Thursday, February 28, 2013

Denim Skirt Craziness

In a recent post, I mentioned that I had made a couple of denim skirts at the end of last year. I finally got around to getting some photos of them last night, so now it's time to share!

I actually planned to make two denim skirts from the start, just one a bit "fancier" than the other. I drafted my own pattern from an existing denim skirt that I own - I've actually used this skirt as a pattern previously for a couple of other skirts, so this time I made up some proper pattern pieces so that it makes it a lot easier in the future.

This skirt is just a simple A-line skirt, with a zipper fastening at the back, but I love it and can wear it with so much. The only problem that I discovered afterwards is that it's really bad for static - it clings and bunches something shocking if I'm wearing tights or leggings underneath - so I really should have lined it.

I was inspired by Feelin Crafty's Backgammon Skirt Tutorial to make this. The tutorial was for a child's skirt, so I just used my existing skirt pattern and used her pattern pieces for the triangles. I learnt a huge lesson with this one: it's very important to cut out your pieces accurately! I cut out most of these triangle pieces while watching a movie, and I must have been distracted because when I sewed them all together, it looked shocking. I had to unpick it all and trim the triangle pieces down to the exact right shape, and then started over again. It was worth it, but boy was I glad to be finished this one.

I did learn from my previous skirt though, and lined the border with anti-static lining - success! No bunching or clinginess from this skirt, so I think this will be my winter denim skirt that I wear with thick tights/leggings and boots. And in Melbourne, that usually becomes my staple outfit for at least 6 months of the year.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Madeleine Bag

I'm really excited to share this project with you!

I made this bag for my Mum's birthday and I actually really enjoyed making it, and it turned out perfectly. I used Imagine Gnat's Madeleine Bag Tutorial, which included not only free printable pattern pieces, but really easy to follow instructions. I'd never inserted a magnetic closure, or a zipper pocket, but I breezed through both stages with her amazing mini tutorials.

I used Joel Dewberry's Aviary Fabric in the purple and green. Imagine Gnat actually uses Aviary fabric in her tutorial as well, and I loved it so much that I thought I would go with something similar. I'm so glad I did.

Mum loved it, which made it all worthwhile!

I already have some fabric ordered to make myself one (yes, I loved making it that much!) so keep a lookout for a Madeleine Bag 2.0.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fun Auntie Stuff!

I love being an Auntie. I have 5 nephews, and 4 nieces who I just adore.

One of my brothers lives overseas with his wife and two children, and recently my Sister in Law took a trip out to Australia with the kids. I discovered that they were in need of some new clothes so I eagerly raided my fabric stash and whipped up some clothes for them!

These pajama shorts are for my gorgeous nephew. I was lucky enough to have just enough of this Robot fabric in my stash. I made these using this Pajama Pants Tutorial and a pair of another one of my nephew's old pajama pants as a template.

This is just a simple jersey knit skirt with a stretchy waistband, and a cord tie on the inside to make it a bit more adjustable.

This is my favourite! I had *just* enough denim fabric leftover from my denim skirts that I'd made (yet to be blogged about - sorry) to make this skirt. It has an adjustable waist, and the flower applique I bought from my local Spotlight store and was a simple iron on motif.

So it just goes to show how much can be made with just those fabric remnants you've been hanging onto, doesn't it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Child's Paint Smock

A good friend of mine asked me if I could make her little son a paint smock for when he started school this year. She wanted it to be something fun that he would recognise and love, and also it needed to have his name clearly labelled where the teachers could easily see it.

I set about finding a free pattern for an ideal paint smock, and found this Kid's Art Smock Pattern from Don't Look Now!'s Blog. It not only has a free pattern, but a step-by-step tutorial that is very easy to follow.

The fabric that I used was Robert Kaufman's Robot Factory - this was the one that Master T picked from some of my favourites, and I'm glad he did as I just love it!

And lastly, my husband (Graphic Designer/Signwriter) came up with the idea of printing the name onto iron-on vinyl. I don't think his teacher will have any trouble seeing that!