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Flightless Birds and Feather Children


I wanted to share with you all a couple of amazing artists, one of which I have just stumbled upon and the other who I follow avidly and have done for a few months now.  The first is an amazing sculptural artist called Lucy Glendinning who creates the most phenominal sculptural peices, usually depicting small children, with fur or feathers covering their whole bodies.  They remind me of hibernation, of coccoons, and winters evenings.  They make me think of sadness, stillness and softness.  Im just completely in love and wanted to share Lucy’s amazing work with you all so here are some of my favourite works of hers.  Please check out her website http://www.lucyglendinning.com/ for more amazing images and her biography.


Another insanely talented textiles sculptor who I have fallen madly for these last few months has been the uber talented Mister Finch.  His work is like magic to me and I think he must see the world as a young child does, picking up the perfect feather from the ground, staring at the smallest things in wonder.  Mister Finch creates mainly birds and insects from recycled embroidered textiles, wire and anything that catches his eye.  His work often reminds me of dark fairytales, Sometimes Grimm, sometimes stunningly beautiful.  Im in love and here are so of my fav’s of his but definately go check out his awesome work for yourself!  http://www.mister-finch.com/



At the moment, I seem to be hardly sewing myself, I have a feeling because its the most wintery month so far here in Melbourne and my sewing room is absolutely FREEZING and far to far from our little cosy gas fire.  Recently I can be found perched on a giant cushion pile with a birdsnest of wool surrounding me, the click-clack of knitting needles and the hum of our gas stove making my heart smile.  Im working on this project at the moment, my first knitting project in a long while, and I am LOVING every warm fuzzy moment of it. 


Im knitting this beauty in 100% Merino Wool in a beautiful teal blue.  I really want to track down this beautiful mustard wool by Brooklyn Tweed pictured above as this colour is just STUNNING.  Once the project is complete Ill put up some photos, and if anyone is interested in this pattern please just comment below with your email and ill send it on to you in PDF form. 

Until next time!



In-Seam Pocket Tutorial – perfect for Dresses.


So I am a completely self-taught seamstress.  I grew up watching the women in my family sewing, embroidering and making and learnt nearlly all of my skills by watching them and also trial of error, apart from a learning some seriously basic skills at GCSE level in school thats pretty much my fashion education.

I’ve been wanting to find a really simple tutorial on in-seam pockets for a while now and I spumbled upon this one today whilst in the middle of sewing my green velvet 60’s shift dress(previous post).  I thought I would share it with you guys as I found this online tutorial really useful.

The process can also be  found here:


I just literally drew a mittenlike shape a little larger then my hand in the same shape as the one in the first image.  I cut out 4 peices in the same shape out of my velvet (2 right side, 2 wrong side), and then followed the steps.  As you guys know from my last post, i dont have an iron so i had to do with out and just made doubly sure as i was pinning… it worked fine, even without an iron, and now i have MASTERED the side seam pocket! HORRAH!

Here is a photo mid action.  Have a go at it….put pockets in your favourite pattern! Mmmmm…poooockets……(oh dear ;-P)



Sunday Sewing Sesh, with PJs and a cup of Tea.


Mmmm, you gotta love a bank holiday weekend! Tom (my partner) and I went to a Fancy Dress 50th party last night dressed up as a gentleman and a hippy mother sporting full suit tails and a mahoosive pregnancy belly, pretty hilarious especially on the train ride over there (im not pregnany by the way though it was RATHER convincing).  After a long lie in this morning, Im finally getting round to making a green velvet dress I’ve been planning on making myself for about a month now.  The pattern is based on a beautiful McCalls 1960’s shift dress pattern that I have altered over the years, by making it have a boat neck at the front leading down to a deep plunge at the back of the dress.  The pattern is about a modern UK 10 when made up, so I always have to add a few inches to the hips when making for myself (Im a UK12-14).  Ive made and sold garments using this pattern quiet a few times already.  Here are some of the previous variations/reincarnations:


The first image is the same basic variation as I am making today, though I will be making it a little larger at the hips.  The second is a cropped asymmetrical top version with a beautiful lace trimming on the base (great for layering).  The third is a dress I made for myself out of some beautiful batik fabric I picked up on one of my travels to Indonesia, its still an absolute favourite and great with leggings and over jeans, and the fourth photo shows it in its reincarnation as a cropped waistcoat in some awesome upholstery fabric I picked up for free and amazing mother of pearl buttons….it is pretty steampunk-esque.

The pattern is a favourite, once I fall in love with the fit of a pattern i have a tendancy of using it again and again and creating new patterns from the original, though it’s been hidden away in my pattern folder for over a year now.  A few days ago I took it out, blew off the cobwebs and made a beautiful variation on the original out of purple lace with a contrasting lining fabric.  This time instead of using biased binding to finish the neck edges, I used a small ‘lip’ of lace to the edge instead.   I saw a dress very similar in ‘Friends Couture’ on Degraves St in Melbourne which gave me the inspiration to take this pattern out and try this added feature.  Here is the finished dress I made a few days ago.

(This dress is a UK10/US8 and is available for purchase for $65 on my online shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSelkieFolk )

So all that background aside, this is what I have been up to this morning….excuse the pyjamas but I did warn you!

Excuse the crumply fabric, the iron has gone haywire, so i’ve had to do with out it today….pain in the ass as all you creative people know!

So yeh, thats where im at so far! Now lots of darts to pin in, and fingers crossed it should be ready by 5pm for the sunday evening pub gathering i’m heading too later. Photos of finished dress to come!

I’d love to hear from you all about your favourite patterns, maybe even see images of alterations of the same pattern! Just post responces in the comments ❤

Much love everyone and HAPPY SUNDAY!