Fifi Part 1: The Raspberry Ripple Effect

This is a funny story. I was on one of my Ikea trips, the kind where you get excited and throw everything in the basket, and then you almost faint when you see the total cost at the till. One of the items was a raspberry-patterned quilt cover, which I threw in the basket without checking the size. When I got it home and took it out of the packet, it was so big I nearly got lost in it!

Then, I remembered I know how to sew – yay! I adjusted the quilt cover to size and started to think about how I could put all the excess fabric to good use and make the best Ikea hack ever. I had just purchased Tilly and the Buttons’ Fifi pattern, and luckily I had just about enough fabric left over to make both pieces of the pyjama set.

Fifi Boudoir Set

I really enjoyed making this pattern; it was surprisingly easy and the process taught me a some new skills:

  • Cutting fabric on the bias to change the way the fabric hangs
  • French seams
  • Making bias binding

I am so pleased with the results: they are so feminine, flattering and comfortable to wear. It makes me so happy that I was able to take some scrap fabric and turn it into something so pretty and unique. I made it even more special by adding a heart-shaped button and a bow for added detail.

I even had enough fabric left over to make a matching eye mask! Free pattern here.

This mask is a little messy (I struggled to sew neat curves because the delicate fabric I used on the reverse side kept moving around) but I have plenty more left to have another go and maybe even make some for gifts!

Next project: Fifi Part 2 – my handmade Halloween outfit! I can’t wait to share it with you.

Be chic and fake fur

Bonjour,

It has been très longtemps since I last made something, but I have been very busy finishing off my Masters and learning how to drive again so please forgive me.

As the cold weather creeps in, what better accessory to wear than a faux fur collar? I made this beauty using a free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons and some beautiful bargain fabrics from Abakhans.

Faux fur collar
Faux fur collar

You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.” Karl Lagerfeld.

The faux fur is so deliciously soft and expensive-looking that I fail to understand why anyone would ever chose to wear real fur?! Do your bit for PETA and innocent animals everywhere please.

The instructions in Tilly’s tutorial were pretty easy to follow, but if you want to be extra careful and avoid making a scruffy version like my first attempt (see tip 2 below) then please follow my additional steps:
  1. Attach an interfacing to the lining to add structure and to avoid it slipping around when you are stitching it to the fur. I used a medium fusible interfacing and that worked just fine.

    Fusible interfacing
    Fusible interfacing
  2. Use lots and lots of pins! The different textures of the two fabrics and the thickness of the fur make them extremely prone to slipping around whilst stitching them together. Don’t learn the hard way folks! First time around, my lining ended up baggy and twisted – hardly haute couture!

    No interfacing, twisted lining!
    No interfacing, twisted lining!
  3. Consider using a walking foot (if you have one). I bought a universal one for my Singer from eBay for about a tenner. It was the first time I used it actually; although it looks scary it was easy to use and very effective. It stops the two fabrics from sliding by pushing them together as you stitch.
Walking foot
Walking foot

Et voilà, c’est tout. I chose to add a hook and eye to fasten my collar. I considered adding ribbon but I thought it might go with more outfits without it.

I hope you like it and feel inspired to make yourself one too. If you know me well then Santa just might leave one of these in your Christmas stocking…

Lots of love,

Lauren