Monday, 28 November 2011

Blossom blouses

This week I made up two versions of the Sew liberated (see here from the first book) - blossom blouse

Another nightie for G - pretty much the same as the first one

It's a cute flannel print I got from Sew Pretty (here),I'm super impressed with the prompt service and great range of fabrics, I have a few other bits of fabric I bought which I am planning on turning into xmas gifts soon.

I also finally got around to turning some stash fabric into a summer blouse for me - I used the adult blossom blouse pattern but modified it a bit to try to make a similar version of a favourite in my wardrobe. 

It sort of worked?  I wanted a more rounded neckline and slightly longer sleeves than I ended up with. Also the quilting cotton fabric is a little stiff , my original top is made of a fine lawn and sits a little better so I am hoping this will soften a bit with washing . On the plus side it was really quick to make , so I might try again with some lawn in a pale green print that I have in my stash.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Monday, 21 November 2011

Colouring salt

This morning we tried this fun activity - using chalk to colour salt ( which I saw here).

I set up the bowls the night before and as soon as G finished breakfast she rushed to play with them, no time to get dressed when new stuff to play with.

The abrasive nature of the salt rubs off some chalk and we ended up with these pretty layers. Much of the fun was in the spooning and pouring of the salt and it got pretty messy but thats cool as it's easy to clean up.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Set of four

Slowly, between other projects, over the last month I've worked on completing a set of table mats - the first of which I made (earlier post here) in October.

I re made the binding on the first one as it was terrible to make and I wasn't very happy with the corners.  This method was way easier, I made a straight bias and handstitched at the back as it was easier to get a tidy finish.  They weren't hard but with all the hand stitching they were time consuming - they were starting to play on my mind getting in the way of xmas sewing I have planned. How come November has come so quickly? - I always have good intentions to start xmas stuff earlier but looks like a December rush coming up.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Wedding Bunting

Here is the wedding bunting made the night before a girl friends wedding.  The idea belongs to another crafty wedding guest who started it and made the letters which I just helped applique on and provided the bias we used to hang the banners from.  Cool huh - we thought so.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Sew out of Season

It's Spring here - cool mornings ,warm sunny days , but here I am sewing a flannel nightie.  Georgie saw her cousins night wear when we stayed there for a couple of nights last week and wanted a nightie instead of pj's.  When we were in Spotlight she saw this flannel in a heart print.  So yesterday I took advantage of a rainy day at home and made this little number.

Sorry about the back view - uncooperative model.  The pattern is from Sew Liberated ( see here )- Meg McElwee's book - I used the blossom blouse pattern and just made it longer and omitted the elastic in the back .  Literally took me about 30 minutes to make.  There are lots of really easy patterns in this book - it's one of the few I have found I use often and most patterns are really easy.
I plan to make a blouse and a dress using the same pattern - and now there is a request for a summer nightie too!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Super speedy dress

Last week I had a bit of a blog holiday when we went to stay with friends in Dunedin. In between visiting Museums, the cadbury chocolate factory and the swimming pool we squeezed in a quick visit to spotlight for a stockup.

All sorts of crafty tools for xmas projects - was a good thing that I had a 4 yr old in tow as it limited my time in this shop - so much amazing xmas stuff in store already.

We also managed to do a spot of op shopping in some of the small towns on the way

Georgie is pretty pleased with this  - apparently it's the perfect mini flower vase.

If you were wondering about the post title - this is what I made with some of the above fabric.  I managed to find my machine  tonight in  the piles of washing that a week away generates ,to make this little dress.

Easy easy easy, I cut a pattern off a borrowed dress - this looks very long so I may need to shorten it tomorrow after a try on. If you are a novice this is a great dress -  and if you need a pattern there are lots  around like this one that I saw on etsy.  Just looking at my big pile of new fabric - going to be lots of work in the next few weeks turing it into some summer clothes for my girl and I.

Friday, 4 November 2011