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

27.2.15

Could I Call This My Style?

Dear Laura,





For a very long time I have been looking for a style, any style, anything I can call my own, this is me just me, and when people see it, they would say "oooo that is just like something Annie would make/own/like". I think I secretly want to be a very stylish French lady that just throws clothes on and looks fabulous and individual all the time. This I don't think I will ever achieve, I will have to perfect walking in a ladylike manner first (rather than striding down the street as fast as I can) and I will never be able to wear heels except for the most special occasions, however I love the idea of having a style, things that match in my wardrobe, a look I love that I can just go to in the morning and not have to think about what is clean and where clothes are that vaguely look ok together.

To my surprise my sewing this year has been creating a kind of style for me, I am not sure how long it will last but my choices of muted colours in greens and greys and creams have been coming out again and again, as well as my love for small animal prints. I love fitted clothes and simple styles and this seems to be what has come out in the last few things I have made. I am very excited by this, I am not sure if it will last but I am going to make an effort to make at least ten pieces of clothing (yikes that is six more!) in this style and have a small collection.

Lots of love

Annie

21.2.15

Bees Bees and More Bees

Dear Laura,




It is cold, oh so cold here, the coldest I have ever been. Snow covers the ground and the trees are bare with no sign of waking up. The crackling sound of static electricity rips through my clothes and sparks fly off the dog. The dryness crawls all over my skin and I find myself emptying tubes of moisturizer just to make me feel like a normal human. My day was brightened considerably last week though when a little package slipped through the letter box. What a surprise I thought to myself, I am not expecting any packages, then I saw it was from you and got super excited. Of course you didn't disappoint, inside was a treat of material, binding and a lovely card for no other reason than you just being the best. 

I couldn't wait to use it so I whipped up this very quick top.  I realised that I had never made a top before, well not from cotton anyway. It is a bit of a mess, I was figuring things out as I went along, it wouldn't pass muster on the Great British Sewing Bee, the judges would be most upset about the wonkyness and the slightly crazy seams, but I love it. I love it so much because it is bees, and it is from you, and I made a top. I can't wait to wear it all the time, I just have to wait for this weather to get a bit brighter, -10 C might be a little chilly for sleeveless tops.

Lots of love and thank you so much I am such a lucky lady!

Annie

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