Sunday, February 27, 2011

That girl's so sweet just like her name...

S-S-Strawberry Strawberry Shortcake

The Red under-dress. I looked for a long time for red fabric with a faint black dot but ended up getting plain red as the best one I could find was a cord and I didn't want to divert too much from the classic strawberry!

I finished the apron off with green triangles with hand embroidered stitches around it and the red crosses around the hem.

And the hat....ahh the many many hours of stress over that...let me tell you!

Here is the final one to go with the costume for Amelie. I had to order the fabric from this shop on etsy after extensive searches for the right kind of red strawberries on pink fabric. They only came in fat quarters so I was happy and determined to get one good hat out of it...the top went well...but when it came to the brim it was a disaster. As I had cut the middle of the fat quarter for the hat I only had straight bits for the brim which I thought was fine (idiot!)...till I actually sewed them...and you can see the result sits straight down and fat instead of out to the sides as it should. I worked out that I needed to cut the brim in the round too but of course didn't have the fabric or enough justification to order another fat quarter. So I left it as it was but I was terribly unsettled and couldn't think of anything else...

So when a last minute decision to go and meet Saffron Craig at Peg's Pieces saw me come face to face with one of the other Strawberry fabrics I had in mind so I went for it....I bought half a meter and needed all of it...1/4 for the top and 1/4 for the brim...

Look how perfect it sits...
...ahh my heart can rest easy now...I will still give Amelie the original but I am thinking of adding costumes to my shop and this will do nicely!

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I finished the Alice costume this week for Amelie's upcoming birthday...
I added the applique to the apron and made a bow headband.

I was very happy with the way it turned out and I can wait till her striped stockings arrive in the post!

Stay tuned for the dramas of the Strawberry Shortcake costume which made this one look like a breeze!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Etsy Treasury Love

I have wanted to make and Etsy treasury for a long time and was very very happy when they opened it up to infinity because I could never get one going! So this week I made my first treasury:

I have also been featured in two other treasuries this week which was exciting too!

Click on the no.'s to check them out!

Have you had fun playing with them too?

My Creative Space

For my first creative space of the year I thought I would show you what has been going on around here most Thursdays:

Bloomers for Amelie's Strawberry Shortcake Costume (Shhh)

Blythe love...thanks SO much to Chaotic Jupiter for the generous gift....we love her...and she didn't stay in the box for long...

...we made her a swing!

I have made some more progress on the Alice costume too...I only need to add some applique to the apron and I am done!

Amelie has also been into my hair clip stash...all in all we have been pretty busy on Thursdays!

For more inspirational creative spaces head over HERE!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

600th Post Summer of White Giveaway

Into the woods...

Can you tell what they are searching for?
Rabbit holes...

...perhaps they will find Alice too.
I think Willow and Amelie have spotted one!

To Celebrate my 600th Post and My New Series of The Summer of White I am having a Giveaway!

You can win a customised white dress of your choice from MY SHOP

All you need to do is be follower and let me know which dress and/or embroidery you like the best in the comments below!

I will pick a winner at random on Friday 11th March 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Summer of White Dresses

These are the final three summer of white dresses each is the same style with variations...

Dress one with ruffles and gathering at the chest (left)
Dress two with lace trim and gathering at the chest (right)

Dress Three with ruffles and pleats at the chest (left) - featuring the Strawberry shoe stitchery!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Red Shoes

The Red Ballet Shoes as worn by Matilda!

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Flower Girl Dress

Matilda and the 'flowergirl' dress...

...I am still trying to decide what to embroider on it...

...and I should have got more than 1m of ribbon...but I kinda like the little bow it makes...

...and I love the feature button I found in Cooma-Town!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mini Strawberry Dress and Clementine

Some shots of Clementine wearing the completed Mini-Strawberry Dress and showing off her awesome crawling, sitting and lying down action!

She also has 2 teeth and her first word was 'bubba'!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Summer of White

I've been doing a little bit of sewing...

...a little bit of embroidery...

...and a little bit of playing in the woods!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Inspiration for the Summer of White

In creating this new series of work I knew I wanted a series of white dresses with a hint of red here and there so I went for a little trip around the internet for inspiration...this is what has been on my mind:


Pigeon Pair

Particularly this square by handmadebyjenni

I have a few more dresses in the series to go and I am hoping to finish then this week....wish me luck!
PS If you know any of the unknown sources please let me know and I will link them!

Interesting Tales....

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