Thursday, 20 September 2012

Colette Patterns Anise and Juniper now available in the Shop

Just a quick update, The latest additions from Colette Patterns, The Juniper Trouser and Anise Jacket patterns are now available in the shop.

Two really beautiful classic styles, I cant wait to start seeing some finished versions!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

New Patterns from Colette

Colette patterns have unveiled their two new patterns for Autumn, The Juniper and The Anise.

Juniper is a classic wide leg trouser, fitted through the hips and feature a wide tabbed waist.

Next up is The Anise jacket. The first thing I though of when I saw this jacket was Betty Draper and Jackie O.
Its a double breasted cropped jacket reminiscent of the 1960's styles. It's fully lined with single welt pockets and as there are no seams in front it's suitable for plaids and stripes.

Sarai from Colette Patterns had planned to do a sew-a-long for this pattern given the many steps involved, however she decided there was so much info it would be easier to put it together in a little guide - The Anise Companion. It's a pdf download and if you purchase today it's half price which comes to $5. I purchased it for myself this morning and it is well worth the $5, very informative with lots of pictures.

The Juniper and Anise will be arriving in the store in the next week or so, I will write a post to let everyone know when they are here :-)
Another couple of fantastic patterns from Colette. It's great to see more trouser patterns being released, as much as I love pretty dresses and love to wear them you cant beat a great pair of pants. I'll have to wait a while to try these patterns out as the weather is already pretty warm here, but maybe Juniper in white linen could be an option?

What fabric combos do you picture for these patterns?

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Mission Maxi Dress - Finished project

I made up this midi version of the Jamie Christina Mission Maxi dress last week on a particularly sunny, summery morning.
I used this gorgeous tie dye jersey from my stash and used self fabric for the binding, which was a little tricky to make as the fabric was so slippery!

This dress is ridiculously comfy but still stylish, which when you have two little kiddies and work from home is a must. In my experience someone always come to the door those days when you haven't done your hair and are slobbing around in trackpants.

The racer back gives a nice sporty feel to it, I know I will get loads of wear out of this. Throwing on over swimsuit after the beach, out to lunch or just at home.
The pattern itself is super simple, front and back pieces cut on fold and neck and arm openings finished with bias binding, how easy can you get??

You can buy a copy of the pattern in my shop here.
also just a quick note the 10% off Megan Nielsen patterns will finish on Sunday 16/9/2012.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Christine Haynes Derby Dress - Finished Project

I recently made up the Christine Haynes Derby Dress pattern and what a treat it was to sew!
A simple a-line dress with princess seams which give a lovely shape. I made View B which features a bias cut ruffle at the neckline.

My fabric is an apple print crepe which made for a nice flowy dress. I couldn't fault anything as far as pattern goes, everything fit together nicely and instructions super easy to follow. When it came to choosing size I checked finished measurements of garment and cut size accordingly, which ended up being a size 2. I think it may have ended up slightly smaller than intended because I chose to use french seams to finish off but I am really happy with the overall fit of the dress. I opted to omit the fabric belt because the crepe fabric is quite slippery and I didn't want to be hiking up a belt all day.

I really loved this pattern and I will be making it again, perfect little dress for spring and summer :-)