Tuesday, 30 August 2011
I love the Oliver + S Puppet Show tunic and shorts pattern. I have made two already in some lovely Heather Ross Far, Far Away double gauze. The double gauze is lovely and soft and drapey and perfect for babies. Which leads me to a question. Why did subsequent releases of FFA2 and FFA3 not have double gauze? And why, why, why has the Oliver + S Puppet Show pattern been discontinued? It must be one of the most heavily sought after patterns.
Anyway, this time I opted to make the Puppet Show outfit, using some Kokka Trefle and a nice red quilter's cotton. The Trefle is a cotton-linen blend, and the shorts have lovely structure. The print is of Little Red Riding Hood, which I love. I'm thinking I might have a bit of a penchant for Fairy-tale themed fabrics for my little girl. I went with the tunic length so that Amélie may be able to crawl in it. Just a little.
Oh, and there are those shoes that I made (IN LEATHER!) in action. I can't take credit for the cardigan though. I love the lacy edge. That was a lucky hand-me-down from Amélie's cousin, and knitted by my Mother in Law, Di. Thank you. It's still way too cold to be wearing that outfit at this time of year without a cardigan and tights.
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Ok, so I said that I was working up to something. I did it! I made Mary-Janes from some pretty red leather. It was so much fun! I used my industrial machine and I managed to not sew any of my fingers to the shoes! It is the first time I have sewed anything with leather.
They are far from perfect. My top-stitching is a bit crooked, but I am pretty happy with them for a first effort. With leather you can't un-pick (it leaves tiny, ugly holes), so you only get one shot. I can't be my usual pedantic self and un-pick and re-stitch until I am happy. Also, leather is kind of slick. It glides under the presser foot like nothing I have sewn before.
I don't think I can stop at just one pair.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
I'm working on another Oliver + S Puppet Show outfit (previous outfits), this time in some Kokka Trefle, Little Red Riding Hood, and a lovely red print I picked up at Amitie. I'm hoping to get it completed before the weekend, without over-exerting myself, as I am also fighting a lurgy that I seem to have caught from Liam. Sharing is caring.
Later I hope to gather up enough courage to chop into some lovely red leather from NSW Leather Co.
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Sunday, 21 August 2011
I made another pair of Mary-Janes. This time I applied some of my knowledge of interfacing (I learned heaps from Nikki) and the result is a lovely pair of shoes that will stand up by themselves. They stay shoe-shaped. I am working up to something here, stay tuned...
Friday, 12 August 2011
Look at the cute Mary-Jane baby shoes I made using this pattern from My Sweet Little Patterns. I see lots of babies getting gorgeous gifts in my near future.
I made the 3-6 months one, and they were snug enough to stay on Amélie's feet for the entire library visit this morning.
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
I have made this Ottobre 1/2008 "Jerry Shirt" a couple of times before, and whilst I like it, I don't love it, like I love the "Apple Shirt" from 3/2010. The Apple shirt has a nice shape, both to the sides of the shirt, and the bottom edge. I also like the yoke on the apple shirt.
I feel that the collar on the Jerry shirt is too big and a bit shape-less, and the cuffs are too wide - not that that isn't easily fixed. The pocket is also a plain, rectangular shape and the shirt is a bit on the short side too. So I'm thinking, after making three of these, that it might be time to move on to something else.
Mum bought this jungle fabric for me, as well as some more in a different colour-way. I may end up making another Apple shirt from it, or I might have a bit more of a look around and see if Ottobre has a similar long-sleeved pattern.
Monday, 8 August 2011
I have been hunting through my Ottobre magazines, and my Top Kids magazines on the hunt for a leggings pattern. Everything I found either had a seam down the outside leg, or wasn't in a small enough size, or was too baggy. I did try adapting one of my Kwik Sew patterns, but there was a LOT of adjustment going on, and I realised that I would have to do the same thing over again when I made it in a bigger size.
Anyway, last night on Facebook, Lisa from Crafty Mamas posted a picture of a new pattern she is selling in her shop and I was unable to resist. It's the Knit Leggings pattern, by Whimsy Couture, and it's an e-pattern, so you can buy it online and it is emailed to you in pdf format. There was a little bit of cutting and taping required to assemble the pattern, but it isn't too bad when it is for little clothes.
Since there was no waiting around for the postie to arrive, I managed to whip these up last night. Talk about instant gratification!
Thursday, 4 August 2011
I've been enjoying this lovely weather. Considering it is still meant to be Winter here, it is so lovely and warm. I can't wait until Spring is here for real.
Today, whilst looking for something else (which I still didn't find), I found my little hexagon kit from retromummy from last year's Sew It Together.
So I've been sitting here, by the open door, enjoying the warm, fresh breeze and stitching some hexagons.
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