Thursday, December 20, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
He was a professional and was settled for all appearances (twice on stage over two nights) and there were a lot of people who thought he must have been a doll! Big thanks to Katie and Ryan (I think) who looked after him well.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
My stash is mostly built on fabrics that I liked; were (mostly) on sale; and I had a plan for - mainly clothes for me and the kids. But with more and more invites to birthday parties and the like I am beginning to think that my stash needs a little more substance suitable for gifting.
Shopping is one activity that I don't really enjoy and I would much rather whip up a little handmade creation then spend the same amount of time and energy going to the shops and choosing a present.
So I need to remember to stock up on canvas for aprons (placemats, tea towels, bags), muslin and flannelette (wraps, jammie pants), cute prints (everything from hats, baby overalls, shirred tops and knitting needle/crochet hook/pencil rolls) plus everything else that I forgot and can't think of at the moment.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
This shelf is children's woven fabric
This is some leftover polar fleece and other smaller knit - only good for baby clothes or something. In the background is a bag full of knits for me that I forgot to get a picture of.
Hmm, just a couple of pieces of knit - plus my sewing magazine collection.
This shows a bag of terry knit, a box of slinky knit and a pile of smaller cuts suitable for clothes for Scott - some of it was gifted to me.
Two shelves of fabric for me. Top is woven, bottom is knits (there are also a few gifted ribbing pieces shoved in there - oops)
Bottom drawer is full of various knits. Top draw is for patterns.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
This hat is from Ottobre 2/2003 (#13). Very fast to make, as it is the only one pattern piece for the whole hat. This will be just a spare for around the house - I just felt like doing some fast sewing and wanted to test out this pattern.
This is the other hat I made. I actually fished it out of the bin, as I had thrown it away the other night (I sewed the panels up the wrong way - there is a particular way so not to get a huge lump in the middle). I made these flower pins yesterday - the bigger one is for the matching dress. This set will be given to Jalisa for Christmas - she actually (accidently) saw the dress yesterday and asked if she could have it. I had to distract her and quickly put it away. I think she may have forgotten about it for now. Hopefully.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I am a bit sad to say that I am no longer in business. I wasn’t going to make a big announcement because to be frank it is very hard to say that my business failed.
For some time now, I was feeling a little rejected because it felt personal - I had put so much care into sewing the garments that I felt very attached to them. But yesterday as I was looking at them, trying to figure out which ones I could use for my own children, I realised how proud I was that I had had a go. How proud I was of my sewing too (I did good work!)
And I realised that I wasn’t being rejected. My heart is with sewing and not with business. My priorities were for myself, my growing bubba and my family and friends and somehow my business was not near the top of that list. Plus I am not good at promoting myself - I find it a bit embarrassing. I am just not a business person.
Aquaberry may come back at some stage, but for now I am just sewing for me and my family.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Last time I found that I could have added a lot more water.Two things I learnt this time around: 1. When dyeing large amounts of fabric, you will need to add more dye powder. Logical (but then again, I never did that well at maths plus I was thinking of my previous experience of being able to add a little more water than I did). 2. When dyeing using secondary or teritiary colours, the other colours will come out if you don't use enough dye powder.
I actually used a ultra violet coloured dye. I thought I might get shades of mauve through to the deep purple. I wasn't expecting blue to come out too (though that is once again logical since violet is made by adding red and blue together).
So here is my outfit. Fabric is dyed cotton lycra knit. Pattern is an old Kwik Sew favourite. Jalisa requested a tee and shorts for her too, but I will wait until she actually needs some new clothes. she is just swimming in outfits.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
The purses are filled with play money - if the girls are anything like Jalisa, they will love playing with the set (I am already making another bag and purse for Jalisa, with fabrics that she selected).
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wayne found some infants friend, which was useless with Jalisa but seems to do the trick for little Scott...thank goodness. I can finally feel confident going out and might think about trying to get back near the sewing machine really soon (once I catch up with some washing).
Monday, October 01, 2007
I will have to get to that bench sometime before Wayne goes back to work. If I can't manage that while he is home...
Friday, September 28, 2007
I got a bit of a hit this morning, sewing the waist on a black rayon knit skirt as well as the velcro on the bouncer cover. The bouncer cover will be completely finished when I apply the snaps to the right location.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I was going to make this top different by rolling the hem and then shirring the bottom, but I don't like to roll hem in the round (and I forgot to do it at the right step) so I just double hemmed it.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
So this is not the most flattering of shots (face has puffed up - noice) but it was my favourite from what Wayne snapped. Inside shot since it is a little windy outside.
A strange bit of info - my hair seems to be going curlier by the week. I always did have a bit of wave in it, but when I turned 19 it went super curly. As Jalisa's hair grew and grew curly, my hair grew straighter. I always said she stole them. Perhaps this bubba will have straight hair and that is why I am going a bit more curly again.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Today is my due date for baby #2 if you go by the scan. Monday is the due date that my GP and I worked out. I am so looking forward to having another baby - Jalisa and I have been looking through all her baby pictures, talking about the baby and I just feel so ready to hold another newborn in my arms. Actually, the funny thing is I feel nervous and not totally at ease holding other babies but I can't wait for my own again.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I had wanted to make one of these for a while (to take to hospital and for sleeps during the day) but only just got around to making a pattern this morning. I used a scrap of black cotton jersey so it is super comfy and won't make me sweat.
One of Jalisa's good dresses. This is #12 from Ottobre 2/2003 (I picked this issue as my free gift when subscribing - as its a summer edition, there are lots of great garments suitable for our climate). I would have preferred to make the straps in the same fabric, but it was a remnant (a very yummy cotton stretch woven from my local fabric store) and there was no more.
Both the front and back have tucks sewn first before binding the top edge.
I am finally coming close to the end of Jalisa's summer wardrobe. Cutting out a number of projects and working on them over time has ensured there is always something to sew when I feel like sewing and will be a great system when the new bubba is here.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
You can’t tell from the photo how full the skirt is. Not quite as full as a circle skirt but there is plenty to twirl with. The pattern is Ottobre #18 3/2007 (minus the lace at hem). Very easy to make, though I disliked the waistband method - made something that is a cinch just, well, annoying.
And a big thank you to Corrie for the lovely pressie - the name that I suggested was chosen for Retro Mummy's flickr group.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Anyway, I had to think for some time of a gift I could make for the last minute party invite we received (well, I did hear about the party happening at MG last week, but without a paper invitation I had no chance of remembering all that time). It was a good thing I found an old list of suitable presents to make - I think I should update it and at least put it on the computer so I know where to look for it next time.
I decided a pencil roll would be appreciated by the birthday girl (the bonus being I did not need to guess any measurements like I did the hats the other week).
It occurred to me this morning that I needed to start making a big sister tee for Jalisa and, needing an applique idea for a shirred top, thought I could just do it on the shirred top instead (and get another project finished - yay!). Here is the work in progress.
Friday, August 31, 2007
I think I will make the coordinating shorts (#10) - with the changes I made, this project was super quick and I am sure they will be staple summer items for the years to come.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I also took along the new shirred top that I had finished for Jalisa to dip dye. Not so happy with the results, too much polyester in the content = a washed out colour.
Monday, August 27, 2007
I used my own basic bodice pattern. The skirt is between 2.5 and 3 times the bodice width - which makes it quite heavy and hard to gather, but the results look lovely. I added elastic to the straps so it can be slipped on. The photo is not the best - there must have been some dust on the lens, but since I have only 3 weeks til bub comes, I could not be bothered to organise to reshoot some photo (and have to drag Jalisa away from here new cubby.
Friday, August 17, 2007
She was so excited going with Daddy and Grandad to pick up her Uncle's new truck.
All she could talk about on the way home was the new truck and today she is still loving looking at the pictures Daddy took of the truck.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Actually, forgive me. It is not quite finished - it needs snaps (to be done once bubs is here for placement accuracy) and some Velcro. But I am showing it off anyway.
I made the pattern by tracing the frame of the bouncer and measuring the old cover to get the measurements for each panel. When I started the cover, I think I was going for a funky, modern, gender neutral. It would have been better with a different coloured strap, I think, but I did not have any suitable GN/non stretch/non pattern fabrics on hand other than the black.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
I adore these shirred tank tops (two others cut out at the moment, plus plans for others). I was inspired by a top from Ottobre (#11 from 3/2007) but since I had a pattern I had drafted myself, I just needed to shir in the same position as they did. Usually I shir most of the front or back but I quite like the gathered effect in the space between the shirring.
I picked up this vintage linen fabric while out op shopping in Boonah. My first thought was another summer dress for Jalisa, but since there is 3m I may make a skirt for me (bias cut and flared knee length).
For a while now, I have put off sewing a lot of things for me because I tell myself that I already have plenty of things to wear. But I have decided that it doesn't matter that I already have x amount of skirts or dresses or tops etc, if I have the time/opportunity to sew and the fabric on hand, I should be sewing for me as well as for my children. As long as the kids have enough clothes that fit, I will no longer excuse myself from sewing non-essential items for myself.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
What do you think of Sarah's dress? It features bows on shoulders, gathering under bust (delightfully highlighted with a little alfoil bling), thigh high front split and a bustled back. Very glamourous and cost effective.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
The cars were practicing on the track - a lot louder (with more backfires) than I expected but overall it was fantastic.
I have been working on this nappy bag for a little while (I blame lack of mojo) so I am glad it is finished. The bag is based on a Burda WOF (8/2005) pattern, though I added fabric handles, changed the base/sides, added internal pockets and did not do the 6 pleats (decided to do a central inverted box pleat instead).
I have learnt that pleats do not mix with pockets and that it is a better to use similar weights of fabric when adding pockets to the lining. I added snaps to keep the sides in at the top when out and about (I liked that better than having the sides stick out).