Have been inspired by lots of embroidery hoop art I've seen around and decided to make a little Christmas scene of my own with some felt, vintage trim and little house buttons.
The Little Bits Quilting Bee book is an early Chrissie gift to myself. I love the circles quilt featured on the cover. It has a 2 star (easy-ish) rating so maybe even the quilt-challenged amongst us could tackle it?!
A certain little girl has borrowed her big sister's end-of-year ballet concert tutu (a serious tutu of the sticking-up variety) and is wearing it here. She looks like a little angel that's fallen off the tree.
I was having a bit of fun with my Photoshop filters again: this one has the "fresco" filter applied.
It looks a little bit like that app (forget the name) that makes everything black and white except for one colour splash....
Last day of school today and a serious amount of Christmas shopping was done!
My internet connection has been totally unreliable of late, hence the lack of blogging. I've been busy, though, drafting patterns and making clothes for both the girls and (get this!) myself.
The Noodlehead sew-a-long got me all inspired to make myself some summer clothes and I've been busy making and perfecting muslins. Sewing adult clothes involves so much more of a time investment, I find, and can be ultimately disappointing as sometimes a pattern just doesn't work at all.
Although I don't have any finished garment pictures to show you yet, I thought I'd share some of the patterns I've made or have on my "to do" list:
This dress is in the Top 10 finalists of the Pattern Review Best Pattern of the Year poll. For me it was a total disappointment. The sleek and simple shift that the cover photo seems to promise was not what I got at all. The smallest size looked like a shapeless sack and pulling it in with a belt didn't seem to help at all.
I tried cutting it off to make a top but it just looked like a maternity top gone wrong. An expensive mistake (the pattern was over $20) which I'll have to consign to experience....
This is a classic and really popular pattern that you can see lots of finished examples of around the blogs and flickr. It's the perfect simple top which, once you've worked out your sizing, you can adapt in so many ways.
I made a pared down version (no ruffles) in a lovely Nani Iro gauze which I'll post some pics of asap.
In the same way that the Simplicity 2599 is the perfect basic top pattern, this one is the perfect A-line skirt pattern. I needed a new denim skirt to knock about in and this worked really well for me.
This one is on my "to do" list: not sure whether I'll get around to it pre-Christmas (though I think it would make a great Christmas day dress).
I chose this because I saw the gorgeous dress Kate made to this pattern a little while back.
I've also made myself a grown-up version of my Raw Edge Ruffle Skirt for girls. I adapted the pattern so that it has a longer A-line piece from waist to knee with 2 smaller ruffles at the hem. An easy-peasy summer skirt.
By the way, I've found the sheer solid coloured fabric from Spotlight called "Bahama voile" and "cotton lawn" to be great inexpensive options for doing test runs of patterns. Those and, of course, the indispensible "Easy Trace" which is so much better than paper for tracing off patterns.
I discovered a lovely UK blog a while back called The Linen Cat which belongs to a very creative lady called Beth. Beth works magic with fabric, felt, ribbon and beads - her soft toys are amongst the most gorgeous I've seen.
I particularly love her Lavender Birds (which she sells ready made) and contacted her to ask if she'd mind if if I used hers as inspiration to make a few for my girls.
Beth graciously said yes and here are the ones I made.
I didn't have lavender so just stuffed these birdies with polyfil (they probably could have done with a bit more stuffing).
They look cute either hung singly or in a group, mobile style.