A Deer & Doe Myosotis Dress (and one epic, life changing relocation)

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll probably know that we moved from Surrey in England to the South Bay area of Los Angeles late last Summer. It was an opportunity we grabbed with both hands and now after six months of Southern Californian living I can safely say it was the right one. I am loving these sun filled days and now that the boxes have been unpacked and I’ve found my feet, my creative energy is flowing again and I’m bursting with ideas.

The Myosotis Dress by Deer and Doe Patterns has been steadily populating my Instagram saves since it was released a couple of years ago so felt like the perfect thing to dive into after putting sewing life somewhat on hold over the last year. Below is my finished dress and some thoughts on this pattern!

This dress is perfect for me because it has a really flattering, breezy shape but crutially, the dress makes a pretty shape all by itself and stands away from the body. Meaning I’m free to slouch around inside it or sit down without any uncomfortable, stiff edges digging in to me. I also love the sleeves which are breezy like the skirt but provide a good level of coverage and comfort if there is a chill in the air. The only part of the dress I’m not totally sold on is the collar – whilst it does provide a counterpoint to all those ruffles, it was quite fiddly to sew and I cant help but feel that a collar-less version would be more flattering.

I found this pale blue viscose/lyocell blend at Joanne’s Stores and loved the fluid texture (I love the look of chambray but find it quite stiff in reality) which is perfect for this pattern – the ruffled skirt and sleeves have a lovely weight to them. I think the pattern would also lend itself nicely to a double gauze or silk too.

I’m definitely going to make another one without a collar and will come back to share it here soon. In the meantime you can browse tons of Myosotis dress inspiration from the Instagram sewing community by checking out the hashtag #ddmyosotis.

HOW TO MAKE: A LINOCUT PRINTING BLOCK [DIY TUTORIAL]

How-To-Make-A-Linocut-Printing-Block-DIY-Tutorial_edited-1Spring has finally sprung here in the South-East of England – everything is a really vivid shade of green and bursting into life. The ferns in my back garden are unfurling long, sinuous tendrils which inspired me to make a patterned fabric featuring this intricate botanical. I had wanted to try linocutting for a long time so this felt like the perfect opportunity. I loved the process of designing and (armed with my Mum’s old linocutting tools from her art school days) carving my printing block and thought it might be helpful to show you the steps I took in case you feel inspired to try it too! Continue reading

HOW TO MAKE: A FRESH FLOWER CROWN [DIY TUTORIAL]

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Flower crowns always bring a smile to my face – probably because they remind me of summer and festivals! Making one from fresh flowers is the perfect way to add some seasonal colour to a photo like this and a great way to put your fading bunch of flowers to use. This was a spur of the moment DIY earlier in the week when I found myself with a bunch of chamomile flowers, a free hour and a sunny garden to work in…

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DIPPING MY TOE INTO INDIGO DYEING…

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My very creative and talented Auntie Madeleine taught me how to make indigo dye last weekend! I’ve never worked with a natural dye like this and had no idea what is involved – it’s a delicate balancing act between all the ingredients, the temperature, even the humidity and the air. I’m looking forward to sharing more of the process next week, and showing off my new Shibori dyed muslin squares! In the meantime you can hop over to Madeleine’s website here and see some of her amazing handmade textiles.

SCANDINAVIAN FOLK ART INSPIRATION

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From left to right: Pattern from a 1960’s Polish coffee cup, Swedish illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius, illustration by Amy Blay, interiors and still  life photographer Joanna Henderson, tea-towel available from Hummingbird Factory via Etsy, vintage art via The Animalarium, interiors and still life photographer Joanna Henderson, antique Dala horse, linocut print ornaments found via design blog Du Abu.

Lots of colourful, Scandinavian style folk art has been catching my eye on Pinterest this week! It must be from sewing with all these fun printed jersey fabrics from Europe for Orla 🙂 I love some of the simple screen printed shapes that use just one or two colours – screen printing is definitely on my to-do list for next year. Also check out the lino cut print Christmas decorations on the bottom right! I think next year might be all about printing for me. I love the cheerful, painted furniture too – especially when mixed with Scandi style embroidered textiles!