Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Freemantle coat

Back on sale after some requests to buy. Sorry for the back tracking, but I just want to emphasise the fact that there is a lot of hand sewing in the construction, so if that's not your thing then beware!!!

Hi there, a short announcement to say that I have decided to discontinue my Freemantle coat pattern. It will remain in the shop until this Friday the 25th September and then that will be it!

I am very fond of it, especially as Freemantle is my maiden name, but I just don't think I have pitched it right in terms of the construction. It is a fun fashion style and the construction is quite involved with lot of hand sewing, which may not appeal to the majority of sewists.

Ah, I feel a bit sad really to say goodbye to it, but time to move on I suppose! I love making and designing coats, so expect to see another one from me at some point. Maybe not in time for this winter as I probably should have started it already, but definitely for next year!

Friday, 11 September 2015

I'm in Love sewing mag!!!

Am I excited? Hell yes!

As a lot of you will already know Love sewing magazine has recently appointed a new editor who just so happens to be the absolutely lovely sewing blogger Amy from Almond Rock. She approached me about creating a pattern for the magazine and I didn't hesitate to say yes. It's an exciting opportunity to reach out to a wider audience and also to create some fun designs that may not fit in with my own pattern brand. Amy seems to have some great ideas for interesting and inspiring content, so I'm really looking forward to what she comes up with next!

Back to my project though hey? I created a pattern for what is effectively a one piece top. There are some facings for the armholes and neck edge, but other than that the main body is one piece with a hole for your head to go through. It is drawn from this vintage top idea that I made up earlier in the year, but has sleeves and an interesting button tab detail. All the seams are cleverly hidden, so no finishing of raw edges, but I would say that the construction maybe makes this unsuitable for a complete novice. BTW those buttons are not functional so, no tricky buttonholes!!!

I made my sample up in a really bargainous crepe fabric from one of my favourite ebay sellers thetextilecentre which is heavy and has a lovely drape. It's pretty easy to wear to the office and feel a bit different or make it up in a fine cotton or yummy linen for a more casual look! Have I sold it to you yet?

Anyway, go and have a look for yourselves! I have a few more projects in the pipeline too and really hope you'll love them. The next one may look a bit familiar, but I'm not saying more that that! These patterns are for the magazine only and I have no plans to release these under my own label, so if you see something you like then you'd better grab it! ;-)

P.S. The sample may look a bit different on the model in the magazine as she was wearing this sample, but is a different dress size. I didn't want to appear modelling in the magazine so asked the lovely people at the magazine if they could have a go and it looks great on the model they chose don't you think?