Monday, May 31, 2010


This is a promotion that Steinlager is running at the moment. They're supporting the visions of New Zealanders in various ways. I thought I'd sign up and see if I could get some of their help; they provide both monetary and mentoring support.

I've got 14 votes at the moment but every vote counts, so I'd love it if you could take a second to vote for me! The site requires you to be over 18, so you have to enter your date of birth on the homepage. Make sure to put it in DD/MM/YYYY format, rather than the American style.

Just click on the Pure Futures logo at the top of the post to vote.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Newest skirt I've completed! Remember this fabric from an old post?

 You can tell when I haven't roped any of my photographer friends into taking photos for me :/

I've got lots of new pieces in the works, too!

Also don't forget to keep checking the Crowns Clothing Felt page for new items up for sale. There's a link at the top of the side bar.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


I love getting mail, and I love the internet. So it was extra exciting yesterday morning when my postman delivered two packages to me!

The first parcel contained this delightful book called A Book of British Crowns.

The second parcel was from my swap with Carly! Carly's blog is and I absolutely love her watercolours and prints, so we decided to do a swap. Check out what I received by clicking below!

Friday, May 28, 2010


Look what came in the mail for me the other day:

Find the contents of this wee box after the jump!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Here's an exciting piece of news: Crowns Clothing is going to feature as part of an ad for in Peppermint magazine!

The ad will be in issue #6, and I'm not sure exactly when it will be hitting the shops but I'll definitely keep everyone updated. I've seen Peppermint for sale in Swonderful in Wellington, and I think you can also buy it from Madame Fancy Pants. They're also on facebook here.

The ad will feature this gorgeous picture of one of my summer skirts, taken again by Richard Sando.


It's been a little while but exciting things are happening for Crowns Clothing. I'm now using a new logo and design for the blog which is a little more low key and a little more sophisticated.

I sewed pretty solid all weekend, and I've currently got two samples completed for my winter line. Sewing the same thing over and over again is going to get pretty monotonous!

The first dress I completed is modelled on my previous multi-way tie dresses that I've posted before, but with a few changes. The changes I've made are based on customer feedback. It's really good to get actual constructive criticism from people who buy my products! I don't have the completed photos for the new dress but here are some quick ones that Richard put together for me:

So big thanks to Richard for being the man at taking photos, too. They really add to the professionalism of everything.

The other sample that I got done in the weekend is a skirt. It's a little similar in design to the summer skirts I have on Felt currently, but the pattern is more complex and it has more cute features, like pockets! I made it from the fabric that I posted in this post, which was a challenge to work with but really rewarding. It meant I had to really work to finish everything seamlessly (hah) so that it doesn't look messy. I think I achieved what I was going for! I will post a picture in the next few days. I think the basic pattern that I drafted will be what I use for the rest of my skirts for this season, although sadly I have run out of that awesome Vic-uni-library-curtains fabric.

I've been trying to get more active on the Crowns Clothing twitter, so be sure to click on that link and follow me to be really up to date on what's going on for Crowns Clothing!