FINISHED! la brune de childhood treasures

It's quite the sprint to finish blogging all my finished makes before the end of the year! Today is another Liberty of London make, also in fabric from Ava and Neve. This time Childhood Treasures. I'm not sure which collection this design is from (SS15?)  but it has a wonderful decoupage pattern with the cute addition of butterflys and dragonflys.
I originally bought this fabric to make another Marthe, but I have also fallen in love with another French pattern design company, Delphine et Morissette and couldn't resist making their fantastic la brune. 
I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it on instagram. But after seeing this one by Julie and this one by Dessine Moi un Patron (who by the way has also amazing patterns, especially this blouse and combinasion which I will definitely be making in the new year) I was completely sold and am now wondering if and when I might have an occasion to make a copy cat pierre la lune version.
The instructions are in French and to buy the pdf you need to send a message via the contact box and the pdf and a paypal invoice is sent to you. The pattern comes together well and despite only limited instructions in the pdf, there is a photo step by step guide on the blog, which I used particularly for the 'wings'.  For hemming the wings, the photos show overlocked edges but I used did tiny little hems which look great.
The blouse is quite long and I took about 2 inches off the bottom, although in contrast I found the sleeves quite short. I did the bare minimum hemming on the sleeves, but next time I will add an inch onto them.

The first time I wore this blouse, I felt like the wings were 'extravagant' and was initially a bit self conscious about them. But then I just lifted my head and owned them.  Now, I adore them and want more such blouses in my wardrobe. Viva la brune!

FINISHED! Foliage culottes

It is clear that my love affair with the Oliver & S Girl Friday Culottes isn't over. I made this pair back in October (hence the skip in the background photos) and have been wearing them regularly since. Every piece of fabric I pick up seems to go through the 'will this look good as a pair of culottes test'. 
This fabric was picked up at Spotlight and there are a heap of great makes out there using it. Amanda made a beautiful dress out of it for a wedding!  For me? It's always culottes. And I love the volume of this particular culottes pattern.
There isn't much to be said about the construction of these (that I haven't already mentioned in my numerous other posts about Girl Friday Culottes), except for the fact that after these photos I changed the button placement to get them to sit a bit higher. It seems that it doesn't matter how many pairs of these culottes I make I can't seem to get the waist perfect first go. Urrgh.
I've got one more post to go for this years makes.  See you soon x

FINISHED! A hampton wedding jumpsuit

I made this jumpsuit back in July, and didn't really wear it until this Christmas season.. and now it's had quite the Christmas run.
The fabric is Liberty of London Hampton Wedding from the SS15 Alice in Wonderland collection.

Inspired by Alice stumbling into Disney’s Garden of Live Flowers, this Liberty fabric features petals, plants and leaves. Wild and alive, the flowers begin to speak: strange and inviting like the bold, colourful print.
Originally I had bought a metre from Shaukat but when it arrived and the print was larger than I expected for a Liberty I knew it had to be a jumpsuit so I quickly snapped up another metre (and a half?) from Ava and Neve in Queensland.  I have just finished another top with fabric from Ava and Eve which I really hope to blog before the end of the year.
In terms of construction there isn't really much to say.  I used the pattern I made up here but tapered the sleeves a bit. Since taking these photos I also took a few inches off the length of the sleeves which is better for the proportions of the jumpsuit. The top is quite blousey with dropped sleeves.
For fancier occassions I wear high heels with this, but I'm quite partial to this with my white sneakers!