I've made a Petal Power Sundress for Miss Wink with a few variations. The first is that the bodice and skirt are in different fabrics. Oh, how I love the Anna Maria Horner voile! Unfortunately I didn't have enough of this print to make the entire dress. So I teamed it with some lighter almost chambray-coloured denim and I think it does the trick! The next variation also relates to the lack of fabric: it's shorter, almost smock-style, rather than full dress length. I can't show it to you on my little model because she's at day care today. (Did I mention that I have a few free days to myself this year as Miss Wink has started pre-school? Aha! Just thought I'd slip that in here....)
The next variation is that I used snaps instead of buttons for the back closure. And, actually, I think they're so pretty that you could almost wear the dress back to front.
For those of you who think like I used to: that snaps are only good for baby clothes and cowboy shirts (!) or that they're a bit of a cheat's form of button, I'd urge you to give them a go. I found a great tutorial here at Positively Splendid and can't really add anything to that in terms of how you go about it. (Easy-peasy but just don't hammer when you've got a sick husband in bed.)
For Aussies, I got my snaps and snap setter at Bubba Earth. It was some time ago, but I recall the service was so good I got my order almost the next day. The US based Snap Source is another place to look, especially if you want to be inspired by all the beautiful coloured snaps. Lookee here.
Did I mention that I love this fabric? Oh, yes, I did that already....
There really is no end to what can turn up in the design of quilting fabric these days. Images of these "Scrabble" fabrics popped into my inbox recently in an email from an online fabric store.
I happen to love the odd game of Scrabble and it's becoming quite retro-trendy these days (apparently heaps of celebrities play). ((You'll notice Barack Obama even likes a spot of "Twister" - now that's something I'd like to see and, who knows, maybe there's a market for some "Twister" fabric?))
Image source: fabric.com
It did get me to thinking though about what on earth you would use Scrabble fabric for? The shop blurb gives some helpful hints:
To decorate your games room. Yes, I guess so. (If you have a games room.)
Quilting. Perhaps but not likely?
Apparel. Now this last one really brought a smile to my face. I'm thinking you'd have to be pretty brave/inebriated? to step out on the town in a Scrabble skirt, dress or trousers?
Image source: fabric.com
What do you think? Would you use Scrabble fabric and, if so, please share your design ideas!!
My local shopping centre has its share of $2 shops (with most of the stuff being from China) but some time last year a little homewares shop popped up where each and every item costs $2.50 and is mainly from Japan. This is where I picked up these lovely goodies:
I love the little container with the Dala horses on it and the glasses with the scallop trim motif around the edges were just too good to pass on.
Now this can be quite dangerous, not only because of all the Japanese cuteness on offer (I may not need to go to Tokyo again?) but also because the brain says "$2.50, hey, that's not much". But it's amazing how quickly $2.50 becomes $25.00 (and beyond) once you start getting into the swing of it.....
I'm under strict orders not to use multi-coloured fabric for anything I make for Cee Cee at the moment (as mentioned in this post). So this Criss-Cross Dress was made with two simple prints for the front and the reverse, both of which have one colour only on a white background.
She chose the fabric herself from my stash. The yellow one is "It's a Hoot Trees" by MoMo and is just gorgeous although yellow is a tricky colour for a lot of people to wear. (I think her olive skin lets her get away with it.) I actually had it pegged more for patchwork use but am happy it got chosen.
The Criss-Cross Dress does not include a pocket on the original design but I wanted to add one this time around so I borrowed the simple rounded pocket from The Wrap-Up Skirt pattern and added it to one side.
You have to love it when your mother casually drops the question: "I found some old fabric when I was cleaning out the cupboard. It was from when you were little - I never got around to making anything with it. There's an old pattern there too. Are you interested in taking them? The red polka dot fabric is cotton, the paisley is a flannel and the pink heart print (complete with ribbing!) is a cotton knit. The smock pattern is also too cute. There was also another knit and a flannel in more distinctive 70's colourways, as you can see:
Now the question is, do I make something with them or will they become vintage finds for my daughters one day?
Hello again. Have been AWOL doing January-type things. And it's February already! Now school's in session it's back to regular blogging business (hopefully).
I did a manage to do some bits and pieces of sewing over the break but just didn't get around to photographing, editing, posting etc.
Here's one example. Now I have to say that I thought that this one ticked all the boxes for the perfect girly dress: easy to pull on, a dash of pink, butterflies and so on.
But, no, I was wrong. I was told it is "too colourful". Happy to model it but not to wear it. Apparently, at this point in time, Cee Cee's requirements for fabric are either denim or solid colour. Two colours will also be permitted if prior approval is given. Right, so that eliminates almost 90% of fabric in the stash.
This time around, instead of just shirring with elasticised thread, I also added a small casing at the top of the dress and inserted a narrow band of elastic as Jorth explains here. The last shirred dress I made was done without the additional elastic - still OK but the second one looks neater and more professionally finished.
So.....are your kids similarly opinionated when it comes to fabric preferences? If so, what do they like?