chit-chat · sewing

{ ALL IN } Travel, WIPs & eenie meenie…

Ive been quiet, I know! It usually means our lives have been filled & therefore busy.

Beginning of last week I started on a dress which I hoped would be finished by the time I had to travel on sunday morning…alas, it was not, but it is coming together nicely so far. NL6242_mid

Yip, we jetted off to the UK, arrived early sunday evening, straight off to friends for sunday dinner. The hubster needed to be in a meeting first thing monday morning so I took the chance to catch up with a friend while we visited Cliveden nearby. Tuesday I assisted the hubster with some work related stuff in the morning, before we set out to the stores to shop all the goodies we long for but dont get here at home….ie. Bovril was first on our list 🙂 Tuesday evening we were invited to more friends for dinner so we had long days filled with love & laughter all round. Wednesday we flew home late afternoon.

We should be spending more time in the UK in the coming months (providing we get this contract) so I look forward to meeting up with some of you UK sewcialists should I be there when you have your get-togethers etc….I missed the UK! Might I even go so far as to say the weather was a welcome relief from the 40 degrees we had last Thursday in our ‘hood…why thank you, I just might.

I used to be all over summer but these days Autumn is more my thing. Last week I battled to work in the { SEWING SAUNA }. I resorted to stripping down to almost nothing which helped somewhat. Im sure thats too much info for you all { SORRY }. Anyway, back to the UK, everything felt so familiar & I wont lie & say I couldnt have been bothered not hearing Deutsch for 3 days but as always, its  good to be home too!

There is nothing quite like jumping into your { OWN } bed after travels…or arriving home to a healthy looking package containing a selection good enough to eenie meenie miney mo…IMG_0987

Peeps, I splurged….on dye!!

Last week I realised I was having such fun with dyeing things I just want to do more, more, { MORE }.  My mind is racing with colour. Here in mainland Europe, its hard to find liquid dye. In fact, the only dye I could lay my hands on was powder dye which in my opinion is not nearly as accurate or consistent as liquid dye. Yes the RIT liquid dye is more expensive, yes its a beeeatch to find this side of the pond but I found these at Minerva Crafts & I ain’t looking back. I still want to experiment with natural dyes but from what Ive read thus far, natural dyes are colour limiting & the results are inconsistent even when handled by dye specialists. So, being the instant gratification monster that I am, liquid dyes will have to do.

Being thrown out of routine for a few days meant I did no blog arriving home to Bloglovin’ and seeing I had more than 600 blog posts to read freaked me out….311 of those were sewing related. I will admit to skipping through many of them because I simply dont have the time to read 311 posts immediately but rest assured, I will get through them because reading blogs is one of my all time favourite things to do….reading anything really 🙂

So my lovelies, its good to be back. Im going to get stuck into finishing my dress and photographing the bolero knit I finished some time ago but was too lazy busy to photograph and also, getting down ‘n dirty with some dye.  Next week another { TIPTRICK TUESDAY } & hopefully some more sewing.

Wherever you are, have a lovely weekend xx




{ SPIRIT } is here…

Kim Hargreaves has released the new spring/summer book & it does not disappoint….. { SPIRIT } is here!

How beautiful are some of these designs?! cheeky_kimhargreaves_spirit



{ all images via kim hargreaves }

Knitting does not exactly conjure up spring or summer thoughts but for those still chilly-ish evenings, these totally work. When I lived in both Holland & the UK, it seemed like I always needed a cardi or something warmer in the evenings irrelevant of the season.  Also, by just changing the colour of yarn, you can make a design work for autumn or winter too.

Love this new book however of the 21 designs, only 2 are suitable for novice knitters. The majority of the designs are suitable for knitters with a little experience so I would try although, since good quality yarn is fairly pricey these days, I would hesitate in purchasing this book based on my skill level.

Im looking forward to seeing what the ladies over on Ravelry make from this collection. Happy Knitting x




pattern review · sewing

{ VOGUE 8601 } Riding Jacket

{FINISHED} I can hardly believe it! Imagine running a marathon, getting to the end only to realise you missed your target time…elation that you still alive but disappointment with your final result…thats how this jacket feels. Ive been working on it on & off for months (if not a year) and now its finally finished (sans button/s) and I just feel a little ‘flat’ about it. There’s puckering to be fixed on the collar and one armscye. I was so frustrated by it all that making the small adjustments was just not in me…I needed time to breathe – hence throwing myself into the frilly burdastyle blouse & the DKNY Vogue 1027.

I must admit, Poppy does not do justice to the fit. It does look much nicer when I have it on but for the sake of photographing it…well, you know. My intentions were to buy the remote for my camera so I can self-shoot but would you believe Nikon dont make a compatible remote for my model. { IRRITATED FACE }. Im looking into an alternative but until then…you got Poppy 🙂V8601_riding_jacket_front1

{ DESCRIPTION }  Vogue 8061 is a close-fitting, lined to edge with princess seams in upper section. Darts to lower section, back tails with slit and an option on buttons and collar. I sewed View D/E with one button closure & no contrast collar.

{ FABRIC USED } black gabardine which I purchased in the UK about 2 years back & I used a fushia pink somethin’-somethin’ for the body lining, with the arms lined in a black poly.  The poly was more slippery than the pink & I prefer my arms to slide easily through jacket arms!V8601_riding_jacket_lining

{ SIZING } I cut my usual size and it fits well, bar the issues I will speak about below.

{ INSTRUCTIONS } I followed the instructions as they are & did not add any extra tailoring foundations as you might have seen some other sewers had done on PR.V8601_riding_jacket_silhouette

{ CONSTRUCTION / ALTERATIONS }  I didnt want my jacket to be a tailored coat but something a little more grungy & casual…hence not going into too much tailoring. In hindsight, I would have constructed the lining differently as Vogue requests you sew the sleeves by hand AFTER. It would have saved me alot of time & trouble by sewing the arms onto the rest of the lining before feeding them through the arms and just hand stitching the wrists in AKA the V8438 coat I made here. Far easier solution with much less fuss. I added some black top-stitching to my fuschia lining for a little interest on the inside. I did not do all the seams, just the princess seams running right around.

This pattern requires a fair amount of hand stitching (if you construct the way they tell you too), otherwise its not a difficult pattern but neither is it beginner level.  I had to take in the sleeves quite substantially too so bear this in mind. I would also have preferred the sleeves to have been made of 2 pieces making fitting a little easier IMO. I would also prefer to have the option of adding a sleeve with buttons so I would definitely do this next time..if there is ever a next time!! I also disliked the way they ask for the shoulder pads to be fitted AFTER the lining is in…why??? The jacket would look so much better with the shoulder pads under the lining & hidden!!!!!!!

I was waiting a little to post this review because I had not found the right button for the front. On Saturday I was at the store in Vienna & I purchased a button I thought would work but once I was home & looked at it, it just doesnt work & my stash of buttons has come up with nothing suitable….the quest to find the right button therefore continues. In the meantime, I might just sew a plain black button until I find the right match.V8601_riding_jacket_tails


{ SUM IT UP } Im not sure I would make this coat again since it is quite unique with the “tails” however I enjoyed the process & would recommend provided you are looking for something quite unique.  V8601_riding_jackt_front2

Thanks for stopping by x



Happy Friday to you all –

A few days ago I was sorting some of my fabric stash because since we moved into our new house, I pretty much transferred fabrics straight from boxes to their storage without giving it much thought – in other words – I simply needed to have the boxes out of the way so I could think.

I use the Ikea 4-drawer Malm chests for my fabric storage.


{ source : Ikea }

I line the drawers with craft paper first and each drawer is dedicated to a specific type of fabric ie. on the bottom I have heavy winter fabrics (wools etc), next drawer up I store my cottons, then my lightweights ie chiffons, lace etc.  I do this because its easier for me to keep track  & I dont have to wade between heavy fabrics when Im looking for a silk…you get the idea right?! In the top drawers I keep my bits ‘n bobs for instance, buttons, ribbons, bindings, notions etc. As I mentioned in my NY resos post, I do plan on doing some shelves in the sewing room for books & I had thought of using the underside of the shelves for bottles of notions etc – we shall see.

Anyway, while I was sorting I realised that I have so much fabric that Ive bought on my travels and there are a few pieces I simply {CANNOT} even think of cutting. Its like Ive grown some attachment to them & its gotten all emotional & stuff…. {SERIOUSLY?} yes, seriously. Ive posted a few pics below so you can see which ones Im referring to :



I’ll admit, the majority of these fabrics are found on my travels to Canada, South Africa, Holland & UK so they all kinda hold sentimental memories of these travels. I guess cutting into them would still mean I have memories albeit in the form of a garment…Im pathetic with this {CANT CUT} thing but I feel like they are all too sentimental…..what can I do ?? Ive thought of going shopping for new pieces which might help to cure me because as soon as you have a new favourite, the old favourites seem to be demoted {HOWEVER} looking at how old some of these favourites are – it would appear Im not demoting anything. ever!!

Do any of you suffer from the same syndrome ? & if so, how have you overcome it?

Thanks for stopping by x

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{Labels have arrived …}


My labels have arrived & I am more than pleased with them 🙂

I ordered these through Easy2name based in the UK & they turned these out in no time at all. I would highly recommend these folk for stick-on, iron-on, sew-on, no iron-no sew labels for all sorts of projects. The staff are helpful and they are willing to post orders worldwide which is a real winner for us folk that dont live in the UK. Now I just need to finish my riding coat so I can use my first label…