April Resolutions | Champagne Twist

We’re already half way through April, so far I have managed, to a certain extent, to keep up with 2 online sewing challenges, (#EasterSpringDress Sew Along and #SewApril2017) completed a number of UFOs and even started making a Chanel style outfit.

None of the above have anything to do with this month’s resolution, as it happens to be Gardening. But never fear, I have planed for April a number of indoor and outdoor creative ideas to share with you.

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Over the next few days, watch out for loads of creative makes all with a garden theme, including haberdashery tools, home decor and even an outfit!

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Top 7 Dressmaking Trends for Spring Summer 2017

These are the top 7 sewing Fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2017, and my personal interpretation;

1. Greenery –greenery-colour-of-2017

Pantone’s colour of the year is so apt for Spring/Summer 2017. If you haven’t already, expect to see lots of green fabric and notions in the coming months. Check out my Greenery Pinterest board for further inspiration and ideas.

2. Gingham –

Cherry Gingham Dress, by Champagne Twist

The ever popular, evergreen print is still dominating the fashion catwalks and sewing community network, including mine! So if, like me, you didn’t get round to finishing your gingham UFOs in 2016, you still have time.





3. Cold shoulder –

image from New Look.com

I’m not keen on this trend. It was made popular last year, and as resurfaced again this season.  We only get 10 days of sunshine with warm weather in the UK, cold shoulders are not warm enough! Try making with chambrays and finish with lace, in case we get a heatwave.

Picture Source: http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/tops/blue-crochet-lace-trim-cold-shoulder-top-_513352849


4. Ruffles –http://www.instyle.com/fashion/clothing/shop-spring-2016-trend-ruffles

A throw back to the romantic 80s era, again another trend I’m not fond of. Done in a subtle way, it can be very effective, but it’s a waste of good fabric if you ask me.

Picture Source: http://www.instyle.com/fashion/clothing/shop-spring-2016-trend-ruffles

5. Embroidery –https://www.zara.com/uk/en/trf/tops/top-with-embroidered-dasies-c358032p4276074.html

Something I adore. I’ve plans to embroidery anything that makes the mistake of staying still for more than 2 seconds.  You have been warned.  Expect ideas for updating your wardrobe with simple and more advanced embroidery techniques. Check out my embroidery ideas collection on my Pinterest board.

Picture Source: https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/shirts/floral-embroidered-shirt-c401033p4310643.html

6. Sleeves –


Now I like a sleeve. I like short sleeves, long sleeves, no sleeves even.  I’m still figuring out how to successfully avoid the ‘mega long sleeve in soup’ scenario, but it’s definitely a trend I can get on board.

Picture Source: https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/view-all/striped-top-with-scalloped-hem-c719021p4253051.htmlv


7. Slogans T-shirts – http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/womens-fashion/the-spring-summer-2017-collection?gclid=CjwKEAjw5M3GBRCTvpK4osqj4X4SJAABRJNCkXLLrOAr9qP0H5AD11vUwoH2TogZ5NuvZ6plB4cCTRoCWi_w_wcBhttp://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/womens-fashion/the-spring-summer-2017-collection?gclid=CjwKEAjw5M3GBRCTvpK4osqj4X4SJAABRJNCkXLLrOAr9qP0H5AD11vUwoH2TogZ5NuvZ6plB4cCTRoCWi_w_wcB

Yet another 80s throw back, with limited success. I like a good campaign slogan or a famous, inspirational quote, but if we start displaying designer names on our chests, then I’m out.

Picture Source: http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/womens-fashion/the-spring-summer-2017-collection?gclid=CjwKEAjw5M3GBRCTvpK4osqj4X4SJAABRJNCkXLLrOAr9qP0H5AD11vUwoH2TogZ5NuvZ6plB4cCTRoCWi_w_wcB

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Greenery, colour of the year projects

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Greenery, colour of the year

The Pantone colour of the year 2017 is imaginatively titled, ‘Greenery’.


And as it so happens, whilst I was sorting out some things, I discovered 4 and a half balls of deliciously green yarn in my stash (well it’s actually my Mum’s stash, but she said I could have it).  Ooh, me thinks a knitting project coming along.

Green knitted scarf

This is my first knitting project of 2017. After a couple of attempts trying out a lace stitch, I settled for the old faithful stocking stitch.  I wanted to make a scarf – yes it’s another scarf – and showcase it’s beautiful green shade and it’s soft mohair mix texture.

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I cast on 36 stitches, and the plan is to continue until the scarf is nice and long, or when I run out of wool – which ever is sooner.  I’m using 4.0mm/size 6 needles, and the wool is a 70% Acrylic, 15% wool and 15% mohair mix. It’s so lovely and soft, I’m looking forward to wearing my new scarf. However using such small needles and thin wool, it’s taking an absolute age to knit. But, it’s something I need to do – get out of my comfort zone of only using large needles and thick wool in order to get speedy results.  Time for something a little different.

Sadly, I had to resort to stocking stitch, instead of using another stitch, but I have learnt how to do a lace stitch and I’m reserving that new skill for my next knitting project – a shawl.  Yes, I’m really branching out now LOL.


This fabric is in my stash – Park Landscape by  Michael Miller.

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I am toying with the idea of using the Simplicity 2444 dress pattern. If I do, I will change the neckline of the bodice to either a round neck or square neck, again to ring in the changes.

Decorating with Foliage

My 3rd project within the theme of greenery, is creating a floral arrangement, using only evergreen foliage.  In the deepest, dark of winter, some greenage can be a welcome addition to the home. It serves as a reminder that Spring is not far away, and that hope like some plants, is evergreen.  I particularly like the following quote I found on the Pantone website;


Picture source: Pantone.com

I think Leatrice pretty much sums it all up.

Do you have any plans to incorporate Greenery in you wardrobe or home decor? Are you going to add this shade of green in your colour scheme? Please share in the comments below.

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