|A toile made from an old bedsheet|
|Crumpled bedsheet chic - I don't think the top half is quite as fitted as I might like it to be|
|The belt is made from the duvet closure strip...I haven't been sewing decorative buttons onto my toile.|
|Toiles from the Japanese pattern book 'Sewing Recipe'|
You can find Simple Chic here at M is for Make... by the way - and if you're still feeling hesitant about dipping your toe into dressmaking in another language, Kate's Japanese sew-along posts can all be found here and will tell you everything you need to know about the process.
Too busy to sew yourself (I know, not an option I usually entertain)? I did a quick Google search for a photo of toiles, before remembering that there was one on the front of Sewing Recipes. However, I happened across Susie Stone who makes bespoke women's clothing and then mislaid several happy minutes getting lost in her beautiful site. I love the ethos of her dressmaking and can only imagine that one would feel entirely wonderful wearing one of her custom-made dresses. It all looks so serene.
* The responses to my last post have really made me think - thank you. I don't think I hold quite the same stance on things now, and I'd really like to write a whole post about it, so perhaps after Easter (this post was pre-written before the holidays...that's organisation for you, no? I know, most out of character...but that's how strange a bad bout of tonsillitis can make a girl feel).