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My October in Instagram #1

October 9, 2013 · 15 comments

So my favourite month is here and has been making itself at home for a good week now. I have been making the most of the days by getting up super early for morning doggy walks and caramel cappuccinos! Here’s a little peek at what I’ve been up to more generally through the eyes of my Instagram. Find me over there as ‘littletailoress’ if you like!


My time in the workroom has been a bit limited but I did finish a very simple ivory double-silk-crepe tee which I will share with you in its entirety in an upcoming post. I love the easy fit and the way the fabric hangs so beautifully. I added a teeny bit of interest by binding the neckline and hem with ivory satin. So far I have only worn this with black jeans but it’s simple shape works great with skirts and I have big plans in that area this Autumn- velvet, p-leather (oh yep!)  and lace to name a few! Stay tuned for those!

On the topic of skirts I have acquired yet another unnecessary Colette pattern. Having drafted several skirts incredibly similar to this one and with Deer and Doe Chardon already in my collection I can only put this down to their marketing! Well done Colette ;) I have toiled Zinnia already however and am loving the pleated version and looking forward to whipping it up in some georgette layered over crepe.

Also spent some time doing some yarn inventory- the conclusion? I either need to knit faster or train up the hubby. That being said my current angora project is nearing completion and I hope to share it with you shortly.


It really has been a month of tidying so far- as well as my yarn stash my make-up collection got organised to within an inch of it’s life; anything to make the dark 6.30am mornings run smoother! I even found a way to stack my lipsticks bottom up so I can pick them out by name- no more grabbing 6 wrong mac lippies for me! Obsessive compulsive? Yes. Super satisfying? Hell yeah! A few newbies may have squeezed their way in to said collection:

Bobbi Brown BB cream for Autumn weather- ah the joy of actually being able to wear stuff on your skin without it melting straight off. For the record this is possibly one of the best purchases I have ever made- my skin is ridiculously sensitive and fussy and really doesn’t care for make-up but this stuff glides on like a dream and stays put. IT IS LOVE. I also grabbed a new undereye concealer (see 6.30am reference above!) NARS radiant creamy concealer in the shade custard. It can’t compete with actual sleep but it does a hell of a job trying! This stuff is my new favourite too- am I allowed two favourites? I think so. On a more fun note I am absolutely in love with berry shades at the moment- I can’t wear these very easily in clothing form and to be honest my favoured wardrobe palette seems to be black, ivory, grey and beige at the moment (I know- where has the colour gone?) but I can rock a Berry hued nail as well as the rest of them and grabbed myself O.P.I.s offering in this area: Anti- bleak. A rich plummy/ purple/ berryish delight. Anything this dark on my lips makes me look like an extra from a horror movie so I opted for a more fuschia toned berry lippie- Bourjois’s Rouge Edition in 07. Disclaimer: this is a bright lipstick! ;)


No month can get off to a good start without a few delicious treats. I am normally a red wine lover but this delicious white was gifted to me by my lovely mother purely on account of it’s name and was YUM! As was a sneaky little fig tart at Paul patisserie on King’s road. Cinnamon hot chocolate has been free flowing in our house recently-it’s the Autumn so it’s mandatory, right?


Aside from the beautiful Autumn mornings in the park the early rises also have the benefit of early nights and I have been snuggling up with a fantastic and rather appropriate novel for the time of year: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. Dilapidated castle, dark secrets and ghostly whisperings- what could be better for the month of Halloween. Kate Morton is definitely up their with my favourite writers and I studied English Literature at University so she has some pretty stiff competition. Her storytelling and her prose are as compelling as one another and the last book of hers that I read (The Secret Keeper) had me up till 1am sobbing my little heart out at the end. I don’t recommend that one for the tube, unless you don’t embarrass easily and you wear waterproof mascara! This one has managed to draw me in already, we all need a little bit of a spook now and again if you ask me! Luckily I have my loyal furry Gatsby to keep me company.

Hope you are all enjoying October so far and that you liked this slightly different post.
Thanks for reading!

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Laurie October 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

You’re pictures are gorgeous! The Zinnia skirt is a beautiful one for sure. I did not get the pattern as pleats are not the best look for me but I love the ones I am seeing pop up… Leather and Lace- Perfect for Fall and Winter! Whether they are together or not! I am off to find you on Instagram! It is my favorite way to follow peoples projects! Nice to meet you! ~Laurie
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amelialowden October 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Ah thanks Laurie! The pleats are really subtle on the vinnia so maybe you might like it- or there’s always the gathered option too :)
Really like your Anna dress!- i can see why that’s such a popular pattern :)
I need to get in the habit of using instagram while sewing more- i seem to use it for everything but! Hehe
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Rosie Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Oh, you have a King Charles Spaniel?! I have one too, and he’s a Blenheim!
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amelialowden October 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

They are the BEST aren’t they!? Such lovely temperaments! :)
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F. K. October 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm

I love all your photos! I am just learning (or attempting to learn to) crochet and I am so jealous of all the pretty yarn! And that cute doggy!
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amelialowden October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Ah thank you! Yep the doggy is the cutest, my little buddy :)! Ah i love crochet- i learnt a lot from you tube videos :) Hope it’s going well!
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F. K. October 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I’m working on my first hat, can’t wait to finally finish it!
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Katalin October 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

I loved reading your post. I’m drinking cinnamon hot chocolate as we speak. :-)
The top you made is beautiful, looking forward to the details!
I also “collect” Colette patterns, just can’t resist them.
I also have a Spaniel, but he is an English Cocker.
Have a lovely day!


amelialowden October 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Ah thanks! Yum- it really is the best isn’t, altho mint hot choc is a close 2nd!
Aw my friend has an English cocker and she is so much like Gastsby- all soppy and silly like him! :) So cute!
Yep Colette patterns are so tempting!! Glad i’m not the only one ;)
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Mags October 10, 2013 at 8:00 am

I was sucked in by the zinnia marketing, I want the floaty skirt with the Aran sweater.


amelialowden October 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Me too! So cute! :)
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Tamara Epps October 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I love your energy in this post and hope you will do a similar one every month, and hope you include favourites as well.
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amelialowden October 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Ah thanks Tamara, I definitely will!
Sorry to read over on your blog that you are going through a tough time health- wise at the moment. Hope things continue to get better for you :)
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Gemma October 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

How much wool?!! Haha!! Gosh, you won’t run out too soon :)
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Simon Butchart October 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Very nice post!
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