Word of the Day – Majolica –

The word majolica or maiolica derives from painted pottery/tiles/earthenware from Mallorca. The trademark is the hand-painted designs usually in blues and whites but can include bright colours as well.

In Fall Winter 16/17 Dolce & Gabbana released a drop-dead Majolica linedolce-and-gabbana-winter-2017-woman-collection-702.jpg

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found this beauty on Etsy

It was so expensive! But I had to have it! I washed it on delicate, let it air dry, folded it softly and set it aside until I had the perfect summer dress pattern. I was thinking about making another Kim dress from By Hand London but then I saw a picture of their Charlie (made from a brown curtain!) and knew it’s got to be Charlie – I downloaded the pattern (only used the bodice) and made my own 3/4 circle skirt (with the help of Mood Fabrics circle skirt calculator ) The pattern was a nice balance of easy peasy that also had challenging tidbits.

The purse was a recent birthday gift from my friend Jordan 🙂

Now I just need to find a time and place to stroll around in this!

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Burdastyle Talent Contest 2018

So I entered the BurdaStyle Talent Contest earlier this week and the top 5 move on to the semi-finals at midnight 29 April. Right now I’m 4th! 😱 I feel so torn about asking someone to vote for me. I REALLY want to move on but I don’t want to over spam my friends and family and I feel odd about begging old acquaintances to vote for me. I’d like my votes to come from people who just like my pieces. If you can appreciate the style, the fabric choice, and the details (boning, lining and underlining, hand-stitching, covered buttons) and you’d like to give me your vote, then you would make me THE happiest woman!

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This twirling skirt pretty much represents the whirlwind of feelings that I have right now. Excited * Proud * Passionate * with a touch of nervousness.  I fell in love with this design when I saw it in the Burda Style Vintage Special 6/14. I think I traced the pattern out the same evening I bought the magazine! I actually went all out and ordered the perfect fabric from Mood but customs threw me a curve ball and it didn’t arrive in time. Maybe I’ll sew it up in the same style later but right now I have a crush on the Frida look.

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Earlier this month I attended a 4-day body blueprint at  Sew La Di Da Vintage in Lyme Regis. I didn’t have any expectations when I arrived which made me all the more incredibly elated when I left because Caroline and Frankie really taught me a lot. We learned how to fit a garment to our shape (and my measurements are definitely not your average ready-to-wear measurements), insert boning and a more precise way to insert an invisible zipper. Caroline also designs fabric and I have such a fetish for Frida Kahlo so it was a no-brainer that I had to use this fabric to make the playsuit that I had in mind (based on the Burda design above).

 

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Here you can see some of the details that I put into the playsuit + button up skirt ( 🤗glee)

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Cross your fingers and may the best designs win ✂️😍👗