Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Shearwater Kaftan Pattern

While we're on the topic of floaty summer tops in Nani IRO florals, I've recently uploaded this fabulous new Make it Perfect Shearwater Kaftan pattern to the shop.

I've been waiting for someone to do a nice simple kaftan and Toni from Make it Perfect has come through with the goods!

I've made a few kaftans in the past but I've never been happy with the patterns I've used and I've had to tweak each one to within an inch of it's life to get a good result. I haven't tried the Shearwater pattern yet, but will try it soon. Toni describes it as "just the right balance between floaty and fitted" which is exactly the look I'm after. It's a great sleeve length for this time of the year: a long sleeve with a tab to button up to 3/4 length.

So, what fabric to use? I think double gauze is perfect or something else light like a voile or lawn to give the floaty effect. I probably wouldn't use quilting weight cotton if you're after the floaty effect. Even a slightly open weave linen like Fuccra Rakuel below would be nice.

Summer Fling

As summer draws to a close, it's not too late for a summer fling! This one is made up in the gorgeous Fucccra Rakuel Floral from the Nani IRO collection.

I omitted the trims and sash from the pattern because I didn't think this fabric needed anything else. It looks great with jeans or long khaki shorts. The double gauze makes it really comfortable and I get lots of comments every time I wear it.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Who is Puti de Pome?

Who is Puti de Pome?

Puti de Pome is this little dog. He's a citizen of the world...he loves playing his guitar in the Tulip fields of Holland...

...he quite often takes the long, long journey from Boku to Watashi...

...of course he's just as happy having a day out at his local park...

He's printed in an aged style on a beautiful textured, slightly open weave linen/cotton. He'd love to be part of your child's bedroom, covering a canvas or adorning the side of a bag. He wouldn't even mind being sat on as part of a bean bag or small ottoman. Just love him and talk to him occasionally and he'll be good to you.

New Puti de Pome collection here.

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