Something new! Something else!

Okay, so that’s not entirely true. I did make something else – two tiny pocket tank tops from Grainline, but I’m still having disagreements with my camera. The last set of photos I tried to take 30 minutes after sundown, but they still turned out completely overexposed – I might have to get used to the idea of getting a new camera 😦

That's how dark it was ...
That’s how dark it was …

Instead, I’m going to show you … another Laurel! Yay! (Not? You’ve seen enough of them already? Then you probably want to skip down to the very last photo, which is a sneak peek of my next project – it’s kinda awesome!)

The weekend before last, I went on a quick trip back to Brighton. A previous coworker of mine had decided to go back to Germany, and I thought it would be fun to combine a much needed short vacation with a surprise appearance at her leaving do. Long story short – it was a roaring success! It was lovely to see all my friends again, and to get some fabric shopping done while I was at it. In fact, I’d shelled out > 30 quid to bring an empty suitcase over 😀 needless to say, it was very much not empty on my way back.

This double-knit was one of my purchases, from the much missed Fabricland (usual disclaimer here – their website WILL make you want to pour bleach into your eyes).

Fabric detail
Fabric detail

It’s no secret that I love black, and gray, and pink – what you might not know is that I also have a distinct faible for art deco and jugendstil, and this fabric has it all. Win!

One of my lovely colleagues at work took these snaps with my phone – please forgive the resulting lack of quality in the photos.

art deco laurel front
art deco laurel front

Not sure what’s going on with that derp face there 😀

The only thing I changed is that I shaved off a couple of inches at the side bust seams, to account for the amount of stretch in the double knit fabric.

I also employed a slightly different method of finishing the neck and arm bindings by using black fold-over elastic – double knit tends to get a tad bulky with a bias finish, and the fold-over worked like a charm.

art deco laurel back
art deco laurel back

Since all is said and done with the pattern, I’ll give you another view from the side 😀 just because I can.

art deco laurel side
art deco laurel side

Admittedly not the most flattering angle for me, tho … hm. At least you can see my brand new sparkly ankle strap ballerinas 😀

And now for the sneak peek – novelty denim! With pink snake skin print! Be still, my beating heart!

Snake skin print denim
Snake skin print denim

Stay tuned!

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Scout woven and Moss skirt, both 2nd edition

After last weekend’s somewhat unsatisfying ending regarding the Moss skirt, I buckled up this Saturday and cut a new waistband.

After that, it all came together very quickly …okay, I’m lying. There was one more seam ripper incident, but it was small and short and ultimately not worth talking about.

When I was finished, I realized that the Scout Woven Tee would not only go well with the skirt (like they planned it over there at Grainline, you know!), but I also had the perfect fabric for it.

A very special fabric indeed – this meter of Liberty of London, to be precise. To the current day, it remains the single most expensive meter of fabric I’ve ever bought, and I’m still utterly in love with it.

What can I say that hasn’t been said about it before? Nothing. It is just as beautiful, soft, drapey, lovely to work with as every other blogger on the internets will tell you.

And don’t the two make a lovely outfit together?

Liberty Moss
Liberty Moss

This time I made the Moss skirt with the seam band, as I’ve realized that for some reason, I’ve become super prissy about my skirt length at work. Don’t ask, I don’t know what’s happened (other than “over 40”, maybe). Anyways, with the seam bands attached, it’s very appropriate, if a teensy bit restrictive for a fast walker like me.

No matter, I love it and I’m sure this is going to be one of my most worn skirts of this summer (and maybe even beyond, we’ll see).

I’ve also (or so I believe) added my Scout Tee to the Kollabora Sewalong (maybe even in time?) – if you fancy it, please do pop over and like it 🙂 Not that I delude myself into thinking I have a chance of winning anything, but it would be nice to get a few hearts, and they’re a good platform and can use a few clicks.