Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Creative Space...

So...I was making these beautiful dresses and then I got to the final step where you add the buttonholes and found out that I couldn't get a good set of buttons out of my stash...so today I will have to pop down and find some buttons to match so I can finally finish them off!

Until then I thought I would give you a sneak peek...which is basically a whole peek, showing the full dresses because I am a little over excited...but I will give them a proper post each when they are completed, ironed and photographed!


Yes that's Belle and Boo fabric
(ah my heart sings! I love it AND I still have over half of it left...what to do next?)

Left - 6-12m size for Clementine in fabric from Little Betty's giveaway

Right - 18-24m for Amelie in Belle and Boo Fabric



Amelie's eyes lit up when she saw her dress 'oooo Sleeping Beauty Dress'

PS Want some free fabric? Enter this weeks Giveaway

In need of some inspiration? Check out more creative spaces HERE!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Giveaway

Apologies for being a day late but yesterday turned out to be an insane day and I was not at home to photograph the giveaway!

The winner of last weeks giveaway is: The Clip Cafe who would love to go to Egypt and visit the pyramids!

Drop me a line with your details HERE and I will send it out!


This week I am giving away all the BLUE in the above picture!

Hurrah

So here is the go:

Like most people who blog I love to watch my number of followers tick over...it got up to 45 once and then has settled into a comfortable 42 for a while now...so I have decided that this series of giveaways will be for my loyal followers...if you want in just join the awesome crew and leave a comment on each giveaway post. Already a follower? YOU ROCK! Just comment on the posts and you are entered too!

This weeks giveaway is a pack of BLUE fabric and trims...perfect for quilting, present wrapping, softies and even some big enough pieces for garments!

SO to make it interesting please leave a comment in response to: What do you want for Christmas this year?

I'd love books and some fabric....and perhaps some time to cosy up and read some books!

This giveaway will be drawn next Wednesday so you have a week!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Amelie's First Birthday - The Original Dorothy Dress Size 1

Dorothy Dress and Bloomers - Size 3



Still wearing her Size 1 Dorothy Dress

Christmas Costume No. 3

Dorothy Gale

I made Amelie a Dorothy Dress for her first birthday...and she LOVES it...though it bearly fits anymore....so I made her a Size 3 one to get her through the next few years!

I like to make the costumes that I can so they can be worn as clothes...they tend to last longer than the store bought costumes!

I have made the bloomers as well but am saving the Ruby Slippers for the big accessory make day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

You'd think they'd never seen a girl and a cat on a broom before



Kiki's Delivery Service Dress

Christmas Costume No. 2 - There are a few accessories missing...we have the broom and the cat is on it's way but I still need to make the shoes, the bow and the bag! (And maybe find a little red radio)

At this point I am trying to get the bulk of all the dresses done and then I will make up all the accessories together!

This dress was seriously hard to photograph...it looks much better in person I swear! It is also the only knit dress I am making which was interesting...I still prefer cotton but it wasn't so bad!

Monday, October 25, 2010

I used to be a fish!



Ponyo Dress and Bloomers

This is the first Christmas piece to be completed! A Ponyo dress and bloomers for Amelie! She will look great in it (much like Ponyo)...I used a commercial pattern that I amended, adding the collar and some more fabric to the skirt to create a fuller effect!

I have been mending too! I will post these all together in a mending update!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Creative Space...


I have started cutting up the fabric for Clementine's Santa sack and Amelie's Ponyo dress....have to get stuck into some serious sewing today and get these Christmas projects done!

Don't forget to enter this week's GIVEAWAY!

See more wonderful creative spaces HERE!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Little Dragon Clementine


My Little Dragon in 'The Daily Telegraph'

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Giveaway

The winner of last weeks giveaway is: Little Betty Designs

Drop me a line with your details HERE and I will send it out!


I am giving away all in the above picture!

Hurrah

So here is the go:

Like most people who blog I love to watch my number of followers tick over...it got up to 45 once and then has settled into a comfortable 42 for a while now...so I have decided that this series of giveaways will be for my loyal followers...if you want in just join the awesome crew and leave a comment on each giveaway post. Already a follower? YOU ROCK! Just comment on the posts and you are entered too!

This weeks giveaway is a pack of ORANGE, YELLOW and GREEN fabric and trims...perfect for quilting, present wrapping, softies and even some big enough pieces for garments!

SO to make it interesting please leave a comment in response to: What is your favourite holiday destination and why?

Mine would be Europe....now to find the funds somewhere!?!

Mermaid Skirt Tutorial

This quick and easy Mermaid skirt can be whipped up in under an hour and is a great idea for a Halloween costume or everyday Mermaid action! Mine was whipped up in procrastination of another project so I really rushed it as to feel not so guilty....I am sure your Mermaid tails will turn out a lot more perfect than this one! If you make one up send me a photo HERE and I will feature it!

Step One - Measure Up Your Mermaid

You will need to measure:

The length for the back and front skirt (you will add the shape tail in the cutting of the fabric).

Waist for elastic and to get the front and back width.

Add 1/2 inch seam allowance to each side (1 inch all up).

It might also help to keep your Mermaid away from the pen or she might mess up your measurements! I took a photo before it got too out of hand. The measurements above fit a small 2 year old girl.


Step Two: Cut Out the Fabric

I used a plain cotton fabric recycled from a Sari which gave a nice scaley look but any colour will do!

You will need to cut:

2 Skirt Backs (one main and one lining)

2 Skirt Fronts (one main and one lining): Add a 6 inch long tail shape to the front piece as you cut - shape it as big or small as you want!


Step Three: Stitch Side Seams

Place the front and back lining right sides together and stitch sides seams down to the top of the tail backstitching at the start and end. Repeat for the main fabric.


Step Four: Stitch Tails and Skirt Back

Place the lining and main fabric right sides together and stitch around the tail and back of the skirt. Clip the edges and turn so that the right side is facing out and the lining is inside as shown below:



Step Five: Stuff and Stitch the Tail

Place poly fill (or similar stuffing material) into the tail and stitch above in an arc to seal it in. You can hand stitch this line and the detail on the tail which is what I would have done if I had the time or you can machine stitch it as shown. Stitch lines down on the tail piece to create a nicely shaped tail. I used four lines of stitching but it's really up to you how you design it!

Step Six: Sew the Waistband

Fold the waistband (main and lining fabric) over 1/4 inch and then again 1 inch to create the waistband. Press. Sew along the edge leaving an opening for the elastic. Insert the elastic and sew together. Sew the opening shut and it is complete!

A beautiful Mermaid skirt for play and wear!

Back

In use!
Apologies for the less than brilliant photos...the Mermaid was a little temperamental!

Swimming in the ocean (a sleeping bag)
Admiring her new tail!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Make One and Mend Two



Here is the finished Sack Boy! As I said never again shall I Amigurumi again! That is all.

Alright not all....I was very happy to do it for my nephew and I hope he really likes it, it was just a challenge!

Also on this journey into Christmas I have decided that I will 'Make One and Mend Two'...as my mending pile is growing sky high and threatened to collapse on me I thought that for each new piece I make I will mend two things...this time it was a hole riddles Elvis shirt that my husband loves and a growth suit that my 2 year olds toe had grown through!

PS I am working on the Mermaid tutorial, it should be ready early this week along with the second giveaway!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mermaid Skirt Sneak Peak

My Creative Space...



This is a project I have had on the agenda but could not focus on till I finished the rainbow! My nephew asked me if I could make him a 'Sack Boy'...and after searching found a good pattern for him HERE. BUT it was my first ever Amigurumi, and I was a little wary...and with good cause...I have a habit of having tighter stitches so I find it hard to crochet into crochet and my little wrist is feeling it now! But I am going to finish him and he is going to be awesome and extremely valuable as he is the only one I am going to do....ever*!

This week I also made a super quick and easy Mermaid skirt for my daughter (procrastination before diving into Sack Boy) and will have the tutorial up for it soon!

Don't forget to enter this weeks fabric giveaway....BELOW...more colours to follow in the coming weeks!

See more wonderful creative spaces HERE!

(*never say never I may perhaps renig one day if one of my daughters bats her eyelashes at me and I have a week or two at my disposal!)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Giveaway

My favourite piece from the RED collection!

I am giving away all in the above picture!

Hurrah

Like most people who blog I love to watch my number of followers tick over...it got up to 45 once and then has settled into a comfortable 42 for a while now...so I have decided that this series of giveaways will be for my loyal followers...if you want in just join the awesome crew and leave a comment on each giveaway post. Already a follower? YOU ROCK! Just comment on the posts and you are entered too!

This weeks giveaway is a pack of RED fabric and trims...perfect for quilting, present wrapping, softies and even some big enough pieces for garments!

SO to make it interesting please leave a comment in response to: What was your favourite childhood toy?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Inspiration - Disfarmer



There was a documentary on Disfarmer on SBS on the weekend which I found really interesting. I absolutely love the compelling images that he captured and the story of the town.

Read more HERE

I might even try to capture our family in a similar manner!

Interesting Tales....




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