Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Inside I used some pink lining and added some obligatory extra pockets for mobile phone, keys etc. I also incorporated some hidden snaps. I made the binding around the edge- first time I had ever made my own biding. The inner was supposed to be the same toile fabric but there was a little late night accident (which was how the cursing came about) and the pink was substituted in. The first photo in this entry is of the bag with the following things inside: Nappy, wipes, romper, jar baby food, teaspoon, 2 x lip balm, pen, purse, Sunglasses, phone, keys and a little snaplock bag filled with 'womens stuff' and baindaids etc.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Anyway- it got me thinking if I had any examples of my 'early work' and I remmebered that in my Baby keepsake box (from when I was a baby not my childrens baby boxes) I had put a pair of shorts that I made for myself when I was going through my Swallows and Amazons phase. Swallows and Amazons is a great adventure series by author Arthur Ransome, and it was introduced to me by my teacher when I was 11 years old. My friend and I fell in love with the books and were completely obsessed for about the next 5 years. We used to 'play' Swallows and Amazons, and in fact we both changed out names- I was Roger and she was Peggy. I didnt lose my Roger nickname until 18, when my first boyfriend decided it was far to unladylike! Dad still calls me Roj though! As part of our gae my friend and I decided we had to look the part so we each made a pair khaki drill shorts. So anyway now you can see why these shorts are pretty sentimental to me and why they got tucked away in my baby box.
I think I must have been about 12 when I made them, but the finish on them is actually pretty darn good, if I do say so myself, and the pattern is also reasonably complicated (set in pockets etc etc) so I must have already known how to sew confidently.
I actually really like the way I did the waistband... 3 small elastic casings with 5mm elastic thread in each. Looks nice from the outside, but you dont get that folded over elastic thing that happens when you use wide elastic. I wonder if it was in the pattern or I made it up at the time.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
scaring the bejeesus out of me, not to mention waking the baby! So I whipped up these really cute door stoppers from a pattern I think my sister once saw in a magazine (thanks Catherine for showing it to me!). You cut some fabric into an equalateral triangle- the ones above were 40cm per side. Then with right sides inwards you bring the points of the triangle together (placing a loop of ribbon or a tassel at the point) and stitch the 3 side seams. Leave a little opening in one of the sides so that you can turn the pyramid right side out. Stuff with rice and hand stitch the opening shut. These pyramids stand about 15cm tall. I cut the above from 1 fat quarter of fabric which was nice and handy. You could up/down size the pyramid just adjusting the size of the triangle of fabric. They are sooooooo quick to do and look great! I knocked these out in about 10 minutes.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The idea is I have to create something using up as much of the fat quarter as I can. There is no limit to how many items you make out of the FQ, or what other fabrics/notions you use in the project. Who ever has the smallest "scrap" pile at the end wins. I am not sure what I am making yet- but saw the pirate FQ and thought it was rather cute. I grabbed the stripes as well in case I wanted something to co-ordinate with the pirate fabric.
I bought this vingate McCalls pattern from Ebay a while back and recently picked this fabric to sew it up in. I am doing view B.
These are some pants I made up last weekend but have only just got around to photographing. They are from Simplicity pattern 4237, which I have made previously and blogged here http://thetinwhistle.blogspot.com/2007/12/busy-sewing-weekend.html. This time I made them up as long pants and also added an extra inch to the waistline, just because I like my pants to sit right on my belly button. I have always steered clear of any sort of cammo fabric (especially for kids!) but this was kind of cute with the daisy's added into it. Cammo is everywhere now so its hard to avoid.
The pasta has been cooked and is ready to be assembled into the lasagna...
The bolagnaise sauce and bechemal sauce, both made in my Thermomix...
And it was delicious!! the girls at 3 pieces each and George eagerly devoured his.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This little outfit is for a friends little girl, who is turning 4 in a couple of weeks. The little singlet top is adapted from Newlook 6337 and the shirt is modelled on the Fabenmix Redondo idea, but I have modified it by making it longer.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Elizabeth spied a gorgeous top made from matroushka doll fabric in a craft market and asked me to buy it for her. I said no, but only because I knew where to buy the fabric (Ebay) and I could whip one up for her that would be even better that the craft market one! She has been waiting patiently for about 4 weeks (stoopid hexagonal scrappy quilt!) and last night I finally got to it. The top has a bodice with princess line (matroushka doll fabric) and then a loosely gathered skirt attached and ruffle sleeves. I let her rummage amongst the fabric scraps and pick out matching fabric for the sleeves and skirt part. I think she did well- and doesnt she look like a Doll herself?! The pattern is Butterick B5022, I chose size 8, which was WAY too large for my average sized (almost) 8 year old daughter. I downsized it by adding some elastic to the back panel.