There have been circles in my creative space (and not just the circles that I constantly run around in).
I am fairly certain that these have been inspired by a skirt that Jodie started to embellish at Sewjourn and by appliqued and embroidered circles that Cam has been working on at NCB as well as embellished skirts in a book I own. I stared at the fabric stash and pulled out this fine wool that was originally part of June’s stash. I threw conventional colour rules out the window and paired it with bright felt and a Kaffe Fasset buttons print. And a bright orange invisible zip!
I used the print as the yoke lining, as flat piping between the yoke and skirt panels, and to bind the hem. The zipper could have been inserted a little better so that the yokes lined up perfectly, but as I’ve heard the professionals say it’s OFM – only for me! And we all know that I never tuck in my tops!
Edited to add: The crocheted scarf is made from a pattern by Sarah London, called Loopy Loops. The original pattern joined the loops to become a blanket – I stopped at a scarf. I made the scarf back in 2008 and the pattern was on her old blogspot blog. I don’t think that it is available on her new wordpress one.
The circles are cut from wool felt. I traced around a couple of different sizes of thread reels, cut out plenty of circles, then played around with them until I got a result that looked okay. Then the feed dogs were lowered and the darning foot attached, some upholstery thread loaded and a jeans needle inserted, and away I went with some very sketchy free-motion stitching!
I worked on this a little bit each day for a week or so, with the idea evolving as I went. I really enjoyed making something without a defined outcome in my mind. It fits beautifully and I feel terrific in it.
And the wrap vest? Completely inspired by Leonie and Kirsty, made from a rectangle of stretch boucle fabric from the aforementioned June’s stash, with armholes cut into it then bound. All raw edges otherwise. Took me less than half an hour to make – and I made one for Clare as well…
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