Monday, May 19, 2014

April according to Instagram...

Happy Monday! I hope you had a marvellously sunny weekend?

I know it's nearly June, but I wanted to share this little roundup of beautiful April before it's too late!

April was basically all about Easter, and ice cream, and flowers by the looks of things! I shared a tutorial for a DIY chocolate Easter bunny which I'm super pleased with and also had some of my sewing tutorials published in a gorgeous new sewing magazine!

From left to right: Packages from Liberty are the best! // Aren't ranunculus just the most cheerful flower? // We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in Paris! // The wisteria came and went // Stone Cold Comfort in print! // More pretty pink flowers // All the mini eggs // Toby checks I'm brushing my teeth properly every  night // I can't get enough of ice cream at the moment! // Tea and chocolate // Sweet Peas // Easter time!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Love Sewing Magazine Feature!

There's a new sewing magazine in town...and I'm in it! Love Sewing a lovely, fresh new monthly magazine packed with inspiring projects for your home and wardrobe (I particularly love the yellow clutch bag on the front cover!)

Issue one comes with a special 51 page supplement featuring projects to try at home using gorgeous Liberty print fabric! My hot water bottle cover, pin cushion, hair scrunchie and quilted zipper pouch tutorials are all featured - check it out!

It's so exciting to see my tutorials in print - I love the way they've been laid out! There's something about having all the photos on one page that makes the tutorials extra easy to follow too! Make sure you bag your copy before the end of the month - there are so many other wonderful projects to try as well as new stockists and suppliers to discover!

If you have go at any of my DIY's I would love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments and you'll receive a virtual high five.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bonjour Coco!

I'm so excited to share my finished Coco at last! This is the second garment I've made using knitted fabric (in this case a rather lovely, thick, Breton striped cotton jersey from The Cloth House) and I absolutely loved the process. The pattern as you may already know is Coco by Tilly and the Buttons - the pattern comes with an instruction booklet with lots of photos and is super easy to follow!

I used a rotary cutter to cut out the fabric which helped speed things up (and feels really satisfying as you're carving through your fabric!). I don't have an overlocker or serger, just my little old John Lewis sewing machine, so I finished the seams with a zig zag stitch and trimmed the seam allowance down slightly to neaten things up. I'm so pleased with how it turned out!

That being said I'm not sure how much longer I'll still fit into it! These photos were taken a few weeks ago and my little bump is growing day by day. Still it will be lovely to pull on again come September.

Big thanks to my super sister in law Hannah for taking these photos!

I love Hannah and Declan's neighbourhood! It's full of old terraced houses with pointy roofs and there are a couple of great pubs too! I always stop to gaze in the window of Kontidor & Cook when I pass by (and more often than not find myself popping in to buy a coffee and brownie for the road!).

I hope you're enjoying this sunny Bank Holiday Monday!