A friend gave me this second hand curtain and I made a self drafted skirt out of it. I drafted a very wide A line skirt with a side zip and a one piece waistband. I loved those big white flowers so tried to get as much of the print on the skirt as possible. … More Garden variety skirt.
So here’s Skipper #2. This one is made with a lovely autumnal floral in a light weight wool. Another second hand fabric gift from my sister. I’ve made the neckband out of a navy from my stash, as the other colours aren’t the best for me. The navy is definitely a man-made fibre of some … More Ahoy there Autumn.
Firstly apologies for being a bit out of action lately on reading and commenting on your blogs. This EQ has knocked me a bit, and I sort of ostriched for the last week. I did spend a lot of time sewing which was very restorative, and also some planning for SWAP. I think I’m *in* peeps! My … More How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb(er jacket).
I made french darts! And belle shaped sleeves (if you call them belle rather than bell it makes them french too.) I drafted this off my main top block and re-positioned the legs of the dart to the waist rather than under the arm. My totally-non-left-brain really rebelled, but I kept sketching and playing until … More Oh la la!
I was recently in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. I got to play Blanche, probably the character I have most wanted to play my entire adult life. Hashtag bucket list. I also decided it was a good opportunity to make a dress to wear as a costume, and I had the perfect pattern … More The Blanche Dress.
This cute little T-shirt is made from two lots of second hand fabric and self drafted. The body fabric (100% synthentic, pre-lycra stretch) I bought in Geraldine, the same time I bought the fabric for my Ribbed & Striped Top. The coral t-shirt knit was from the Salvation Army in Addington, Christchurch. I’ve had some OK … More Flower Child.
I may have mentioned (a couple of times) that I love all things 20s and 30s. My ideal wardrobe might fit in well with an episode of Poirot where people just casually walk around wearing things like this: Now if only I could fit that hat through the door of the office! Conversely I am … More Hercule Poirot and the case of the Cardi-Coat
Happy New Year! It’s been a bit quiet on the western front here at Spare Room Style, but a very sewing filled summer holiday is here to fix that! At the end of 2015 I cut back to working four days a week to allow for more time to explore my other creative pursuits so … More Still Life with Dropped Waist.
Last week I was in the paper speaking about my thoughts on fashion. I love the headline they chose for me: This outfit features two articles of clothing that I have showcased on my blog: the seersucker blazer and the floral pants. I love those moments when you “shop your wardrobe” and make an outfit … More Famous for a moment
These are called The Sound of Music Pants because they are made out of a pair of curtains. I made them from a pattern I drafted years ago from an old pair of pants that were a gift from a friend who had made them herself and was bored with them. The cut was so … More The Sound of Music Pants