Friday, April 3, 2009

Ideas needed...

Last one for today. I bought this gorgeous fabric last year. It is a piece of recycled kimono. I got it from kimoYES (kimo-no, kimo-yes, it took me a while to work it out) and its a sleeve from a child's kimono. The colours are so beautiful and vibrant. But its small, so it wont ever be a whole garment but will only end up being used for embellishments.

So does anyone have any ideas? I'm thinking maybe a pair of jeans for Chloe with the fabric peaking through in places. Possibly a short sleeve top with this material as the sleeves. I just dont know yet.

Just had to share...

this gorgeous material...

First off, no I did not make this. The dress is by Catimini, but isnt the material in the skirt just to die for. I absolutely love it and it fits Chloe like it was made for her. Very soft and silky, it just flows.

The skirt and jumper is all one piece and the skirt has the most beautiful box pleats. I can guarantee this will get a good wearing this winter.

Finally, a satisfied customer...

I tried the Safari shirt on Alex yesterday. Expecting his usual reaction I was quite surprised that he didn't make any fuss. Maybe he didn't realise it was made by mummy.

What do you think, he looks rather impressed right?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

You have GOT to check this out....

These cushions are soooooo beautiful

Stunning cushions

I'm in love seriously. I cant even begin to imagine the amount of work that goes into these.

There is also a little giveaway associated with the cushions so might be worth having a look-see just for that alone.

Safari anyone???

Yesterday I said that I was going to make finishing a couple of items I found a priority. Well last night I finished one of them. Its a shirt that I was making for Samuel but it looks like Alex might end up scoring this one too. Oops, probably not a good idea to finish things for the kids after they've outgrown them.

I probably started this about 18 months ago (yes truly it was that long ago). Its quite interesting to see how far I've progressed. I've noticed things, mostly with the overlocking, that I'm not quite happy with. Some very small areas on the inside havent been finished quite right but hey they are on the inside and its great to see that I'm get much fussier as I get better. I still love how it turned out though, it looks awesome. I love the epaulettes on the shoulders.

So without further ado...

Boys shirt: Ottobre 2/2005 Pattern 25
Fabric: Spotlight

Chocolate Frogs

In the world of frogs, one frogs stands out in a league of his own... the chocolate frog. Freddo truly is the king of the frog world and boy is he yummy (especially the strawberry ones, my favourite).

When I saw this fabric at Spotlight I initially thought about making shorts for both boys but the idea didnt really grab hold and I set it aside for a while. Recently I pulled out my winter fabric stash and found a long forgotten piece of chocolate cord and inspiration hit me because frogs really do look better with chocolate.

There is also plenty of the cord to make another pair of pants so I'm going to do the opposite effect, chocolate pants with the frog trims for Samuel.

Alex isnt particularly impressed by the pants at this stage but just wait til he sees the jacket that I'm dreaming up to go with them...

Pants Pattern: Ottobre 3/2005 Pattern 15
Materials: SpotlightThe back yoke isnt really this crooked, its just from where they were hanging on the line .

I've not done a waist band like this one before. Usually I just make the casing then thread the elastic through once its on. This one the elastic is attached to the casing then the casing is attached. It was fiddly and to be honest seemed like more work than the way I usually do it.

One silly thing I did (there is always something), I made the pant measurements in 104 but the length in 98 . But I should have moved the patch and knee pocket to reflect the 98 length but I left it at the 104 measurement hence the patch is a lot lower than it should be. Doh!!!!