Ever purchased a pair of shoes you’ve fallen in love with to find you don’t really have anything to wear them with when you get home? I would like to say this doesn’t really happen to me (I am not a shopaholic), however, if I am shopping in Italy, where shoes are so covetable, I am not immune! This has got to be one of the advantages of being able to sew. I loved these black and white flats. In fact I liked the shoe so much I bought it in plain black as well! (Not like me at all……) I have really enjoyed working with the basic shift shape of late, sometimes making it in an unbleached linen and using it as a blank canvas. What you can see in the top pics was inspired by Pompeian mosaics. I decided to work the twisting pattern in black and white on the linen. The other pics are details of a black shift with a central inset of white bias strips on tulle. To be worn with skinny jeans or white pants.
Hey, I would love to hear from you if you happen to know the name for this type of shoe.
It is no secret that I love pattern. The wilder the better. It came as a surprise, however, to receive some fabric as a Christmas present from my brother-in-law. Who would have thought? Eager to show my enthusiasm, I was keen to start a project as soon as possible. Bold pattern, basic shape is what I thought would work best. Centre the pattern and try to keep that silk from slipping! Here’s the leggy Helga modelling it on New Year’s Eve. What do you think?
I have always had a bit of a penchant for dots. Dots of any kind. If ever I think I might be too “grown up” for them all I have to do is look at what Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons does and my passion reignites. A twist on the classic, a pocket somewhere unexpected, a seam showing, something that would usually be on the inside exposed. Subtle, different. So, with only a small piece of dotty fabric at my disposal, (and not true dots at that), all I could do was make myself a classic tote. Nothing particularly novel here. If you look closely the grain is going in the opposite direction at the top - the design here dictated by the limited amount of fabric.
When I am not busy sewing down at our island retreat, I love spending time in my organic edible garden or in the kitchen.