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  • March Sewing Projects

    Posted on 28/02/2014 by David in My Handmade Closet.

    One wishes the month of February was longer than 28 days. That’s my best excuse for not producing a second garment this month. As a matter of fact, I have kept my side of the bargain as I’ve just finished the black dress based on Butterick 6582 this morning, but I have yet to shoot the girl over the weekend so be ready next Tuesday for the big reveal…and a new set of lame excuses next month for not finishing my garments on time (something along the line of I got so upset after my favourite contestant got the boot from The Great British Sewing Bee that I drowned my sorrows while watching Despicable Me 2).

    Talking about unfinished garments, there is one I started in October last year and never managed to get around it which is very silly as it’s a sleeveless jumper and I LOVE sleeveless jumpers, and you can’t do much simpler than sewing a sleeveless jumper! No more excuses now, I’ll get it done and over with in March with this fabric:


    There is a new pattern from Tilly called Coco which I’d like to get my hands on very soon. It’s a top and a dress and I was thinking of opting for the sixties style wide funnel roll neck and turned up cuffs as a dress in black and light grey dogtooth jersey. Nadia loves the 1960’s style and there’s a story already brewing in my mind around the dress to be, it’s kind of kitsch and crazy with robots and eggs and no, it’s got nothing to do with Pancake Day next Tuesday. Watch this space but I’ll remain non-committal on the date for now!

    Ok, to conclude I feel like an apology is in order to Design Closeup’s readers for the only substandard picture delivered on this post today so I’d like to treat you to a gal’s blog who’s just won a sewing competition. Most of you already know Oona but what she’s achieved on Project Sewn these last few weeks isn’t just a feast for the eyes, her creations also blur the boundaries between home sewing and high fashion. If I were a straight girl, I’d commission her whole wardrobe (I know Nadia would). If I were a straight boy, I’d dress my girlfriend head to toe in her creations and if I were Peter, I’d make a replica of that dress for supermodel Cathy Lane to strut her stuff on the catwalk. And even if sewing isn’t your thing, just go and admire Oona’s booty, it’s to die for!

    Have a brill weekend everyone and stay tuned till next Tuesday for the black dress reveal! Oh, by the way, this is Design Closeup’s first anniversary, thank you all very much for your support!

8 Responses so far.

  1. lola says:

    Happy Birthday design closeup!! Can’t wait to see what you do next! xx

  2. KarenJ says:

    I have been drooling over Tilly’s Coco pattern. Just ordered a sample of a gorgeous grey and white Rococo patterned jersey from a place called Clothspot.
    Never sewn with knits and am getting a bit excited!

    • David says:

      Just bought the black and grey dogtooth this afternoon! Let’s have fun with this project Karen!

  3. oonaballoona says:

    david you never fail to bring a big, doofy grin to my face– i read this at work yesterday and i’m sure everyone was wondering what the hell i was grinning about. that whole if/then section… HA!!! thank you!

    keeping my fingers crossed for project sewn, although the “popular vote” is over there’s still the designer’s vote to tally. whatever happens it was SUCH fun!!

  4. Delgado says:

    Heureux Anniversaire Désign Closeup, déjà un an que le temps passe vite c’est dingue !!!

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