Latest pattern … Casual Jersey Dress

I drafted this pattern over the summer as my sister wanted an easy fitting dress she could take away with her.
It is a jersey dress, with elasticated waist,  sweatshirt style top, 3/4 sleeves and slim A – line skirt – with pockets of course!

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The neck and cuffs are finished with overlocked binding and I used a coverlock stitch to add some colour over the seams, pocket opening and to finish the skirt hem.
I love this denim look jersey.

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Still a few tweaks to be made but I shall be grading some more sizes soon,
R x

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Capsule Collection – Utility

So I promised this a while back but have only just completed my photoshoot with all the outfits from the collection I made last year!

In preparation for applying for my final year at MMU I am updating my portfolio and this will include my Capsule collection from the first year – Utility.  Based on work wear, paper and a working wardrobe that will go straight from day – night, this is what it looks like:

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Outfit 1 – airtex boxy top, denim dungaree dress, grey jersey bomber jacket.

Outfit 2 – white airtex dress, navy paper silk duster coat.

Outfit 3 – orange paper silk boxy top with envelope window, layered paper silk skirt.

Outfit 4 – airtex dress, organdy pocket dress.

Photography by Ben Renshaw
Model: Alex Lyons
All images copyright Ruth Eaton

Roma Roma Roma

A couple of weeks ago Moo, my mum and I popped off to Rome to visit the Twinny.  She is currently enjoying residence at The British School at Rome until early next year – and what a fabuous place it is.  An airy and light studio apartment – just yards from the stunning courtyard garden, a beautiful and well stocked library along with a generally stunning building and an even more stunning roof top view.
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We only had a couple of days so it was all a bit whistle-stop tour.  Add in a thunderstorm and a four year old and there is suddenly many coffee (Aperol) and gelato stops!
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We tootled around …pausing to take in the sights, the churches and sit on walls etc. 
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This included the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Forum and the Piazza del Campidoglio – no details but we definitely ticked all the classic tourist boxes!
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The Forum
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The Colosseum
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The Pantheon

Moo was very taken with the Colosseum and the Pantheon – she even drew us a map of Rome for future reference:
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Now planning my kiddy free return trip to do it all again!!
Cheers
R x
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Julie Arkell at Ruthin Craft Centre

Moo and I popped along to Wales this afternoon for a date with the lovely Julie Arkell at Ruthin Craft Centre  – A drop in workshop to coincide with her exhibition ‘Away’ that is currently being shown in Gallery 3. JA biggerThis exhibition had everything that I have come to expect from Julie Arkell …. even though the subject matter is sometimes melancholy, it always makes me smile.

I really enjoyed getting a peek at her travel journals and sketchbooks .. lots of that lovely handwriting.

I picked up the exhibition book (which Julie kindly signed for me), a lovely neat sized collection of images.

Moo made a caterpillar ‘inspired’ by Julie’s exhibition, she covered her drawing of the caterpillar with lots of pieces of fabric, carefully selected and cut precisely … the workshop co-ordinators were amazing, really helpful and fun.  2 hours later and here is the masterpiece:

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After the workshop we went in to Ruthin, a quaint traditional (hilly) town centre with lots of interesting independent shops (including a great fabric shop) and some beautiful buildings;

Button Windows at the Market hall:

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windows, windows, windows:

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Ruthin Craft Centre is well worth a visit and if you can get there before the end of November you will catch the Julie Arkell exhibition too!

Saturday Sewing

Moo's Shoes

Moo recently acquired these beauts (Marks and Spencer A/W Kids)  – you know that thing where you plan the wardrobe around the shoes – this is one of those times!

The teal tights were already in the drawer so I had a furkle in my studio stash and dug out this lovely teacup fabric (Melody Miller, Ruby Star Rising) – My sister picked it up in Purl Soho, NYC around 5 years ago i’m afraid but there are plenty of other lovely Melody prints out there.

I only had half a yard so it is a rather slim elasticated skirt but still lovely nonetheless.

I love the way the grey, yellow and teal are picked up in the fabric pattern – just need to find some fabric for the perfect top now!

R x

A Social Study of Sewing Patterns – Help me, please?

My final year at Uni and I have decided that my academic research will be ‘A Social Study of Sewing Patterns’.  My initial investigations have uncovered lots of lines of research but surprisingly few recent studies.

Barbara Burman is currently my author of choice…

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However useful historic information and research is, I need more – I need your help!

Are you a home sewer (particularly a dressmaker)?

Do you use dress patterns?

Would you help me with a few questions (about your sewing experience and how it fits in to your life) and be happy for your identity and responses to be included in my research?

Link to research survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9LV9WJV

If you would be happy to help me with further detailed questions further down the road please comment on this post with your e-mail address or alternatively email ruthyeaton@gmail.com with your name.

Many many thanks in advance,

R x

Sewing Studio … after pics

So I’ve had a few requests for the after pics …
Before you look can I just remind you that this wasn’t a massive tidy up, just enough to get some sort of order back!
I still have too many things;  fabric/books/paper/stationery etc etc but that isn’t going to change anytime soon! This is as good as it’s going to get for now:

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The sparkly stuff now has it’s own box

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My vintage Jones machine has gone to live at Em’s studio for the foreseeable future so I have a little bit more surface to fill.

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My shelves are bursting but everything has its place and I know where to find it

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My sewing desk is clear and my cutting space is visible – very exciting 😉

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The blackboard is even empty for a change .. though there is plenty of jobs to chalk down..

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All my works in progress are bagged up and pinned so I don’t lose any bits (I had been looking for this peach ribbon since Moo’s birthday in May!)

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Still a few corners to deal with but never mind … it’s a happy place once more.

Northern Art Carbooty, Manchester

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On Saturday I spent the day assisting the twinny with a performance commissioned by Northern Art Carbooty in Manchester.
I made the garment from a material called Tyvek, often used for protective paper suits/ packaging and other industrial uses. It feels like paper but is really strong and light.  It creases when handled which added movement and life.   Emily magically turned it into an architectural costume (with emulsion and acrylic).
It represented the architecture of Victoria Square, the first social housing in Europe and a stunning building.

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Me … waiting for orders!

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‘The Houses of real Men and Women’ Emily Speed

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We met some amazing locals who all had a story about the building, from memories of a much loved Nan to the changes that have been made to the area over the years. I also loved the fact that people were happy to look at the costume and offer their own interpretation – my favourite was a gent who thought that it might be a guardian angel for the building.
The Art Car Boot is an event worth noting in the diary, a selection of artists selling their wares/screen printing t-shirt and more .. plus nice cakes/coffee and burgers. My favourite stall was the guys from Victoria Square (still social housing btw) who were representing their gardening club with a slugs and beans take on snakes and ladders ..

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that may be because I won the game though!

Sewing studio

This is some ‘after the hoover before the clear up’ pics:

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So today I have found myself at the end of a run of projects and commissions … I have a couple of kiddy free hours and am contemplating having a sort out.  Not a huge sort out that means it needs to get worse before it gets better… one that clears a bit of desk space and clears my mind a little bit.

I tend to grab sewing time in-between Kids/Uni/Cleaning etc so it is too precious to allow tidying time aswell!

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even my chalk labelling is rubbing off – might wait until I can sort through the drawers before I re-label them though – who knows what treasures are lurking in there!imageThis corner is mostly piled up with Moo’s fabric; lovely big spots from Nani Iro (from Miss Matatabi on Etsy) and loads of bargain sparkly tulle and satins from Goldhawk road – for future tutus of course.

Wish me luck, maybe one day when I grow up I will have a tidy, organised workspace (or maybe I will just move somewhere bigger and fill that too!)