Mr As-it-Seams' birthday present...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

When it comes to Mr As-it-Seams birthday present, I'm often stumped...
He's not very materialistic and believes in practicality. So what do I buy him?
For his last birthday I had what I thought was a 'good idea'...

I bought a couple of metres of pure linen from our local fabric shop, parceled it up with this Burda pattern, and a promise that I would sew him a shirt. Mr As-it-seams is not a 'shirt and tie' guy. This collarless style, with a yoke, was a much better idea.

This is the same fabric I used for Missy's Secret Squirrel outfit last summer, see here. It was a bargain - I bought what was left on the roll. 

Mr As-it-Seams' birthday is in August.
This week I presented him with the finished shirt. Yes, it's June...

Now I know why sewing shirts is the stuff of folk songs. As I silently cursed my 'good idea', the lyrics of ancient English folksong and Simon and Garfunkel classic  were in my mind.
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
Remember me to the one who lives there,
For once she was a true love of mine.
Tell her to make me a cambric shirt,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
Sewn without seams or fine needlework,
If she would be a true love of mine.

This was a completely different sewing experience from sewing for my little Missy. I couldn't just 'whizz up' a bodice...This shirt looks deceptively simple, but I knew that if I didn't make a real effort to sew this 'precisely' it would look awful. So, where I could, I matched stripes, I marked every pattern instruction, every notch. I top stitched with love, I cursed buttonholes... Look! Those stripes match on the inside and outside of the collar! And on inside and outside of the cuffs!...

Mr As-it-Seams is the most  handsome man I know. I won't be making a shirt again in a hurry, but I love to think of him wearing my love in linen on his back.
Now, his next birthday is only six weeks away. Present suggestions anyone?

You and Me Series..."big princess and little princess"

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Today I'm guest posting over at here at While She Was Sleeping, where my good blogging friend Jenya is hosting a lovely series, 'You and Me.'
It's all about celebrating our relationships with our children through sewing. Unusually for me I've taken this very literally and gone 'matchy matchy' with Missy.

What do you think? Can I wear this fabric too?
Hop over to Jenya's blog and take a look here I'd love to know what you think?!

Take One Dress 6; Elegance & Elephants (and a News Update!)

Sunday, 1 June 2014

The Take One Dress series has reached part 6! Can you believe it?! Certainly the half year has whizzed by. 
Which is why today, at the 'half way' point of Take One Dress chain of creativity, I have a news update! But, apologies, you'll have to get to the bottom of this post for my exciting news!
But before then, it's time to introduce Heidi from Elegance & Elephants with her creation.
I am so honoured and touched to have Heidi here. She's a dynamo of creativity, not only sewing, but designing some fabulous patterns . Her Bohemian Baby Doll dress is her latest design, and is so lovely, understated and beautiful...And I adore her Fedora pattern.
Over to you Heidi...

How exciting to be a part of this wonderful series!  Thanks to Victoria for the invitation.

A big part of the excitement for me was knowing that Trine from Groovy Baby and Mama (of whom I'm a huge fan) was providing my inspiration.  So, when her post was revealed along with this photo, I was ready to go, my head spinning with ideas!

There are so many different directions one could go with this dress, but after days (or more like weeks) of deliberation, I decided to focus on the silhouette and the stripes.  Using Selvage Designs Children's Top Blocks as a starting point, I drafted the bodice giving it a slight slope to the shoulder with a bateau neckline.  My stripes were horizontal on my knit fabric, but I really liked how the original dress had both directions on the bodice and skirt.  So, I decided to add a little square pocket on the bodice in the opposite direction to the stripes on the skirt.  

Thanks for having me here!  It's be fun to participate in Take One Dress.

It wasn't easy to narrow down the options, but I finally was able to decide on an inspiration dress for Sophie.  From stripes to spots!  Can't wait to see what she makes!!

Heidi! That is so lovely. It is exactly the kind of dress that my little girl would wear and wear...I have a 'thing' for stripes, and really love the opposing directions. Something about it on the eye.
Thank you so much for taking part!
And now I have a confession. Heidi thought she was providing an 'inspiration' dress for me, for the final installment of Take One Dress. But it has all gone so fast, and I just couldn't bear it to end!
So Take One Dress will be extended to run through the second half of 2014, with a fresh line-up of bloggers to take on the chain of creativity.
Next up is Sophie from C'est La Vie, on July 7. French blogger Sophie sews impeccably, with an amazing sense of style. Renee from Nearest the Pin will be here on August 4. Details of the full line up will soon be revealed!

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