25.1.15

Making my own Clothes

Dear Laura,


Long before we started this blog I was making and adjusting my own clothes as well as sewing gifts for friends. However since this blog I have done so much more. The feedback has spurred me on no end and the advice people give me has been amazing. Also it is just so much fun to show off what you have made to the world. This along with all the amazing bloggers I have discovered has transformed my wardrobe and as a little reminder to myself of what I can achieve if I put my mind to it I have created a pinterest board tracking all the handmade items in my wardrobe. Rather hilariously they ask you for a category when you set up your pinterest board, the only one I could think of was women's fashion, perhaps a little delusional. So if you fancy checking it out and seeing all my rather wonderful modelling faces and poses it can be found here:



Lots of Love

Annie

17.1.15

Channelling My Granny : My First Pair of Trousers

Dear Laura,


There is a wonderful fabric shop in my home town and when I was home I made a trip there to buy some fabric for a christmas project. Not only did I buy fabric but also interfacing and lining. I wasn't sure whether I was going to make a dress or my first pair of trousers so I prepared for everything. When I showed the material to my family they laughed and mentioned that is was rather similar to something my Granny would wear. 

Now my Granny was not your typical little old lady baking cookies by the fire. She was 6ft with a wonderful main of white curly hair, she rode horses, kept dogs, chickens and bees well into her 80s and was certainly a force to be reckoned with. Because of her height and well some of her eccentricities she tended to make a lot of her clothes. She would be often be dressed in high waisted trousers and a hand knitted jumper.

As I made these trousers by the fire all snuggled up at home warm and toastey, I found myself channeling her style more and more to the amusement of my family. They were equally impressed that I could make the trousers but highly amused every time I came into the room wearing them half made for fitting and seeing Granny standing there. 

It certainly wasn't an easy process and although I finished them before I came back to DC, last weekend I unpicked the inner leg seams to make them more like leggings than the wide bottomed trousers I had debuted at home. I added zips to the ankles and readjusted the waist band a little. Now I absolutely love them. I really do, I didn't think I would but they are so warm and, you know, quite cool (well in my mind anyway, I probably still look like my granny but that is ok she was quite cool too!). There is only one slight issue and that is that the lining still russels a bit I don't know how I can stop that, if you have any ideas please let me know.






Lots of love

Annie

P.s. I would like to say that the bum is pretty good on these trousers but I didn't really want to ask my colleague to take that photo so you'll just have to take my word for it!

10.1.15

Happy New Year ! 2015

Dear Laura,

I am back in the USA, after lots of lovely holidays in the UK this week I returned to work and we got 4 inches of snow. It has been quite a week to return to but I am settling back in and have a million sewing projects to do with all the lovely fabric I bought at the liberties sale. But for now I will just leave you with a couple of pictures of my rather lovely time back home.







Lots of love

Annie
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