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


Me Made May…….I made it!!!!

It’s over and I actually did it, I wore two handmade items (and some times more) for each day of May. I thought two would be a challenge (I did one item last year) and some days it was, some days I did cheat little by including my watson bra as one item (technically it is, but you know what I mean). The hardest thing was remembering to document every day and I did slack a little on that as you can see if you count all the photos (only 22…..opps), but….to be fair I did go camping in the middle and was trying to be phone free!!!

If you were participating in Me Me May ’15 how was for you? Did you complete your pledge? And if you were just observing did you get inspired? I personally loved checking  Instagram everyday to see what fab creations were popping up!!

me made may '15


Ist row, New look 6145 top and Named Jamie Jeans, Nettie bodysuit and Scout tee, Fehr trade surf to summit top and steeplechase leggings

2nd row, Style arc Carly jumpsuit and Sew U home stretch breton top, New Look 6145 knit dress and watson bra, Burda wool biker jacket, Simplicity 1366 top and Jamie jeans

Row 3, Burda trousers and Lisette top. Nettie bodysuit and new look 1696 trousers, grain line moss skirt mini and self drafted top

me made may '15

Row 4, BHL Victoria blazer with Jamie jeans and Sew u home stretch Breton top, Vogue 9175 culottes jumpsuit, Simplicity 1696 top with new look 6104 trousers

Row 5, Watson bra with dress, Jamie jeans with simplicity 1366, new look 6145 in chambray (and watson bra!),

Row 6, New look 6048 & Simplicity 2451 hack dress in Liberty print , Republique du chiffon robe eve with Nettie underneath. And a new Stylearc Carly jumpsuit in blue slinky microfibre!!

me made may '15

Row 7, style arc Carly jumpsuit, schnittchen coco jacket with Jamie jeans

Row 8, new look 6144 in linen, burda lounge pants and sew u home stretch raglan quilted sweatshirt!!


Ok so the conclusion is that I have pretty decent handmade wardrobe and most items are in quite heavy rotation, I probably need to try not wearing jeans so much in my life., and I seem to have a thing for yellow shoes!!

I’m missing some decent skirts and maybe a few more t-shirts would be good, but apart from those I’m quite happy, of course I have sewing plans…always have sewing plans, next up is  a few summer dresses and a pair of culottes !!!!

How about you what next on your sewing list??


A quick duo

During a recent rare ‘just gonna sewing’ day I had a craving for a quick make that would  satisfy and deliver, so reached for the simple and chic Simplicity 1366. I had been tempted by seeing this pattern popping up on sewing blogs, like here, here and here…pretty inspiring no??!! So took the leap.

simplicity 1366

(Arrggh..excuse my hands, which look freakishly huge..they’re not, must be the camera angle right??)

simplicity 1366


There thats better!!

simplicity 1366

This fabric is a £1 ebay purchase that I have been reliably informed is peachskin, something I have not worked with before, but love, its definitely polyester, but feels lovely and has great drape, but can be as slippery as rayon or silk so beware. It was originally destined to be a shirt but I didn’t quite have enough, so a 1366 it is.

The pattern has only 4 pieces so comes together fast and easy, the only issue I had with it was with the bias binding for the neckline, on the navy one I followed the instructions which has you fold the binding length says and attach to the neckline on the right side and then understitich, this leaves the bias binding standing up slightly, which looked rotten on me so I turned it inwards and re stitched again so it became a quasi facing. This may have been a problem that I created, as I had shortened the top part of the bodice as an petite fit experiment to reducing the amount of excess fabric that I usually have either at the shoulder or at the neckline, but I can’t see how.

Turning the binding inwards worked with the navy broad anglais as the fabric is thicker but didn’t work so well with the peachskin, and I’m not completely happy with the finish (it doesn’t lie very flat) so will probably take it out and redo the neckline with  a proper facing, I know a lot of people don’t like facings but I love the finish they give.

simplicity 1366

(Sorry, I realise that this picture is a bit rubbish and out of focus!) you’ll have to trust me that the fabric is a lovely broad anglais that was gifted to me by a lovely friend, and it’s slightly more purply than the photo shows.

The result is two fast makes that are totally wearable (not always a given!) and have already been in rotation.