Every winter when it starts getting cold, I become completely obsessed with velvet clothing. I collect inspiration pictures on a dedicated Pinterest board, and one of my favorites is this Urban Outfitters turtleneck top in silver velvet, which is a fun and casual take on an otherwise pretty dramatic fabric. During my latest Fabric.com order I was a few dollars short from getting free shipping, and, thinking back on this outfit I decided to throw in a yard and a half of silver crushed velvet, in the hope of recreating something like it. Upon consideration I figured a scoop neck would be easier to wear than a turtleneck, especially in such a cheap non-breathable fabric, and I decided for the Nettie bodysuit which I had gotten in a PDF bundle a while ago.
For New Year, I took a week off and went on vacation to the beach. In December it’s definitely cheaper than going skiing, but when it’s below freezing there’s no way to go for a swim. So since I had time to spare I took advantage of the occasion to take pictures of my new hat!
2017 has been a weird year for me regarding sewing and knitting. On the one hand, I have been super productive: I’ve made many test garments and prototypes for Deer&Doe (including three Luzerne trench coats!), gifts for my family (a second Archer shirt for my sister, a Burda robe for my mom, and even a tablecloth), and lots of baby clothes (the Deauville/Brighton pants and suspenders and the Flax Light sweater have been this year’s MVPs). On the other hand, I haven’t been very motivated to sew for myself. I finished way fewer projects than usual, and published only 13 blog posts this year. I’m not putting myself down though, I know I still have to get used to my new lifestyle which includes spending 4 months a year in France, away from my sewing room, but I miss sewing just for fun. I’d like to experiment a bit more, and take the time to explore techniques or project types I am not used to, without setting hard deadlines or goals. So here’s what I’m excited about for the year to come 🙂
I mentioned in the previous post my love for Telio fabrics. Here’s my latest favorite: this wonderful navy rayon voile with flamingo silhouettes in white with coral accents. Deep colors, a soft and drapey hand, and my favorite americana symbol (I think it’s time for a “flamingos” tag on this blog!), what more could I ask for? 🙂
With the end of the year approaching quickly, it’s time for me to get out of hibernation and catch up on some projects from this summer! In particular I wanted to talk about this dress which was hands down my favorite from 2017 🙂