Wednesday, May 20, 2015

summer lines embroidery sampler

I love having a hand stitch project to work on a little at a time here.
Rebecca Ringquist makes really fun samplers and it's a great place to practice your embroidery stitches. I think this is my fourth one from her line. The next one I am going to start is a paisley design. I have my eye on the color wheel as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

liberty of london double layer collar

Perfect for adding a little spring to your outfit.
You can find the pattern here if you would like to make one of your own.

Monday, May 18, 2015

cream linen simple slip dress slip dress

I recently made this linen slip dress in a beautiful mid weight cream colored linen. The pattern is actually a slip from April Rhodes and comes with two dress patterns. You can find it here. To be honest I misplaced my directions and had to sew this up without which in my case worked out fine since it was pretty simple and with sewing experience and a few measurements worked out fine. I look forward to trying the date night pattern as well as making up more of these simple slips. I remember this style was very popular in the 1990's and I don't think it really ever goes out. It's a nice easy piece to put on and wear out. I often buy my linen from here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

simple servant frock

I found a pattern that I've made a few times before and though she has outgrown the sizing chart I decided to make one. It is the Simple Servant Frock from Sugar City Journal which was one of my favorites 'back in the day' ha ha! I feel like so much has changed since then.
I wanted to sew something for her which I don't do nearly as much as I used to. This a nice pattern and it makes the person wearing it shine and I think that in itself is really beautiful.

Monday, May 4, 2015

like the night sky

I finished knitting this poncho over the weekend that I started in March. It is one long stockinette stitch rectangle which is then sewn so it can be worn over the head. It drapes beautifully. I must say it was very tedious to knit. In the end though this is beautiful and elegant when finished and worn. It would look nice paired with slim pants or a pencil skirt. I bought 5 skeins of this inky blue color but, only used four and the tiny flecks remind me of the starry sky. I've always loved that time of day on a summers night when it switches to this color briefly before complete darkness.

Pattern: Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Wool: Rowan Felted Tweed DK in Seafarer

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

liberty and lace sundress

This sundress! Oh, I just love it...
I had forgotten how much I adored the one I made for my girl four years ago and when it popped in my head I immediately dropped what I was doing last week to start another.

The combination of knitted lace in soft white wool with the Liberty of London cotton lawn is just exquisite. I made this red floral one a size 12 months and listed in my Etsy shop. The hem is hand sewn and the lace is knitted then sewn on by machine and then hand sewn to the fabric on top to lay flat. I made a little different then the original one where the knit portion was inside.