Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Two tartans

I made this skirt & shirt combo for my mum quite a while back.
She says she has lost weight and it now needs altering, but personally I think it looks pretty good on her.
It took a lot of effort to line up all the stripes in the top, but I think it was worth it.
I'm very pleased with how this turned out, and I especially like the neckline.
The buttons are actually just decorative, but I was told I had to put the button-hole stitching in there anyway to make it look authentic.
I protested the extra work but decided to do it in the end.
I wanted her to be happy with the end product and wear it.
And she is happy.
Thanks for reading me,
Milla x

Monday, 11 April 2016

March is gone...

March is gone and it has been for almost two weeks.
I did not reach my goal of 8 garments this month, nor did I keep up with blogging once a week and I am a little ashamed of it.
I do not really have a sewing space here, save for a small table, full to the brim with sewing equipment including a machine which a family member of my boyfriend's was kind enough to lend to me.
The room it is in has also begun to house my clothes since they don't seem to have a place to call their permanent residence at the moment...
However, I plan to get back on my sewing feet after a nice kind-of holiday spending time with my boyfriend.
I'm still in America, but I really have a strong feeling of needing to work for myself.
We have been obsessed with watching the old X Files lately and have not been super productive.
But I have to move forward and keep sewing.
I have to keep making things and developing my skills.
I've made a few things since arriving here: a blue dress, darned some jeans, seriously redesigned and adjusted some window-hangings for my boyfriend's mother.
However, I no longer have my extremely lovely and obliging photographer mother to help keep me up to date with blog pictures.
I also lost my phone charger, which doesn't particularly matter as I do not have phone service, but it does mean that Instagram has ground to a halt.
I have no pictures to show today, unfortunately.
I do have quite a few pieces that I have made and not been able to photograph, so hopefully I'll get some pictures of those up in the near future.
Thank you for reading me,

Friday, 25 March 2016

Inspiration, recuperation.

Since I've been travelling lately and have not ha a lot of opportunity to make or take pictures of clothes, I thought I' just post a couple of images of fabrics that I've seen and liked.
I was recently asked to make a wedding dress for someone's special day.
I have been thinking a lot about the possibility of designing and making dresses for weddings.
I love making dresses but I sometimes find my designs a bit too fancy for every-day wear.
I think bridal dresses would be a perfect way for me to express the designs I love, without the risk of someone looking over-dressed.
Your wedding day is the one day you can't be over-dressed, right?
All these images are from a local (in France) second hand shop, as I always like to use recuperated materials in my clothing for many reasons.
I fell in love with the sheer embroidered fabric in the first images and told myself to buy it if it was still there next time I visited the shop!
It was, so now I have it.
I even brought it to America with me even though I have no concrete plans for it.
There are so many beautiful pre-owned fabrics for me to re-purpose into clothing that sometimes I have to say no to many or I'd end up seriously in debt.

If anyone has suggestions for good places to find second hand fabric in the USA, I'd love to hear them.
I will be checking out Goodwill soon.

Thanks for reading me,

Friday, 18 March 2016

Pink and green

I recently made two new pieces of clothing which I'm going to post in one because I think they look really great together.
We also happened to go up to the lake near where I live which has a pretty great backdrop so that's a plus.
So here you go.

Weirdly I feel like pink and green go really well together in this specific case.
I just love them!
And for some strange reason I don't know, I really like this accidental picture:

For the shirt, I was given a few patterns by a friend, including the absolutely gorgeous Lottie blouse by Simple Sew Patterns.
I am so pleased with how it turned out.
The instructions were easy to understand (though I noticed a typo, lol) and I made it very quickly.
Though the smallest size in the pattern was a UK 8, and I am a bit smaller, I cut it to an 8 but used a wider seam allowance than recommended and it ended up a pretty great fit!

I really recommend this pattern for anyone to try out!

As for the skirt, it is a simple half-circle skirt made from green velvet (no pattern).
I made it, really, just to practice working with velvet, round hems and inserting zips, but it ended up being my favourite skirt that I own!

Thanks for reading me,
Milla x

Thursday, 10 March 2016


I am leaving for the USA tomorrow.
I thought for the occasion I'd finally post these pictures I've had ready for a while.
A sweet woman, who is my boyfriend's sister, was incredibly kind to me.
She bought many ribbons and clips and even a glue gun in order for me to make some cute hair clip bows for children (or adults if they feel like it?).

She also gave me some beautiful fabric with which I was to make a skirt for her daughter.

Unfortunately I had left America before getting it done, and with shipping being so expensive from France to the USA, it has been waiting to return there with me ever since.

Thanks for reading me
And thank you to Stacy and everyone who has been incredibly kind and supportive to me.
Milla x

Thursday, 3 March 2016

A Dahlia, kinda?

A while back I started making a Dahlia dress from Colette before realising I didn't have enough fabric to complete it.
With some added poppers to the side, it's now a Dahlia crop top.
I made it in my size, but my sister is modelling here.
Just goes to show how versatile the Dahlia is, really, considering me and my sister are very different sizes, particularly in the bust, and yet it looks great on us both.
I'm really pleased with how this turned out and how great Romy looks in the top!
Though I'm still keeping it.
It's mine, damnit!

I did not iron it.
I'm a little sorry but not really.

Thanks for reading me,
Milla x

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

February's gone

With February over, I thought I'd take a little time to reflect on it.
Time to put a month behind me and pull out fresh new one.

This is probably one of my favourites from what I've blogged from the month, though I have quite a few blog posts stacked up and clothes I have yet to show.
In February I have made 3 shirts/blouses, 3 skirts, designed and made a dress, a wedding dress (!!!), a tunic, a wallet (which I hand embroidered), a bunch of hair-clips and have started work on a two-piece outfit.
9 and a half pieces in four weeks is something I'm pretty proud of, especially because I consider myself a very lazy person.
I have also managed to (so far) keep up with a roughly weekly schedule of blogging, which I really feel helps me to stay motivated even though I have few readers.
This month I learned how to oil the sewing machine I used, started learning to hand and machine-embroider and made an entirely new pattern and physical dress from an old dress.
I made my first two sales, too.

I faced quite a few challenges, like my laziness and a spell of grief when a beloved cat passed away (and all the time I subsequently spent making absolutely sure that the cat's owner felt loved and supported), or having to work at my parents kitchen table with the most irritating pair of menaces under the sun (a couple of rabbits that, though completely adorable, are hell-bent on chewing everything I do).
But I feel like I've done a good job despite everything and I am really proud of myself this month.

In March I will be returning to the USA to stay with my boyfriend for a little, and I really hope to be able to continue my hard-working streak.
Though it'll probably be harder to concentrate on work, I've set myself the rough goal to make 8 pieces before April 1st.
I'm not sure that I'll be able to, but I'm definitely going to try.
I would also really love to make more commissioned pieces in March, while keeping up with blogging and instagram (and try to use instagram more often).

Thanks for reading me,
Milla x