Luci-enne the sky with diamonds…

This blog post was originally written for Sew Me Sunshine – go there NOW to see all the lovely fabric!

It’s not shocker that I’m a big fan of I Am Patterns; they design understated but quirky everyday patterns that are lovely to sew. I have already made their Artemis jacket and the Juliette shirt, and this time I decided to make the Lucienne.

Lucienne is a loose-fitting shirt that can be lengthened to a tunic, and you can add on some more length to make a super relaxed dress. I chose this beautiful olive green tencel that I saw at Harriet’s latest Open Studio event. It kind of has to be seen to be appreciated, but this fabric is so so beautiful. The smooth finish allows the rich colour to shine, and it has brilliant drape even though it’s not overly lightweight, plus it’s completely opaque.

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I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…the final chapter

We’re on the final part of our indie-biz shopping trip already! I hope this series has given you some inspiration and pointed you in the direction of some amazing independent businesses that are out there; I think it’s really important we give them our support!

Let’s get down to it, I went indie biz Christmas shopping and I bought…

Vinyl from Happy Fabric

Happy Fabric stocks iron-on vinyl in all types of finishes which can be applied to pretty much everything. They’re brilliant for personalising and upcycling, but these should come with a warning: once you start Happy Fabric-ing you can’t stop Happy Fabric-ing. Continue reading “I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…the final chapter”

I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…(part 3)

How are we already on part 3 of our indie biz shopping trip? If this is the first you’ve seen of this and you’re wondering what I’m on about, click here to read the first post in the series!

We’re nearing the end of the list with letters O to U, so let’s get going. I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…

One Scoop Store‘s amazing curation of pre-loved clothes and accessories.

I’m a big fan of buying second hand, and Holly sources beautiful vintage and new(ish, they’re all pre-loved) items. Continue reading “I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…(part 3)”

I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…(part 2)

Happy Friday! This week has flown by so it’s already time for part 2 of I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…

You can catch up on A to G (and find out what on earth I’m going on about!) here, but if you’re up to speed, let’s get on with H to N.

I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…

Heart earrings from Earrings by Daisy

I only discovered this brand new shop this week, and I am proud to say I was Laurie’s first Etsy sale! I bought a different pair from the ones pictured here, but these are 100% on my list. Continue reading “I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…(part 2)”

I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…

Remember long car journeys before you could while away the time on a screen?

A tragic loss at the hands of tablets and smartphones is the historic tradition of: car games. A childhood institution has been forgotten! When we weren’t elbow fighting (if you’re one of three children, you know what I’m on about), my sisters and I would play alphabet memory games where the first player says something like: “I went to the seaside and I took…an apple.” Then the next player says: “I went to the seaside and I took…an apple and a bucket.” The next player then says: “I went to the seaside and I took…an apple, a bucket and a chihuahua.” And so on through the alphabet.

With this blog post I want to bring back the car game, but instead of going to the seaside we’re going Christmas shopping, and we’re only buying from indie businesses. Black Friday/Cyber Monday/January sales (it goes on and on!) must be a really scary time for small and independent businesses, so we need to show them our support! This is the first in a four part series, as all in one go will be a bit much, so herein we have A to G:

I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…

Atelier Brunette from Sew Me Sunshine

Sew Me Sunshine is one of the most beautifully curated collections of fabric online; the business is run by the very lovely Harriet from her studio in West London.   Continue reading “I went indie-biz Christmas shopping and I bought…”