18.4.15

A Second Octopus Dress

Dear Laura,






I am currently making some dog beds for little Chaika's brother and Aunt, and of course this meant trawling my favourite websites for material. Needless to say most of the material I order was not of course for the dogs, but for me. In this lovely batch was a wonderful octopus pattern from Cotton + Steel. I love their designs and I am completely obsessed with this one. I couldn't wait and immediately made it into a dress. I used every single scrap of material the cut outs for the arms were turned into pockets and the rest was just rectangles with darts to make the shape. I think I am going to get more and make some PJs and maybe a little matching dress for my niece. I would love to make clothes also for my nephew but I can't think of what little boys like to wear. I would love any suggestions you might have.

Lots of love

Annie

4.4.15

The Emerging Spring

Dear Laura,



It has been a while since I have written, it isn't because I haven't been creating like mad. In fact I have been going sewing crazy, however the weather has been so bitterly cold and snowy and generally unspring like that I haven't been able to put on my dresses to photograph them without freezing to death. But it seems from the pink tips I am seeing on the peach tree that spring might finally be emerging from the white barren landscape. I can't wait soon the leaves will unfurl and a sea of green will surround us again. Hopefully this also means I can show off my fabulous new octopus dress #2 too you very soon!

Lots of love and springy feelings and happy Easter weekend.

Annie

6.3.15

Fireflies and Midnight Blue Dresses

Dear Laura,





I love making clothes for myself, love it, however I am branching out and trying to make clothes for other people now too. I made my first dress for Pip years ago, luckily she is a similar shape and height to me and we did a couple of fittings so it wasn't too great a stretch. Recently I made a second dress, this time for Ksenia. Again slightly thinner and taller than me so it wasn't really to much of a departure for me but I was still a little worried about making it for her. This time you see I was here in the US and she was there in the UK so there was no fitting or anything. 

Happily she tried it and it fit! It is pretty short due to the fabric pattern length but I think she can pull it off. I was slightly short on fabric and in order to be able to walk I had to put two little triangles of shirting material in the sides so that it could go on. My next model is going to be my sister who although related to me, has a completely different body shape, this one is going to be more tricky for sure. It is a fun challenge though I am looking forward to seeing how it pans out! 

Lots of love

Annie
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