Monday, February 3, 2014

Geometric Stamping

We've mixed up some normal black and white paint and added some textile medium (no need for expensive fabric paints).  The textile medium basically makes it a washable fabric paint, that way you can get exactly the colour you want using normal everyday paint.

We cut two triangles and a diamond shape out of polystyrene.  Coat one side of your shape with your mixed up paint.

It's a good idea to lay some paper or cardboard through the middle of your skirt so that the paint doesn't seep through.  Start stamping.

The trick is to keep stamping until there is hardly any paint left on your stamp.  That way you get the variation in texture like we have.

You can mix up your shapes or you could stick with just doesn't really matter.  Keep stamping until you've covered your garment.  Once you've finished and the paint has dried, you should lay a cloth over it and iron with a hot iron to heat set your design.  Voila!  It's really that easy!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Constellation sparkles

You might recognise this from my latest collection "Constellation" but I bet you didn't realise how easy it is to add a little glitter like I have here...well if truth be told, I didn't do it at all, my husband did.  
The night before the photoshoot I was frantically doing all the last minute touches, sewing on buttons, hemming etc and he asked if he could help me so I got him adding a little's super easy!  If he can do can too ;)

Start with a blob of washable craft glue (make sure it's suitable for fabric and washable).

We used the end of a paintbrush as it was the size we wanted for our glitter spots.  Dip into the glue.

Dot onto fabric.  You want to do small sections at a time so that the glue doesn't dry.

Sprinkle glitter over your spots of glue. We used glass's much nicer than your average glitter and it will wash ok.

Tip fabric backwards and forwards spreading glitter evenly over spots of glue until you have a nice coverage.

Continue in small sections as above until completed. Easy peasy!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lauren's Sigma Dress

The last tester pattern I want to show y'all is... well... mine! Haha!

I tested the Sigma Dress and I gotta say... this might be my new TNT. Look at how well the fit turned out - with minimal (and I do mean minimal) adjustments:

Sigma Dress

I made a sort of variation mash-up, with the skirt from 2 and the sleeves are the average of both variations. I really wanted to make the long sleeves from 1, but I ended up not having enough fabric so I just made them as long as I could get away with. Kind of a happy medium, if you will.

Sigma Dress

As far as the pattern itself, I'm really surprised at how much I love it's simplicity. Yes, it's a very basic pattern, but there are sooo many options you can play around with to really make it your own. I imagine this would look amazing in a brocade... or a lace (sheer with a slip, or underlined!)... or even with a sweet little detachable collar. The possibilities are endless!

Sigma Dress

I used a simple, lightweight cotton plaid to make my tester dress, and this will not be the last time you see this pattern made up in a plaid. Since there are so few pattern pieces, it's a good "toe-dipping" sort of make.

You can see more photos (as well as more info on the fitting and adjustments I needed) on my personal blog.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Kat's Bellatrix Blazer

Happy 2014, everyone! Hope you had a wonderful holiday - I know I sure did :) Today I wanted to share another Bellatrix blazer with y'all - this one is from Kat, and it comes with an extra dose of awesome.

When I got an email from Katie asking me if I wanted to be a pattern tester for her new Constellation collection, I did a happy-dance in my chair at work (s subtly as possible, so as not to alarm colleagues to much) and immediately emailed back a rather enthusiastic 'YES!!!' in reply.  And then she sent through the drawings of the designs.  Oh my!  And I got to choose which to make?!?!  I wanted to make them all!!!!
But choices had to be made, and after agonising over it for a few hours  (seriously, you've  seen the new collection, right?  So many  pretties!) I landed on the Bellatrix blazer.  I'd been debating about trying my hand at making a blazer for a while, and I love the style of the Bellatrix - fitted waist (perfect for over 1950's dresses and skirts), low neckline, and the short version with the curved peplum at the back - how gorgeous is that?!  

I must admit, the welt pockets scared me a bit.  Welt pockets and I, we don't get along that well, and I was a bit nervous about messing these ones up.  No need to worry though, they're done in-seam (first time I've seen welt pockets done like  this), and the construction is absolutely genius.  Welt pockets without having to cut into your fabric or deal with those pesky little triangles than need stitched down.  Love 'em!  
The sleeve construction is great too - like expensive tailor made jackets, the sleeve cuff has a slight curve, lower at the top of your hand than underneath.  Such a small detail, but these sorts of things make such a difference in fit.

Making up the Bellatrix was remarkably easy and enjoyable.  Sure, it took a bit of time (coz, you know, it's a lined jacket), but the instructions were super easy to follow, and the way the lining and shell are put together at the same time made it all flow wonderfully.  You know how some patterns are just fun to make?  Yeah, this is one of those.  And the result - a fully lined jacket with tidy-as welt pockets.  One of those 'I can't believe I made this!' moments.  Gotta love that
I'm now considering which fabric to make the longer version in....  There will be more than one Bellatrix in my life, that's for sure!
I just love Kat's version of this blazer, especially with such a fun fabric. The addition of the piping at the collar and sleeves is pure genius, and really makes the blazer look extra special. Not to mention, it goes beautifully with her hair ;) If you'd like to read and see more about Kat's Bellatrix, head over to her blog!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


The holidays are officially upon us, which can only mean one thing - we are taking a holiday too! The shop is still open during this time, but please be aware that orders will not ship until after January 6th.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone! See y'all in the new year :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

La Sylphide Sewalong: Here's Mine!

So excited to finally be at my favorite part of a sew-along- sharing the finished product, of course! Y'all are in for a treat because I actually made all three off the pattern variations - the blouse, the dress, and the skirt. You know, for science. Want to have a look-see?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sonja's Meissa Blouse

Another Meissa Blouse for your consideration! This one comes from the crafty hands of Sonja (or as some of you call her, Ginger :)).

I'm a buttondown girl through and through, so I was over the moon when I got the chance to test the Meissa blouse!

I love the fun details Katie added-- they really make this a special shirt. I'm especially fond of the curved hem and the curved yoke in the back-- there's something really pretty about the way the shapes sort of echo each other. I also like that it's a little more feminine than the rest of my buttondowns-- I'm a fan of the androgynous look, but sometimes it's fun to rock something a little more ladylike, y'know?

I'm already planning out a flannel version, and looking forward to making one in a light lawn or voile for spring (oooh, with pearly buttons, maybe!). I like the way this looks and feels as a slouchy shirt, but I'm looking forward to slimming it down a little bit on the next go-round and using a lighter fabric for a different look. I may narrow the shoulders a bit to make it a little more fitted, too.

If you're new to sewing buttondowns, have no fear! This is simple to put together-- just take your time and take a break if you feel stressed! But I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the results!

Call me biased, but I always love everything Sonja makes, and this is no exception! I love how it's a totally different feel than the one Ashley made - but equally as nice! The cotton/chambray fabric really gives the blouse a much more casual feel. Also, I am DYING to see her flannel version. Mostly so I can copy it. What? Don't look at me like that, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... right?

Thanks for sharing your Meissa with us, Sonja! If you'd like to see more, check out her blog!