Friday, 15 June 2012

It's Friday....

A few more summery dresses and a coat even though it is blowing a gale, wet and freezing outside.


One in a lovely Liberty print and the other in a block navy with black edging. Although this dress looks quite daring with no back, I can assure you that it is both comfortable and safe as I wore the navy one to a party on Saturday. The dress received many compliments but a few asked if they could have the same dress but be able to wear a bra with it...I'm working on it!




The coat is one I created the pattern for last year with high hopes of making it in Harris Tweed...this Summer version is made in a black denim.




Both dresses and coat have side pockets.



And the bag? Made from all my left over pieces of Liberty fabrics, crocheted? I have never crocheted before so I'm not too sure if my stitch is a 'real' crochet stitch but it did what I needed it to do and I did use a crochet hook!


I hope to get better photos once the sun shines again...

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  1. Lois, I went straight to your store but you haven't listed them yet. Your work is 'glorious'! And that BAG!!!! Just so damned gorgeous, everything you touch turns to gold!

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    1. Thank you Dawn x

      I need to redo my photographs before I can list these. Lighting was so bad today. And the bag? Actually I am quite proud of it. I have been looking for a way to use up my scraps and it didn't take me as long as I thought it would.

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  2. Beautiful dresses as always and I am thrilled to bits by the crocheted Liberty bag, I have so many leftover Liberty trimmings, what a great way to use them.

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  3. Gorgeous dresses Lois! and I love the summer coat!! Well, sometimes I do sort of ""things with a crochet hook but they're certainly not "real crochet" and certainly not look like a bag either, haha! That bag is awesome!

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  4. Thank you so much for kind feedback.

    The base of the bag was made by creating a long chain stitch and then folding it and stitching it together until I got the size and shape I wanted. Then continuing with the same fabric I continued by making a 'crochet stitch' all the way around and just kept going until the sides of the bag were the height I wanted. Then continuing with the same fabric I created a chain again for the handles and then kept crocheting all the way around until the handles were the width I wanted. So the bag is one continuous stitch - no breaks and restarting. The trick will be to see if I can do it again!

    I am sure there are better ways to do this - especially creating the base - so if you have any ideas I would love to hear them before I embark on another one. Yes, I have a lot of Liberty bits and pieces that I can use up.

    Oh, the strips of fabric were about 1.5cm wide and were tied together to create one big long strip.

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  5. The bag is gorgeous! What about just crocheting around a chain without folding and stiching?
    Love the dress with it´s wonderful Back view!!!

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    1. Would this make the base circular? If so, you have now just given me another idea. Thank you Viktoria.

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  6. Really lois ... all your new designs are so very special ... If I may ask; what is a block navy? Does it refer to the fabrick type, or the color?

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    1. Thank you Marion. A 'block' colour means that it is a one flat colour, usually with no pattern. I broke up the block navy in this dress by adding a black stitching to the exposed skirt edge. The navy fabric is actually a cotton poplin which is slightly heavier than the cotton lawn of the Liberty dress shown.

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  7. Totally scrumptious. Adore the dresses and love love the bag. There is something totally gorgeous about Liberty scraps thinking about all the patterns/garments the scraps were cut from. I only need to see a tiny bit of cloth from an old favourite shirt and I start remembering when, where I bought it and on what occasions I wore it etc. Great use and lovely photos as usual.

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