more linen trousers (are you getting the impression that I like linen?)
The tees are all modified ottobre patterns, and the first pair of trousers is an ottobre pattern too. WHich I hated, so I made my own pattern and that is what you see for the last three pairs. questions and comments welcome!
I never sew for myself, but I was inspired by wardrobe refashions call for garments for a couple of refashion shows in australia to give it a go. As it turns out, they have all they need without my contribution, but I've broken through the scary sewing through myself barrier and will hopefully be making some more of my own clothes.
The circle skirt was supposed to be a bit goofy and over the top (fashion show, right), but the subdued colours makes it, I think, wearable. It was 5 button down men's shirts. It's also my first circle skirt for me - so much fun to wear.
The twirl shot (yes, I usually sew for little girls )
(excuse the hair I'm having a bad dread year )
(and excuse the fuzzy socks. ARgh, I hate photos of me!)
The shirt was a maternity shirt, which I turned into a wrap around tee. I stabilized the neckline with bias tape and lettuce edged the bottom. I can do a tute if anyone is interested. I wish I had better photos - just don't have the skills to photo black garments
It does tie right around so it's nicely adjustable as the boobs go up and down with the nursing.
dh thought it was flattering anyway, but I'd be interested to hear what you all think (go easy, I'm fragile )
My mother in law passed along a bag of fabric odds and ends and, upon opening, I immediately glommed onto this fabric. The only fabric that actually makes my mil shutter to look at. This was a whole meter that actually came from her own mother's stash some 30 years previously, that the mother in law used as a tree skirt briefly in the 80s (which dh shutters to remember), and now graces my monkey's bottom half.
A very simple circle skirt style for this one - seems best not to over complicate this fabric - with a ribbing waist, which I sewed in an extra wide elastic in (the kind they use in maternity clothes, I just happen to have a whole lot of it). The monkey wears all her pants and skirts at her hips, not her waist, so I'm having to do a lot of waist modifications for her to wear her clothes comfortably and not have it look like it's falling off.
The worst twirl pic in the world, but the colours are perfect:
The best part is, it could probably be put to work as a tree skirt again when dh grows out of it
my long story: a long time ago in my nouveau craftster days I did a tote bag with a painted ingio mantoya badge appliqued to it for a princess bride swap. Fast forward a few thousand posts and I receive a pm from a fellow craftster who was interested in having a painted badge done for them. I reproduced the badge, as best I could, but for whatever reason, they were no longer interested. THis morning, going through my stack of stuff to deal with in the sewing grotto, I ran across this badge again, several months done. However, I have a friend who was annoyed, nay, pissed off, that I sent off the original mantoya badge and she was unable to possess it herself. So, it shall be hers tomorrow.
But before I send it away, here is my painted princess bride badge II for y'all to marvel at how a drunken spaniard, with a mullet no less, can still be so appealing.
The goal here was to try out a modest cross bodice that the monkey didn't have to snap, tie, button, or zip to get on. I think I did good.
However, in my enthusiasm, I somehow completely forgot anything I know about skirting a dress.
The skirt is too narrow, and basically a tube. No shape, no ruffles, no gathers, no a-line, No Twirl.
Before I remove the skirt and try try again, I shall share however, so you can giggle at my ineptitude.
first the bodice, which I very much like
The back has the fabric crossed the other way to highlight the lighter fabric (however it is not reversible, since I cut the front to fit the front, though the monkey is annoyed I put the dark fabric up front. Ah, now that I have to tear it apart, I guess she's in luck. And, yes, I backed her into the corner for the photo shoot - a little hint for those with reluctant models )
You can see a bit of the skirt disaster above, but here is the whole hideous deal:
I blame the fabric panel I was trying to use. I simply forgot that it wasn't as wide as I needed.
I really do like the fabric though... perhaps I shall turn the skirt into a pair of capris?
questions and comments welcome. Feel free to laugh at the tube skirt... I am almost over it
We are moving and I've been down in my crafting room sorting through an embarrasing amount of stuff. I open up a box that was from the place that we lived before this place that we are now moving from and I find this little lady all wrapped up in tissue paper:
I made this figurine pre-children. I can not even imagine finding the time to do it today. She is about 5 inches tall, made from various hues of polymer clay. The only painted part is her eyes. The design on her dress was made with a cane.
I'm a little in love with her - her combat boots, her twisty, dready hair, her old hippy lady mona lisa smile with the god awful green sweater. I can't believe I even made her a little wedding band. I sort of discovered a long lost love. And then I found out that love is on their death bed.
Time has not been good to her:
She's sustained quite a bit of damage through the moves and being stuck in a box for, oh, five years or so. I thought I would take a couple pictures before I send her to the bin.
My daughter's montessori school asked me to make a few cultural clothing items to go along with some of their themes. Miss H (the teacher) provided the fabric, I do the pattern making and sewing.
In my daughter's class they are doing Asia, and the teacher wanted a child size kimono. After a zillion hours figuring out how a traditional kimono is made, staring at wikipedia's pics, and a few false starts, I probably messed it up anyway. But here is my version:
That would be golden silk brocade kimono, with darling little butterflies on it with tiny pink highlighted wings, and a satin obi. Basically the evilist of evil fabrics to sew.
It isn't supposed to be perfect, more of a representation so that the children get a feel for it. Still, I'm glad that the kimono will be going to the school away from me because those princess crazed preschoolers are going to brawl over who will wear the pink and gold kimono.
So shiny. So hard to photograph.
Here is my tester version, made from bedsheets, and my daughter's new favoritest thing to wear:
I am in love with the kimono.
The other class is doing Africa right now, so for them I made a dashiki (well, a couple, but they are all the same sorta thing).
My kid modelling the dashiki in the snow, like a good canadian hippie child:
And my tester:
I'm hoping to get a dashiki tutorial up sometime soon, because it is just so comfy and perfect for boys and girls.