Shall we take a break? Fancy some sun, sand & sea? It’s Friday & I have another special guest who’s splashing her feet in the azure waters, idly planning her next makes to use that never ending stash of fabrics on her desert island. I am thrilled to welcome Anna, from Paunnet, who I have to say is one of my sewing goddesses. I just love her style & how she puts colours & pattern together. She is such a skilled sewster, she tackles all sorts of interesting makes & for me epitomises the cute & unique Deer & Doe look – maybe because she was the one that introduced me to that inde pattern company (thank you heartily!) And she’s Italian too – maybe that comes through her style and is definitely why her photoshoots are set in glorious outdoor settings. I always look forward to catching up with Anna’s latest wardrobe additions. Now, what will her desert island choices be?
1. My first pick would be the Bleuet dress by Deer and Doe.
Probably not the most practical choice for a tropical island, but it’s my favourite pattern ever.
After sewing it three times (1, 2 and 3), constructing it became a fun process (even with all those buttonholes!) and by now I learnt that this dress is incredibly versatile. It’s very comfortable, but feminine and girly as I like to dress. Perfection in a dress, really.
2. Second place would go to the Tania culottes by Megan Nielsen. I was very sceptical about this pattern, but once I found out I just needed to add some length to the original pattern to make it more comfortable for me, we became best friends.
It looks like a circle skirt, but it’s a pair of pants! Genius! And so flattering.
3. Next is a pattern for knits that I recently fell in love with (although the blogosphere has loved it since last Summer): it’s the Lady Skater dress pattern by Kitschy Coo. I recently made it in a leopard print knit (meow!) and in a black and white print that will be blogged in the future,
but the fit of this pattern is so good that I also want to experiment and turn it into a t-shirt.Yay for multifunctional patterns!
4. If I’m a on a tropical island, I’ll need a swimsuit! The Bombshell swimsuit pattern by Heather Lou became incredibly popular last summer and it totally deserves the attention.
This swimsuit is universally flattering and helps hiding some critical spots of my body, but it’s still functional enough to swim in. I love it.
5. I’m not a huge fan of shorts, but I definitely would want a pair on an island, (especially a desert one where no one could see my thighs). I really like the Sweet Scalloped Shorts by Pattern Runway;
I tried to make them a couple years ago but I managed to botch both the fit and my fabric choice, so I only wore a couple of times, but ever since seeing Sophie’s beautiful polka dotted pair, I really want to revisit the pattern. Alternatively, I’d choose the Chataigne shorts by Deer&Doe, which I love to death.
My striped version is still one of my most worn handmade items.
7. In case it rains on my tropical island, I would want some practical but cute outerwear, and I’d choose the Minoru jacket by Sewaholic.
I’d love to make a waterproof one, but for the moment, I’m still using my grey version and get compliments every time I wear it. People cannot believe it’s handmade, but it’s actually much easier to sew than it looks.
8. Finally, I would choose a pattern to have fun with. For me, the perfect pick me up when my sewing mojo is down is an accessory! My favourite is the High Tea clutch pattern by Charlie’s Aunt (although all of Emma’s patterns are gorgeous),
but I also love all of the cute, practical patterns of Michelle Patterns. I also love to sew plushies, and Dolls and Daydreams has the cutest patterns ever! Right now, I’m sewing a fox doll for my future nephew/niece, and I’m having so much fun with all the details.
You are also allowed to take two books, firstly which sewing related book would you take & why?
- Ugh, this is a hard choice! I would probably choose Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing.
Gertie has always been a huge inspiration to me, and it’s also thanks to her that I started my blog. Her book is a great source for sewing techniques, and it also includes some beautiful patterns. At the moment, I only made up one of them (the Portrait blouse with an added sailor collar), but I hope to tackle most of them sooner or later.
Secondly, which non-sewing related book would you take & why?
- This is even harder! My nerd side would probably answer “The Chronicle of Ice and Fire” by George R. Martin or “The Hobbit” by Tolkien, but my more romantic side would choose “Saltatempo”, by Italian author Stefano Benni. It was translated into English (with the title “Timeskipper”), although I think it’s one of those cases where too much gets lost in translation. This book is brilliantly written, it’s full of weird, hilarious characters, and it’s set in a small Italian village, which reminds me a lot of the one I grew up in (which is also where I’d like to return to live, having now spent a few years in the city).
Next your one luxury. What would you choose (doesn’t have to be sewing related this time!)
- Even though it’s not exactly considered a luxury (although in a sense it is), I would choose… a dog! I’m an introverted girl and I don’t mind spending time by myself, but dogs are the only company I’m always happy to have. My dog recently passed away and she left such an emptiness in my life, I miss her so much!
And finally if you could only take one disc of music what album would you choose & why?
- Again, this is so tough! I have a very diverse taste in music, but I grew up with rock, hard rock and metal (to the surprise of many). One of the bands that stuck with me through the years and I’m most attached to is the Foo Fighters. Their music is perfect for any occasion, when I’m happy or sad, when I want some hardcore guitars or a sentimental ballad. And I’m also a massive Dave Grohl fangirl, of course.
It’s impossible for me to choose just one of their albums, so I’d have to take their discography with me.
Thank you Anna for taking the time to write and share your choices. And those doggie pics – soooo cute!! Not surprised you keep giving them loads of cuddles. You’ve reminded me exactly why I covet your wardrobe! I found it hard to pick which images to use – all of Anna’s makes have links back to her website if you want to see more views & details- recommended! The trouble with desert island sewing? Total disruption to any kind of a sewing plan I might have – so inspiring & tempting :-) . That striped Parfait dress is particularly divine…. Do you find the same?