In order to get over my end-of-summer blues I decided to embrace autumn and make some new seasonal cushion covers for our shabby sofa.
I found this cute fox & triangle fabric when I went fabric shopping in Bath last months.It’s a printed woven, 80% Cotton & 20% Polyester. I immediately knew I couldn’t live without buying some and two new cushion covers came to mind. It wasn’t a bargain, so I bought 0.5m (140cm wide), guesstimating that it would be just enough for our two cushions.
Hellooo my ladies (and gents)! This post is long overdue, I can tell you! (Is she seriously posting a summer dress right now? Yes, she is!)
As you know, I released my Hepburn Dress pattern in August and have been working on all the different variations since then. At the moment I somehow sew more than I can photograph or write about (living the dream, guys!) and I really need to work on maintaining a better equilibrium. Otherwise things like posting pictures of summer dresses on October will keep happening.
Pattern & fit:
Hey folks, hope you all had a great week! Mine was super busy and I have quite a bit of the behind-the-scenes stuff to share with you. I’ll probably squeeze into an extra post though, because I want to share my newest make first.
A little while ago, the lovely guys over at Funkifabrics (@funkifabrics) asked whether I’d like to try some of their fabrics. What a question! Hell Yes! You should really check out their website, they have the most amazing prints you will ever see! Seriously! It took me two days to narrow my samples down to 12, which I shortly afterwards got in the post.
Have you heard about Tilda fabric? I hope you have, because it’s awesome! Tilda fabric was actually the first fabric I bought after I got my sewing machine (I bought a pack of fat quarters on Amazon because I had no idea how to shop fabric back then). This year I used up all my Tilda leftover fabric for making my sewing machine cover. When White Tree Fabrics asked me to join their blogging team I was super excited that they had Tilda fabric in stock. All I had to do was find the right pattern to go with it.
Hi everybody! Today I want to share with you a book that I pre-ordered on Amazon a couple of weeks ago. And since I got it last month I’ve been making plush animals!
And if you’re asking whether making plush animals is different from making clothes: Oh my, yes it is! But more on that later.
The book “Sew Cute to Cuddle” by Mariska Vos-Bolman includes 12 easy soft plush animal patterns and step-by-step instructions to make them. The book came out 8th September this year, so it’s basically brand-new! The patterns are full-size and in the back of the book. All you need to do is copy them and then cut them out, some bigger pattern pieces will also need to be glued together.
Whoop, whoop! We have five lucky winners who will each get two complimentary tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show!
In order to enter the giveaway I asked you guys to leave me a comment saying what you’d like to see on this blog in the future. My task was to pick my favourites from your suggestions – which was much harder than I thought it would be!
It’s time for another giveaway, people! (Ermahgerd! Again!?) Yes! The lovely people at The Knitting & Stitching Show have given me some free tickets so I can invite some pals (I’ll be sneaking around there, too!)
The Knitting & Stitching Show opens in 2 weeks (from 8th – 12th October) in Alexandra Palace, London (sorry non-UK folks!). Due to popular demand the Show is now open 5 days. It’s one of the largest textiles and craft events in the UK. You can see the list of exhibitors here. The Show has some exciting workshops and lectures to offer as well as a new interactive feature, Stitch-by-Stitch, which offers sessions and demonstrations for beginners and more experienced visitors!
Hi folks! Today I sharing my newest pussy bow blouse with you! After sewing three (!) Lottie Blouses, it was time to try another pussy bow blouse pattern. Luckily enough, Lisa, mastermind behind Sew Over It, asked me to test her newest pattern, the Pussy Bow Blouse. Lisa is known for her gorgeous patterns, mostly basic wardrobes staples (such as the Ultimate Trousers pattern or the Ultimate Wrap Dress) with a vintage touch.
So here it is, in all its glory!
Woah! My blog turns two today! Has it really only been two years?
It feels like it is such a long time ago that I sat on my bed with a cup of coffee, laptop on my knees, setting up this blog. Much has changed in these two years and the blog has become quite a big part of my life. It has fuelled my sewing fever ever since I blogged about my first make. The first year had its ups and downs and I even thought about quitting at times, because uni (and later my job) were keeping me so busy.
Hi ya, fellows! Hope you had a great week so far. After a few very stressful shifts at work this week and last weekend I am now even more happy about having a week and a bit off – my first official annual leave since I started my new job. My best friend is coming to visit me here in London (whoop, whoop!) and I hope to get loads of sewing WIPs done, as well.
Hi everyone! May I present? Madame Coco in all her glory.
The pattern: I finally got around to use the Coco Dress pattern which I bought from the Coco lady herself, at the Makegood Festival in May. I didn’t make it earlier because I did not have the right jersey fabric at the time (I’m always short of jersey fabric).
I was nominated by the lovely Lara of Dreaming of Avonlea to keep the blog hop tour going. She a very talented seamstress and I adore her style! If you haven’t done so yet, please hop over and check out her blog!
Nobody really seems to know where and when the blog hop started. If you have any idea – please share! The only thing that is known is when taking part in the blog hop, you answer four questions before nominating two other bloggers to keep the blog hop alive. And this is exactly what I’ll do! So here we go.
Hi ya! In case you haven’t heard it yet: It’s National Sewing Month in the States and although I’m in Europe I will surely celebrate that with…sewing! (Duh!)
I love how sewing has become popular again and bookstores are full of craft and sewing related stuff, there are sewing shows on TV and it’s not too awkward to say “Um, I made that myself!” when people ask you where you bought your clothing (although it sometimes still is!).
Sewing has become bigger and bigger (yay!) and when you’re part of the online or IRL sewing community, The Great British Sewing Bee, Me-Made-May or OWOP are as exciting and fun as the Worldcup or McDonald’s Monopoly are for others.
By now you probably know that I’m a sucker for chiffon and georgette fabrics, although they are difficult to cut out and shit to sew. For some reason I always end up buying at least one chiffon/georgette when I go fabric shopping and this might be due to the fact that these kinds of fabric are usually quite cheap
After weeks of working my bum off to finally get to the point of releasing my patterns, guess how I spent my first “day off”? Yes, hemming, taking pictures, editing pictures and preparing blog posts. At least I managed to re-watch the second part of Season 1 Game of Thrones while I did that. Phew!
So here it is (and yes, I feel a bit like a proud mum!) – Lady Hepburn, made with a navy polyester fabric with a horse print bought on Goldhawk Road. The fabric almost looks almost black in the pictures, but it’s acutally a really dark navy. The pictures are a bit crap today as I had to make to with tripod and self-timer inside the flat instead of shooting outside with the Mr.
I have something super exciting to share with you! After months of work my new patterns are now finally up on le blog and ready for you to download as Print-at-home PDF patterns.
The Hepburn Collection is the first pattern collection of my new pattern company called audrey & me Patterns. The Hepburns consist of a dress and a separate skirt pattern. Both patterns are drafted to fit perfectly together so that you can combine them easily into a chic fitted dress. Depending on the fabric and bodice & skirt options you choose you can make it into a sundress, a dress fit for work or a glamorous dress for going out and sipping cocktails.
Over the past couple of weeks it’s been very quiet over here. It was not quite a deliberate blogging break, but necessary in order to sort out a few things. I’m excited to share some news with you!
First of all, I’m super happy to annouce that I’m now part of the White Tree Fabrics blogging team. I’m looking forward to working together and trying out some of the wonderful fabrics you can find in their online shop! You can check out my profile on their blogging team page by clicking on the picture below.
A little while ago, my mum gave me one of her favourite tops which had started to look a bit shabby and asked me whether I could make her a similar top, because she loved the cut of it so much. (If it’s family that asks I can somehow never say ‘no’ to odd sewing favours.) Her birthday was this week and just in the nick of time I managed to come up with this little navy number, which was drafted and sewn last weekend. It fits her beautifully and she was super happy with her new ‘old’ top.
You will surely recognise this little red number: It’s another Lottie Blouse and actually the first one of the three I made recently. I won’t say more about the pattern, as I already wrote about it here and here.