Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative challenge by Clare's Craftroom

A month ago I heard about a Crafting Challenge hosted by Clare from Clare's Craftroom and I could not resist the urge to join in!

Clare sent all the participants two clues that they had to incorporate in a project. We could use any medium: paint, paper, fabric, glue - you name it! My clues were:

I used both clues for a project I recently posted about here, my winter edition of the Sunny  Dress and Top pattern:

I used quilting cotton with flowers printed on it for the lining.

I wanted to use yellow buttons for kitty's eyes, but they made my kitty look very scary, so instead I used two large bright yellow buttons at the back.

Thank you Clare for hosting such a fun challenge!

Please visit Clare's blog to see what other participants have created!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Guest posting... But where?

Hi guys,

Just quickly popping over to let you know that I have made something new for my daughter... But what is it? Visit HERE to find out!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Around the world blog hop

Lovely Jane from Lil Pip invited me to participate in the Around the World Blog Tour, and I was happy to jump on board! So, let's get to it! Feel free to click on photos if you want to read about projects.

What am I working on?
I am currently working on curtains for my daughter's room. Four months ago we bought a new house (literally). It is beautiful, light, airy. I love it. When we first saw it I felt at home. Now we are slowly but surely making it our home. I have been looking for ready made curtains to put in Little Monkey's room for a long time, but I could not see a design or a price tag that I liked, so decided to make them myself. I have been working on this project for almost two months. I start and stop, then start and stop again. I like to start and finish a project, so I am getting annoyed at myself for progressing so slowly this time. I am nearly there though!

How does my work differ from others in my genre? 
I don't think what I do is different from anyone else. I just make things that make my daughter and I happy. It really is that simple.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Sunny top - winter edition

Recently Veronica from SewVery released her first pattern - the Sunny Dress and Top pattern. I have been following Veronica's sewing adventures for a while, so naturally I was happy for her! Seeing testers versions of this dress and top made me realise just how much I miss summer!

But just because it is cold in my corner of the world it does not mean I cannot sew a summer pattern. Of course I can! In fact, I did.

While she was sleeping, I made a winter version of the Sunny Top for Little Monkey, and she loved it!

I used lightweight denim for this top and corduroy for the pocket and the straps. The pocket is lined with lightweight white cotton.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Serendipity pants

Recently I posted about a vintage inspired blouse. Both Little Monkey and I loved it. I was just going to pair it up with jeans and call it a day. But it just didn't look right.

This is the first blouse I have made. See how short it was? Since I decided to make an exact replica of the blouse (but longer) I thought I might try and whip up a pair of more appropriate pants to go with it. But what pattern to use?

I remembered that Sara and Ruth posted about the Serendipity trousers and capris pattern a few weeks ago. Flat front, cute yoke, comfy fit - what not to like? So While she was sleeping I made a pair of pants that I thought were a better match for Little Monkey's vintage inspired blouse.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Flip this Pattern - Vintage beauty

A couple of months ago I received an invitation to participate in the Flip this Pattern series run by Ashley and Emily, the lovely ladies from Frances Suzanne. I was so excited, so of course I said yes!

My version of the Croquet Dress pattern by Oliver + S was revealed yesterday. Please visit Frances Suzanne to see what three other competitors have made. We all did our best and would appreciate your votes. Each person has one vote. Voting opens on the 25th of July at 5 am CST time (that is 8 pm AEST time) and closes on the 26th of July at 11 pm CST (which is 2 pm on the 27th of July accordingly). The winner will be announced the following Monday. You can VOTE HERE.

In case you missed my creation I am re-publishing it here. And since we are among friends I thought I would tell you how my flip nearly ended up being a flop!

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Cosi swimsuit

I have a confession to make... I am intimidated by stretchy fabrics. I love them, but I get anxious sewing with stretch fabrics. Which might sounds a little funny since the very first thing I made for my daughter was a T-shirt! I have made a few outfits from knit fabrics since, but my anxiety did not go away.

When Suz first published about her Cosi swimsuit I decided I was going to get the pattern once it was released and tackle my fear head on. And then Suz asked if I would be interested to participate in her blog tour! I was so excited, and at the same time I felt like my anxiety doubled. I have huge respect for Suz, and I was so worried I would not be able to make a swimsuit and let her down!

To keep a long story short, While she was sleeping I made a new swimsuit for Little Monkey using the Cosi Swimsuit pattern by Sewpony Vintage. To say that I am proud of it would be an understatement!

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