Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Sewing block?

I seem to have hit a wall in the creation of my gorgeous red Colette Beignet skirt - I cut all the pieces out too big.  I got confused about seam allowances and US sizing.  So it all been a bit messy.  The skirt is a bit lumpy and misshapen - not very inspiring.

Do you ever get to the point where you feel fed up with something you are making?  It's not how you thought it would be? 

Like my attempt to re-fashion an old M & S skirt into a Breakfast at Tiffanys Dress - yes an overly ambitious idea but if you have seen this amazing clip on You Tube - Breakfast at Tiffanys Dress by Zephyr Graham Paris Custom Made  - she just makes it look so easy.  You can see her in action here: 

So I've decided to just post a few unrelated inspiring things to take my mind off my inability to finish the Beignet and the Audrey re-fashion.

One of my best friend's - Lucy Miller's gorgeous knitwear (you can find her at Cockpit Studio - Holborn)

The full moon taken through my generous colleague Thalis's telescope for my daughter's homework - I had to stay up until 2am to get this shot but I think it's an amazing full moon.

Roses and geraniums

This is a wall made from old computer keys at the James Hotel in New York - it's wierdly beautiful and a great example of recycling as art.

Yes I know that none of these relate to sewing but I just needed to take my mind off the things that aren't working.  Any suggestions on how to get going on a project that has hit a wall? ,

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

The Queen's jubilations have crept into my wardrobe

Somehow everything I have made recently is red, white and blue - I think all the bunting & Union Jacks strewn around London crept into my subconscious.  Anyway here are my latest creations.  My interpretation of the Colette Patterns Sencha Blouse (I slightly changed the neckline).  I love these photos because in the ones with my glasses on I look so like my lovely mother back in the 60s...

More red, white and blue - my second Colette Patterns Ginger skirt - this time in indigo denim with tiny red polka dot flat piping.  I followed the incredibly helpful instructions on their blog here:  http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-ginger-waistband-with-flat-piping
I love the extra detail the piping adds, I also over stitched in red cotton and added a red zip - I'm really pleased with this - I think I will wear it a lot:
 Here's a close up of the polka dot piping on waistband

 Added extras - the red zip

 Here's my lovely assistant photographer Esme Agnes being shy - very out-of-character.

Beautiful roses - a new colour palette, deep green, light green and white

So what to make next??