Its made from some gorgeous pastel green gaberdine I found at the op-shop. I love the pin tucks in the centre of the bag. It was the first time I've made them, they were easier than I thought they would be.
Close up of embroidery. I think it turned out well. I used crochet cotton and it kept breaking, very frustrating. (I didn't have any embroidery thread) I added the bows because it just *needed* something extra.
I'm really proud of this flower. It was very simple to crochet and it's so cute.
For school I'm doing a project where I'm designing and making fabric bags out of recycled materials. I have to make five. Here's my first:
The pruple material is a lovely heavy-ish shot silk/satin synthetic type thing, I found it at the op-shop so I don't know exactly what it is. The reverse side is turquoise and in the light it shines with turquoise too. The buttons are from an old sewing basket my dad found at a market. It was filled with lots of old cotton thread, the kinds on the wooden reels, and micellaneous notions. The fabric flowers I made from fabric I already had.
I forgot to take a close-up of the button on the flap (which isn't second hand or anything) . But it matches so well its not even funny.
My best friend is turning eighteen on Sunday, and I wanted to give her a memorable and meaningful present. So I made her a doll and a crown. I'm very proud of both of them.
This is Dr. Annie. Recently my brother and I got sick, so Annie made us a surprise. It was a box full of goodies, paper dolls of ourselves with many outfits, as well as other silly things. With it came a story about how the "surprise box of fun" came into existance. With Annie (my friend) as a doctor. So I thought, "Hmm, I'll make Dr Annie doll!"
It took me roughly three weeks to make, and I sort of made it up as I went along. I used a mish-mash of pattern pieces and made up my own for some parts.
Annie loves The Cure (esp. Robert Smith,) hence the 'I heart Robert Smith' shirt. This is my first time making dolls clothes, so considering I think they turned out well.
My brother made the notebook. It's a bought notebook with random cartoon-like stories and illustrations. Here's my favourite page:
I bought the shoes. They're size nine for infants. Dr. Annie is roughly 31 inches (79cm) tall.
And the crown :
I can't wait to give it her! I'm going to visit her tomorrow for a few days.
A while ago I decided it would be a cool thing to make my grandparents a teddy bear for christmas. But there were a few interruptions. My sewing machine died and it was ages before I got a new one. But I got it done just in time, but I still haven't given it to them yet. My grandparents do a lot of stuff and are hardly ever home, so I haven't been able to see them. Anyway, on to the photos.
He was a joy to make (even when I got frustrated and had to unpick a couple of seams), and I can't wait to give him to my grandparents. The pattern I used was Simplicity 8418.
I've just recently got a new sewing machine, it's a Janome decor computer DC3018. It's pretty nifty. Anyway, I wanted to make my friend a christmas present. It had to be a late one though as I ran out of time. But nevermind. I followed this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=49030.0 and adapted it a bit. It was really easy to follow and this is the first time I've made anything with pleats. I love pleats. I decided to go for a purple and orange colour scheme, with a gold sun button. The button is my favourite part.
Recently, my sewing machine started acting up. Actually, being old (I don't know exactly how old, but it was my mother's and possibly my grandmother's before that), it has had problem for quite a while. Ever since I have known it, anyway. But the most recent problem was that the thread tension was coming out loose... I think. The bottom thread was coming out loopy. I fiddled around with the tension regulators and eventually fixed it. But after sewing for a few seconds it went back to being loopy and otherwise imperfect. I could probably take it to a specialist to be repaired... But everytime it has been repeaired more problems crop up. So I thought it best to seek other options. My brother's girlfriend is a sewer and had recently found a sewing machine in the hard rubbish and offered it to me. So I went and had a look. It's pretty spiffy, I think she said it was from around the '50s. Its so heavy though I can't even lift it. The fan belt's a bit loose but she said that is easily fixable. So I played around and it was sewing well so I took it home. A few hours later I decide to start sewing on it and it doesn't work. The motor runs but the needle is still. I fiddled around for a bit but I can't fix it...
I'm so frustrated, I've got lots of sewing ideas in mind I'm itching to try out. So, I have a few questions... I'm a sewing beginner and have never bought a machine. What do I need to look for when buying a machine? Can you reccommend anything? Are computerized machines really confusing and unnecessary?
Ok. So, I'm making a mock-up of a summer top I want to make out of some pretty cool fabric I bought. Everything was going pretty well, I had almost got it just right. But then I discovered a curious fold down the middle and I don't know how to smooth it out.
I've made another doll. She's my second one. I'm pleased with her, but I think I'll give her to my mum. She'll appreciate her more than I do. Not that I don't appreciate her. She's made from an old pair of corduroy trousers and her hair is synthetic. It was my first time wefting hair, which didn't turn out very well. The curls are hair that I bought pre-wefted. She took two afternoons to create. Enjoy!
p.s If you hadn't guessed from the title, her name is Paisley.
Her breasts are not the same size. That's ok, just makes her more of a woman.
If you'd like to share any methoeds for hair wefting, or putting on hair in general, that would be great. Thanks.