Monday, 28 January 2013

A month has gone....

I cannot believe it's been a month since my last post. As I do work a bit more now, there is not really much time for sewing plus there hasn't been any sun for ages, so taking pictures has been literally impossible.

So what have I managed to make?

Few Christmas presents, apron and a chef's hat for my sweet stepson Oscar, with his name embroidered on a pocket, pair of jeans for my lovely boyfriend. I have used an old pair of his Levis jeans, cut them up and copied them to create a pattern. I have done few alterations, so they really fit him well. Now I'm working on a second pair, but I'm lining them with lining from his old work trousers, just to make things a bit more complicated :-). Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of them.

And my last Christmas present was a handmade fabric basket with couple of homemade chutneys. It's been first fabric basket I've ever made. I must say that making it was really satisfying, nice result in no time! My shortest ever sewing project! I've used fabric from an old skirt and vintage trim for the outside and old men's shirt for the inside. Very green as always! Was planning to make few of them, but only made one.

So what do you think?

I was given the best Christmas present ever, an adjustable dressmakers dummy. Now I feel like a real professional.

Oh, some great news, I have made my first sale on Etsy, hurrah!!! I've sold one of my tunics. Posted it to Canada last week. What a strange idea, that someone on the other side of the world is going to be wearing something I designed!

Last weekend I finally managed to take pictures of four of my items, 3 tops and one denim jacket, which I started listing on Etsy. All of them are made of recycled fabrics.

1. Colour block asymmetric tunic, which I think looks kind of interesting and it's made out of recycled men's shirt and a bed sheet, yeah really a bed sheet. I've made a summer dress for myself few years back out of it and had a piece left. Never know when it's going to come handy.

2. Sleeveless top, very simple top with vintage lace detail, three vintage turquoise buttons and vintage light blue bias binding. And it's also made from recycled men's shirt, can't really define the colour, something between light brown and lilac.

3. Oversized silk top, I combined red silk sari fabric with blue cotton with nearly invisible paisley pattern from men's shirt. I like how it worked out, it creates a slimmer silhouette. Was thinking to keeping it for myself, but then decided to list it in my Etsy shop.

4. Denim jacket, this one is a bit different than my other jackets, I went for a classic cut and kept some of jeans features, used pockets, waistband, even three sets of buttons and button holes and created hidden buttons. The sleeves can be turned up to uncover flowery cotton. This one is a smaller size, UK size 8. Having a dressmakers dummy really helps.

Do you like any of them?

Tuesday, 1 January 2013