It's been quite a while since I've made anything for myself and I've got a bit of a bee in my bonnet at the moment about sewing some of my own clothes. Not only because I'm fed up with having to alter everything I buy but also because I have a few lovely fabrics that would look great in grown-up designs.
So....I made this top yesterday. It may be a bit hard to see the detail but it's McCalls M5586, the option with the v-neck. (I've borrowed Kris's styling idea from the photo of this lovely top. I'm not very good at taking photos of myself modelling clothes in the mirror so I'm letting the coathanger wear the beads!).
The verdict: although seemingly simple, this is not a top I'd recommend if you want to whip up something in a hurry. The yoke was a bit fussy to put together and gathering the fabric neatly along the diagonal v-neck was a little tricky (although perhaps it would be easier with a sheerer fabric).
Having said that it does look OK on and I'm really happy to have created a new category in my blog "Making my own clothes"! It's now in my sidebar and hopefully I'll be adding to it in the near future....
Here is another version of the little dress from this post. This was how I originally wanted it to look but took a short-cut the first time around and used bias around the neckline and armholes.
This one has a contrast band and facings and is made up with a Lecien My Folklore Forest print and coordinating polka dots. The fabrics in this range are just so supersoft and fabulous to touch - perfect for kiddies clothes.
This a simple project using the template from my ballet slipper charm pattern (available as a free download here).
This time around I used the pattern as the basis for an applique and altered the design slightly by adding some small straps across the middle - instant Mary-Janes!
The shoe shapes were appliqued to a coordinating square of fabric which was in turn appliqued to a larger rectangle (used as the front of a drawstring bag).
Here's the finished bag. The method for making the bag itself is super easy-peasy and I've listed the steps in a photo gallery which you'll find in my blog sidebar.
Note: this is an unlined bag and more suitable for soft shoes, lingerie, pyjamas, ballet clothes etc. If you want a bag to store or carry heavier items like toys or books you may need some reinforcement and I'd recommend you Google a tutorial for a lined bag pattern.
Here's a sneak peek of another new pattern I've been fiddling with. Working title: "The Summer Swing Top". It's a little a-line top with bias shoulder straps and neckline trim. This one is made up in Wendy Slotboom "Feathered Friends" fabric (such cute little birdies....).
I tried to get some pics but, as is the story of my life with my little models, it was tricky. This is how it went:
"I'll suck my thumb for a while (I love my thumb....). Hang on a minute, I've just seen something over there. Over there! In the corner! Off I go to investigate."
"I'm back and maybe if I bend over sideways you'll be happy?"
"No? Ok, ok, I'll let you take a shot from the front but don't expect me to smile.
What? You're letting me put my grubby old singlet on again? Fabulous! Now I'm grinning...."