søndag den 19. februar 2017

The Vegan Tote

It was love at first sight when my sweet (vegan) friend Lone spotted this 'Tropical Leaves' fabric in our local Stoff & Stil shop some months ago. We didn't buy the fabric back then, but she let me know that a tote in that particular fabric was on her wish list. The perfect print for a vegan - so of course I had to order some to surprise her.

Recently Stoff & Stil launched some new patterns - among them a pattern for a super simple tote bag. In fact the pattern includes two different tote bag versions. I remember Lone mentioning something about a zippered version, so that's the one I chose to make for her. It's a very easy pattern. Beginner friendly. It's an unlined bag and the most tricky part would be installing the zipper. But, as I've mentioned before I'll take a zipper over button holes any time! I was surprised to learn that the tote has a little inside pocket. Great detail. I did place the handles at the top of my tote and not all the way down the bag as suggested on the original pattern. That's the only small change I did.

The Vegan Tote was very well received by the new owner the other day and I'll definetely make a version for myself as well. I have some pretty floral fabric begging to become a tote.

torsdag den 9. februar 2017

Laure Dress by StraightGrain

Oh, the joys of beeing a sewing blogger's child.

The occational bribes and a potential pneumonia - that's just part of the routine when you're trying to please your blogger mum who has (yet another) oh so important deadline.

'Of course I'll pose bare armed in the snow for you, mum - anytime'!

No kid was harmed during the photo shoot, I promise. It was cold but fast. And to sympathize with Wilma I wore flipflops during the shoot. Our sessions are mostly done just outside our house and last for about 3 minutes. Tops!

The Tattooed Snow Queen is wearing a slightly modified version of my sweet and talented friend An of StraightGrain's newly released pattern the Laure Dress.

The Laure is a mix-and-match pattern with multiple dress, collar and sleeve options.

Laure is first and foremost inspired by the Qipao Dress which dates back to 1920s Shanghai. A truly beautiful design - and I will definetely try that version at some point. I have just the perfect fabric in mind.

Wilma doesn't have that many tunics/blouses to wear with her beloved jeggings at the moment so I decided to turn the Laure into such. The pattern does not include this shorter version but it's so easy to adapt. I simply cut the dress at waist length and added the (shortened) skirt that comes with the drop waist version of pattern. Et voila - a Laure Blouse.

This is the 'fine mandarin collar and cap sleeve' version of the pattern.

The pale pink cotton fabric from Stofdepotet has a subtle silver thread down the stripes. It's almost linen like in the structure. Adorable.

I've got nothing but love for An's patterns. They are extremely well drafted and the instructions are so great and detailed.


Be sure to visit these amazing ladies to see their versions of the Laure Dress.