Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Projects from Pochée Spring 2010

Here is a quick roundup of some garments I made from Pochée Vol. 9 Spring 2010.  This Japanese magazine features some really nice shirt patterns as I mentioned in an earlier post, but there are more than just great shirts in this issue.


















Sunday, April 8, 2012

Did you know? "Stylish Dress Book" translated to English!

Now Available for Pre-Order
Yes, it's true....  The much coveted and admired Stylish Dress Book vol 1. by Yoshiko Tsukiori will soon be out in ENGLISH!!  Yay!  It is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com at an attractive price, only $11.27.  The publication date is Sept 10, 2012 so there is still quite a long wait for this title but fans of Japanese sewing books will know the wait is worthwhile.  The title for the english version will be "Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom".  Click the link for more details and pictures!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Scottish Shortbread Recipe!

Today I made stuff to eat outta nuthin...and I decided to write about it!  I have several books on tea and foods to make for taking tea, one of my favorites is The Afternoon Tea Book by Linda Hewitt, published in the early 80's, it is now quite the vintage classic!  The recipe for Scottish Shortbread is the simplest I have ever seen, most call for cornflour in the recipe, this does not.  3 ingredients, and a delicious result, follow the link for recipe!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fashion Inspiration - Pochee

Pochee Spring 2010
Today is one of those days where rest is involuntary... I am very tired and keep getting dizzy.  It's not a good day for sewing.  Plus I have a bad feeling about my half finished dress upstairs, that I did not cut that plaid fabric quite right and the seams will be wonky after all...  But I am too tired to look and see, and I don't need that discouragement today. EDIT : I found out the plaid lines up just fine :-) but now I have to add darts to the back..

Instead I will share some fashion images and pictures from pattern books that I am in love with right now..
follow the link to see more!  :-)

Friday, January 20, 2012

2011 Review...

2011 looks like a scant year for sewing if you go by my posts, but really it was just a bad year for posting...
I actually did a lot of repairs that made clothing wearable again, I did some embroidery and some garment sewing that is not photographed yet.  It's so much easier to photograph an object like a stuffed rabbit than to photograph yourself wearing a dress, as you can see from my photos in the mirror on the Lotus dress!  The solution is to obtain help but I'm not so good at asking for that.  This must be why so many bloggers have photos of their frocks on hangers instead of on themselves.

Anyway, I thought I would make a list of all the things I did not post about but made or fixed =0)
so.....please click for more....

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tea Shoppe Quilt

At last the quilt top Mum made is quilted and finished!  All the little tea pots and tea cups have been sewn around and flowers have been carefully stitched so that they are not stitched too much...for I quickly found out that too much detail makes the quilt too flat and hard.
Finished Quilt on my bed
I photographed the quilt this morning with the sun at the perfect angle to show all those little details (so long as you turn off the flash).  Click the link for more detailed pictures!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Amy Butler Lotus Dress part 3


Cap Sleeves are go!
My Muslin/Dress is almost finished...well actually I have worn it downtown twice without the hem finished because I couldn't wait to wear it any longer!  Can't wear it to work like that though, I'm pretty sure the boss will look at me funny...  I am glad I threw this frock on before I stay-stitched and bound those sleeves!  I nearly didn't bother and so I was lucky my sister-in-law came round and I wanted to show her how it looked.  That's how I knew the sleeve sizes on the pattern are quite unrealistic, I had to let them out to the large size and they do still pinch a bit once in a while.

Time for another picture! >