So it's been an incredibly busy end of last year for me, six fantastic Christmas markets, almost 60 vintage inspired dresses, sailor suits and rompers made by yours truly. As at The Little Cloth Shop I am, designer seamstress and sales woman. Phew. What have I learnt? start earlier. like much earlier then you think. Then add a fortnight.
So I took a break over Christmas for a week, good bye sewing machine, to be honest I was sick of the sight of it. But its remarkable what a week off will do for you as as soon as I got home I was back on, this time making dresses for my little nieces and best friends children
Another great thing about taking time off meant I had lots of time for fabric shopping. Which is a dangerous habit for me. I hit Liberty, Hard. I love everything about this shop, from the carved wooden doors, to the golden lifts, but especially the fabric shop on the third floor. Liberty is known for its tana lawn and I am making more and more from it, as it is beautifully light, some what crease resistant and is washable. A lot of the vintage dress patterns I use are really time consuming and I really feel they deserve to be made in something quite as stunning as they are.
I have been really drawn to white, so the Liberty Prints I have chosen for this spring are all very delicate and fresh. I am completely in love with this blue pansy print, which I think it is my favorite (though don't tell the others) and flipping through my vast array vintage dress patterns and think I have to use my favorite pattern for it (an original 1950's pattern which I use for my Mary Jean Dress) I love this pattern so much, mainly because it is unprinted, so the pattern pieces have the markings denoted by different shaped holes. There is something truly magical about making up these old patterns, which have resting in someones cupboard for 60 years. Its a true joy to see them being worn and loved by today's children, and why not.
I also think I want to do some plain white broderie anglaise lace versions of this pattern, though maybe I need to put the credit card away.....
So the moral of my last month? Plan Plan Plan, I should be starting these dresses tomorrow. But what about Drake's shirts? Hmm I don't think I will ever learn.
All the best
Caroline and Drake x