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{Inspire} Exploded Flowers

These beautiful graphic images are just too pretty not to share. The lovely magazine; Anthology, shared them just the other day and I wanted to share them to! I love how graphic these flowers have become. A study in repetition, pattern, texture, shape and scale. These photographs are also available to purchase as prints, which would look gorgeous to add colour to a sewing space!


Goals for March 2012

Ever feel like you get into a creative rut? or an unproductive rut? Well to help me out of mine and to keep growing my current skill set, I have set 3 creative goals for March.

This year I really want to grow in my creative productivity, stretch my graphic design skills and of course enhance my sewing and pattern making ability. To help me accomplish that, I need well defined goals! So for this month, March 2012 ( can you believe we are already well into 2012!)  this is what I want to accomplish:

I want to brush up on my tailoring skills with the help of Clare Shaeffer’s ‘Couture Sewing Techniques’, and sew a  hand tailored, (well it might actually include fusible tailoring) fully lined blazer.  Due to time I will most likely choose an existing pattern. This gorgeous jacket is by Paul and Joe, a few seasons ago. I love that its double breasted, has quite fine lapels and that it is long line. So hoping to find a similar pattern.

Textile design is something that I have been wanting to do for what seems like forever. March seems like a good time to start. Currently I have been inspired by Australian designer ‘Gorman’ and I think I might aim to design a square silk scarf, maybe geometric like this Gorman one. I am also always inspired by Paul and Joe’s graphic prints that they use for both apparel and beauty packaging. I love their use of cute animals, colour and pattern.

// Hatch Creative // 

While its not really a creative stretching goal, it is a goal and a creative one! Lately I have been a little concerned with the air quality around our home, especially since I spend around 8 hours + on a computer and I am surrounded with wireless technology which I although I am a fan, not 100% sure of what it may be doing to me! One solution to help make a more healthy indoor environment is to include plants! I love this wall display designed by Hatch Creative, the vintage vessels and mismatch of flowers and would love to try a small plant collection in our workroom and consciously breathe a little easier.
So those are my goals for the next 3 weeks. I so hope I can achieve them and that I haven’t been too ambitious. Feeling a little nervous already, but excited to start.


{Inspire:} Party Dress

I found this gorgeous dress wandering on Pinterest the other day and thought that our Easy Short Sleeved Kimono Dress pattern could be very easily adapted into this style. Heres how:

How to alter the Skirt:
Back Skirt: trace off the skirt pattern and lengthen the Skirt to floor length (plus hem allowance),
Front Skirt: Right side Front create a copy of the lengthened back skirt and draw a vertical line approx 1/3 of the way across the skirt to create the split. Cut these out then retrace each piece and add on an allowance to create a fold back facing of each side of the split,  which you could hand hem.  I would allow for the same amount for the facing as you allow for your hem.

Sequined Skirt: 
Front and Back Skirt: Trace off another copy of the skirt pattern and shorten to mid thigh length (Plus hem allowance)

Pattern is available for purchase by clicking here