Thursday, September 11, 2014

This Alder shirtdress started with some very special fabric, a gift from a friend returning from Bali.  Completely out of his element, browsing bolts of fabric, and asking for advice in broken English he found this gorgeous natural linen (and some stunning silk chiffon lace.)  After much deliberation and a Pinterest board for inspiration I decided it was a great opportunity to take a crack at indigo dyeing using a natural indigo dye kit that I bought earlier this year.

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My original intention was to dip dye an already stitched up Alder dress for an ombre effect.  The pattern was a dream to sew, with a sew-along to guide you through any tricky steps.  It was my first attempt sewing a collar and I think I have finally gotten the hang of creating the correct size button holes for my buttons.  Once sewn, I made a last minute decision to give shibori dyeing a try instead of dip dyeing.  Linen is known to wrinkle and the effect of shibori hides these wrinkles well.

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I have to say, this is one of my favourite makes in a while.  Here is a closer look at the shibori effect.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Tonight, another By Hand London dress.  This evening I went on a quick hike down to the ocean for a swim with my friend Benny.  Who, by the way has the most delicious food blog.  After the swim I threw on my dress and we managed to get a few shots.  The pattern is the Elisalex dress, I altered it slightly, using the original bodice pieces and opting for a gathered skirt instead.

I bought this fabric earlier this spring from Gala Fabrics here in Victoria.  I loved the print of this stretch cotton sateen immediately.  I originally planned to sew it up into a floral bomber with Papercut Patterns Rigel Bomber.  But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I just wasn’t going to wear a floral bomber jacket.  Instead, I went with yet another dress!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Earlier this summer I ventured close to the Arctic circle on a trip to Iceland.

 

We wandered Reykjavik for a week,

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Drove north to the Nordurfjordur, camping amongst the sheep,

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Wound our way around the many fjords and mountains of the West Fjords,

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Sailed south to the hot river,

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Drove through lava fields to reach the stunning Jökulsárlón,

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Hiked,

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And, lastly we ferried over to Vestmannaeyjar.

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While the sun did set, the lights never went out.

 

More photos over on instagram and here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A beautiful pattern and some gorgeous fabric.  I love working with Nani Iro double gauze, it is so easy to sew, comfortable to wear, and the prints are amazing.  I had these two paired in my mind for quite some time, but when I went to cut everything out I realized that the pattern called for much wider fabric.  Luckily, I was able to eke out enough space on my 3m of fabric by cutting the skirt pieces on the cross grain.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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This was my most satisfying make in a while.  Over the month of May I wore at least one handmade item each day and I came to realise that I should be sewing more casual wear as that is what I like to wear on a day to day basis, not pretty dresses.

Immediately after I saw this cardigan pop up on my Instagram feed I downloaded myself a copy, printed it out, and got to sewing.  It was such a fast make and I finally got over my fear of my serger ( which I have since broken, yet another lesson that I should buy quality goods. )

And here’s a quick photo of some recent pottery items.

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