Just a reminder that August is almost at a close and so too the 20% discount offer in Wink Designs etsy shop. The discount applies to all single/multiple purchases of any pattern. Just enter code "RUFFLE123" at checkout!
After a spot of scootering and netball practice in the park we headed up to say hi to the local community gardeners, who were fully absorbed in their Sunday morning digging, weeding & watering session.
The girls were chuffed to be handed the hose and got a little bit trigger-happy watering not only the plants but also several by-standers.
Lovely touches in the garden are "Costa the Scarecrow" complete with impressive beard and the garden sign, made out of fabulous reclaimed wood and found objects.
I learned how to use Illustrator mainly to create and grade my sewing patterns but, gee, what fun you can have whiling away the hours with little projects that have no particular purpose (well none that I can think of at this point...).
But I do love my little birdy and learned a thing or two in the process of drawing my little landscape.
There are some excellent sites which help you learn tips and tricks in Adobe Creative Suite, lynda.com and nicolesclasses.com being two recent discoveries.
The washi tape and linen backgrounds I used are digital papers from huetoo on etsy. I also referred to this free tutorial on how to use clipping masks to add shaped outlines to a pattern (or photo).
Perhaps my b & w working files could make the beginnings of a colouring book for the girls?
This is not really a new pattern but an existing one which has had a name change and a bit of a make-over.
The "Ruffle-icious Skirt" (formerly the "Raw Edge Ruffle Skirt") was suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. I think the "raw edge" thing may have obscured what is really just a pattern for a fabulous little twirly, ruffle skirt that can be finished in lots of ways (not just with the frayed edges of the original prototype).
The pieces are super-easy to cut, consisting of a set of rectangles of varying sizes which are calculated to result in a perfectly proportioned series of ruffles. A quilting ruler and rotary cutter help to do the job in no time.
There is also a clever little circular connecting band constructed from narrow pieces of fabric which is hidden underneath. This hidden band joins the waistband and upper ruffle to the middle and bottom ruffle and helps you put the the skirt together more easily by reducing the number of fabric layers that need to be sewn through after gathering.
I've made this pattern so many times and it never disappoints. The girls continue to love their skirts no matter whether in plain denim or multi-coloured fabric prints.
Here is Miss Wink (above) working the camera with her matching accessories and (below) taking off on the new red toddler hot-rod acquired on her recent birthday.
The original directions for the frayed edges are retained in the pattern along with directions for conventional hemming as in the example in these pictures (a rolled hem would be another great design option).
Enter Code: RUFFLE123 at checkout in the shop for a 20% discount on this and all other patterns (until the end of August).