Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Curtains Curtains and More Curtains

Well two sets of new curtains!

One for the girls room:


 Fabric: Awesome comic fabric from IKEA

And some new curtains for my workroom:

Fabric: From Rainbow Fabrics at Kogarah

A little spruce up for the new year!

Monday, January 30, 2012

How to Add a Toadstool Effect to a Cape or Jacket

1.     Use an existing cape pattern or draft your own from a hooded jacket. Cut out the fabric and then it’s time to cut and attach your white spots before constructing the cape! For the pictured cape I used red corduroy for the outer fabric and white corduroy for the spots. To line the cape I used a red and white polka dot fabric.

2.     Use a variety of different sized cups and bowls to create the toadstool spots. I use three different sizes – small (cup), medium (small bowl) and large (medium sized mixing bowl).

3.     Trace around the cup/bowl in pencil on wrong side of the white cord fabric. Cut out the circle taking care to keep the shape and not fray the fabric as the finished circle will have no seam allowance.

4.     Place the cut circles (wrong side down) on the right side of the red outer fabric of the cape body and hood. You can play around with these and re arrange them until you are happy. With each toadstool cape I have made they have been placed differently which has added character and been closer to nature!

5.     Pin in place as pictured and sew with a small zig zag stitch around the edge of the circle, taking it slow to ensure that there are no bits of the edge that get missed. If this happens simply unpick that section of the circle and re-stitch. My preferred zig zag stitch is 3 in length and 0.5 in width to keep the edging from excess fraying.

6.     Trim around the edges of the zig zag after you have stitched it to neaten it up and then construct your cape as directed!

       This method can be used to add spots to ANYTHING! Have fun!

A Ghastlie Skirt

I have finally cut into my Ghastlies fabric and made my self a skirt!

1. I didn't have enough fabric to make a super long tie which I would have preferred.

2. For my body type I should change the style a bit to create a fuller skirt...although in saying that I do love the kind of 90's vibe this skirt is giving off and might save it for work as opposed to casual wear.

If I make it again I will have a longer tie, fuller skirt and extend the waistband so it goes all the way around!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Peter Pan Dresses

I finished my second round of Peter Pan dresses this week - they were made with a range of new and vintage fabrics in sizes ranges covering 1-4 years. 

Most of them have vintage buttons are a back closure!

I was really happen with the results and combined with round one I have made a total of 28 dresses! Not a bad start to the year!

All of these dresses have gone to Shorties in Newtown - so if you are after some handmade goodness head on over!

Now for a few photos of my favourites:

More creative spaces HERE and HERE!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Brown Owls at Cockatoo Island

On Saturday we all took a lovely trip to Cockatoo Island for the Sydney Brown Owls meet!

Photo: Badskirt


It was a great afternoon of cruising the harbour on the ferries, knitting, pizza, cocktails and crafty buddies!

Interesting Tales....

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