I finally got around to trying to recreate a swing top I've been obsessing about ever since I saw it a couple of months ago. It buttoned in the back and it also had ruffles around the whole bottom and back curved edges and little butterfly sleeves but I didn't want to go there until I was happy with the basic pattern. Might try it later but I'm so rubbish at ruffles I probably shouldn't even bother! Anyway, I tried a single big button in the back but it wasn't anchoring properly so I added a smaller button too to stop it gaping. Does it look okay or should I go with two identical buttons? Being a total masochist I made it reversible. The corduroy swirly one is lined with a plain navy poplin as it was my protoype and I didn't want to waste fabric if it didn't work (when am I going to get some muslin??) Looks like she's showing off her booty in pic 2!
The sugar skulls reverses to pink polka dots and it is for my niece's birthday. I was wondering if it could actually work four ways, with the buttons in the front too... what do you think?
Also pics of my niece's birthday dress, same idea as my son's birthday shirt with the fabric paint, and reversing to red polka dots.
And finally some raglan hoodies, big pink dots, blue with b&w polka dot hood and mock bow, and red and white dots. My sil really likes polka dots but I've gone a bit OTT!
Notice something amiss with the red one?? Yep, it was so late at night I centered the hood over a sleeve so I added some white panels to try to fix it. Dunno if it works (methinks not) but niece is taller and skinnier than dd so might look okay. I should reduce the volume of the sleeves (as they are meant to be bodice they're huge!) but I probably won't send it anyway... I am also going to make a double elastic in the neck dress, a zippy hoodie and a kimono dress but haven't found the time yet... Sigh...
I'm back making things after my brief hiatus due to loss of craft space! I am taking everything in and out of the closet and working in the living room, making sure I have everything I need out of dd's room before she goes to sleep. It is a pita but not really too bad!
It was my son's 3rd birthday yesterday and I wanted to make him something special. He's really obsessed with numbers (he's a bit toddler OCD!) so I found some fabric with numbers on it and I coloured in all the threes with red fabric paint. For whatever reason, there were very few threes, but I made sure to position one on the chest. I'm also making my niece a birthday dress with this fabric and there are tons of twos, go figure. This was my first time doing a bowling shirt and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Son didn't hate it, so that's an achievement, perhaps he's getting sensible in his old age. Anyway, onto the pics!
Hi all. I've been really torn over whether or not to post this but I've decided that although I don't know any one of you personally, you've become friends and deserved to know how important Craftster has been to me.
Well, this week I lost my sewing room as dd and ds proved incapable of sharing a room. I only sewed when they were sleeping, and now she's sleeping in the room with all my stuff. We live in quite a small flat, so there is no where else to set up. I'm currently deciding what to do with machines / fabrics / things already made but I am really, profoundly, overwhelmingly sad. DH is trying to persuade me to work out of a closet and by taking everything out and putting away constantly but I'm not too sure. So I dunno when I'll be able to post again...
Too much information I know, but I have had really bad post-natal depression for the last couple of years and sewing, and Craftster in particular, has kinda propped me up and given me some of my confidence and identity back, not to mention inspired me by the beautiful things people have made juggling their lives with little ones! And of course made me laugh with tales of sewing / parenting mishaps. So thanks! And apologies for the melodrama
Here are some pics of the final things I made. Nothing special, just some reversible jumper dresses... I wish I could have gone out with a bit more of a bang! First one is Noguchi on one side, spotty on t'other, second is frog on one and plain green babycord t'other.
Okay, here's another hoodie for the boy in one of my all time favourite fabrics. This one is fully lined with flannel, which was much easier as neither layer stretched. I was going to be reversible but I got to that blasted ribbing again and then figured why bother as who in their right mind would put those froggies in hiding?! Not me anyway, although when at in-laws it might happen. But it is mostly pretty on the inside. Think I've got hoodie burnout now (it's the ribbing that did it), so I'll not clog the boards with hoodies after this!
He looks slightly constipated, this is his new posing face.
I decided it was time to get over my zipper phobia and actually give it a bash. So a made a panda hoodie for dd, fabric is corduroy and I love it. Did ribbing at sleeves and hem and lined hood with black jersey (it is very silly to try to affix stretch and non-stretch fabrics). This hoodie is a raglan construction and is a bit low in the back, next time I will try to take it in a bit, although I suppose it doesn't matter too much as you'd always have soemthing on underneath. Next day, I made a cowboy hoodie for ds. It is fully lined, the body with jersey (did I learn nothing?!) and the hood with organic flannel. Next time I will line the whole shebang with flannel, but I didn't want to waste it if it wasn't going to fit. I wanted it to be reversible and I almost managed it until I got to how to attach the ribbing at hem and sleeve, I just couldn't figure it out and I tried so hard my head started smoking. Does anyone know how I can do this??!! Anyway, my son loves it (I know, I almost fell over with shock) and couldn't wait to take pics. Although he now thinks whenever he gets dressed he should have his picture taken and get a biscuit
I like the way an obi looks but didn't feel like making a separate one, so I messed about with my kimono dress pattern to make an integrated 'mock' obi. I attached to bodice and skirt with a rolled hem to the outside so it looked more separate, but that was a bit bulky so it is slightly wavy. What do you think? It was a lot more effort than the normal kimono dress, not sure if it was worth it to be honest!
I played around a bit and this is the final result. The sleeves are too long and the neckhole is too big (it's an off the shoulder look!), maybe it would fit better when she's older or maybe this type thing just doesn't work for babies... It could be impossible because in order to go over the head the hole is big, but babies shoulders are so narrow it slips off. Should I make the neckhole smaller but have a slit either in the back or at the shoulder seem? The button could be functioning I reckon and there could be a slit there...
I would really like some feedback on what I could do to improve it or whether it's even worth it! No offense taken if you think it's a no go!
About 15 minutes after it was listed, I bought vegbee's fair weather jacket pattern. Through some miracle of aeronautics, it made it from Canada to the UK a couple of days later. So I made this coat, it's a bit big on dd as its a roomy size 2T and she's still only 16 months but luckily the sleeves fold up (after the pics I actually folded them up double and it looked better). It took me a lot longer than any other thing I've ever made but I think it was worth it
I have a secret son, he refuses to wear anything I make. He has a special 6th sense which allows him to differentiate between things I make and things that are store-bought. So I kinda stopped making him things, it was too soul-destroying. I thought I would give it a try again yesteday as *delusional rationalising* "He's much older now, I can reason with him, he appreciates style".
Anyway, I made this raglan hoodie. I have a lovely sweatshirt fabric that has been calling me from my stash for ages now. I'll be making Maia something with it too, but I haven't decided what yet.
So while still in his pj's this morning, I showed him the shirt. And fussed over it. Before dh went to work, he fussed over it. Even dd tried in her baby way to fuss over it. Son said, 'Wow, nice shirt' with an enthuiasm that surely couldn't be faked. Fast-forward an hour later, I attempt to put the shirt on him. "NO shirt, no shirt, no shirt" rang in my ears for about 45 minutes, a friend came over and son slithered around on the floor screaming "no shirt, no shirt" until she left (which was sharp-ish). By jove he WILL wear this shirt, I thought. Son got livid red spots on his face from sheer hatred of the shirt. I am heartened that the serger seams have held up to his frantic attempts to rip the offending shirt off his body.
A biscuit is offered in exchange for photos. Shirt is taken off to blow-dry tear stains away. Photos are had. Photos are looked at. "Wow, nice shirt!" he says.