Monday, 9 September 2013

Teal madness!

Firstly thanks so much for the lovely comments about my dress and the wedding and welcome to any new readers who have come over from We Sew Retro!  Just a reminder the give-along is still open until 15th September.

Well it is rather the calm after the storm at my house.  After the wedding and a week of Dan and Gemma preparing to go to Malawi, they are gone for 5 weeks where they will be working as medical volunteers, what a fantastic thing to do on your honeymoon!  So it is quiet here with just me, the various pets and the Great British Bakeoff to keep me company.

I had hoped to be able to reveal another finished project but a bit of a disaster has halted this until next week when all will be explained, so I thought I would talk about my plans for an autumn wardrobe.

It started with a shoe .......... now I am not a shoe-lover.   I hate buying shoes, I have long, thin feet, difficult to find shoes which fit ..... so it was strange that when passing Kay Shoes I looked in the window and saw ......

... and I had to have them ... it was the colour.  Now I don't actually have any clothes in this colour so that needed some action.  First I remembered I had some teal crepe in my stash from here

and I thought that this would make a six gored skirt to match a jacket from a maroon plaid with a teal stripe.  I am planning to make this New Look suit from Gertie's New Book of Better Sewing.


That led me to purchase some lovely teal silk charmeuse for only £18 for 3 metres from a Vietnamese seller on Ebay.  Can you see the lovely bronzy sheen?  This will be a bow tied blouse for under the suit.

Item picture

... and then I saw some Debbie Bliss teal 4 ply rialto which led to ....

... a fourties inspired cardigan.

And then I found this wool, which although a completely different colour has a tiny teal fleck

It's teal obsession!  Well at least it addresses the problem of just sewing ad hoc items and having nothing to wear!

On top of all these plans I have decided to join Rochelle's Fall for Cotton challenge and I will be sewing this

Deco inspired cotton from my stash with a genuine 1930s pattern and buckle.

I have joined the Hetty Knit along

... and finally I loved Lauren's silk Anna Dress so much
Anna Maxi

.....that I am joining the By Hand London Sew-along.  I'm only making the shorter version (certainly not brave enough to go for the split).  I have purchased 3 yards of grape silk crepe de chine for only £14.95 (ebay again), not the best quality but good enough for me to have a bash!

I also need a cosy scarf, some more handwarmers (wore my first pair today!) and a warm hat.

So there we are, phew, course I may be guilty of planning much more than I actually achieve, it's a good job I've signed up to an evening class and monthly Saturday of sewing.  The first finished project should be ready next weekend!  Have you any autumn crafting plans!


  1. I love the idea of organising a new wardrobe around one item, You've given me ideas - I have some brown and mustard fabric from Liberty (well from Lancaster Barracks) waiting to be made up and a half finished mustard scarf from last me thinking

  2. Oh my word you will be busy. But I'm sure you'll do it, and it will all be amazing. All my autumn crafting will revolve around making birthday and Christmas gifts for others in what will hopefully be a money-saving initiative. I may knit or crochet something little like a cowl for myself if there's time.

    If they do another series of the Great British Sewing Bee you really must enter! You are so talented. x

  3. Oh wow what a list of amazing makes can't wait to see them finished x

  4. I love shoes, and I LOVE the colour you chose. You have a great list - I can't wait to see what you come up with when making these :)