Friday, 29 April 2016

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

How's your week been? Mine has been busy and a little stressful but fun nevertheless. I've been splitting my week between working at home and sewing at the shop which is working out quite well I do seem to forgot to have a day off though! The only thing I can't really do at the shop is draft patterns and cut out fabric as the long table I have there isn't tall enough to comfortably do those activities but I have some Ikea trestle legs on the way which should solve that minor issue.

So today I have another By Hand London Anna/Kittenish Behaviour hybrid to show you.....
......this time it's the Timeless Treasure Palazzo print quilting cotton that my Mum bought a couple of years ago. If you follow my YouTube channel you'll have seen this in my March Sewn Look Book.
Mum initially bought this for herself but it was very kindly donated to me as it really isn't a colour way she is usually attracted to.....especially as they also make it in this colour way...
....there may be a few yards of this on it's way.....! I don't really have anything new to tell you about the Anna/KB hybrid, this is the fourteenth (I think) that I've made and it still won't be the last. It's easy to make, comfortable to wear and I like the versatility of the different necklines and hemlines.

Now I have more fabric than I could possibly sew up this year but that doesn't stop me browsing my favourite fabric shops for more (MOAR!) to add to my collection. This week I've been drawn to these....
Michael Miller Verity / Sew Over It Honey Bees
Sew Over It Imogen Blue Floral / Sew Over It California
.....the first print is not available anymore (I believe) but I've managed to get hold of a small bolt so there will be some available in the shop soon if you're interested. I have so many dresses that I really ought to make myself some separates......who am I kidding...this will definitely be a dress! Next is a gorgeous cotton lawn with little honey bees, I really like this pink colour way but I'm also eyeing up the olive one too (I must have all the fabric....) I think it would make a gorgeous shirt and I've drafted just the pattern for that! Then we have another cotton lawn this time with a beautiful little floral print, I think this would make an adorable shirt dress with red topstitching and red buttons. Lastly I was really drawn to the beautiful print on this fabric and it turns out it was originally designed for woven swimwear  and behaves like a lightweight cotton! I think if I do get my hands on some I will take Sew Over It's advice and make a circle skirt out of it.....but with more fabric in my stash than I can reasonably tackle this year I ought not to buy any of these.....well maybe just one two of them. That'd be ok....right?

Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

How on earth is it Friday again? It's been another very busy week which is great. Lot's of things being made and I've completely rearranged the shop! It's first layout didn't really give me enough space to work whilst I was manning the shop so I've moved everything around and squeezed in a long table top which allows me cut out and iron projects. So far it's working very well and I got this dress finished today.....
......it's a UFO that's been floating around for about a year! I love the fabric but I only bought 2.5 metres the first time around. Originally I made a different bodice which I ended up scrapping as I didn't really like it. I knew I wanted the skirt to be 26" long and that only allowed enough fabric left for a strappy bodice like the KB Grace dress. After leaving it hanging forlornly in my wardrobe for a year I finally ordered myself another 2.5 metres of the fabric and got busy.....I LOVE it now. Definitely worth the effort of unpicking and remaking. I think this dress is the 15th iteration of the Grace bodice.....and this is the 16th.....
 ....I bought this fabric from Goldhawk Road whilst I was up in London in February. It's a cotton with a little bit of stretch and the most gorgeous sheen. I spotted it in the window of one of the shops and I knew I had to get some. My first plan was to make it in to a skirt but whilst I was cutting it out my Mum pointed out how fabulous it would look as a dress....
......I'm so glad she changed my mind. It's a border print so it's cut on the cross grain, because of the stretch I decided to cut out the lining on grain which has worked out really well I think. I used the same skirt design as the Bartowski Regatta dress but this time I used an odd number of pleats which I prefer. I like the fullness of gathered skirts especially when mixed with the slightly flatter look the box pleats give. Theres not much more to say about this pattern....I love it.....I have about ten more that need blogging. I know some people may not be interested in seeing the same pattern repeated multiple times but I love seeing what different fabrics people sew up their TNT patterns in. Is that just me?

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

I hope you've all had a fabulous week? Mine has been hectic, exhausting and stressful but brilliant! I've been dropping hints about what I've been up to all over social media this week and today was the big reveal.....
.......Kittenish Behaviour in real life shop form! So if you find yourself on the Isle of Wight you can find me at Island Artisan, Holliers Farm, Branstone, PO36 0LT.

A few weeks ago Mum and I went shopping for some salad dressing from the infamous House of Chilli and whilst we were there we had a mooch around the antique shop, the wool shop and also a new feature.....Island Artisan.

Basically it's a poly tunnel which has been given the make over to end all make overs and turned in to a gorgeous space for local artisans (love that word!). There is all sorts of gorgeousness available from amazing shortbread biscuits, fine art paintings, beautiful jewellery, handmade teddy bears and, as of today, gorgeous dresses, fabrics, purses, notebooks, photo albums, cushions and bags made by yours truly!

Ever since I started the Kittenish Behaviour online shop I've been aiming at having a real life "bricks and mortar" location and whilst there may not actually be bricks or mortar (there is a lovely smell of wood though) opening this little space up today has made me immensely proud.

It's been a lot of fun getting the space ready. I started out with this....
 .......given the teeny budget we definitely had to get creative. Good old Ikea to the rescue with the Expedit cubes that I've been using as bookcases (poor books are now stored in plastic boxes) ......
.......and yes that is a camping shower tent which has been repurposed as my "Super Glamorous" changing room....
.....for now it works but we (Papa really) are going to build a proper changing room with actual walls and even somewhere to hang your own clothes whilst you try on something new and fabulous.

It's so lovely to see all the different things I love to create displayed together and I'm having lots of fun changing the mannequins in to gorgeous new outfits when I arrive in every morning!

I've also been able to indulge my quirky sense of humour whilst designing my little space...
.....I've always wanted one of these signs and on the island it's quite possible that the "days since last incident" could change anytime now....
.....this photo was taken by Small Girl Type Creature when she visited me last year.....strange pets they have here.

So..... as I said if you find yourself on the Island pop by for a visit.....even if it is only to say "Hello" and grab a sweet! 


Friday, 8 April 2016

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

Happy Friday. I hope everyone has been having a lovely week? Mine has been super busy but with all things I find fun so that's been awesome. Next week is shaping up to be incredibly hectic but for an amazing reason that I will be sharing next Friday. I'm so excited.

So I have a new dress (I have many MANY new dresses to share but I'm so behind with blogging my makes) to share.......in November the lovely Charlotte from T*rexes and Tiaras set up a Secret Santa swap which I promptly signed up for. I ended up with the most amazing Santa in the form of Vicki (vicki_mostly_sews on Instagram) who sent me this bunch of goodies....
......an oilcloth bag, a weekly planner, a cute pen and nearly five metres of the most beautiful fabric. How lucky am I????? I couldn't leave this gorgeousness sitting in my stash for too long so I decided to go with something I had made before so there would be no fitting required. I ended up picking the By Hand London Flora faux wrap bodice and the Megan Nielsen Cascade skirt which is a combination that really works.....in my opinion. This is the result....
 ....and I LOVE it! I turned the faux wrap bodice in to a real wrap by just removing the seam allowance and cutting it on the fold. I stabilised the neckline with the selvedge from the waistband fabric which is exactly what I did last time I made this dress. The only change I made to the bodice was to take half an inch out of the shoulder seams as the bodice was just a touch too long before. Initially I was going to line the skirt in red cotton lawn which is what I used to line the bodice but I decided against that and just finished the hem with satin bias binding which I finished off by hand (that is a long hem!). This skirt has plenty of twirl-ability as I tried to show with these very derpy photos! I had also planned to cut out the waist ties out of the floral fabric but I didn't quite have enough so I bought some red cupro which has ended up being a very happy accident. It's a bugger to work with but so worth it in the end I think......
.....I cut out one waistband piece in red cotton so it had some structure where it needed it but the rest is just cupro which feels so lovely.....I see some drapey cowl neck tops in my future! Whilst I didn't have enough fabric to cut all the waist tie pieces ( I cut six as I didn't fold them over as you are meant to when you just make the skirt) I did have enough left to squeeze out a gorgeous little peasant style top for my lovely customer Sarah.....
.....super simple but so cute.....I see a few of these in my future too! All in all a most excellent Christmas present from Santa Vicki, thank you!

So If you've seen my March and April sewing plans Vlogs on YouTube you'll know that I'm attempting to make myself a version of the gorgeous Sewaholic Robson trench coat. Now whilst I love this pattern the majority of things I wear are very (VERY) full skirted so I thought I would attempt to alter the pattern and make it full skirted trench coat. Here are some of the things I've been pinning as inspiration...
......the first picture is my absolutely favourite even though I have no idea what the front looks like! I've also been drooling over these jewelled beauties by Burberry.....
.....my inner magpie is so happy with me. Whilst lost in the depths of Pinterest I found a tutorial by Erica over at Honestly WTF and everything clicked for me.......I CAN MAKE MY OWN! I'm not sure why it took me quite so long to put two and two together but I got there in the end. Whilst I was over in Saudi I picked up the jewels from EXO (which we have lovingly christened Alladins Cave as the whole place just glitters when you walk in)....
.....so I hadn't intended on straight up copying Erica's gem clusters but when you speak very little Arabic and just show a photo of what you are after......well you get exactly what you've shown on the tin as it were. I really don't mind though as the selection is beautiful. Fabric wise I found this gorgeous sanded olive twill from Fabric.com (unfortunately they've completely sold out) it's very very soft and drapes beautifully....
.....I'm planning on lining it with this amazing shot twill lining from Stone fabrics. I know the Robson is designed to be unlined but I couldn't resist. I've even got a beautiful dusky pink satin bias binding all ready to go......I just need to pull my finger out and make the damn thing! 

Before I jump straight in though I want to test out my idea so I'm planning a wearable muslin out of some bright turquoise gabardine that's been sitting in my stash for a few years now. I've traced and cut out the pattern all I need to do now is just get on with the pattern tweaking........and the cutting out......and the construction! I am determined there will be a finished wearable muslin by the end of April......watch this space!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

Happy April....how did that happen? So this week I have a few things to share with you, first up is the "April Fool" prank I played on my Papa today....
.....googley eyes everywhere! It's not really a prank but I'm not overly fond of scaring/shocking people, saying that I only have to walk in a room to make Papa jump out of his skin.....not sure if I'm a super stealthy ninja or just that shocking to behold! I got as many of these stickers everywhere I could find whilst Papa was outside and when he came back in I asked him to rescue me from a gigantic spider in the pantry that was staring at me...hilarity ensued....honest....he noticed them way quicker than Mum did!

Next up is the Bartowski Regatta dress (so named becauseI was rewatching Chuck whilst sewing it).....
 .....it's a Kittenish Behaviour Grace bodice with a box pleated AND gathered skirt.....
 ......made with this gorgeous Michael Miller Regatta border print. I wanted to use the whole three metres of the fabric but I didn't want all the bulky gathering around my waist so I decided to add box pleats spaced evenly along the length and then gather down the space between pleats to get the skirt to the required waist measurement. I really like how it turned out but decided that I would use an odd number of pleats for the next iteration in the hopes that it would give a sleeker finish (it did). I was given this fabric for Christmas and whilst this dress is wildly inappropriate for this time of year I couldn't wait any longer to make it!
Photobombed by The Ginger Terror
 It was a particularly beautiful day on Thursday so I wasn't completely frozen after taking these picture, my parents dog was a little bemused by my random twirling though!
The very first version of this dress had a waistband cut out of the striped part of the print but as this is  a very shaped waistband and the stripe I used wasn't quite wide enough it ended up looking a little funny. I finished the dress put it on my dress form and stared at it for a while.....I still wasn't completely happy with it so decided to pull it apart and try a solid red waistband and I love it. I also used solid white for the straps as I didn't have enough fabric to cut them out with the stripes running horizontally and I'm so glad I did as I love the finished dress now. If you're interested I've made a two minute "Making Of" clip which you can see on my YouTube channel. (My Sister-In-Law aka Big Bird just asked what a wasitband is.......it's the super cool red thing which is way better than a bog standard waistband!)

As it's Friday I had to share some of the things I've been loving this week especially as my birthday is coming up soon and I'm being asked for gift ideas....
Teal / Wine
Green / Purple
......these are the beautiful Lana Orchid headbands from Crown and Glory. I already own the red one but I'm one of those girls who, if I find something I love, has to have it in every colour! I've also been hearing really good things about these books....
Chinelo / Gertie
.....I loved watching Chinelo on the Great British Sewing Bee, I found her technique fascinating and think it would be really fun to try. I also love the idea of Gertie's mix'n'match approach with her third book, I did get a chance to flick through it whilst I was over on the mainland but decided not to get it for myself as I have soooooo many (150+) patterns that need to be sewn but if someone were to get it for me as a gift.......that wouldn't be classed as adding to my pattern hoard.....right? This wish list wouldn't be complete without me adding some fabric to the mix now would it? I seem to be on a total Michael Miller fan girl kick at the moment....the new spring prints are gorgeous.....I want need them...
Sapphire colourway
Coral colourway 
..... these are the from the Bed of Roses collection and they are stunning! Now you all know I love a border print so those were a given really but I love the coordinating prints my tiny little mind is working overtime coming up with combinations......ahhhh the fun I could have!

In parting I shall leave you with this shot of me fighting the constant battle I have between my love of full skirts and brisk breezy days....
.....thankfully no knicker flashage this time!


Friday, 25 March 2016

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

Happy Zombie Jesus weekend! How is 2016 treating you so far? For me it's been mostly totally awesome....apart from being hospitalised by my teeny tiny house cat! Turns out if you are bitten by a dog, a cat or a human you must immediately take yourself off to your Dr's for antibiotics.....something I did not do which lead to me spending Valentines weekend in a hospital with my arm in a Bradford sling....joy.

Enough about that though I'm here today to share with you some gorgeous fabrics and patterns which I've had my eye on. First up is the beautiful Michael Miller print....
.....called Meadow Path. One of my wonderful customers had asked me to find her some Spring like fabrics and my local fabric shop has just received this which couldn't have been more perfect! I snapped it up and put a picture up on Instagram which got a few enquiries that lead to me buying up more of this print and sending it off to a couple of other people as they couldn't find it online anywhere. I then got a few emails about the print so I went back to my local shop (who don't have their own website) and picked up an entire bolt! So if you'd like some of this gorgeous print for your very own you can buy it here.

I have also totally fallen in love with this gorgeous print....
Flamingoes Make A Splash 
......which was designed by Kari Smith and is called Flamingos Make A Splash and it was the winner of the Watercolour Design Challenge. I'm a little bit gutted that Spoonflower no longer offer the cotton/silk blend which was amazing so I'm trying to decide which fabric to buy this on. I want something floaty and light but I don't really like polyester which means either the cotton lawn or the silk crepe de chine.....decisions decisions!

Pattern wise there are a few that I've been coming back to over and over and today I finally hit the buy button! They are as follows....
Trousers / Capelet / Blouse
..... Empire Waist Trousers, Capelet and Butterfly Blouse from Decades of Style. There are many more of their patterns that I'm drawn to but I kept returning to these three in particular and I think they will fit in to my wardrobe very well. I've also have my eye on these....
Anderson / Tulip / McCall's 6696
....Sew Over It's Anderson Blouse and Tulip Skirt I haven't purchase them as yet but it's only a matter of time. I very rarely make separates which means my wardrobe is bursting with many many dresses and I want to try and balance that out a little bit plus I'd like some comfy but smart clothes to wear whilst I'm working from home. Currently I have the comfy thing covered but I'm not sure airline pyjamas could ever be called smart even if they did come from first class! A pattern that I have bought though is the well loved McCall's 6696 shirt dress, now I know that it's a dress pattern not separates... but look how pretty! I having a feeling there will be many new shirt dresses in my future, I'm hopeless I know.....

Friday, 1 January 2016

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Now that I've gotten that out of my system....Hello again. I kinda disappeared off the face of....well not the planet but off this little spot of the interwebs. Last year was all kinds of weird; lot's and lot's of total awesomeness (Parentals coming home full time, Baby Bother getting MARRIED, meeting new friends......you get the gist) but there were some totally s**t bits too. Unfortunately the s**t bits are still ongoing and will be for a little while yet but there is light at the end of the tunnel and thats enough about that!

Today I'm going to share some of my gorgeous Christmas presents and also some things I've been eyeing up in the "sales"....
 .......first up is this beautiful fabric by Michael Miller called Regatta. I got my three metres from The Village Haberdashery but it doesn't look like they have it in stock anymore. I have found some here so if you like it you can still grab yourself some. Miss T also bought me this.....


 .....a Toothless hoody!!!! I absolutely love it, it's handmade by Pretzl Cosplay and arrived just after Christmas so my gift opening got stretched out over quite a few days which was actually awesome. In other geeky related pressies.....
......Miss K sent me these awesome Funko Pop figures.....Miss S has a huge collection which I covet every time I go to visit her in London and now I have some of my very own.....there are only a million few more that I'd like......what have you started Miss K?!

I also got some gorgeous Project Life goodies! I bought myself one of the core kits last year in the January sales but I never got around to using it as I wasn't sure where to start. Well I'm addicted to watching YouTube process videos and I've decided that I'm going to just start and see how I go. I've already got my pictures printed out for the last five or so years so I've got plenty to keep me busy... much to Chi's annoyance......she really would rather be the centre of attention.
Lastly there is this absolutely amazing bed linen set from M&S....
......it's called Ophelia and I'm in LOVE! Mum and I stumbled upon it whilst we shopping for stocking fillers for Papa and if I hadn't already had my main present from the Parentals this would have totally been taken home and wrapped up. However Mum had already sent me some Spoonflower vouchers so I just drooled over this for a little bit and then walked away with Mum saying I could always get it in the January sales.....GENIUS!  Bloody M&S haven't put it in their sale though so I'm still drooling away......maybe it'll still be about in time for my birthday.....GENIUS!

Again...... Happy New Year Peeps! I hope 2016 is super shiny for you.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

How is everyone doing? During my blogging hiatus I kept myself busy and at least a little time every week has been spent drooling over gorgeous fabric on the interwebs. Now I don't need any new fabric, my stash has grown to gigantic proportions, but that has never stopped me looking for new pretties to adopt. For example....
White Orchids / Poppy Border
Garden Floral / Black Orchids
 .....these floral lovelies are just begging to be turned in to dresses, I don't care if summer is over I want all the flowers. I also want.....
Berries / Chocolates
 .....all the food related fabric it seems! Yesterday I posted a dress I've made with chocolate covered cherry fabric and there is also the Addiction dress with chocolate covered biscuits. I started off a little healthier with this gorgeous berries print but then I saw this chocolate and fruit combo and it was definitely love at first sight. Besides with these fabrics you are wearing the calories rather than ingesting them.........

I saw a lovely blogger (I can't remember who now!) who had made a gorgeous shirt dress out of the white/gold colour way of this beautiful Michael Miller border print and it took me no time at all to track it down and add it to my huge need wish list. Not only did I fall in love with the border print but I also added these metallic polka dots and chevrons to the list, I think all of them would make beautiful dresses which might be a little more Autumn/Winter appropriate than the florals above, what do you think?
Glitz Confetti / Glitz Polka Dot / Glitz Chevron
While I was in the metallic mood this gorgeous Michael Miller "Fairy Frost" fabric in this beautiful rich red and gold colour way jumped out at me. I have some of this fabric in a pale silver/white combo which got turned in to a dress last Christmas but I wasn't really in love with it (the dress that is not the fabric) thankfully I have enough fabric leftover to alter the bits I don't like but it's ended up on my mending pile where it's been languishing for months now as I hate alterations and repairs! I'd much rather make something new from scratch!
Fairy Frost in Hollyberry
 Last but definitely not least are these amazing fabrics......
Blood Spatter / Sailor Foxes
Lightening Sky 
......I've never minded what has become known as "Stunt Dressing" (I have dresses with half naked pin up girls and robots all over them) and I think all these fabrics would make awesome additions to my wardrobe. I particularly love the blood spatter one (not sure what this says about me) and I think it would make a fab dress to wear to a Halloween party if an all out costume wasn't required/your thing.

So there we go yet more fabric goodness that I wish I could buy but won't......who am I kidding.....at least one of these is going to end up in my stash......well maybe two three......but only three four. Someone stop me!