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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lyra's Christening Gown (pic heavy) on: March 08, 2010 02:41:57 PM
I made this Christening gown for my friend's little girl Lyra. It's the first time I've ever made any clothing this small so it was a bit of a challenge. Lyra's due to be christened on Sunday! I just finished it yesterday then realised the hem sits funny on one side so it looks like it's longer than it is! Ah well! I cam up with the pattern myself and I quite like it! If I were doing it again though, I would definitely add sleeves (I'm not good with sleeves and I didn't want to risk it in such a short time frame!) The under layer and bodice are sating with a lace trim. The bodice is lined and the skirt has a layer of chiffon over the top. There are two box pleats in the front and three tiny box pleats at the back to give it some good volume. This has been so fiddly to do but I'm quite proud of it, even if it hangs weird (the side that looks longer actually drapes over Lyra's mother's arm  so it looks all cascadey and waterfall like)

As always, C&C welcomed! (BTW, it could do with a good ironing, but I just want it out of my sight for now!)

(Sorry, I can't seem to get this to display right!)

(The front bodice - could do with a good pressing)

(The back view -  you can really see how weird it hangs in this one)

(close up of the back - the neckline meets better when it's on!)

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lavender cupcakes on: January 16, 2010 03:46:38 AM
I made these cupcakes using the Hummingbird bakery recipe (The Hummingbird bakery is rapidly becoming a London institution by all accounts!). I slightly modified it to make it less lavender-y just in case people didn't like them (they're for a baby shower) The recipe recommended leaving the milk and lavender leaves together in the fridge overnight for the cakes but I let them in just for a couple of hours. I also used Golden caster sugar to make them a little sweeter. I left the lavender and milk for the butter icing overnight and piped it on this morning. AS it's for a baby shower for a little girl I left the purple food colouring out but sprinkled edible pink glitter over the top. I'll let you know how they went down!

(I can't post images yet, but here are the urls!)
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Bunting for a Baby Shower on: January 16, 2010 03:41:19 AM

I'm throwing a baby shower (today actually!) for my good friend Mrs Z. They wanted to name their bump but didn't want it to be anything they had heard other people calling theirs so they named her Little Miss Z. For the baby shower I made her bunting with Little Miss Z on it so they can explain it to their little girl when she's older. I also didn't want to be making clothes etc since they got tonnes and tonnes of them from other people and I thought this was different.

Mrs Z is decorating the room with Red gingham so I bought some matching material, cut a cardboard template out and got sewing! The backing is just plain cream linking material from Ikea (1.99 a metre!) which I cut to match the front and made a big strip for the top which is longer at the side so it can be tied or pinned up. I cut letters out from felt and machine stitched them on in red for contrast. Anyway, have a look at the pictures and let me know what you think! (I have to pos them as URLs, sorry!)

Prior to sewing it all together

And all sewin up at the end:

She'll be getting it in half an hour - her's hoping she likes it!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink butterfly quilt on: January 16, 2010 03:09:19 AM

this is the first quilt I made from a pattern. It was much too smal for my double bed so I made it almost twice the size at the end  which kind of threw out all the perfect lines. The pattern's from Sew Hip magazine and is basically just patchwork with a lot of applique butterflies sewn over the top (they took almost as long as the rest of the quilt though!). I hand quilted it all after so it doesn't look  too hot but I love it all the same. Let me know what you think!

(sorry, i'm having to post links to images as I can't post up pics yet!)
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Some little Suasage dogs for a friend. on: January 16, 2010 03:03:58 AM
I found this pattern in Sew Hip magazine here in the UK and I thought these would be perfect for my friend! She absolutely loves Daschunds but can't have one just yet so I made her some! There are two here: the red and cream one was obviously the first one made because it's just atrocious. I'm giving it to her anyway because he has a certain lovable charm to him (look at that wee face!). The blue one I made out of sheer embarrassment for the first one. He was made from some left over material from a skirt I made.

Let me know what you think! I know they're a bit wonky but I think they're cute anyways :-)

(images are here, because I can't post pics up yet - sorry!)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first completed skirt! on: January 16, 2010 02:56:32 AM
I always end up making dresses (they're just so easy to wear!) so this time I decided to try a skirt. I used some fabric from Ikea which is upholstery fabric, but has a nice stiff quality to it that lends itself to the pleats. The pattern came from the Twinkle by Wenlan book. I didn't line it mostly as I could be bothered and because I have enough slips and things to wear underneath it. Anyway here are a couple of pics, let me know what you think!

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