Sunday, February 10, 2013

Handmade clothes

It's really satisfying making your own clothes. I love the way my new sweater and dress turned out.


























Tova dress, by Jenny Gordy, in Liberty Tana Lawn in the "Kitty Grace" pattern
Stranger cardigan, designed by Michiyo, in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, in Fossil

Wouldn't it be dreamy to create an entire handmade wardrobe? I don't think I'd have time to pull that off, but I'm definitely going to make more!

(Thank you  for the sweet comments about my interview with Vibeke. I so enjoyed doing it. Also, I wanted to give a shout-out to Megan, I totally remember you and your lovely blog! I often wondered about you. Glad to hear you still knit! xoxo)


37 comments:








Gudrun Johnston

said...

Absolutely gorgeous handmade items....perfect on you!





pencilfox

said...

i have several skirts and dresses i have created and sewn myself. no one else has anything like them. now i just need to knit myself a sweater or two....!

you look very sweet in your new clothes.





Lori ann

said...

i love so much everything about your new dress and sweater, they and you are truly beautiful, so so pretty.

it's been many years since i did this, but it wasn't as much for myself as for my children, i LOVED sewing for them, knitting little sweaters. i remember looking at the tova pattern and found it already sold out. maybe burda will have something similar, i like the tunic style, i need to sew again!





Emilie

said...

Making an entire wardrobe ? Are you kidding, it would absolutely fabulous !!!
Your dress and sweater go so well together :)





Margie Oomen

said...

you and your handmades look so gorgeous nicole.





Jules

said...

This makes a very beautiful picture, partly due to your lovely work and combining of textures and colours but even more because you look so happy in them. Such a lovely energy.





Rebekah

said...

happy birthday nicole! i love your new dress and the cables on that sweater are amazing! have a wonderful day!!





steph

said...

i wish my sewing skills equaled my sewing desire!! I'm so hesitant to make anything for myself.....but I so love the results of you labor!!! Your dress is lovely----the sweater over-the-top wonderful!!!





Sonia / Cozy Memories

said...

Happy Birthday sweet friend ! You look absolutely terrific !!
Nothing can be the beauty & strength of handmade clothing ! I do my best for including more & more of it in my wardbrobe, specially with the help of my mama.
Sending you my biggest hugs & kisses
xoxox





julie

said...

They do go together perfectly. I love the slightly flared line of the cardi and the bracelet length cuffs and am in awe of the dress - I can just about zoom up and down in a line with a sewing machine but anything else is completely beyond me! A beautiful outfit indeed and a great start to your handmade wardrobe!





Jen

said...

I sure love the dress ! I am also gearing up for some spring sewing, it's been a good decade since I've sewn a nice princess spring dress for myself. :)





v

said...

beautiful!
looks so pretty on you.





eliza

said...

lovely lovely! and how well they compliment each other! just perfect. i'm scared as can be of sewing, but i'm hoping to work my way up to it. for now, i'm trying to mend and alter more garments, but i love the idea of a handmade wardrobe.

love the liberty fabric.





Megan

said...

I'm so touched you thought of me Nicole! Thanks for the shout-out. I'm living a cozy, peaceful life in northern Vermont now - and by the lovely tenor of your posts I think we are on the same wavelength! Sometimes I toy with the idea of venturing back to blogging, perhaps . . . we'll see!

I'm making my way through your archives and they are just wonderful. You totally inspire me!

And that cardigan . . . and the dress! Stunning. Jenny Gordy and Jared Flood are two of my favorites. I'm enamored by everything they do. I love the pieces you did for Brooklyn Tweed.

I'll be sure to keep in touch and follow along in your adventures. Sending you the warmest of birthday wishes!





Geninne

said...

Absolutely lovely!. I'm hoping to make myself a couple of skirts this year. Those colors suit you to a tee. Pretty, pretty.





Aline

said...

bonne fête ma chère! Ton ensemble est magnifique. Je suis contente de voir que tu confectionnes des vêtements maintenant. xx





la casita

said...

They look impeccable!
oh indeed I would love to do that too.





Deane

said...

Gorgeous. I adore that sweater...it looks so cozy.





Artaud

said...

So beautiful on you! You're an inspiration. I've been eyeing that Stranger cardi; just bought the pattern, yarn is at home waiting to be swatched.





Jodi

said...

Beautiful knitting and sewing! That cardigan is not only clever, but looks so cosy.





evergreenknits

said...

Lovely, lovely. Both the garments and the photography. Your posts are always so inspiring!





margaux

said...

Gorgeous! I love the cardigan, beautiful work!





Delphine

said...

i just stumbled upon your blog, it's so lovely! i really admire people who are able to sew their own clothes! :)





mummybear

said...

Wow!!! That dress is absolutely stunning!!! And your cardigan is just beautiful!!! What a wonderul outfit!!!





craftivore

said...

Ack, a Liberty dress, swoon. You're really stepping out of your box with a pattern. ;) Both the cardigan and the dress are gorgeous.





melissa

said...

um, wow. your handmade skills are kind of mind-blowing. please do make yourself a complete handmade wardrobe, even if it takes you years. just beautiful.





eau de nil

said...

so very beautiful, both - but most of all, you!





Monica

said...

absolutely perfect!

You look great in them...





Annie @ knitsofacto

said...

Gorgeous, and you look wonderful.

Years ago I used to make all my own clothes - I even made my own wedding dress - oh to have the time now!





joanie

said...

You look beautiful. I love your top and your cardigan so much. They both suit you so well which of course is one of the many benefits of making them yourself, they are perfect for you. x





Camila Faria

said...

I'd love to know how to knit and sew. Love your new fabulous handmade clothes!





harmony and rosie

said...

I absolutely adore your handmade clothes, please do make some more. The Liberty print is beautiful and, of course, the Tova is fabulous, you may be inspiring me to make a second, this time with some of my squirrelled away tana lawn. I read your interview, funnily enough I am also knitting soay in a colour that isn't grey .. woohoo. I dare say yours will be done before mine but know I am with you on that!
Have a happy week xx





brooke

said...

I love your sweater!!





arounna

said...

beautiful!!
I dream of handmade clothes everyday - this is a nice start





Lori ann

said...

i've picked up needle and thread again, inspired by you. hope i can make a garment worth wearing. :)





Anonymous

said...

hi, i'm looking how to make a tunic. i found one tutorial on http://www.craftstv1.com/2013/04/crochet-pattern-for-knitted-tunic.html , but it's a bit complicated for me. could you help me please?!!!!





Bethany

said...

Both of these pieces are simply stunning. The cardigan is heading straight to my favs on Ravelry.