nani iro, charlie tunic + twins!

duoi had been extolling the virtues of double gauze to my friend A for a while now.  she doesn’t sew, but she’s my partner in crime in digging out cute clothes for kids and hunting down the latest and greatest exquisite pastry shop to open in nyc.  she’s also the proud mother of two adorable fraternal twins!

tuniconce after i put together the charlie tunic for the kid, i decided to make two more versions for A’s twins out of nani iro’s 2015 mountain view double gauze in two different colors.  suzumi (mostly blue) for the boy and  happy free (pinks, reds and light green) for the girl.

tunic-facingi did make some modifications on the tunic in this version. i wanted to incorporate fabric from the sister’s garment as a reminder of their twin togetherness.  to maintain a cleaner look (the fabric has got a lot going on already!), i tucked the bib facing on the interior of the garment.

dress-detailsfor the girl, i incorporated her brother’s blue fabric as a sleeve facing.  i did let the facing show on the exterior because i thought it made the dress look more rainbow-hued.

both the tunic and the dress are a 3T. i hope the twins like their first foray into double gauze attire!

Made by Rae’s Charlie Tunic + Dress pattern can be found here.

ihme chamber, charlie tunic + the kid

frontmade by rae‘s ever versatile charlie tunic sew in IHME Chamber double gauze and worn by the kid.  to put it mildly, i’ve been obsessed with this particular IHME Chamber’s print since i first laid eyes on it a few months back. 

backif you look really really closely, you can spot all these mischievous mystical woodland creatures that seem to resonate so well with the mischievous personality of the kid (don’t let those plump rosy cheeks and tiny hands fool ya. . . he’s MISCHIEF embodied).

sidei made a 4T, which gives the kid a bit of space to grow into it.  maybe . . . just maybe . . . the shirt will last him till the end of spring.  the bib facing  in double gauze can be a bit tricky with its 1/4″ seam allowance.  this nifty little gadget, however, got things under control.

standinglooks great with a pair of dark cords, no?

gallery tunic in ffion

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j.crew’s liberty shirts.  a few years back, you could say that it was a sort of uniform of mine.  the trouble is that while i had a closet full of said shirts, i could never quite find one that fit me properly.  it was either too big in some parts or too tight in others. i probably should have purchased 3 shirts in the same pattern and frankenstein-ed them together.  enter liesl+co’s gallery tunic . . . a wonderful and easily customizable pattern for realising all my liberty shirt dreams!

ffion-2easy to wear (with plenty of ease) and no buttons!

backi made no changes to the pattern as written in this version. that darling blue floral print you see in the photos is liberty’s tana lawn classic ffion print. (i wondered myself about the meaning of ffion.  turns out that it’s a popular welsh female name, meaning foxglove).  hemi’ve already got fabric set aside for the next version.  it’s this cheerful liberty nina taylor print — so appropriate for all seasons!  i think i’ll try out the mandarin collar option included with the pattern, and also lengthen the sleeves an inch or so (they landed at my elbow joint . . . but then, i think i have longer than average arms).

liveand here it is on me! excuse the awkward pose. . . still haven’t gotten around to getting a tripod or selfie stick.

[and yes! i’m most definitely on a bit of a liesl+co roll (their patterns really are extremely well-written and a pleasure to sew)! ]

cinema dress in peony pavilion

IMG_5868i’ve been happily stitching our way through liberty’s AW15 collection.  this is liesl+co’s cinema dress . . . made for a dear friend of mine who is a huge fan of all things chinoiserie!  this particular print is called peony pavilion, designed by fashion designer anna sui for liberty! (and oh yes . . . i should have pressed those seams before taking the photos!)

IMG_5867 mid-length and flowy featuring delicate buttons up the back and ever so handy pockets in the front too!

pocketi made the size six in the pattern which happens to be the size of my friend and the dress form.  of course, i couldn’t resist but to try it on myself too!  it does fit me, but i would make a modification to the waist portion of the dress for myself.  i have a rather large rib cage and i found that it fell sort of too high on my torso.  cinema-side-by-sidethe cinema dress is a wonderfully written pattern that i found super easy to follow and filled with useful tips and tricks.  the only addendum i would make is that if you’re using a directional print, like peony pavilion, one of the cutting patterns will not work (i believe it’s cutting layout “c” but will confirm when i relocate my pattern).

rhinebeck . . . all about the animals

alpacait’s been four years since our last trip to Rhinebeck!  we finally made it there after our 2 hour drive from nyc became a 4 hour drive (we hit some bad traffic — total standstill! and then the kid got car sick . . . )  we finally made it though and what a glorious event it was!

panoramablue skies!  filled with people, delicious, food, fiber a plenty . . . and of course… this pretty amazing tree!

tree Rhinebeck is absolutely a kid friendly place!  the Kid had a total blast walking around the hay maze, playing with all the gadgets they had set up in the kids area,  seeing his first kangaroo and feeding a rather lopey looking goat!

goat-feedingbringing the Kid to Rhinebeck also meant spending virtually no time in the super crowded yarn and fiber filled aisles . . . which was all right because we got to spend quite a lot of time checking out the lovely animals.

Soaya rather rare soay sheep from cairn o’mohr farm in ashford connecticut!  so cute and docile!

Helderthis supremely loveable herdwick sheep from helder-herdwyck farm. i wanted to climb into the pen and squeeeeeeeeze him!

teeswaterthis curly coated fellow . . .  a teeswater being exhibited by the american teeswater sheep association.  their curly locks spin up into a lustrous and strong yarn.  

Gotlandsome adorable little gotlands in a light and dark grey, whose coats spin up into an equally lovely yarn.  these fellows hail from Riverbend in NJ.

Vicunaand rarest of all! a vicuna from Victory Farm in Missouri.

IMG_4667before we said our goodbyes to rhinebeck . . . we caught a glimpse of this quirky little fella bidding us adieu!

michelle, ma belle

michelle-ma-bellewe just got in a fabulous selection of tana lawn classics updated for the 2016 season! some re-colourization of perennial favorites like thorpe a, poppy & daisy a, poppy & daisy b and margaret annie e . . .
recolouredand then some new introductions . . . meet michelle (which we ♥♥♥!), sarah, ffion, rachel, gracey and josue.

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finally . . . queue for the zoo is back by popular and has become sort of a quasi classic!

zoo(please note that not all of these new arrivals will show up in our “what’s new section”, so be sure the click on the links in this email to see them all.)

a tale of two bags

togetherdespite the dickensian title of this post, the story behind these two bags is rather brief.  it started with the bag in the back (the one with the liberty mirabelle straps).  it came to me in a sort of vision . . . a simple little tote bag with just a touch of liberty (because you know, a little bit of liberty goes a long way!)

and i had so much fun making bag 1 in the back, that another idea for a dainty little bag crafted from nani iro’s clear heart fabric popped into my head shortly afterwards.  plus, it’s my friend A’s birthday today and this fabric just seemed like her! (although it’s turning into a belated birthday present since i’m still in the process of locating an appropriate zipper. . . mea culpa).

will probably put together some tutorials in the next few days (still some kinks i need to work out) . . . but until then, enjoy the photos.

mirabellemirabelle2mirabelle3clearheart clearheart2

 

isoceles shell: prototype #2 (sue)

 sue-frontso here it is! version 2 of the isoceles shell from before sewn up in two contrasting fabrics.  this version is sort of a “reverse mullet” — it’s a party up front and business in the back!sidethe fabric in the front panel is liberty sue b, which we just got in for AW15.  the fabric in the back is robert kaufman’s chambray union slubby dot.

backstill haven’t acquired a tripod or selfie stick . . . but here it is on me (yikes!)  hopefully you’ll be at the very least amused at my attempts to contort myself to fit inside the photos.    stepping in front of the camera is very much out of my comfort zone. i’ll leave that to my trusty dress form and professional models.

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maybe i should extend the length and make this into a dress next?

 

isoceles shell: prototype #1

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minor miracle!  we actually found some time to finish a project . . . this is the isoceles shell, so named after the isoceles triangles that make up the side panels.  frontadmittedly, it doesn’t look like much hanging on the dress form (need to find a tripod or selfie stick!), but it’s become a summer wardrobe go-to! being double gauze, the fabric is soft, breathable and something to be lived in!   the isoceles side panels create movement and ease . . . but more so, the panels effectively move the side seams forward on a slant . . .  in a way that is quite figure flattering. closeup additional prototypes being conceived behind the scenes! (and hopefully better photos for round 2)

a doubly curious camellia oil gauze

Ewe ordered these wonderful aqua bloom double gauzes from yuwa six months ago and they finally arrived!

912434-A-Ewhile we swoon over the delicate and lyrical watercolour florals, the magic is really in the cloth itself!

closeupThe base cloth of these double gauzes features a camellia flower that has been woven into the cloth.   What’s more the fabric has been treated with a proprietary “SmoothSkin” process, where camellia oil (also known as  camellia japonica oil or tsubaki) is adhered to the fabric, giving it a soft and luxurious feel.

Now we did some sleuthing around the internet, and apparently camellia oil has all sorts of skin-enhancing properties.  It’s loaded with anti-oxidants, absorbs into the skin quickly and is rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals.

Read more about it here:
Tatcha

Wawaza

Oil Health Benefits

Goldport Beauty

Please note: we are not endorsing any of the products on the website linked above.  They just seem to be an interesting read about the potential beauty benefits of camellia oil!