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It’s summer but it’s winter

21 Jul

I know it’s hot. But the autumn winter fashion strand pulled from Game of Thrones’ medievalism is getting my juices going. Roll on nights with the bedroom window shut and more than a thin sheet on the bed. If Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel are anything to go by we’ll be going all manner of textured woollens furs and empress Theodora prints. Chanel are channelling Katherine Hepburn in Lion in Winter with the White Witch herself, Tilda Swinton. It can only work well with the trend for pearls off the back of the coming V&A show.




Dressing for the weather

10 Oct

It’s getting colder these mornings. So we’re adding extra layers. When he’s not wearing thermals, Number 2 is donning his new cord pants lined with gingham. I’ve popped them into Pink Sister’s shop too. Choose from dark brown corduroy lined with orange gingham or navy blue cord lined with red gingham check. Find them here. Hope you’re all keeping cosy too.

Fringe or no fringe… Hair bands

7 Aug


Number 1 is growing out her hair. We have had fringes before and grown our hair out before and Cut Our Own Hair ! ! before. So we have a bunch of hairbands to keep her tidy and smiley and deter any repeats of the haircutting episode. If I was not lazy they would all have matching thread… But No.1 was happy. And it was a good way to use up small pieces of cotton fabric left over from making her dresses and skirts.

To make a similar hairband for a 4-8 year old you need:
10cm piece of 0.5 inch wide elastic
Safety pin for threading elastic through
Fabric for gathered elastic piece at back of head = 21cm x 5cm
Fabric for front = 40cm x 10.5cm
Includes the seam allowance

Channelling Ms Bernhardt Autumn Winter 2012

6 Aug

I am glad we are about to have a luxurious Edwardian fashion moment, if you can go by Louis Vuitton, Giles, Marc Jacob et al. I can dig out all my sheepskin stoles, outsize hats and long tailored coats. If this is what fashion reads into a recession I am all for it but I suppose it has more to do with the hoped for profit margins on very large It bags, investment piece coats and leather gloves. Strangely my first reading of the LV ads had me thinking about The Matrix … Don’t you think the dark glasses and paper-doll-chain repetition of that outline somehow reminiscent of the massed ranks of Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith? Agent Bernhardt, peut-etre. My brain must be running on steampunk lines.



Wearing our best frocks!

27 Jul


Finished today. Another easy make from the “Girls World” pattern book by Jennifer Paganelli, using assorted vintage fabrics from Ardingly fair.
All lined up for the Olympics opening ceremony now trying to explain Maypoles to a 5 year old, trying to explain why there’s a tear in my eye listening to the glories of past Olympics. Pleased Number 1 is old enough to remember this. May London be glorious!

Rapunzel dress

24 Jul


Into a routine this week of cutting fabric late at night ready to be made up the following day. I can sew quickly with the two around but not cut the pattern at speed – too many expensive mistakes. I feel like the shoemaker’s elves, or was that the other way around. Anyway today Number 1 received this fairy tale gown c/o mummy and her Ardingly haul of old fabric. I was thinking it was like the curtain clothes Maria makes for the kids in the Sound of Music. Number 1 declared it very suitable for Rapunzel. I believe that is good.

Pee / Pea coat

23 Jul


Toilet training number 2. He has to have it nailed by the time he starts at nursery in September. I do not want to be the mummy who has to keep picking up a sealed plastic bag of wet pants at the door! Good progress last 2 days. Boy does some warm weather help.
But I am already thinking ahead to autumn with some new duds for him… This is a jacket made from what I could salvage from my stockroom late last night whilst watching Wallander on iplayer. The outer is a faded denim moleskin fabric, very soft and thick with a subtle check. The inside is from a big pile of woollen fabric from my ma’s attic. The pattern goes up to age 6 so number 1 may get one too. It is adapted (most appropriately given our current focus) from the pea coat pattern from Dear My Kids on Etsy and the instructions could not have been easier. Will be looking through their catalogue again.