Aislinn – the finished garment and a giveaway!

At last…my Aislinn is finished and ready to be worn.  It seems to have been a very long journey since I decided to knit this cardigan.

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But my timing is uncharacteristically perfect.  Over the last week the weather has started to hint at Autumn and yesterday, as we headed to the park for the last time before school starts again tomorrow, it was cool enough to wear her and snatch a few photos.

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I’ll admit to not liking a single one of these photos, but even so I think these photos show what a beautiful cardigan this is and, more importantly, how well it fits.  You’ll find my review about the knitting/fitting process here.

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The yarn is Rown Tweed and whilst it is very pretty and very soft (although it has a whisper of scratchiness that means I’ll always wear this over a sleeve), I’m slightly wishful that I’d picked a crisper yarn with better stitch definition.

Aislin_harebell_pigtailStill…I’ve worn this a couple of times over the last week and each time someone has commented on how lovely it is.  It’s a dream to wear…as you’d imagine from a garment that actually fits…and is perfect to throw on as a jacket replacement when playing in the park.  I do love it!

I can’t wait to make my next CustomFit garment.  I’m not sure what it will be…I’ve lots of knitting and sewing ideas in my head at the moment.  But I’m off to Yarndale at the end of the month so you know I’ll be buying some yarn there!

In the meantime, Amy and her lovely team have very kindly offered one lucky reader the chance to give CustomFit a try for themselves.  Just enter below and keep your fingers crossed!

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CustomFit by Amy Herzog – a review

The plasterers are plastering.

The kids are thankfully at a playscheme every day and grandparents for tea each evening (thank you grandparents…yet again I couldn’t do this without you!).

I am slowly losing the will with the mess, but have my eye on the prize and am going shopping for a new fireplace and possibly doors at the weekend.

All that aside, I finally have Aislinn blocking…I’m hoping she’ll be dry for the weekend, but it’s awfully soggy here at the moment, so it’s taking time. Whilst we wait for that I thought it might be a good idea to share my thoughts about the whole CustomFit experience.

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I know that many folks have pondered whether the system works or not, and, in fact, HOW the whole thing works.  So here we go…I’ll try to explain.

What is CustomFit?

For those of you that haven’t come across CustomFit yet, Amy describes it as:

“CustomFit is a web application that will produce bottom-up sweater patterns tailored to your body’s measurements. That means: You put in your body measurements (just once) and knit a swatch (at least once). When you’re ready to create a sweater, decide what kind of fit you want (close, average, or relaxed), and either choose one of our “CustomFit Classics” or create an entirely new design. Select the body and swatch the design is for, and easy as that, you have a pattern!”

Sounds really straightforward, no? There has, however, been much confusion over some of the terminology. So, to clarify, here’s what you need to do:

How do I create my CustomFit version of one of Amy’s designs?

1) Decide which pattern you want to knit.  I’m assuming at this point it’s going to be one of Amy’s patterns.  If not, I’ll come back to that a wee bit later.

2) Log on to the CustomFit website and put in all the measurements listed.  Yes this takes a bit of time, but it’s most definitely worth it. And you only have to do it once!

3)  Next, you need to do the swatching.  I know, I know…but I’m totally converted to swatching after watching Amy’s Craftsy course.  I make bigger swatches and do different needle sizes to ensure that not only is the fabric coming up to the required tension (gauge), but also I like the fabric it’s creating.  Because if I don’t, now is the time to do something about it, not 3 months down the line when I’ve completed the garment.  Ask me how I know!

4) By now you’re ready to start building your customised knitting instructions for the design of your choice, so click on the design button on the home page.  Some of Amy’s patterns are already ready to go…you just need to follow the instructions on the page.  You’ll only need to add a few details and your customised pattern will be ready to print.

5) For the other patterns in the range you’ll need to buy the CustomFit recipe, which will give you all the information you need to complete the design process and produce your customised pattern.

Whichever way you go the process is really straightforward once you actually start popping numbers into the system.  I think the problem has been that this is a completely new way of purchasing knitting patterns, and as such has potentially confusing new terminology.

What if I want to use another designer’s design?

Good question!

My understanding is that Amy is hoping to encourage other designers to produce CustomFit recipes in the future.  Until then I would suppose that you can use the “Classic Silhouettes” or “Build Your Own From Scratch” functions to create a set of knitting instructions that would give you the basic shaping onto which you could superimpose the pattern from your chosen designer.

For example…

I’ve got my eye on Kate Davies’ Catkin sweater:

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I could make a CustomFit pattern using the Scoop Neck Pullover template

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and then use Kate’s Pattern for the rib lengths and cable design.

Does that make sense?

Isn’t it an awfully bloody expensive way to buy a knitting pattern?

Another really good question…to which my answer is “yes” and “no”.

Yes…

Amy’s standard knitting patterns are $7.00 each.  A CustomFit pattern + CustomFit Recipe is $12.50.

That’s a 75% increase in the cost of the pattern, which is a pretty hefty number if you’re just looking at numbers.

However….

  1. You don’t have to do any knitting math.
  2. If you’re anything like me you’re going to spend quite a bit of your life knitting this garment…you want it to fit at the end of it.
  3. You don’t have to do the math…I’d sell my wallpaper scraping mother to avoid having to do knitting math!
  4. Even at $12.50 it’s comparable to an Indie sewing pattern, and you’d still have to do the fitting on the sewing pattern!
  5. Did I mention the math…or lack of it?

For me, that extra $5.50 (which, FYI, is roughly equivalent to one large Frappuccino Light) is money very, very well spent that saves me much head scratching and cussing, and let’s me get to the fun bit, the knitting, as quickly as possible.

Obviously, the key question is…

Did it work and does it fit?

Yes (bar two minor hiccups) and yes!

Minor hiccup number one was setting the lace pattern on the front.  It took full consultation of my knitterly friends over coffee and cake to resolve it, so I’m putting that one down to instructions that could have done with a little more clarity.  That said, it wasn’t an insurmountable problem, just potato/potahto!

Hiccup number two was entirely down to me.  I merrily input my measurements into the programme, cast on and knit away on the back of the cardigan, only to realise that I’d actually put two much length into the mix and the finished garment wouldn’t look how I wanted it to look in the end.

So I ripped it back a bit and made a quick adjustment (that even my math phobic brain could deal with because the CustomFit pattern not only gives you the length of the bit your currently knitting (eg back length…knit until work measures X”) but also the number of rows (eg back length….knit X rows).  I can most assuredly count rows and jot them down on a piece of paper!

The key thing is that pre-blocking, I tried the Aislinn cardigan on and she fits like a dream.

Assuming I’ve not buggered that up with the blocking, you’ll be able to see the finished thing very soon and judge for yourself?

Would you use CustomFit again?

Absolutely!  I’m of too Yarndale in September and am planning to purchase yarn for a couple of Amy’s designs, yet to be decided, to keep me in stitches over the winter months.

Things to bear in mind

At the moment CustomFit only does women’s patterns and designs that are knit flat and seamed.  It’s my understanding that at some point an option to create men’s patterns will be introduced, and also designs knitted in the round…but I don’t have any more information on that at the moment.  It’s just a case of “watch this space”, I think.

Cue another “thank you”…this time to Liz who whipped my knitted pieces away and in the blink of an eye had them seamed up into a cardigan with the most beautiful and invisible mattress stitch.

Unexpected upside!

Astonishingly, and unexpectedly, the success of this pattern has made me even more keen to get to grips with fitting knits (which dovetails nicely with the work I’m currently doing on upping my sewing fitting skills).  Whilst my next couple of knits will definitely be Amy’s designs, I’ve ordered a pile of books from the library to check out which I want to spend my cash on…all on the topic of fitting and altering knits.

Fitting is my new obsession, and I’m not remotely sorry! ;-)

I do hope this all makes some sort of sense to you, and that it’s made the CustomFit offering a little more accessible, because I do think it’s a really great option to have available to us knitters. Please do leave a comment with any questions you might have.  I’m by no means an expert in this but I’ll do my best to answer.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I haven’t received any recompense or reward from Amy Herzog or her team in return for this review. In fact I actually bought the CustomFit recipe, CustomFit pattern, AND the standard pattern, thus paying completely over the odds, mainly because I’m an idiot!.  All opinions expressed in this article are entirely my own.

Images used throughout are shamelessly borrowed from Kate Davies Designs and CustomFit with much gratitude.


Stripping and other activities!

Lord knows what kind of hits I’ll get with a title like that, but it sums up the activity Chez Stitches this week.

After quite a lengthy hiatus since the rewire, we are finally in a position to commence some work that actually feels like we’re making a start on the renovations.

This week it’s all about getting the wallpaper off.

Unfortunately I can’t wield a stripping knife at the moment due to a ridiculous problem with my neck and shoulder for which I’m awaiting physio.  But when I was asking around to find someone to come and do the work for me, Ma and her bestie Pauline volunteered.

Now, I’m not good at accepting help at the best of time, but having my Mum and her chum stripping wallpaper wasn’t a scenario that was going to break that trend.  Seriously…how could I accept?

Except that they are both strong willed ladies and weren’t taking no for an answer.

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So, I have spent this week slacking in the background doing tea and sustenance, aaaaaaaand…they have worked away like demons getting the walls ready for the plasterer who arrives on the 11th to skim the sitting room and hall/stairs/landing.

Ma and Pauline…you are superstars.  Enjoy your night out tomorrow…you deserve it!

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In other news….Aislinn is knitted and sewn up.  She looks lovely and I can’t wait to do the review on her and get some pics.

But first I have to summon the courage to do an afterthought buttonhole.

Or unpick the whole thing and rip the front back to about 2″ above the rib.

That’s not happening any time soon.

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Tomorrow, whilst The Husband does more wallpaper stripping in the hallway (thanks honey), I’m slacking off again and heading off to Bambers in Manchester for another day of sewing with the rather marvellous Celia Banks.  By the end of the day I’ll have a fitting shell (skirt/bodice/sleeve) all done and ready to go with a list of adjustments to transfer to other patterns, and a pattern for a pair of cigarette trousers also fitted, with a corresponding list for other trews patterns.  I’m very excited about this.  I think it’s going to help me in the quest for better fitting clothes for myself, and give me a structured approach to fitting that has been sadly missing!

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We are now two weeks into the summer holidays and are still taking it very slowly. Today has been a perfect pyjama day…all snuggled up in a pile watching back to back movies (during which we managed to avoid Frozen…result!) and nibbling snacks.

Next week the kids are out at football club every day, so I’ll have a bit of time to get that buttonhole made and sew up a second playsuit that is cut and ready to go.  So I hope I’ll have some pretties to share with you soon.

In the meantime…have a great weekend.  And my top tip for the day is don’t throw stones at walls….

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Apparently they bounce and slice your head open!  Thankfully she’s fine.  I, on the other hand, aged about 10 years in 20 seconds!


Pleated Playsuit with Cattitude

 

Pleated playsuit catitude-1We’re one week into the summer school holidays and revelling in the complete lack of commitments to anyone but ourselves.  Leisurely mornings give way to afternoons in the park or playing in the garden or visiting with grandparents.

Obviously crafty pursuits aren’t my priority, but even so, I managed to whip up this little playsuit for Button, which is the perfect outfit for the hot weather we’ve been having here of late.

The pattern is Elegance & Elephant’s Pleated Playsuit…a free pattern that you’d happily pay good money for.

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I love Heidi’s patterns, as you know, and this one is no exception. There are some adorable details:

:: elastic waist for comfort and faux piped pocketsPleated playsuit catitude-1-1

:: cute leg cuffsPleated playsuit catitude-1-2

:: shoulder tiesPleated playsuit catitude-1-3

:: inverted pleat on the front bodicePleated playsuit catitude-1-4This is one of those fabulously satisfying makes that is super simple to sew, but looks very expensive when you’ve finished.

The fabric is Lizzie House’s Cattitude which Button had loved so much when I made the Geranium dress, but this time in an almost acid chartreuse bought on sale from John Lewis.  I’d been browsing there a couple of weeks ago with no intention of purchasing fabric, but as soon as I saw this I snaffled the last metre or so with glee.

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I’m so glad I did.  I just adore this little playsuit and have at least two more planned. It’s comfy, cute and modest.

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What more could you ask for?

 


Compagnie M. Mara Blog Tour – Mara goes to Paris

When Marte announced a secret summer blog action over at Compagnie M. I didn’t have to think twice before adding my name to the list.

When I found out that the subject of our secret mission was to be the Mara Blouse, I was thrilled.

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You can see my Paris inspired Mara blouse, head on over to the Mara blog now and check it out…then head on back to find out how you can win some super prizes.

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Discount code:

If you’d like to make your own version of the Mara blouse, Marte is generously offering a 10% discount on the pattern from now until 17th August 2014.  Just pop over to her shop and use the code MARA-ACTION.

Sewalong:

Once you’ve bought your pattern, why not enter your Mara in the sewalong.  There are some great prizes to be won…check them out here!  The closing date for the sewalong is 17th August 2014.

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A note about the fabric:

Whilst we are now right at the beginning of the summer holidays, when very little in the way of sewing will take place, I wanted to be prepared for the raft of family events and parties that will take place in the autumn.  With that in mind I created a season appropriate party outfit for Button that will be equally at home at a family lunch or a school friends bash at a play centre.

My fabric choice was a complete antidote the the raft of Pepto Bismol and Acid Barbie Pink that my little miss has been choosing at every opportunity recently.  I completely pulled rank on this…I’m sewing it…I get to choose the fabric.  Total Mummy Brat moment and I’m not sorry! ;-)

The Eiffel Tower fabric is from Oh Sew Crafty on eBay, and the spot from Dunelm.

Disclaimer:  

I received a complimentary copy of the Mara pattern in return for my participation in the Blog Tour.  As always, all opinions are entirely my own.

 


Blog makeover update

So…the blog makeover continues.

If you look to the right of this post, underneath the “delightful” photo of me, there are now lovely social media icons.  And a way to email me if you feel the urge (please do…I’m always happy to hear from you).

Also, the font size has also been increased to (hopefully) make my ramblings easier to read.

We still have some things to tweak, but as I couldn’t find my way around CSS coding with a map and a sherpa, it’s all left to the lovely Husband, who, quite frankly, is so busy it’s a miracle he has time to speak to me let alone tinker with my blog (oooh, er, Missus!).

I am aware that some folk aren’t receiving notifications of new posts. I’m really sorry about this.  We are he is working on adding a new “subscribe” button too, but it you read your blogs in an aggregation service such as Bloglovin’ and are having problems, please do let me know.  We do hope to have this sorted very soon, and are very grateful for your patience whilst we he sorts out the niggles.


Minty fresh tank top

When I first met The Husband I was living in Surrey and working in London. At the weekends (or during the week if he could swing a meeting locally) he would drive the 280-ish miles to visit (and the same home again on a Sunday night).

On the Saturday we’d do fun things…oftentimes involving taking the 25 minute train journey into London and ‘doing’ a museum or some shopping, or a long and boozy lunch.

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And, now and again, quelle surprise, we’d find ourselves on Berwick Street and he would happily traipse in and out of fabric shops and treat me to a metre or many of lovely fabric.

One such purchase was some incredibly soft and drapey pale spearmint coloured linen.  It’s buttery texture is divine and it’s just opaque enough to maintain your modesty whilst you stay cool.  It was £20 a metre 8 years ago.  Not cheap.

And it’s sat in my stash for 8 years because I couldn’t decide what to sew with it.

Which is, quite frankly, a crazy waste of beautiful fabric.

With the new found (Wardrobe Architect motivated) spirit of sewing up or shipping out my stash fabric, it was time to bit the bullet on this an actually make something from this lovely linen, and I wanted something that I would get a great deal of wear out of over the summer months.  A dress would be lovely, but wouldn’t get the wear, so I decided on a simple tank top.

I knew I wanted a breezy and long line silhouette, a curvy hemline and some tiny tucks across the front, but couldn’t find a pattern that cut the mustard.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been banging on about making my own patterns, so, I did.

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I used Simplicity 1886 as a block, traced a copy so I could scribble, cut and tape to my hearts content, and in very little time, had a pattern that I absolutely love.

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I made the following alterations:

:: added 1/2″ to each side seam allowance to give me a loose silhouette

:: dropped the neckline by about 1″ (ish) and scooped the neckline front and back to make it wider

:: added 2″ to the front of the blouse and 3″ to the back

:: shaped the sides to give a shirt tail effect

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:: replaced the neckline facing with a self made bias binding facing

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:: armholes also have a bias bound facing

:: added 6 x 1/4″ pintucks to the front of the bodice

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It sounds like a lot when you write it down, but it didn’t take very long at all to do, and now I have a top that as soon as I’ve worn it, goes into the wash so I can wear it again as soon as possible.

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I adore this top and only want to make a couple of teeny tiny changes for the next one.

:: raise the front neckline by about 1/2″.  Because the top is so breezy, the neckline can be a bit precarious when I lean forwards…not cool at the school gate!

:: the darts are a bit hinky.  The fabric hides a multitude of sins, but I need to bring the bust point back a little, possibly only 1/4″, just to avoid them hitting at the wrong point and ending up, well, pointy!

:: The side seams sit slightly towards the back of centre…again you can’t really see it but I’m aware of it.  Moving them forwards just 1/2″ will solve that problem.

Very minor changes that will make the next top pretty much perfect.  Now I just need to decide what I’ll put in place of the pintucks for a different look! ;-)

PS…yes…those are my red Lotta’s.  They get as much, if not more, wear than this top.

PPS…and yes, my blue one’s are here too.  :-D


Wardrobe Architect – Colour…Solids…Prints

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Wow, this post has been a long time coming.  Not only because I’ve been letting my thoughts on the topic percolate, but also because I hadn’t got a clue how to make the lovely little colour visuals to go along with it! You’ll see below that I’ve got a handle on that now…I’m currently working on improving my graphics skills.  More on that at a later date. For now…back to the matter in hand.

The Wardrobe Architect sessions on Colour, Organising Your Palette and Solids & Prints have been astonishingly revealing for me.

Historically I’ve been tempted by shiny, pretty fabrics as much as the latest “must have” pattern.  And, for me, this has been at the root of the lack of style cohesion.

Why?

For several reasons.

…When you have a lovely collection of pretty fabrics in different prints and every colour under the rainbow….nothing goes together.  Individually they are all lovely. Together it becomes a hot mess.

…Not all of the pretty fabrics really suit me.

…This lack of suitability means that the fabric doesn’t get sewn up, or, it does and the garment is an immediately fail because it feels off.

I’m as guilty of this with RTW as I am with fabrics.

So I flicked back through my blog posts and through my wardrobe and chose the outfits/garments that:

…Are the ones I reach for first when I open the wardrobe door.

…Are the ones that every time I wear them I receive a compliment…not always on the actual garment…most often of the “hey, you look really well today” variety.

…The ones that make me feel really good when I wear them.

Doing this flicked a lightbulb in my head.  And suddenly it became really easy to identify “my” colours.

Neutrals – the basics that go with just about everything.

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Nearly neutrals - like neutrals but have a little more visual impact.

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Statement colours – “have a lot more visual weight, and they tend to make clothing more recognizable”

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Metallics – “act like neutrals but have a bit more spark to them”

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But what about prints and patterns?  I’ve always been a sucker for a pretty print.  They’ve not always been the best purchase for me.

Again, it’s become surprisingly clear.

I love a good polka dot and a strong stripe

Checks and “twee” florals are less my style.  (Hey…look…”my style”…it’s working! ;-) )

Bold and modern prints and florals…oh yes please.

Geometrics….not so much.

Image from The Village Haberdashery

Image from The Village Haberdashery

What surprised me the most is that this isn’t a big list.  I think I’d always thought that if I had a wardrobe full of clothes of the same colours, it would all be a bit bland.  In reality it’s completely the opposite.  Not all navy trousers are the same!

Having a wardrobe of garments in colours that make me feel good, in the silhouettes that I love to wear, and which can easily mix and match will be liberating and exciting.

Surprisingly this all fell into place for me last week.  I was trying on some tops and knew that a tunic silhouette with a 3/4 sleeve would be worn to death.  I picked up half a dozen in the colours I now know work for me, and then it was a simple issue of fit.  Whereas clothes shopping is usually an exercise in frustration and futility, within 30 minutes I’d tried on several pairs of jeans and a handful of tops and walked out with one of each.

Painless.  For the first time ever!

Next time I’ll bring the series even more up to date with my thoughts on planning my Autumn/Winter wardrobe.  I know it’s summer, but I’m working my way through stash fabric at the moment…the stuff I do want to wear.  Clearing the decks so that I can plan my next steps without fabric/pattern guilt!


Who moved my thread?

Yesterday I finished the green linen top I’ve been working on and washed and pressed this lovely fabric which is next on the list…it’s going to be a top for Button.

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Knowing that today I’d be ready to start on this I’d popped to the shops earlier in the week and purchased a polka dot contrast fabric and thread so I’d be good to go.

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The colours are a much better match in real life.

The cutting out took no time at all.

I was ready to get to it.  All fired up and sure that I’d have this little thing all done and dusted and camera ready by the end of today.

Except…could I find that blasted reel of thread?

No!

I’ve hunted high and low. And for a good couple of hours. I’ve tidied and emptied and peeked in all the unlikely places…fridge, freezer, dog’s food bin.

Can I find it?

Still no!

Thankfully I’m out and about tomorrow and can easily pick up another reel.  But really…what the heck is that all about?  Where can it be?

Whilst I have no evidence I sense the work of small people here.  And I don’t mean pixies!

I’m abandoning the sewing in a fit of pique.  I’ll show it who’s boss…I’m off to knit.

However, if by some strange quirk of fate you see my thread wandering about, possibly with a knotted hanky on a stick slung jauntily over it’s shoulder, could you tell it to stop faffing about and get back here pronto.

It’s got work to do!


Lotta love

I recently mentioned that I’d finally bought myself a pair of Lotta from Stockholm sandals. Having worn them pretty much constantly since they arrived I’m confident that now is the time to give you a review.

To remind you I bought the Peep Toe Clogs in Red Leather in a size 39.

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To back up a bit, I have to tell you that, as with so much other ready to wear shopping, I have a love/hate relationship with shoes.  I love shoes…too much if you ask The Husband, but what does he know?…but, as a UK size 6.5, with a surprisingly narrow foot, buying shoes is oftentimes a depressing experience, as very few stores in my price bracket offer half sizes in shoes.

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Add into the mix a dodgy knee that will need to be replaced at some point, a compression of vertebrae in my mid-spine and a recurring problem with my neck that we’re still trying to get to the bottom of, and the other thing you have to factor in is heels.  Or lack of them.

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It seems beyond the wit of man, or fashion shoe manufacturers anyway, to produce cute, comfortable shoes, in half sizes, with a low heel, and a sole that isn’t so thin that you feel like you’re walking with your feet in sacks of nails.

Enter Lotta.

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First up…they are half the price of their stylistic cousins, the Hasbeens.  This isn’t a criticism of Hasbeens, but when you’re trying something new for the first time, a more wallet friendly alternative is always a good thing.

Secondly…they have a heel and a substantial sole…obviously.  Compared to ballet flats, which I love, but which sometimes have heels and soles so thin as to be almost non-existent, this buffer between tootsies and the cold, hard pavement is a wondrous thing.

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So far so good.  But…they don’t do my tricksy 6.5 half size.  Well, you’ll have noticed that I ordered a 6.  And they fit me beautifully.  The size 6 also fits my friend Himmlebjeget.  She actually is a size 6.  The lovely Lara Croft is a size 5.5.  She tried mine on and, yep, the 6 is the size she’d order too.

Now both H and L have wider feet that me…it’s not difficult to have wider feet than me. But the leather is so supple that this isn’t a problem for them.

The supple leather also ensures that the shoes are super comfortable to wear.  Yes, the hard sole takes a little bit of adjusting to because you have to walk properly.  But my notoriously abysmal posture is ballerina straight when I wear them, and you can feel the workout in your tush.

I am, shall we say, a convert.

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And lets not forget that shopping with Lotta is a delight.  Prompt service.  No hidden costs.  And the best courier service I’ve ever encountered without exception.  On the day of the delivery I received a text telling me the name of my driver, what number on the list my delivery was (number 7), that delivery number 1 was currently being made and my shoes would be with me between 8.34 and 9.34am.

Just when I’d be out on the school run.

No problem.  A quick text and arrangements had been made for the parcel to be left for me in a secure place. Which it was when I got home from school.

Amazing.

So…comfy shoes, that look super cute (The Husband, an inveterate stiletto man if ever there was one, loves them), fit like a dream, support my ridiculous back, give my butt a much needed workout, go with everything and don’t break the bank.

What’s not to love?

Nothing…that’s why I’m ordering this pair this week!

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They’re a slightly higher heel, but I think they’ll be ok.  This could be the start of a beautiful, and comfortable, relationship!

 

All pictures are from the Lotta from Stockholm website, used with the kind permission of Lotta and Jonny.  Other than letting me use their images, this post is not sponsored…I just love my shoes and wanted to share.