Thursday, 27 June 2013

Colette Sorbetto

So I had my first proper outing today on my funny little bike. Unfortunately it went less than smoothly as I hugely overestimated the weather and not only got soaked but to my embarrassment slipped getting on the train in my inappropriate footwear. [Note to self; wear sensible shoes and carry waterproofs.] Luckily it was only really my ego which took a knock -though I'm sure to find a bruise or two tomorrow.

In other news they've just released a brand new dress pattern over at Colette called Hawthorn which I'm very tempted by. For those interested, a sew-along has also just started which over the course of a few weeks gives you step by step pictures and further info and tips regarding it's construction. I particularly like the peplum blouse version.

Whilst I ponder sleeve variations, decoration possibilities and fabric choices I thought I'd try out their 'Sorbetto' pattern which is available for instant download completely free of charge (generous eh?).

I'd like to branch out style wise and maybe try out some different shapes/colours as I feel like I'm currently in a bit of a wardrobe rut, constantly throwing on the same outfits (generally some sort of jeans/hoodie combo) so I think I'll try a peter pan collar for a bit of a change.

Anyone else had a go at a Sorbetto?

I've recently set up a 'Stokes Croft Stitching' Flickr group as an easy way of sharing pictures. I'd love to see any snaps of projects (Sorbetto's or otherwise!) so feel free to join in and go upload a few.

Here goes then... I'll post an update and some pictures when it's finished.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Bicycle Fever

Meet my new bike (excuse the slightly fuzzy phone picture). It's a funny little Apollo folding Wayfarer. I saw it and thought it would be perfect for hopping on and off the train (though in reality the verdict is out on whether the folding actually saves that much space!).

I didn't wake up this morning expecting to buy one so it was a bit of a Gumtree impulse buy -nonetheless bicycle fever has temporarily taken hold!

As with most things in life, I see this purchase as a perfect excuse for a few more sewing projects so I've been looking at various bike related accessories. I'm definitely thinking some sort of storage/panniers, and perhaps a seat cover ...think handle bar streamers are too much?

Vintage fabric bike bag by BikeDailyDesign on Etsy / Leaf design pannier by LeaflingoOo on Etsy

There are some fantastic tutorials about for bicycle accessories, such as the 'Noodlehead Bike Bucket' and Shelly's beautiful quilted bike seat cover below.

Now to get my hands on some oilcloth and get stitching!

Monday, 17 June 2013


I've been working on a 'refashioned playsuit' post which is coming up. I'm just waiting for this dreary weather to pass in order to take some half decent pictures.

So in the meantime -I've discovered Pinterest! Until recently I didn't really understand the point or have the inclination to figure out how to use it but I'm certainly glad I did. Who knew that 'pinning' things to virtual boards could be so entertaining! It's particularly great for crafty types as there are so many sewing tutorials, tips and crafty ideas.

Sewing room storage via
Vintage Butterick pattern (6836)
Hair accessories from Josephine's on Folksy
Amigurumi via

I'm really impressed by the volume of great recipes (catering to even the most particular of dietary requirements) and am even gathering some 'I like...' inspiration for my lovely (but very easily flustered when buying gifts) other half -despite the fact that my birthday and Christmas are 6 months away!

If you haven't already got to grips with it then I'd say it's definitely worth taking a look. If you have then drop me a link and, if you like, head here for gander at mine. The danger is it's too easy to wile away hours trawling for inspiration ...I may not leave the house for some time!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Folksy Launch

After months of preparation, pattern cutting, sewing and lots of general faffing I'm happy to announce that I have finally launched my Folksy shop where you can find items from my 'Cottontails Clothing Collection'.

I was originally planning to wait until I had more products available (I have some more pattern designs in the pipeline) but as with most things in life, it's taken me longer than anticipated so I've decided to seize the day and make a start now with a view to adding more stock as I go.

I'd love to hear people's thoughts. Any feedback would be really helpful and much appreciated -so go take a look and let me know what you think!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

'Me Made May '13' update

So June is now upon us which means that 'Me Made May '13' is officially over. I've had such a busy few weeks that I've been somewhat absent so thought I'd post an update.

As usual life sort of got in the way of my rekindled motivation, and many of the clothing projects I had in mind got temporarily put on hold. I did stick to my pledge though -wearing 'me-made' items at least twice a week (albeit with duplicates) and ok they're not made from scratch but I also refashioned three of my old slightly tired and unworn band t-shirts (which I've decided covers the 'to make two further garments' aspect).

On the left I used bias binding to create a racer back vest (yes I'm obsessed!) and on the right a halter using white ribbing. I think I might shorten it slightly and add a wide band of ribbing to the hem as well.

I would definitely say that, despite my fail in documenting it very well this time around, participating has encouraged me to wear more handmade clothing whether that's by combing through my wardrobe and refashioning things that don't fit properly/don't get worn or adding some new projects to the agenda.

A big thank you to the fab stitchers of the Flickr group for providing me with so much inspiration. Definitely worth checking out!