Saturday, 30 July 2016

Collette Moneta

My little sewing business has been super busy over the last few months and one of my clients is a 95 year old lady who wanted a dress to wear to her Granddaughter's wedding. After a long chat with her she decided on an Emery dress in a floral cotton, great, until I thought about it and realised there was no way she would manage the zip.

After a quick google I realised that the Moneta dress by Colette was almost the correct shape and Jersey so so much easier to wear for someone with limited mobility. She wasn't sure if it would be too tight so I offered to make one for myself (such a sacrifice!) so she could see the shape and decide from there.

Thankfully she liked it and chose a gorgeous Liberty Jersey fabric for her version. I had to do a few alterations to the pattern as she is a very small lady but didn't want the bodice tight. I cut the size up from the one she  measured and shortened the bodice. She also wanted bracelet length sleeves so that was easy enough.

This is not the greatest photo, I have asked her to show me some photos of her on the day so I can see it in action! I am in love with this fabric and accidentally bought a meter for myself to make a top with, I just need to decide which pattern to use...

Friday, 29 July 2016


We have just got back from a fun 2 weeks in Orlando  it was a busy but relaxing few weeks after what has been an insane 4 months.

We started the holiday at Universal Studios, it was great, I met a Minion and ate breakfast in the 3 Broomsticks in Hogsmead!

 I made a couple of panic pairs of shorts in the few days before we left, my summer shorts were all too big (!) when I finally dragged them out of the box in the loft. I was going to make some nice pairs of proper shorts but instead used one of the the trouser patterns I have made my own and cut them on the knee. They have a jersey waistband so are super comfy.  The brown pair in the minion picture are not really squint and I can't actually find a photo of the others!

Big E loyally wore the shorts I had made for him but little e was having none of it and decided that all the shorts I had made for her and took with us made her look like a clown..... She rotated 2 shop bought pairs for the whole holiday :)

Husband didn't get any hand made holiday clothes but I did get him 6 new short sleeved shirts / polo shirts for £10 from my favourite charity shop, bargain!

Some other highlights were meeting Chewbacca at Hollywood Studios,

meeting Stitch in the Magic Kingdom ,

and seeing a Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing!

When we were in Florida 5 years ago we hoped to see the second last shuttle launch, it didn't while we were there so this almost made up for that disappointment!

Back soon with some proper sewing!