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The cutest slipper socks ever!

The weather has taken an abrupt turn for the worse here. After a perfectly pleasant and tolerable t-shirt wearing autumn, we’re now heading full speed into cold, dark winter.

warm and sunny autumn
warm and sunny autumn

This is fine by me, I can get stuck into sewing up the cosy wools that have waited patiently for my attention, but getting the kids to grasp the season change has proved another matter entirely! They resist wearing extra clothing layers like you wouldn’t believe and we live in Germany where it’s ‘verboten’ for kids to go out hatless when it’s less than twenty degrees celsius! Trying to get them appropriately dressed for the chillier weather is a constant uphill battle! If they had their way, they would spend all of their days running around naked.


The problem isn’t only when we’re outside either. We’ve got stone floors in our house. Great when it’s baking hot in summer, not so good when you’re freezing in winter and trying to get the kids to wear something on their feet at home was proving impossible.

cuter than your average slipper sock!
cuter than your average slipper sock!

Until that is, I came across these adorable slipper socks! Then I instantly knew that my parental woes were over – well at least in terms of banishing cold feet as a source of worry!

sizes and designs for the whole family
sizes and designs for the whole family

Thankfully our kids love them and have chilly toes no more!

They come in children’s and adult sizes so the whole family can enjoy them. If cute faces aren’t your thing, they come in a variety of designs and colours too.

Their non-slip and breathable soles, make these slipper socks very practical and a bit more special than your average ones. Their design reminds me of Japanese ‘jikatabi’, or rubber soled socks, split between the big toe and the second toe that are worn by workmen in Japan and hark back to ‘ninja’ days.

Hard-wearing soles with a good grip
Hard-wearing soles with a good grip

You can dance, run and do all sorts of fancy ‘ninja’ type moves in these!

Flexible and perforated sole
Flexible and perforated sole

The best bit though is they’re still being made by the fifth generation of a French family in one of the last textile companies in France! Here at YoSaMi, we’re right behind businesses making quality stuff in Europe.

Made in France
Made in France

They’re machine washable too! Really what’s not to love???!!

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P.S. Almost finished my silk Anna dress by By Hand London and have a few other finished makes to share reviews of, including my Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirts , so will be back soon with those.

Are your autumn sewing plans going well?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,


My love affair with John Smedley

John, ‘How I love thee, let me count the ways!’

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John Smedley and I go way back, in fact for the majority of my adult life!

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You could say he is the third wheel in my marriage!


But don’t worry, my husband knows all about him and he loves him too!

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Of course I’m talking about the iconic British knitwear brand John Smedley.


Smedley knits have formed the basis of my wardrobe and accompanied me through my life’s greatest moments, for the past twenty years.


Meeting my husband, moving and working overseas, having my children – John was there for all of it. He has been one of the constants in my life

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These days as my sewing hobby builds momentum and I’m making more and more of my own clothes, John Smedley knitwear is probably one of the only ready-made items other than jeans and footwear, that I still go out and buy.

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The simple, clean lines of the pieces and the classic styles make this knitwear timeless and endlessly versatile and so it’s easy to use it as the backbone of my hand-made wardrobe.

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I would be hard-pushed to find a better outfit partner than John!

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Whatever new item of clothing I make, I can always find a Smedley knit to complement my look and create my own style, whether it be in sumptuous Sea Island cotton or fine Merino wool.


It’s not only the versatility of the range that has kept me loyal over the decades though, it’s the brand’s dedication to only using the highest quality materials.


As a mother of young children, I can say this with confidence because my Smedley knits are tested to the limit on a daily basis.


They’re all machine-washable so they are low maintenance and they always manage to live to see another day! My oldest John Smedley jumper is a classic black rollneck that is a ripe twenty years old and it is still going strong! In fact it’s hard to tell which of my John Smedley knitwear collection is the most recent because it all still looks like new.


Even more incredibly, John Smedley products are still made in the original mill that the brand was founded in well over two hundred years ago, in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside in Britain. I love this.


I grew up in an era when there was a pride for things that were made in Britain. The high street was full of British made goods and this was seen as a mark of quality.

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Sadly many British clothing retailers have now turned to overseas production. So the fact that John Smedley have continued to produce in Britain and the company is thriving, is testament that this is a high quality brand in it for the long haul.

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Is it any wonder that I’ve stayed faithful to these woolies for all these years, they are truly investment pieces!

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BTW all the clothes shown in this post apart from the jeans, a t-shirt and John Smedley knitwear, were all made by me. Also I  am not sponsored by John Smedley, I just genuinely like their stuff.

Have you got any favourite brands or clothes that you couldn’t live without?

YoSaMi Guide to the Autumn Colour Trends 2013

I realise that the question on everybody’s lips right now is, ‘What are the key colour trends for the autumn 2013 season in the provinces of Southern Germany?’

So let me put you all out of your anxiety and offer you a YoSaMi breakdown of the colour impact on the mood of the autumn season in this European fashion hub.


Balancing act

‘Deep red and yellow shades of compensate and counterbalance precisely embellish the surroundings with daring enthusiasm. Green and orange tones of integrate and accommodate expose a rich canvas. Shimmering pink accents add unadulterated gusto while epitomising obscurity. An act of grandiose proportions.’


Strike a pose

‘Crimson shades of affectation uncover a landscape of undeniable pretense. Mauve and lilac tones join in perfect unison with green to display unprecedented certainty. Delicate and subtle pink concepts reveal hidden ingenuity. A lasting and desirable impression.’


Light Touch 

‘Golden yellow tones of strike a chord distinguish the balance between delicacy and suppleness. Leaf textures evoke a deep notion of unconstrained delight.’

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Luxe so good 

Ostentatious shades of deep burgundy exude unflinching opulence on a backdrop of an elaborate wooden garden table of diversity. Lime hues of hedonistic majesty draw attention. Intense scarlet tones of lavish luxury complete the package. Sumptious and self indulgent.’


Sole statement 

‘Vivid yellow shades of bona fide radiate with refinement on an ingenious palette of untainted invention. Fuchsia tones of genuine existence coalesce with flawlessness on a canvas of floral innovation. Fiery orange shades unify with elements of striking light purple to create a sensation of vivacity and vitality. Lime green tones of intrinsic origination inspire realistic visions of unique ingenuity. Substantive and sincere.’

What colours are trending in your corner of the world this season?

Anna dress sew-a-long and YoSaMi news.

A quick update of what’s going on here at YoSaMi.

First up, preparations are underway to join in with the Anna dress sew-along hosted by, By Hand London.

Here’s my little helper today, assisting with hand washing some silk twill fabric by Italian designer Etro that I snaffled up from the Anita Pavani Stoffe webshop, as soon as the new autumn designer collection hit the virtual shelves. It’s a lovely deep red colour and I really love it.


I’m planning on making another midi-version of the Anna dress because I think that’ll get most wear. I’ve already got the pattern cut out but I think that I’ll reduce the seam allowances to only one centimetre this time just to give a bit more ease to the bodice of the dress – it’s a bit too snug for my liking! I’ll also make it a bit more autumn appropriate by adding three quarter length sleeves which are now a viable option thanks to the By Hand London sleeve drafting tutorial which has been included in the sew-along resources. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

I’m a bit late with my preparations because I’ve just returned from a family trip around Europe. We literally travelled far and wide and high and low and I did lots of research into European resources for the home sewer and textile designers.

Here’s just a taste of where we got to:

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From mountain peaks to world famous cities and relics of ancient cities, to lakeside towns to turquoise seas, we literally saw it all.

I also stopped by Munich Fabric Start, the international fashion industry fabric trade fair and caught up on the coming fashion fabric trends and talked with some interesting companies at the forefront of the European fashion industry..


I visited a leading Italian textile design studio and interviewed the owner.


I visited various fabric factory outlets and bought copious amounts of fabric and took a suitcase full of my recent makes so that I could photograph them. I’m hoping that the pretty backgrounds will distract you from my poor modeling!

I’ve collected some great resources and I’m looking forward to sharing it all here with you as soon as I’ve caught my breath!

Have a great week,


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