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Fabric Fear

I've bought three gorgeous pieces of fabric over the last couple of weeks. 

First up was this deep green Cloud 9 fabrics rayon that I got from Crafty Angel when I was there teaching a class.  I always seem to spend pretty much half my earnings when I teach at Angela's shop!

Cloud 9 Fabrics - Business Class Senator - Rayon
It wasn't cheap - more than I'd normally pay for fabric certainly - but I fell in love with it the instant I saw it.

Then last Friday I went to the Knitting and Stitching show with a few friends.  I already knew that Stoff & Stil would be there, and I already knew I love their fabrics.  Their stand was easily the nicest, I probably could have bought one of everything they'd brought with them, and they'd brought a lot of stuff!  All the stall assistants were wearing garments made from their fabrics and they all looked so stylish.

I settled for 2 pieces of fabric (and 3 patterns - but they were only £2 each!).  They were selling their fabrics in precut pieces, both the pieces I bought were £20.00 for 2.5m.

I decided on this one first, but it was hard to pin myself down to just one piece.  This is described as being black, but it looks like a very, very dark grey to me.  I don't mind either way.   

Stoff & Stil woven viscose black with white birds

One of the assistants was wearing a top made from this (it's more 'mustard' in real life) and at the very last moment I added a piece to my basket. 

Stoff & Stil woven crepe viscose curry with flowers

As I said, I paid £20.00 for 2.5m. I've just looked on their website to find a photo and link, and it's listed at £13.50 metre, so I got myself a bargain.  I'm wondering if the assistant told me the wrong price, most of the fabrics were priced, but this one's ticket was missing.

Now, the title of this post is "Fabric Fear" because I love all these fabrics so much that I'm scared to cut into them.  I can't even decide what I want to make with them.  I have 2.5 metres of each, so 3 dresses seem the sensible idea, but which three?  What if I cut the fabric, make the dress and it's not the 'right' dress?

Please tell me I'm not the only one who suffers from fear of cutting into lovely fabric.  And please hit me with your suggestions of what I should make with these gorgeous pieces.

Friday Faves

I haven't done one of these posts for ages, but there have been lots of things that have caught my eye this week, so I thought I'd share them with you.

First of all a couple of new patterns caught my eye. 

Deer and Doe have released a couple of new patterns, the one above being the Magnolia dress.  There are 2 versions available, I really fancy the maxi one, but with the slightly less revealing bodice of the knee length version.  I saw someone at a party last weekend in a long sleeved floral maxi dress and it looked amazing. 

Afternoon Patterns are a new pattern company to me, but I love the look of these Heron Culottes they released this week.  I've been looking for a culotte pattern that really takes my fancy - I know there are loads about, but none of them really seemed to be exactly what I wanted - and I think I'm going to give these a go. 

This incredible free motion embroidered top popped up in my Instagram feed earlier this week and it was instant love.  The maker, Amanda McCavour, is more well known for her seriously beautiful large scale free motion embroidery installations, but this top has me itching to try something similar myself.

I've recently started following Vinegar and Brown Paper on Instagram and I had a little browse through their website yesterday.  Their etched glass pieces are all gorgeous, but this lapel pin really caught my eye.  It's a shame I've spent all my birthday money...


Finally a blog post from Sewrendipity that I read this morning.  Alex has written what she says will be the first in a series on how to style me-made items in different ways.  She's kicked off with a fabulous pair of bright pink culottes, which has got me thinking about how I can style my Heron culottes when I make them.  I'm just not sure I'll be brave enough to go for bright pink.

I hope you like my favourites this week.  I'd love to know if there's anything fabulous that's caught your eye recently.

Cupcakes and Lightning Bolts

Hello there, hope you're having a good weekend.  I've had a bit of a break from creating recently as I went on holiday earlier this month and had a very relaxing time in Portugal, which mainly consisted of eating too much and drinking lots of gin!

Now I'm back and have been playing about with lots of faux leather, holographic vinyl and glitter fabric.  I thought you might like to see what I've made.

Glittery cupcake keyrings / bag charms

Glittery cupcake keyring / bag charm and purse sets

Holographic Ziggy Stardust inspired keyring / bag charms and purse.
I bought all the fabrics - if you can call them that - from an eBay seller  called Funtastic Crafts who has an amazing range of glitters, faux leathers and suedes and other cool stuff.  It comes in A4 sheets, but as you can imagine you can get quite a lot out of an A4 sheet!

This post isn't an advert, but I will just add that all these items are listed for sale in my Etsy shop if you should be interested!  No hard sell, that's it for self promotion today!

Since I've been back from Portugal - we came home the day the weather cooled down here - I've been thinking about sewing for Autumn/Winter, so hopefully I'll have some new items of clothing to share with you soon.

Made by Me: Deer and Doe Nenuphar Jacket

This is actually my second Deer and Doe Nenuphar jacket; the first is unblogged (like many things recently!) and although I like it I'm disappointed that the fabric I used started piling after one wear.

This one however is gorgeous. 

I bought 1.5m of this fabric - a gold spotted double gauze - from my lovely friend Angela at Crafty Angel with the intention of making a top but when I prewashed it it wasn't as soft as I'd thought and I couldn't decide what kind of top I wanted anyway.  Then I hit on the idea of this jacket, and after omitting the pockets I had just enough fabric for it. 

The fabric isn't on her website, but at time of writing I know she still has some in stock.


This was the first time I've used a Deer and Doe pattern as I think a lot of them are too young for me style-wise and I was really pleased with it.  The instructions were thorough without being too "hand-holdy" and everything fit together well when I was sewing, all the notches matched perfectly etc.

Construction-wise I French seamed everything except the gathered peplum at the back - I was going to attempt a French seam here too but decided it would make things too bulky and might make the back hang weirdly. If I was using a rayon or viscose I might chance it there too, because I love how pretty and neat French seams make the insides of a garment look.

The shape of the jacket is so pretty.  You can see from the side photo above how it hangs with the front slightly shorter on my mannequin, and it does this when worn too.  I'm not sure if that's actually intended, although the modelled photos on the Deer and Doe website do show it hanging in a similar manner.

The notches in the collar are a lovely feature and if you include the pockets the top of those have a similar notch.  I almost made the collar straight without the notches but I'm glad I included them in the end.

The only other change I made was to remove the flare from the sleeve.  They are designed to be wider at the hem but that was just too much fabric for me, so I cut them straight which took 2 - 3 inches out of the hem circumference.

I've worn this a few times since making it, although it's actually too warm to even need a jacket this light at the moment.  It was perfect in an air conditioned office the other day though.

I can see me making this again.  I think if you sized down it would work well in jersey and I also think it could look quite cute lengthened anywhere from mid thigh to knee length depending on the fabric.  I've got a panel of lovely black embroidered cotton which would be gorgeous for the upper back if I can ever find some plain black that matches it for the rest of the jacket.