I was lucky enough to be tagged into an Instagram post that featured our Maria Apron pattern recently.
And I’m grateful to be able to share these beautiful photos with you.
Amanda of My Fabric Heart made this apron for her dear friend Raechelle. Amanda lives in Canada and Raechelle lives in Australia.
This is the power of fabric and thread quietly crossing continents to bring joy and friendship.
Thank you to Amanda and Raechelle for sharing your apron with me.
#MAVEN MAKERS | Kitty in the snow
I’m so pleased to be able to share with you Marie-Fleurine’s Kitty dress. As soon as I saw these pictures of Fleurine, wearing her Kitty dress with that contrasting peter pan collar in the snow, I was totally smitten!
She has used a beautiful handwoven cotton from Karlotta Pink, a company with strong ethical views that works closely with weavers in India (and across the world).
These handwoven fabrics are two toned, having used a different colour thread for the warp and weft threads. Fleurine has made the most of these gorgeous fabrics by selecting a blue/mustard for the body of her Kitty dress and a contrasting gold/brown for the peter pan collar and covered button. I have just purchased 3 metres of the green/black colourway, to use for my next pattern. You have no idea how long I have been looking for the perfect green cloth! (only about 2 years….)
I don’t really need to say anything else…I’m going to let Fleurine’s beautiful pictures and the magical Norwegian light do the talking.
A huge thank you to Fleurine for allowing me to share her pictures. You can read Fleurine’s thoughts on The Kitty Dress and sewing her handmade wardrobe on her blog Sew MarieFleur. Impressively she only started sewing in 2015!
I urge you to go and take a peek at Karlotta Pink. Their fabrics are beautiful. Their beliefs are firmly rooted in sustainability, fair trade and empowering women.
And you can buy your own Kitty Dress pattern here!
#MAVENMAKERS – A Jersey Surprise!
I had a Facebook message from a very lovely lady called Elfi from Germany, asking if I had ever made the French Dart Shift in Jersey.
No, I replied, I’d thought about it, but wasn’t sure about the darts. In actual fact I had bought a gorgeous Olive striped cotton jersey with that very intention last November and then made something else because of my stripe/jersey/dart dilemma.
I’m regretting that now – Elfi’s has turned out so beautifully!!!
The collar looks great in jersey, but if you’re intending to try this at home, remember to cut it on the straight grain rather than on the bias. The straight grain follows the same direction as the body, so cut your collar out with the shortest length running parallel with the selvedge of your cloth. If you look at Elfi’s you can see the pattern on the collar and body all runs in the same direction. The neck will still need taping of course, to prevent it stretching out of shape. Depending on the fit you want, you may also need to skim in the body a little to make use of the stretch. I’m thinking of making a short version (hip length) to wear more as a semi-fitted sweatshirt sort of feel, with a comfort/cosy factor, rather than a very fitted t-shirt look. But you know the rules, ladies..TOILE FIRST!!!!
UPDATE: If you love the jersey used for this dress, I have some good news…..Elfi has a fabric shop! It’s full of lovely, lovely prints!
The BIGGEST of thank you’s to Elfi for sharing her very inspiring French Dart Shift!
This is Kat.
This is Kat’s version of The French Dart Shift Dress.
Kat was inspired by David Bowie.
Oh and ladies, Kat colour blocked that entire dress.
Kat is AWESOME!
I actually have no words for how glorious this dress and these images are.
So what you need to do RIGHT NOW is head over to SEW CHIBI and check out Kat’s blog for yourself…
and while you’re there enter her GIVEAWAY to win a French Dart Shift Pattern of your very own!
Yep – that’s right a chance for a FREE PATTERN!!!
Are you still here?
Off you go….PATTERN GIVEAWAY!!!!
Can’t wait? Need the amazing FRENCH DART SHIFT PDF SEWING PATTERN right now, this instant? You can get her here from ETSY!