Fabric giveaway with Remnant Kings


perfect autumn fabrics for sewing remnant kings

So obviously A/W sewing is probably on most of our minds.

Now, what would you say of I told you that the lovely people at Remnant Kings are offering one lucky reader a £25 voucher? And it's open to international readers. Hopefully you just did a little happy dance.

I worked with them recently on this project I made up for Love Sewing magazine, and I can vouch for their great customer service and solid range of fabrics.

So to inspire you I've had a peek at their latest fabrics and let my sewing imagination run wild.


perfect autumn fabrics for sewing remnant kings

I'm not usually a pattern kind of person, but these three sure did catch my eye. They would look great made up as a simple top (like Marilla Walker's maya, or Made By Rae's Beatrix), don't you think? 

And someone has to make something with that awesome floral on the bottom. 


perfect autumn fabrics for sewing remnant kings
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How delicious would either of these be for a dress? Perfect for lounging around. I'd be tempted to make a Sew Over It shift dress, but these would work for any simple pattern.


perfect autumn fabrics for sewing remnant kings
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To me autumn you can't get much better than mini skirts and boots in the autumn - some sort of Grainline moss skirt + textured fabric combination. So no surprise that these fabrics caught my little eye (especially that metallic brocade in the top - hello Star Trek meets aztec warrior). 

Which now means I'm pretty tempted to make myself a moss skirt or two - especially now that Jen's lengthened the hem. Do we think Star Trek/aztec warrior is work appropriate?


To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment saying which fabric you would chose from Remnant King's vast stock and what you might make with it. A winner will be chosen at random in 2 weeks time.

Good luck guys!

p.s. they also have 20% off this weekend - so definitely worth checking them out. 

A/W 2015 sewing inspiration


autumn winter 2015 sewing list
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Hiya strangers.

It's been a while, eh? I took an unexpected break from sewing and blogging to really commit to a summer of lazy family days and travelling shenanigans including Italy and Canada.

But now summer's well and truly over (sigh) I can get excited about a whole new Autumn/Winter of sewing. Yay!

Have you got any plans for A/W 2015 sewing? I've been decidedly restrained with my goals this year.

Handmade Wardrobe | greenwood tank


What would you do if you were offered a selection of great patterns? Would you play it safe, or would you go all in?

As luck would have it, the lovely Kimberly of Straight Stitch Desings offered to send me over one of her patterns as they're celebrating their 1 year anniversary. My eyes went straight to this simple tank - the Greenwood tank.

So I guess it turns out, I played the safe card.

Boring? Maybe. But I'm a HUGE fan of this pattern. Sure, it's simple, but the cut is 100% spot on. It is literally the perfect knit tank pattern.

The Greenwood is a simple, straight forward knit tank with two back variations (a high back or a low back). I made my version using the low back and sides. I wanted to add a bit of an extra spin in honour of Kimberly's 1st year anniversary so I added a yoke and a pleat for a little bit more pizazz.

Plus it gave me the chance to use this pineapple fabric I've been hoarding. Mmm... Pineapples.

I was super desperate to get this done before my trip to Canada. I love tank tops, but am never really impressed with the ones I find in shops - is it just me or are tanks either too tight or too low cut?

Being super desperate to get a Greenwood in my suitcase meant I was sewing away at 9 pm. Not a good time to be sewing. So no surprise that it took me three goes to get it right - that binding was surprisingly tricksy! I got a bit confused putting the right sides together (FYI, it's the wrong side of binding to right side of the front) and then I messed up the measurement for the binding. And let's not talk about the wobbly stitching on the binding.

Still. I have been living in this tank all holiday. It's super flattering and goes with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. The outer fabric was just some cheap viscose-jersey I bought from eBay. So pretty great that i could make up something totally wearable with it.

I'm keen to make it again, including this yoke version (but maybe shorten the yoke so it falls a bit higher on my back). I'd also like to try a straight up tank too.

If you're looking for a few more adventurous types, the lovely Kimberly from Straight Stitch designs is hosting a blog tour to celebrate her 1 year anniversary. She is also hosting an insane giveaway on the 18th of September, be sure to check it out here. Plus there's 50% off patterns in her shop so it's definitely worth a looksey. 

Keen to see more Straight Sticth goodness? Check out the other lovely ladies on the blog hop here:

Tuesday, September 8th: Meg Cookin' and Craftin' | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio
Wednesday, September 9th: Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
Thursday, September 10th: Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado
Friday, September 11th: Katie It's Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It
Saturday, September 12th: Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap
Monday, September 14th: Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara
Tuesday, September 15th: Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House
Wednesday, September 16th: Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift
Thursday, September 17th: Kaysie | KZJO'STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says
Friday, September 18th: Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

Handmade Wardrobe | fall collection beatrix


Indiesew fall collection Made By Rae Beatrix top
Well now... what have we here?

I'm back from my little blogging break with a real cracker of a pattern - the Beatrix by Made By Rae.

I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of the Indiesew Fall Collection tour to launch their new Fall Collection. And this pattern totally called my name. Darts at the front, buttons at the back, what's not to love?

Indiesew Fall collection Made By Rae Beatrix
I've been looking for a pattern that would be great for work - simple and unfussy but that wouldn't make me look like a total slob.

Plus, I needed something quick and satisfying to make up (since the bambino started crawling I've had my hands pretty full!) This pattern totally fit the bill.

Indiesew fall collection Made By Rae Beatrix top
This was a lovely pattern to sew up. The drafting is solid - you can chose from A/B cup or C/D cup (basically an inbuilt FBA - nice one).

And the instructions were some of the best I've followed in a while - full of tips and points to remember so you don't end up with a gaff. Always a lovely touch.

I made this up in an X-small with the C/D sizing and I love the way it came out. The fit is pretty perfect.

Indiesew fall collection Made By Rae Beatrix top
I had this particular fabric in my stash. I've been avoiding plaid for ever. I figured it would be a nightmare to match - especially since my default approach to sewing is pretty lax. But this g-i-a-n-t pattern made matching super easy.

I also used this tutorial by Tilly and the Buttons - (it's for matching stripes, but I still found it really useful).

Plus this rayon has the perfect drape for a shirt -  soft but with a slight bit of structure. Nice one.

Indiesew fall collection Made By Rae Beatrix top
So I'm really happy with how this came out. I'd definitely recommend checking out the rest of the patterns from this collection. I think they'd work together really well.

I'm thinking it's going to be a great staple piece. Don't you think it'll look great made up in a whole bunch of different fabrics?

Keen to see more? Check out these other inspirational ladies great makes:

Monday, August 24th: Lauren | Right Sides Together
Tuesday, August 25th: Lori | Girls in the Garden
Wednesday, August 26th: Kimberly | Straight Stitch Designs
Thursday, August 27th: Trine | Groovy Baby and Mama
Friday, August 28th: Taylor | Blueprints for Sewing
Monday, August 31st: Erin | Sewbon
Tuesday, September 1st: Elena | Randomly Happy (that's me!)
Wednesday, September 2nd: Tara | Girl Like the Sea
Thursday, September 3rd: Lola | Love Lola

p.s. You may have notice the change of scenery. I'm in Toronto for a friend's wedding and am staying for a few weeks. So any fabric haunts/tips would be greatly appreciated!

Handmade Wardrobe | casual slouchy trousers


Sew Caroline Happy Home Art Gallery Fabrics Casual Sweet Clothes trousers
I know.

I have a problem.

I am addicted to sewing casual, slouchy trousers.

Sew Caroline Happy Home Art Gallery Fabrics Casual Sweet Clothes trousers
But guys, these beauties had to be made. They are almost 100% close to my ultimate dream pair of summer trousers: tapered in the leg with a relaxed fit, topped off with an elasticated waist all made up in a breezy, modestly jazzy fabric.

And this pair has belt loops. Belt loops (more on those and other juicy details at the end of the post).

Sew Caroline Happy Home Art Gallery Fabrics Casual Sweet Clothes trousers
I was very kindly gifted this fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. It's from a collection they recently released designed by possibly the sweetest looking sewing blogger - Sew Caroline.

I'll be honest, I was worried the fabric weight wouldn't be quite right for the relaxed trouser style I was going for. But man, was I wrong. 

Sew Caroline Happy Home Art Gallery Fabrics Casual Sweet Clothes trousers
And now this fabric has totally made me rethink my feelings about 100% cotton for clothing. I'm all in now.

The pattern's pretty interesting too. It's from the Japanese pattern book Casual Sweet Clothes which a friend at work recommended. I've not tried pattern books before, but I think I may be becoming a bit of a fan.

Sew Caroline Happy Home Art Gallery Fabrics Casual Sweet Clothes trousers
These still need some work. The excess fabric in the hips and around the side seams is definitely bumming me out. But I reckon an hour with some pins and the sewing machine will sort out most of the issues.

So, what do you think? Have you been making any fab trousers for summer? Have you been tempted to sew with 100% cotton lately?


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