Sunday, 29 June 2014

The 'Eloise Dress'.

This week I enjoyed some fabric browsing in the lovely Sewing Shop, Canterbury. Pram safely installed in the shop and Eloise happily cooing with the lovely Aideen, it was a chance to peruse the gorgeous children's prints. Needless to say it wasn't long before I fell upon something gorgeous. Created by Dashwood Studio, a London based textile design company and from their Wildwood series, it incorporates cute hare, fox and owl motifs amongst fairytale trees and flowers.
My first attempt at a dress for Eloise was again a pattern-free adventure ! Seems to be becoming a bit of a habit. I was using a top that she owns already (from a well known baby and child chain!) as my source of inspiration.
It was a rather organic process, (as with my recent tunic top - see previous post) and I was feeling my way a bit - well most of the way ! The end result is actually pretty far removed from its first creative musings, as I veered further off piste following instinct, inspiration and idea towards an unknown end ! Eloise kindly obliged with fittings. There are things I will change next time and a couple of design issues to address, but as a first attempt I am pretty pleased ;o)

Modelled by Eloise Rose.

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sewing Off Piste !

Quite some time ago now - whilst carrying a rather large baby load up front, I fell upon some dreamy fabric...well two fabrics actually, that when teamed together I felt made a dreamy pairing. Said fabric purchased, they then sat, visible, but unused in the corner of our Sun Room awaiting a purpose.
After the arrival of little Eloise and her partaking of a little nap one quiet afternoon, I decided to forego the advice of ''nap while baby naps'' (you know who you are ;o) and instead whipped off the tunic top I was wearing, laid it on top of said fabric and cut round it. Not something I've done before...and it felt a bit of a cheat at the time, but hey, new pregnancy prerogative...I have excuses ;o)
This weekend, I finally managed to finish my somewhat organic and 'off piste', pattern free, homage to my White Stuff tunic and now have my own wearable version.....and I love it ! I tweaked and altered to make it ''my own'', with a bit of creative zig zag stitching to hold some extra pleats in place and some shirring at the back for a bit of extra shaping.
As spontaneous fabric purchases and sewing sessions timed to baby naps go...this is a happy result ! Me, posing with the delphiniums ....
And the obliging baby Eloise Rose that facilitated such a self indulgent sewing exploit...

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