Friday, 17 April 2020

Fibre Mood Mika sweatshirt

Hello everybody! I'm back to blogging after a little hiatus. Sometimes life just gets in the way but now I have more time and energy to focus on some sewing, craft and blogging.

I am excited to say that my first make in quite some time was from Fibre Mood magazine. Fibre Mood magazine is a fashion forward bi-monthly pattern magazine based in Belgium. You can see what it is all about by following this affiliate link here: Fibre Mood

I was invited to sew the The Fibre Mood Mika sweatshirt by Kate from @timetosew and I can genuinely say that since making it I have worn it pretty much everyday since (yes, I have washed it!).
It is exactly what you want out of a sweatshirt pattern; the perfect length, raglan sleeves and perfect neckline. Unlike the wider neckline of Grainline Linden sweatshirt pattern, the Mika neckline is smaller and I much prefer this silhouette to the Granline Linden! I can see many more Mika's in my future.

Even more of a bonus, is this make is entirely from my stash #makeyourstash. A soft black sweatshirt fabric which I think may originate from waaaay back to Sew Brum 2015 when I won a ton of Girl Charlee knit fabric in the raffle!

Onto the construction of the Fibre Mood Mika sweatshirt. I wanted to share a rookie error, in my haste to sew this up as quickly as humanly possible, I didn't fully read the instructions before cutting out the paper pattern. I DIDN'T add the required seam allowance onto the paper pattern before cutting out and additionally didn't notice until AFTER cutting out the fabric. I'm sharing this detail so you don't need to make the same mistake! Luckily, by using minimal seam allowances when constructing the sweatshirt it actually fits really well!

On my next Mika, (because there certainly will be another one), I will extend the raglan sleeve. I realised after sewing the sleeves onto the bodice that I would be a good 4cm too short for my long arms. I typically have to extend the sleeves on most patterns so I wasn't surprised that this would be the case here. I had a decent amount of black ribbing in my stash (purchased from Ray Stitch moons ago) so I created the design feature of a deep cuff so the sleeves wouldn't be too short for my taste.
To achieve the 'deep-cuff' I doubled the depth of the cuff and then followed the construction instructions as per the pattern.

The Fibre Mood construction methods and instructions are really clear and easy to understand (it was completely my fault that I didn't notice the seam allowance issue). The aesthetics are clear and focused and the step-by-step guide is extremely user friendly.

Overall, I absolutely love my new sweatshirt! Follow this affiliate link to get your own Mika too!

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Frieze Sculpture 2019 at Regent's Park

There are some great sculptures to see in Regent's Park in the 2019 Frieze Sculpture trial for the final weekend of the 5th - 6th October. As a nearby resident of the park, I enjoy coming to see the interesting curation of works every year.

My favourite piece is by Robert Indiana (the artist who made the famous Love sculpture in the 1970's) these huge bronze numbers in a circle. This summer I have really enjoyed the sanctuary of the park during a few sunny, warm evenings escaping the dust and chaos of my house renovation.

Other pieces I enjoyed are below:

Monday, 30 September 2019

Named Inari crop tee and dress

It may be a little seasonally inappropriate to be posting about these makes now, but a busy few months of house renovations have pretty much ground any sewing, crafting or blogging to a halt.

I finished the Named Clothing Inari Dress way back in July and swiftly followed up with the crop tee to enjoy wearing over the summer. I have worn both items quite a few times and think that come next summer I ought to make some other versions as I love the style lines so much.

In terms of construction, I spent a really long time sewing flat-felled seams and carefully finishing the neckline with bias-tape so the insides of the garments are as nice as the outsides.

The crop tee was a fun make using a metre of medium weight stripy linen/cotton I was gifted by a friend at work. I couldn't decide whether to add a ruffle or keep it plain so asked a few sewing buddies for advice....... they all said, "add a ruffle" which I did and after all the careful sewing I decided that a cropped ruffle tee just wasn't me and had to unpick it all! I replaced it with a simple cross-grain band which I much prefer.

To ruffle or not to ruffle? That is the question
Not ruffly sure!
I much prefer it with a plain band!
The second iteration of the pattern was the dress version with the fab split hemline. I really love this silhouette and can really see more of these in my summer 2020 wardrobe!

You may recognise the bottle-green linen as the last of the free fabric I got from the big craft swish in January 2018! It has all been used up save for a few small sections which would be great for pocket linings.

My only makes of the summer 2019 but happily very successful items which have been worn a bunch of times whilst the weather permitted!

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Malono Blahnik at the Wallace Collection

Synonymous with the fictional character Carrie Bradshaw in the early noughties TV series Sex and the City, the iconic shoes of Manolo Blahnik have gained cult status over the years. If you want to ogle the amazing sculptural creations of this famous designer pop along to the current Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik exhibition at the Wallace Collection in Marylebone. 

The exhibition showcases a delightful selection of shoes dispersed amongst the glamour and decadence of the 18th Century collection of art and artefacts. You get a guide that highlights which shoes are in each room but if you dispense with the map it feels like a grown-up treasure hunt!

If you are in the neighbourhood it is a lovely way to spend an hour. It is a free exhibition and is open until Sunday 1st September.

These shoes are beautiful objects of art but I'm not sure how comfortable they would be to wear!

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Weavers of the Clouds at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

I recently visited the Fashion and Textiles museum for their Weavers in the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru exhibition. In the 1990's I created a man's waistcoat for one of my art college projects based upon the absolutely gorgeous hand-embroidered and woven Peruvian textiles. In those days the only examples I could find of these delicious designs were found in books from the library and maybe the odd example in the V&A museum. This exhibition is a feast for the eyes if you love colour, pattern, design, texture, embellishment, embroidery and weaving!

I would highly recommend a visit if you get a chance. The exhibition runs until the 8th of September at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, London.

Have you been to see an inspirational exhibition recently?