Saturday, 27 June 2015

A Flower Garden

June is about flowers! The month of the poppies, the larkspurs, the flowers in the feilds and just next to the roads... It is almost gone and I can kind of make up for this with some May pictures of a lovely iris garden, I think.

So here they are - a great collection of irises:

the iris garden

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Something Red - Lace and Cotton Lingerie Set

Adding lingerie to the favorite reds

 

This is what I am doing today. My first set of red lingerie, on my birthday. It's vivid, but not bold. It is strong, but not harsh and I love it. It is really special because I have a thing with reds. I have always had a dress, a coat, a pair of shoes and a bag in red. Well, and a wallet. No, I do not wear them all together, but I love red. Although is not my favorite colour. It just grows with me and I add something red to my life as it goes.



The colour thing


A couple of years ago /or so/ I bought my first red lipstick. It was the soft red, you can't resist loving - pure red with a hint of white, just enough to soften it and make it delicately shining /and I don't mean glitter or gloss - just the colour/.The lipstick has expired. I have replaced it with another /different shade, different make, next generation etc./, but colours have special life of theirs. I have the same colour on my nails now - just like my first red lipstick.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Waiting for the Summer

It was a busy month and an interesting one too.

I was sewing lingerie - knickers and bras, enjoyed my little flower garden blooming and doing lots and lots of different things in a same day almost every day, including making new patterns. Some are being tested now.

I am still looking for the perfect light to take some /probably hundreds/ of pictures. I will have some great news than.

I have lots of pictures to share too - some traveling, including this lovely garden:

Iris garden visit

I wish I had the time to share them now. So stay tuned for more flowers this week - the garden was lovely!


Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Favorite Knickers So Far

When I started sewing lingerie last year, the very first tries were free patterns available online. I followed what I learned when I was taught to draw many years ago - you first do simple things and make copies of what you see /still-lives, models, landscapes/ or actual painting and start drawing what you see in you head on a later stage. So I did it with knickers. Bras were completely different story and I will keep it for later. This doesn't mean I left patterns unaltered along the way. I think there is no single one in its original shape - some things just have to be made your way and knickers are obviously such things.

The two main things with knickers/apart from material and details/ is the invisible seams and rims. That is why I quickly transformed the high-waist-ed knickers I loved in cold weather into natural waist rise version. The high-wasted version was one of my first lingerie patterns and great fit but summer is coming. The lack of side seams makes the magic - no visible seams. The beautiful bonus is, two different fabrics can be used. So I mimicked the ones used in the bras, to make matching sets. Ideas are flowing and I don't even sketch them now... Back to sewing tomorrow! I just bough new lighter weight

fabric for the summer knickers.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Spring Weddings - Something Blue Wedding Rings Cushion

With May around the corner, it is high time to get ready for a spring wedding with something blue everyone could see.

something blue wedding rings cushion
 
I am still taking pictures of it. Other colours -  in progress now. Will be in the shop later this week.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Lingerie Sewing Time: Lace and Bra Straps Thoughts

With a few completed bras under my belt, I am looking for some variety for my summer projects.

What I found supportive and comfortable in the Marlborough bra, is still a bit too big and too covering for a summer bra, for me. It might be because I used to wear a lot of demi cups and strapless cups before converting to a full cup bra last summer /for a special dress/ and then sewing loads of Marlboroughs, but Marlborough cups feel really extra full this spring. I suppose I will either finish my self-drafted bra soon, or get a new pattern for summer bras to come.

Sewing all my bras


I have stopped buying bras after the first successful bra actually. It was so logical and liberating - a trip to the shop, a few hours by the machine and voila - the perfect fit in the perfect colourway and material. Plus I always have the matching set with undies and undies the way I want them too - maybe even a full range of 3 styles for a bra.

Ready to Wear Bra 


I bought one bra last month though. I just had to. It was not the style, or not even the make, which is flawless as always /I have been wearing this company's bras for almost 20 years/, that made me buy it. It was the lace - I doubt I could get such lace soon. 



So I bought it because of it - four colours lace in soft green with pink roses, lime green leaves and ecru eyelets and leaves. It is a little perfection. All lace bra too. It is a bit more dense than embroidered netting - my favorite summer material, but the lace.... it is exquisite and really rear - French order by a local maker. This bra started the lace on the strap thoughts.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Back to Sewing Knits - New Knickers

It had been a long month with no knits sewing - no undies, no bras... and it accumulated a lot of ideas.
This week was back-to-sewing one and felt good.

Here is the first thing all done now. The picture was taken before the bow. A quick picture by the machine.

April knickers #1

Here it is with bow #1 - it was on hand, but far from what I wanted for them. And here is the finished look.

A few more things are in the making, some of them all done, some partly, some still secret, but great fun. More on them in the next month.