27 August 2014

sewing september blue


Don't know if you remember, but in the spring I made some clothes for the littlun, some of which I made out of some lovely fabric that I bought in a haberdashery in Hampstead (I just found it by accident, I'm not that posh to go shopping in Hampstead generally speaking). Anyways, the makers of that fabric found my blog and the little clothes I'd made and they offered to send me some samples of their new collection 'September Blue' to make something out of. On their blog they have lots of bloggers photos of things they have made with their fabric, which I think is a very nice idea to promote their British textile company. They are called Dashwood Studio. They let me choose some patterns I liked. Well, it has been a while and I just never seem to get enough time to be in my shed lately, but yesterday I managed an afternoon by myself. I must say, however, I didn't have my sewing mojo for some reason, and so I made many mistakes and got all frustrated, even Radio 4 couldn't calm me down. Maybe it was the low atmospheric pressure?


anyways, I just about made something wearable. As usual I didn't use a pattern so I just cut the fabric free hand...the problem I had was with the collar. I love this fabric on her, blue seems to be her colour me thinks.


I also made a vest, I didn't have that much of this fabric, but I love it so I might buy some more and make another little shirt like the one above.



 ...and lastly, I made a little dress but it all went wrong, so I may recycle this to use for a quilt. I'm just showing you anyways, that for every two or so sewing success, there will be at least one failure, where I feel like I wasted three precious hours for nothing, and swear I'll never touch that sewing machine again!



I still quite like the idea and the shape seems to suit her, so I will make a better pattern for a new one. I like that it is quite lose on the top which could look good with long sleeve top and tights under for winter. 
When you are two...you can look good in ANYTHING lets face it. So thanks to my little model for making me feel a bit better about it!
I will be making some more things out of my stash of fabric as soon as I get a toddler free day.

These are the previous clothes I made from Dashwood Studio fabric in the spring. I think these are from the 'Wildwood' collection.







20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous fabrics, I love them all! Makes me want to get my sewing machine out, if I new how to work it properly :)x

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  2. Yes, that happens to me as well. I sew for a living so I sew a lot and have a lot more chances to make mistakes...but i can say that lately i am breaking all guinness records of sewing mistakes. And usually when I feel confident and relax again, my sewing machine starts to act funny and get on my nerves. Like this morning. Two hours, two, TWO!! to sew a straight hem.

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  3. love all of these! the fabrics are perfect for these little outfits. especially love that golden mustard with the little flower sprigs but have to agree the blue seems to suit your little one. happy sewing!

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  4. Those fabrics are beautiful and your designs are lovely. I especially love the little fox dress.

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  5. Well I for one think your makes are ace, I mean look at your collar, it's symmetrical and without a pattern! And I agree Littlun looks adorable in the blue.

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  6. Wow what absolutely beautiful fabric!!! Agh if only I didn't live at the other end of the world or I would be buying tons of it. Your sewing is also just amazing, and thank you for sharing a botched up job as well :). Makes me feel better about the many, many pieces I've attempted that haven't quite worked. x

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  7. The vest is so precious! And I really like the fox dress too! Did you use bias binding or is it some sort of elastic around the armholes and neck? Please DON't stop to touch this machine of yours ;-) Lena xx

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  8. I love the fabrics and the clothes are so lovely especially that blue shirt - the collar is ace :)

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  9. That blue really does sing, I am the most ham fisted sewer ever, so am in awe of people who can create anything wearable, let alone the lovely items you conjure up.

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  10. Ahh she is too cute! I would have loved to have these clothes now let alone her age haha! Such beautiful ideas xx

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  11. Those are beautiful fabrics! And I love what you made from them, little children are even beautiful when wearing a bag if you ask me. For that cute little dress, can't you save it by undoing the shoulder seems and adding a strip of fabric to make the neck less wide?

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  12. The clothes all look fantastic- even without the adorable model :) xxx

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  13. They are all gorgeous, especially the blue! She steals the show though - beautiful!

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  14. so lovely :D nice fabrics and dresses you made.

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  15. These are all so cute!! It makes me want to get my sewing machine and start sewing for my little D, xxx

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  16. I just thought I'd pop over here, after seeing your blog on Apartment Apothecary, and I'm so glad I did! A lovely blog, and those clothes are just gorgeous!

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  17. Gorgeous outfits (I miss my two girls looking cute, instead of wanting crop tops and skinny jeans!) and to be able to sew and without a pattern - such a talent xx

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  18. I also made a vest, I didn't have that much of this fabric, but I love it so I might buy some more and make another little shirt like the one above. maquinas de coser

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