friends – whether Ive personally met you or not. Anyway, the time feels right to let you in on my news… 19

The hubster & I are expecting.

After many many years of trying, we’ve finally been blessed. We are so very grateful for this little miracle & Ive naturally done everything to protect & grow this little human to give it the best opportunity for a healthy start in life.  Having just passed the halfway point in the pregnancy journey, things are now moving full steam ahead in preparation for the lil’un to arrive early Summer.

In other news…

I havent been doing much sewing to be honest. I took a little break in November-ish time to focus on the pregnancy & then December I caught a cold. With no medication allowed, the cold developed into a chest infection with a very slow recovery unfortunately. I did manage to make a maternity skirt and some other small things which I’ll share over the next few weeks.

Mid-January we jetted off down south for 3 weeks to visit family & friends back in my ‘hood. It was so lovely to get away from the cold, fuel up on sun & love before returning to what is hopefully the last of the cold weather.

Since the bump is growing Im having to make up some more maternity items which is really exciting. Ive naturally been going through all the maternity patterns available & Im thrilled to see there are some real lovely options available out there….but still, are there enough?! .

Thats all the news I have for now. Trust you’re all healthy & happy

xAnge

 

 

 

 

pattern review · sewing

{ VOGUE 1247 } Rachel Comey top…

Friends, Ive been scarce around the blog due to a combination of things really. Work, stress. Then I got sick. Its just made me really tired and in the meantime I lost my sewjo so bad I started wondering if it would ever return. Luckily, Im getting back into it but the break has been good.  Trust you all had a good Christmas (if you celebrate) and I’ll wish you all a good New Year now.

This V1247 pattern had been on my wishlist for forever but it was only once I saw “Seeker of Sewing Highs” Sophie’s insanely gorgeous version, did I gasp & decide I had to have the pattern.  Don’t get me wrong folks. There were some stunners out there already, Sophie’s just spoke my kinda language. Luckily for me, Vogue were having a sale at the time. { WHEW }.

I knew just what I was looking for in fabric too – something soft & patterned without a pattern if you knowwhatimean. I wanted the panels to mismatch but be matched at the same time to show off the front panels. Anyway, once I stumbled upon this cotton/silk (70%/30%) blend, I knew immediately it would be the one & due to all the lovely reviewers who agreed the pattern runs rather large & one can easily go down a size or two, I ordered the minimum of fabric & used every last scrap. V1247_front V1247_back

She sewed up without fuss. I took great care in matching up my shoulder pleats and did my best to align the front panels. As 2 separate pieces (top and bottom), the seams aligned perfectly but once I sewed together the top portion to the bottom, my lines were off slightly so I didnt get the perfect point but hey-ho I swoon at all the other bits of perfection.V1247_alignmentV1247_pleats

With french seams throughout and a lovely bias neck facing, she’s casual but with some awesome finishes. I didnt fold my sleeves over as instructed because my fabric, while beautiful, is not that slouchy slouch so when folded they just stuck out too much overall & decided therefore to leave it sheer.

My fabric is sheer but perfect for summer & you may be wondering why Ive been sewing summer instead of winter… Simple really. Im headed home on holiday for 3 weeks soon. Home means hot, summer, friends & family – a decent vacation. Its been 3 ½ years since Ive been home.

I cannot wait!

A xx

chit-chat · travel

{ ABSENT } Ive been gone so long even WordPress thought it time to upgrade without me…

Yip friends, thats what happens when your’e absent from blogging for almost a month!

We just had to break away for a little holiday. Those that follow me on Instagram will know we took a little us-time to Italy. It was just a week but it was enough to recharge the batteries before heading back to work to start a new project & deal with the snagging of the old.

We traveled by car coz the hubster has been doing so much air travel recently. I couldn’t ask him to do airports & planes for holiday too so a little driving it was. First stop was { BIBIONE }, then onto Venice for the day, then to Lake Garda, then up into “The Roof of Italy” to Merano, back into Austria to Salzburg and then home. We drove, slept, wined, dined, swam, hiked, moaned our way through Italy whilst sampling all the gelato we could along the way. Let me tell you Bibione might have been the most touristy but boy oh boy did we have AH-MAZING gelato there! Id drive 5 hours back to Bibione just for the dark chocolate ice-cream…you dont believe me…I absolutely would.

{ VENICE} was lovely. Fell in love with this perfect city with all its flaws. We didnt find it smelly or over-priced at all but I guess thats because we’ve lived in some expensive countries/cities to know when things are really bonkers expensive. Im pretty sure there are some bonkers places but in general, its european prices all day, every day.  Id go back in a heart beat & Im not just romanced by the touristy stuff that everyone does because I dont really subscribe to that crap to be honest.  I was just romanced by how peculiar and different Venice is.  I seek out the oddness & peculiar in everything so for me this was a treasure chest just waiting to be explored.Italy_Grand_Canal_July2014

{ LAKE GARDA } was disappointing, weather wise and otherwise. It was not what I was expecting, bar the lake of course so it was no great shakes to leave & press on to Merano.

{ MERANO } was beautiful, full of lush green vineyards. Very Austrian/German in every way but the Italian still manages to shine through here and there.

{ SALZBURG } – oh Salzburg. You know how much I love Salzburg. One night was enough to remind me of my love for this city.

Salzburg_July2014

A great little getaway filled with spectacular views. Italy_July_2014

So now Im back at work and headed to London tomorrow. Its a short in & out business trip that unfortunately I didnt have much time to plan. Back in May I was supposed to join Rachel and all of you at the London get together. I was all booked & ready at the airport but unfortunately, I was not allowed to board the plane. UK Immigration is a bitch I’ll tell ya that!! I dont travel on an EU passport, I was denied entry to the UK and therefore my passport had to go into the Embassy for stickers and stuff. (Now dont be thinking how did she not know she needs visas/permits etc coz Im not that clouded over…..the system is chaos! I had been traveling in & out of London for 2 years without any problems until that farking day!)

I received my passport back last Thursday after what seemed like an eternity. Im stickered up & ready to rumble. I could go on for days about my immigration situation and while I would very much like to vent here, I think its probably better that I dont.

Long story short is that I’ll be in Londontown quite a lot over the coming months. Most of the trips will be quick in & outs for business but Im hoping that I can at least get to meet some of you & shop fabric while Im there.

Lovies to you all

x ange