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Floral Moneta

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

It’s been a super busy week! Admittedly, that’s how I like them – if there’s a gap in my week I’ll soon find a way to fill it. I’m off to London tomorrow morning for a friend’s birthday, followed by a trip to Yarnporium on Sunday.

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

A copy of Johnny Marr’s autobiography arrived yesterday so I’ll be making a start on it, on the train journey to London. Receiving it has sent me on a The Smiths/Morrissey binge (even more than normal, that is) – I’ve been watching endless YouTube videos. On that topic, this little clip is my all time favourite footage of The Smiths. They change periodically, but – currently at least – my favourite songs are Back to the Old House, Stretch Out and Wait, and Break Up the Family. The intro music on my vlog is an 8-bit-style version of Back to the Old House, which I created using some free software.

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Ahem, on to sewing! This is Colette Patterns’ Moneta Dress in John Kaldor Portia Fabric; both pattern and fabric were kindly supplied by Sew Essential. I think this specific fabric is out-of-stock, as I’ve taken a while sewing this up, but Sew Essential have a selection of patterned jerseys.

Lucy from Sew Essential has recently blogged her own Moneta in one of their range of coloured wool jerseys, which looks great. The wool jerseys would also be perfect for an Emery or Sudley.

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

I cut out size XS at the bust, graded to S at the waist and hips. The collar is the Tie Collar from the free Moneta extras pack. I was tempted into adding this collar by Devon’s gorgeous Moneta, which is one of those blogged projects that has stayed with me ever since I read the blog post. These trousers by Jennifer Lauren are another example – absolutely perfect, and I’ve been meaning to copy them since the post was published, which apparently was three and a half years ago! It really is true that time seems to pass quicker the older you get. I can remember feeling days drag by as a teenager – almost certainly because I spent an awful lot of time doing absolutely nothing. I remember spending an awful lot of time napping…

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

These photos were taken in the lovely Cannon Hill Park; I’m also wearing my hand-knit Hancock Cardigan and a beret which I’ve had for so long I’ve forgot its provenance.

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Enjoy the weekend – I hope you also have fun plans. And, for the sake of my bank balance, please cross your fingers for me to show some restraint at Yarnporium. I don’t have a huge amount of faith in myself…

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Disclaimer: I was provided with the Moneta pattern and fabric by Sew Essential, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Hot Pink Kimono

Kimono

I’m very happy to be back at home after spending a week away for work. I read Christian Dior’s autobiography recently and he wrote that the best thing about travelling is how much you appreciate getting home. I misquote but that was the jist. Travelling regularly for work (I currently travel around once a month for varying lengths of time) does mean that work doesn’t get boring, but it also eats into your personal time & plans. I do manage to get some knitting done when I’m travelling (i.e. on the plane) but rarely get time to sew so I’m planning to make up for it this weekend while drinking lots of tea and catching up with the tv I’v missed (I’m looking at you Project Runway, Great British Bake Off & Masters of Sex).

Kimono

I’m also hoping to get chance to wear this kimono I completed a couple of weeks ago. It would be perfect for a stroll around the park if the weather cooperates. I got tempted by all the amazing kimonos I was seeing on other sewing blogs, so I made this using the Elle Apparel tutorial. It was a classic case of HAVING to make something that, until then, I never knew I needed! By Hand London have also recently posted a great kimono tutorial but the Elle Apparel tutorial suited my fabric better as it allows more flexibility on placement. This is a John Kaldor polyester and is a border print – I wanted to make sure I included the blue border at hem of the kimono.

Kimono

This was a very quick project but I took a little extra time hand stitching the hems while relaxing on the sofa. Hand finishing hems is such a perfect task for lazy evenings/afternoons while watching tv.

Hopefully there will be a few more warm days in the UK this year when I can wear it. If not maybe I’ll slouch around the house in it – it will certainly be more glamorous than my usual hoodie.

Kimono