Nani Iro…I love you

Nani iro simplicity 1399 top

This is one of those makes which happened because the heavens aligned. Firstly my son was invited to a birthday party about 5 mins walk from the Village Haberdashery (we live about 30-40 mins away so hardly ever go to this part of town) so it was rude not to pop in whilst his nibs was distracted. Especially as I had £10 unused voucher burning a hole in my pocket.

I am one of those weird people (there is lots of us) that really have to touch fabric before I fall in love with it, so I rarely buy fabric online (a shame, but helps to keep my bank balance in check, this will probably change though as there are so many fab online shops popping up!!).

I have had my eye on Nani Iro fabrics for awhile, having heard all the lovely superlatives on blogs,  I wasn’t disappointed,  in really life it’s gorgeous. This is a lovely double gauze that is so beautifully soft!! It’s called Spectacle in Ka , inspired by a scene of natural life in daylight, I love the colours and it is absolutely delicious to wear.

You can see more here or for a massive collection you can go here.

Nani iro simplicity 1399 top

I initially wanted to make a New Look 6145 top as I did here, but horror of horrors didn’t have enough fabric ( I only bought a meter…it was £14 per mtr!!) and it’s only 42″ wide, so with a quick change of plans I made a Simplicity 1366 instead and only just about made it with what I had. In fact I was so short on fabric I had to add a seam in the back and included the selvedge…which I think turned out as a lovely addition

Nani iro simplicity 1399 top

This pattern is very simple, and it’s now my third time making it, other versions here.

Nani iro simplicity 1399 top

I ran it up just in time for my first sewing bloggers meet up (back in late August…… I know, I’m a bit behind) which was absolutely fab… it is totally true that sewists (sewers, seamstress …whatever each of us call ourselves) are the loveliest people, which was good because going to meet people that you have only ever met before online is a very weird feeling. Luckily I went with my good friend Lady Sewful….courage in numbers.

Oh and meet my silly dog…Cedric

Nani iro simplicity 1399 top


Dungarees baby!!

turia dungarees

Let me present the Turia dungarees, I had been mulling the decision to make these babies, for oh only about 4 months, but here they are and I am pleased as punch.  I have no idea why I felt that I had to have such an item in my wardrobe but I did and hey the benefits of a handmade wardrobe is that you can go with your wims without it breaking the bank!!

So my concerns were:

  1. I would look pregnant (I’m not!!)
  2. I’m too old for such a item!!!
  3. I might look like I’m borrowed from the dressing up box

But yeh (in my opinion) all my fears were unfounded, because I love the way they turned out.

Turai dungarees

This was the first time I have sewed a pauline Alice pattern and I can really recommend it. The instructions are clear and concise (and in 3 languages) with each stage carefully explained and with lots of drawings to help. I cut a straight 10 but have made a few adjustments. A big part of my inspiration to make this pattern was the dream pair made by fruits flowers and clouds, and I stole some of her adjustments, mainly lowering the waist as I wanted them to sit more towards my hips and adding a waistband (purely for aesthetic reasons!!). The pattern is cut to allow a more relaxed fit on the hips and legs but I wanted a slim fit and so basted the legs first to get fit I wanted. The only issue I had was some excess fabric in the crotch area, which as you can imagine didn’t look so great, so I redid the front flat felled seam (not a pleasurable experience) taking in an extra 1/2″ and that seems to have sorted it. The inside leg seam is also to be flat felled so I sewed the first seam and then  did my fitting, which played havoc with my seam allowances as the material frayed…arrgghh, I still managed to flat fell them but they have since started to come undone in places so a little strategic zigzagging was needed…hopefully their visible only to me!!

turai dungarees

There is a lot of top stitching in this pattern, (you could omit it, but it is recommended) which I perversely kind of enjoy, I think its the challenge of getting those lines straight that gets me.

Turai dungarees

I also omitted the side zips as the fabric is Gaberdine with a little bit of stretch to it so I can just about shimmy into them.

Overall I’m pleased as punch with these, the pattern was a delight and did i mention that I love wearing them…. I  don’t care how old I am (or how old I look!!)

Turia dungarees


Hello autumn

Hello there, hope the you’ve had a lovely summer filled with laughter, sunshine, family, friends………But the weather has started to turn and now my mind is turning to my autumn/winter sewing plans……I tend to make a little list of items I would like to make for the coming season, it is based (very scientifically) on:

  • Items I think I need to make
  • Things I want to make
  • Things that haven’t been made from the past seasons list
  • what I have fabric/patterns for (always trying to stash-bust!!).

Usually I am not a list making kind of gal (can ya tell), but I started my making list about 2 years ago and most of the time it works out ok….. I probably make about 2/3 of the list. It’s really just a way to organise my mental list of projects, as I tend to get ahead of myself and want to make about half a dozen things at once.

So here are a few plans…….(be interesting to see how much of these I actually make or if I get distracted by newer shiny things)

Ginger jeans– I’ve been dying to make these for ages, and after my first foray in to jeans making I’m confident that they would’nt be too painful, but still I have yet to cut them out….. I think I have concerns about the fit, but all reports on this front are good so really I just need to take the leap and get on with them.


Trench Roger – pattern by Republique du chiffon,  I bought this last year on a wim, its not my usual style…but there is something challenging I like about, especially since the instructions are in french!!! The fabric I have in mind is a beautiful soft duck egg blue gaberdine…..just think it might look a little…..dull..what do you think????



Turia dungarees – I am strangely drawn to these, especially since seeing this pair so I bought the pattern and even went to the shops to try a pair on…just to check I wasn’t totally dreaming. I think I just might be able to pull them off…wish me luck. – I have just finished these (writing this post pushed me into action)…. post coming soon.


The weather is starting to turn so think a sydney coat might be in the works too….I’m only 5’3 though so might have to take a few inches off so it doesn’t drown me.



Culottes maybe? I have this pattern in my stash and am thinking it would be nice in something black and drapey…wool or crepe??

How’s this for inspiration

tessuti cullotes

*credit – Tessuti Blog link here*

Another Nettie to two will also be made, I would have never thought that a bodysuit would be a wardrobe staple for me but as my first one was comfortable, streamline to wear and warm meant that it got lots of usage… I definitely love a hard working staple. This a cracker of a pattern with a lot of bang for your buck.



Shift dress- Another 6145 I think, I lived in my denim version last year so I think another is in the off

Shirt – I have the Archer pattern in my stash and so might just address my fear of shirts…no collar though…I don’t like collars

I have just bought a lovely red print from Atelier Brunette (picked up from Maud at the Handmade fair, you can get it here) and am thinking about another Eve robe or possibly a Sigma ??

Pyjamas – so badly need to make me some comfy pi’s so a pair and a robe to match are gonna be my early xmas present to myself… my heart set on making them in a lovely Liberty print though so I’ve started saving for now!!!

Have you started your autumn/fall plans…if so good luck, just compiling this list has give me the urge to get sewing…….. I hear the machine calling me.