I’m increasingly desperate to visit Japan – not only home to my favourite knitting and fabric designers, but also my favourite films, plants, animals… I’m coming round to the food too!
Anyway, until the time comes that I can actually visit, I have to make do somehow. So I made this gorgeous kimono.
The fabric is a peony print rayon from Wear Lemonade, the pattern is the Asaka Kimono, from my favourite Named Clothing. And the sunshine is a gift on a February weekend!
I declined to take modelled shots, as I had prioritised sewing over showering the weekend I finished this. Maybe later, on instagram. 🙂
When I started sewing in earnest (is that really 6 years ago?!) my mum very kindly and presciently bought me my first machine – a John Lewis, red, basic model for just under £100. It’s served me pretty well, looking back at my makes, and it’s cheerful cherry red has been a cheeky source of inspiration and delight.
But after a while, it’s time to make new friends. Earlier this month I went to the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally, and came back with a veritable beast. A Bernina 570QE, unicorn machine of dreams. I’ve been saving up for over a year, I’ve had help from generous benefactors (special shout out to my aunt and stepdad), and I’ve finally taken rather a big leap.
I was giddy all day after I brought the Bernina home, but a little bit apprehensive of actually starting to familiarise myself with it. But last weekend, a convenient rainy day kept me inside and I started the long process of getting to know the Bernina.
So my inaugural make (in honour of having my first ever straight stretch stitch at my fingertips) is a Talvikki sweater, by Named Clothing. The fabric is sweatshirting by Atelier Brunette, purchased from M is for Make.
The fabric is a bit thinner than I expected – if I make this again, it will be in boiled wool. The Atelier Brunette fabric is not designed for British (or Canadian!) winters. But I think this will be a nice anti-mosquito layer for hot summer nights, and for the time being it’s so roomy I can really layer up underneath. In the photos I’m wearing my Liberty Hesketh Apollon sweatshirt underneath.
And the Bernina? An absolute dream. But definitely still a long learning curve ahead of me.
In a last minute bid to prepare myself for my summer trip to Canada I made myself some snail trousers. I also made a linen stripe tee a few weeks back and forgot to blog it, so here they are together.
The trousers are the Luna Pants pattern by Made By Rae, and sewn in Heather Ross’s Sleeping Porch cotton lawn. Everything about these trousers is perfect – from the fit, to the soft lawn, to the pockets, to the subdued and sophisticated print which on second glance turns out to be just hundreds of snails…
The tee is another Named Clothing Inari Tee. For this one I lengthened the front by 3″ and the back by 5″, and played around with stripes and pockets. The fabric is linen-cotton which I bought a few years ago at John Lewis intending to sew a shirred dress, but never managed to (but I did use some for this knitting bag). Anyway, this tee is great and I love the length.
I love the Named Clothing Inari dress I made at Easter, so I followed up with a totally un-customised, straight from the pattern Inari Tee.
It’s in Nani Iro double gauze with lovely pearlescent dots which I got (for free! First competition I’ve ever won, and the most I’ve ever wanted to win sonething) from Miss Matatabi (much more from this generous haul to follow).
I love it, it’s great with my high waisted skirts and smart trousers at the office; but at the same time it’s too short to wear casually unless I get / make some high waisted jeans. So I’m going to make more of these, but a bit longer. Watch this space!
I cut this dress out way back in April and quickly got it about three-quarter done. But then my Masters exam started looming so it was put aside. Last week, I did my exam, and a few hours of the bank holiday weekend were fruitfully directed towards completing this glorious garment.
It’s a Named Clothing Reeta dress, in Nani Iro linen which I bought with some reward vouchers from work at John Lewis. I’m pretty delighted that John Lewis has started to stock Nani Iro.
And this dress! It’s so stunning! I’m in love. The weather has been humid and hot and this dress has been a godsend. I love the length, the comfiness, the way it flows about my legs. It’s the perfect summer dress.
My two sewing passions right now are Nani Iro fabrics and Named Clothing patterns.
I bought the pattern for the ubiquitous Named Clothing Inari Tee at the new Ray-Stitch shop a few months back. I want to make at least half a dozen of these tees in Nani Iro double gauze for my summer work wardrobe, but first – a dress!
I added a gathered skirt. In my usual way with these Japanese fabrics, I just used the full width (selvedge to selvedge) to avoid raw edges. It’s such narrow fabric that it just makes sense.
The fabric was from one of my favourite online shops, M is for Make.
I was totally smitten with Named Clothing’s new collection when it recently launched, in particular the Tuuli dress. I’d actually been scouring the Internet for a pattern like the Tuuli for a few months, to dressify some stunning jersey (print: my beloved Hesketh) I had picked up in the summer at the Liberty sale.
I took a day off and set to dressmaking!
I just love this dress. It’s so comfortable and gorgeous and soft and fine, and moves like a dream. But I really do need to get a better sewing machine. Even just having a straight stretch stitch would be a huge improvement.