Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Tonight, another By Hand London dress.  This evening I went on a quick hike down to the ocean for a swim with my friend Benny.  Who, by the way has the most delicious food blog.  After the swim I threw on my dress and we managed to get a few shots.  The pattern is the Elisalex dress, I altered it slightly, using the original bodice pieces and opting for a gathered skirt instead.

I bought this fabric earlier this spring from Gala Fabrics here in Victoria.  I loved the print of this stretch cotton sateen immediately.  I originally planned to sew it up into a floral bomber with Papercut Patterns Rigel Bomber.  But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I just wasn’t going to wear a floral bomber jacket.  Instead, I went with yet another dress!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Earlier this summer I ventured close to the Arctic circle on a trip to Iceland.

 

We wandered Reykjavik for a week,

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Drove north to the Nordurfjordur, camping amongst the sheep,

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Wound our way around the many fjords and mountains of the West Fjords,

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Sailed south to the hot river,

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Drove through lava fields to reach the stunning Jökulsárlón,

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Hiked,

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And, lastly we ferried over to Vestmannaeyjar.

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While the sun did set, the lights never went out.

 

More photos over on instagram and here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A beautiful pattern and some gorgeous fabric.  I love working with Nani Iro double gauze, it is so easy to sew, comfortable to wear, and the prints are amazing.  I had these two paired in my mind for quite some time, but when I went to cut everything out I realized that the pattern called for much wider fabric.  Luckily, I was able to eke out enough space on my 3m of fabric by cutting the skirt pieces on the cross grain.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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This was my most satisfying make in a while.  Over the month of May I wore at least one handmade item each day and I came to realise that I should be sewing more casual wear as that is what I like to wear on a day to day basis, not pretty dresses.

Immediately after I saw this cardigan pop up on my Instagram feed I downloaded myself a copy, printed it out, and got to sewing.  It was such a fast make and I finally got over my fear of my serger ( which I have since broken, yet another lesson that I should buy quality goods. )

And here’s a quick photo of some recent pottery items.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

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I’ve been thinking about making this dress for a while now.  The inspiration started with this pin and evolved a bit when I saw Jen’s Madewell Scout tutorial.  I started with Colette’s Laurel pattern and then applied Jen’s instructions for this alteration, using the Scout T’s sleeve pattern piece.  One sleeve set in beautifully, but I could not for the life of me get the other to even come close! I have no idea what happened there.

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It’s an incredibly comfortable dress and I hope to sew up a striped knit dress to pop underneath soon.

I’ve also been quietly posting my Me Made May photos over on Instagram: @alisonrea