Spring is a time of new beginnings, and here that means a new fabric collection added to the store. I'm excited to introduce Monaluna Organic Cottons - vibrant and fun prints with co-ordinating solids. The 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certified cottons are available in three substrates. A fine lawn; a quality, high thread count poplin; and a wonderfully soft jersey interlock....a little something for everyone.
The latest collection from Named Clothing has arrived in store. I personally love this collection - it is full of timeless design details used in unique and interesting ways. Right up my alley! It is also a very versatile collection that, depending on fabric choice, can be dressed up, dressed down and can be crafted to suit most seasons.
The collection is called Evolution Theory and is a study on the evolution of fashion - how certain fashion staples became what they are today.
The collection combines details from one garment to another in unique ways with a particular focus on cut in order to create interesting, yet natural and effortless designs. . As a result, there are garments like a blouse with trench coat like details, a double-breasted jersey dress and a kimono-inspired tee.
The collection also takes its inspiration from the Finnish nature, the crude rocks, coniferous forests and cold water. The colours in the collection reflect this origin; ice blue, pine green and granite grey.
If you find yourself in Wellington on Saturday 27 Aug (2016), why don't you pop along to the Vintage Fair happening at the Ngaio Town Hall? I'll be there with all my vintage haberdashery, a selection of fabrics, (including, hopefully, a fresh shipment from France!), indie patterns and sewing goodies.
This will be a great chance to check out some of my stock up close and personal.... I won't have room for everything, but if you are going to be there and you'd like me to bring something in particular, please let me know! email@example.com
I'd love it if you were to drop by and say hi! Don't be shy.
Oh, and it looks like there will be all sorts of other lovely vintage and vintage inspired wares to peruse. You can check them out here:
The Fielder Top and Dress pattern by Merchant and Mills is definitely the most popular pattern in the store at the moment. And I understand why! It is a classic style that combines the casual comfort of a sweater with the versatility (and let's face it - ease of construction..) of woven fabrics.
The bodice and arms are designed to be sewn with laundered linen, soft cottons, lightweight denim, wool, light flannel or crepe; it is then finished with comfortable cotton ribbing at the neck, cuffs and hem.
For the neon pink and white version in the photo above I used virgin white laundered linen for the sleeves, and a lightweight cotton canvas for the bodice. I also swapped out the rib hem for more of the neon pink!
While I have only made the top ( a few times...!!), this pattern also includes a dress version - which I'm sure is equally as comfortable as the top. Judging by the photo below, it certainly exudes understated style and effortless elegance.
Hand block printed fabrics - graphic patterns in classic indigo colourways. All feature the charming irregularities of a thing hand made. Light weight fabrics perfect for layering or for spring and summer days.....only seven weeks left of winter, everyday is getting a little lighter and longer.
Or treat yourself to a solid pair of hand forged, brass handles scissors or shears. There is even a left-handed tailor's shear. Discover the Little India Collection here.
I've just finished a pair of jeans.. Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns to be precise. I've made View A (mid rise stove pipe) in the organic stretch denim I have in the store. I'm pretty happy with the end result, but it's not to say there aren't things to improve next time.
The most time consuming part for me was getting the fit right - this is always a bit of a challenge as I vary so much across sizes, and sometimes I just want to give up and sew! But perseverance is rewarded - I am really happy with how these fit.
Here is a simple guide to show you how to install the buttons and rivets available in the Miss Maude Sewing Store.
you will need:
a solid metal surface (the bottom of a cast iron pan will work!)
an awl or other sharp point - ie a nail.
wire cutters (for rivets only)
your rivets and buttons
extra fabric, rivets and buttons to practice
It is recommended that you practice on a scrap on denim (the same number of layers as your finished garment), before you try installing on your garment.
She has a thing for stacks of beautiful fabrics, delights in holding something made to last, and respects good craftsmanship. These are the driving forces behind the Miss Maude shop. And here are her musings.