I did it again! A cocoon, that is. Only this time it is a denim version for Spring/Summer, following my wool Cocoon Coat. It is rather smart for a denim jacket, don’t you think? The sewing pattern is the Cocoon Jacket by Sew Different. It is a super silhouette.
Finally, I have made a winter coat, which has been on my to sew-list for a long time! The Cocoon silhouette really appealed to me and I chose the Cocoon jacket by Sew Different, though I have made it as a coat as it is more appropriate for winter.
My mum said that she owned a Cocoon Coat in the 1960s. Mum, you had great style!
Happy New Year!
A relative of mine had seen my beret during Christmas and hinted to me that she would like one. As it will be her birthday next month, I thought it would make a lovely gift.
This beret is made out of a beautiful blue boiled wool and lined with a soft jersey fabric. The boiled wool has given the beret a much smarter appearance than my fleece one. The project is from the book Hope Make Heal (20 Crafts to Mend the Heart) by Maya Pagan Donenfeld.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas!
I had the desire to sew a small, simple and satisfying project, after the busy Christmas festivities, and this boxy pincushion was perfect. During the Christmas holidays last year, I had made a couple of pretty pincushions (cupcake and petal).
May your Christmas be filled with peace, love and joy!
An embroidered banner of the Madonna and Child. Beautiful!
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
A lovely, heart-warming Christmas advertisement (still picture above): “Christmas starts with the power of love: share the story”.
Its another satisfying stash busting project. I do love hats and chose to make the cap/beret from the book, Hope Make Heal (20 Crafts to Mend the Heart) by Maya Pagan Donenfeld. In the book it is referred to as the ‘Wise Cap’ because it tells you to write some words of wisdom on a piece of fabric and stitch it inside the band, although I did not.
The weather here is turning chilly which means that its time to sew some wonderful winter warmers!
Simplicity 8036 Misses’ Knit Cold Weather Accessories (slouchy hats, headband, scarf, cowl and boot toppers) from Elaine Heigl for knits only. I made the scarf (view A).
A dressy (knee length) waistcoat which is a departure from my usual casual and comfortable style. This sewing pattern is an exclusive design for Sewing World magazine (issue 260).
I have made the purple hat (with a stretch trim on the brim) as a gift for a relative and she was delighted with it as it will keep her warm and looking stylish when she is out walking her dog on chilly morning days. These hats make lovely little gifts and look unique.
Another lovely Japanese sewing book has been added to my collection – Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori. (the author of Stylish Dress Book). Ponchos, Capes, Coats and More – Fashionable Warmers That Are Easy To Sew.
I had a wonderful time at The Great British Sewing Bee show at the Excel, London. The highlight was watching a challenge with the sewing bee finalists of the incredibly talented Chinelo, Tamara and also Tree of Stitchless. The challenge was to transform a blouse within the allotted time. Chinelo also made a tailored skirt using a striking African wax fabric. It was great to see these top-notch seamstresses at work, cutting, sewing and pressing.
Can you believe it? A garment that I have made which is not blue! I know that I need to be more adventurous with my colour choices.
This bolero cardigan/shrug was made from the Japanese sewing book of Simply Sewn: clothes for every season book by Michiyo Ito (the Designer of May Me). I liked my first bolero so much that I had to make another one. This type of garment is so versatile.
I know, it has been a long time-no sew. It feels good to be back in sewing world!
I have seen many lovely cocoon dresses made by other sewing bloggers and knew that I had to join in. This is a different silhouette to my usual one (A-line), but it is good to try something new even though I was not sure whether it would suit me. What do you think?
Greetings from Lake Bled, Slovenia!
Lake Bled is a beautiful lake in the Julian Alps. We booked our holiday via Inghams, the lakes and mountains holiday specialist.
Here I am on Bled Island, which is a tiny, tear shaped island and can be reached by a pletna (gondola). A most enjoyable and peaceful ride with stunning scenery.
A magnificent view of Bled island from Bled castle which is perched atop a cliff more than 100m above the lake.
Bled island and Church of the Assumption.
On Bled island.
We did a 6km walk around the lake and another walk, alongside cornfields and woodland, up to the picturesque village of Zasip.
Stunning views in the Julian Alps. Travelled by coach to the Triglav National Park on a route with 54 hairpin bends!
Wearing my comfortable Owyn Pants.
The Soca river which is the clearest and most beautiful river in Slovenia.
At Predjama Castle which is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth to make access to it difficult. It has an interesting history relating to Erazem Luegger, lord of the castle in the 15th century and a renowned robber baron.
Sewing a Tapestry Spinning Wheel
The capital city of Ljubljana. In 2016 Ljubljana was awarded the coveted title of ‘Green Capital of Europe’. It is a beautiful city, full of culture and striking architecture.
Bled Castle can be reached on foot via one of three trails. It dates back to the 11th century.
On my hotel balcony (wearing my Summer Tunic) with views of Lake Bled, Bled island, Bled castle and St Martin’s church.
Postojna Cave is one of the most famous show caves in the world and the only cave where you can experience an exciting train ride through a breathtaking underground landscape. Riding under magnificent underground arches is an experience that I will never forget. It has 24 km of galleries, tunnels and magnificent halls with an enchanting beauty.
There was a walking tour of the cave (around 90 minutes). The first ascent is quite steep and there is a handrail for assistance. Wear comfortable shoes and a warm sweater inside the cave as the temperature (10 C) does drop significantly when entering from outside (25 C in summer).
There was a stall (Zankarija/Romana Gaspirc)) of lovely hand knitted goods on display by the lake. I bought an asymmetrical poncho which is light enough to wear in the summer. I like to support the businesses of fellow crafters as I appreciate their skills.
Slovenia is one of Europe’s most forested countries. It is rich in outstanding natural beauty and a feast for the eyes. It is an amazing place to partake in outdoor activities i.e. walking, cycling, rowing, sailing, climbing and skiing. I do hope to return one day.
How hard it is to find a capable wife. She is worth far more than jewels.
She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloth.
She is a hard worker, strong and industrious.
She knows the value of everything she makes, and works late into the night.
She spins her own thread and weaves her own cloth.
She doesn’t worry when it snows, because her family has warm clothing.
She makes bedspreads and wears clothes of fine purple linen.
She makes clothes and belts, and sells them to merchants.
She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future.
She speaks with a gentle wisdom.
A woman who honours the Lord should be praised.
Give her credit for all she does, she deserves the respect of everyone.
Proverbs 31: 10-31 (the Good News Bible translation)
Yes, I admit it, I am a Cleo addict! I bought this dreamy cherry print denim and could not resist making another one. Thought this is my summer Cleo so I can justify making a third one.
This light-medium weight denim with some stretch is from M Rosenberg & Son (they stock a fabulous range of fabrics including printed denims) and they are my favourite fabric supplier. It is a light enough denim to wear for the summer. It would be incredibly uncomfortable to wear a heavier denim in this heat wave.
The dress is knee length although I omitted the front split as I cut this fabric on the fold (removing the centre seam allowance) so there is no centre seam. I think it looks better to do this when the fabric has a busy print. Cutting on the fold also makes this dress a quicker make so its a winner. I made a front top pocket and two patch pockets.
This is my last Cleo for now. It is my favourite sewing pattern and I do recommend it. Though this pattern will more than likely have you hooked especially when there are so many dreamy denims to choose from.
Here I am on a cliff and admiring the lovely view (my reward after a long climb) of Cornwall’s coast. A great walk of St Anthony’s Head (6.5 miles) which includes a coast path, cliffs, tidal creek, sailing boats and lighthouse. A steep climb from the lighthouse which you can see faintly in the distance.
Discovering a beautiful bluebell wood on a walk around Lanhydrock (3 miles), its National Trust House and its parkland which runs along the River Fowey.
I love walking and exploring as I do not know what is around the corner!
We are members of the National Trust and have visited many wonderful historical buildings and gardens.
Views of Polruan from Fowey on the St Catherine’s Castle walk (2.5 miles). Afterwards, we went to the beautiful harbour town of Fowey for a Cornish ice-cream and watched the sailing boats. I had witnessed a seagull swipe an ice-cream out of a man’s hand so I ate mine in the back street away from its view!
A wonderful wall of wisteria at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens.
The Trelissick walk (3.5 miles)includes a peaceful woodland path overlooking picturesque Lamouth Creek.
At the Eden Project, looking at the Biomes (Rainforest, Mediterranean and the Core). The Eden Project and its numerous plants are amazing and it is most educational. A great day out.
The outdoor botanical garden is also vast.
Inside the rainforest which is the largest indoor one in the world. The warmth was a welcome relief from the downpour of heavy rain. The enormous plants are spectacular. One half of the Biome grows crops: coffee, chocolate, rubber… It also shows other crops i.e. palms, sugar, bananas, coffee, bamboo, nuts and spices.
The plant based exhibits show the plant/people stories that reconnect us all to our world, to encourage us to care about it.
The view from the walkway at the top of the rainforest.
Having fun on the canopy (wobbly) rope bridge – not for the faint hearted! Walked all the way across (23 metres).
A lovely view of sailing boats at St Mawes on our walk of St Anthony’s Head.
Secluded Polridmouth Cove on the St Catherine’s Castle walk.
A riverside view of Truro Cathedral.
A magnificent stained glass window of Truro Cathedral. The sacred art inside is beautiful. Incredible craftsmanship.
Little knitted figures of Jesus and his disciples on the altar of Lanhydrock parish church. Most original!
Our walks were taken from the yellow book Crimson short walks of Cornwall. I hope that I have inspired you to get your walking boots on and discover the beauty of nature.
I love Cornwall, it is a lovely and charming county. Its a great place to enjoy the outdoors. The coastline and cliffs are spectacular. The walks are wonderful. For food lovers – Cornwall has the best fish and chips, ice-cream and of course, Cornish pasties!
I am dotty about Dottie Angel’s apron dress/reversible tabard sewing pattern, Simplicity 8230. I have a pinafore/apron habit and this pattern is my latest fix! The Dottie Angel apron dress (view A) is on my list too.
I love Dottie Angel’s vintage style of lovely floral prints, pretty aprons, cute cardigans, shawls and crochet.
My tabard (View B) consists of floral and polka dot fabrics which are vintage style prints, appropriate for a Dotty Angel apron. Dots and an angel (by my feet) = Dottie Angel!
This tabard is perfect to wear while crafting, cooking, baking or gardening. There is a kangaroo pocket on the front.
Granny Chic is a big fashion trend. Some young women have fully embraced Granny Chic and have dyed their hair grey.
Only last week, the pinny, headscarf and curlers of the Coronation Street character, Hilda Ogden, sold at auction for £4,200 to a film producer. The auctioneer said “the iconic outfit was part of media history”.
A daring shade of grey
My blog posts include utility chic, nun chic and now Granny chic. What will be next?
I have been dreaming about making a denim Cleo. Though this is no ordinary denim – its a striking black/grey tie-dye print denim! I bought this fabulous fabric in M Rosenberg & Son which is a family-run business and my favourite fabric store. They have a wonderful range of fabrics and I have made 2 pairs of Owyn Pants and a Dungaree Dress with their denim.
This denim Cleo is in the same style (front pocket, knee length and front split) as my corduroy Cleo but I added two front patch pockets which are larger than the hip pocket included in the pattern. For the top stitching, I have used a matching grey thread and opted for large buttons instead of buckles as I prefer the pinafore-style rather than dungaree-style.
In 1969 a writer for American Fabrics magazine declared “Denim is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, yet it remains eternally young”. This is so true.
Denim is an amazing fabric, so practical, versatile and durable. I have bought another dreamy denim so watch this space. Denim has come a long way since it was invented. Today, with many different colours and prints to choose from, denim has never looked so good!
I have been to The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at London’s Excel today. Its the place to discover ideas, inspiration and craft supplies. There were some wonderful exhibits too!
My first stop was at the stall of M Rosenberg & Son which is my favourite fabric supplier. It is a small family run business with fabulous fabrics and a friendly service. They have an amazing range of denims and this has become my indulgence – watch this space! Continue reading