21 December 2011

It was a very good year

Does anyone else like to indulge in ridiculous head games? Lately, I've been looking back through 2011 with my should'a, would'a, could'a goggles on. So, as a little feel-good exercise, I decided to make a collage using 'collage' (funnily enough) on Picnik. And seeing it all like this...turns out I haven't been sitting on my butt all year. Step away from the whip.
This was a great way to finish the year on a good note, kind of like hanging kindy art on the wall again. I can't recommend this enough, if you've been doing some sewing / crafting this year and could do with a little self-nurturing!

As for you, Mr. to do list ...
  • Re-vamp an old chair CHECK
  • Make / thrift clothes CHECK. Lots of thrifting. Making clothes takes forever.
  • Hand-make and buy handmade gifts No
  • Become unimaginably FAB at sewing Progress
  • Buy my fruit / veg at the markets CHECK
  • Turn an old suit-case into a retro picnic set Nice in theory
  • Get a fringe CHECK
  • Start a 'dress-up' box CHECK
  • Make our rented town-house a home sewing nook taking shape, priorities people...
  • Make brownies and rice-paper rolls mmm CHECK and CHECK

How about you...did 2011 meet expectations?

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. An exciting 2012 awaits...

15 December 2011

Step Right Up

Crazy Christmas mode has hit and we haven't even got the tree up! There is a whole bunch of sewing going on behind the scenes but everything is a WIP right now. So...I thought I'd share with you some baby boots from last year. The story is, around the same time, I came across the Japanese cotton/ linen blend fabrics on Etsy and this pattern. I think my Etsy 'favourites' crept up to eleven pages of fabric. I was planning to make the boots to sell on Etsy and modify the pattern to make them easier to get on. But I ran into some ethical issues, namely: using someone else's pattern eeek! It's a steep learning curve this sewing / blogging business but I know for sure that I definitely want to go about it with integrity and create Good Craft Karma (which I'm sure is responsible for telephone dress success). I realised how much thought and time must go into pattern making, and I certainly don't want to rip off a fellow crafter's hard work.  A pattern making course might be called for in 2012...

01 December 2011

Up Up and Away

I can't believe it's been this long. Turns out a three month stint in a country town, three job changes and a broken camera has left YOU all post-less! Anyway, I'm back with my regular, semi-regular up-dates...and today I have a gentlemanly Pea Coat for you. (Or 'Pee' coat if your little someone is being a little turd during the night)

 Pattern: Unisex Pea Coat by Dear My Kids (etsy)
Outer: Japanese Cotton / Linen blend (etsy) 
Lining: Austen Powers baby-poo velour.

The velour was the one piece out of a great lot of thrifted fabrics that I brought home and thought, 'it's hideous...what was I thinking?!' And then I remembered this beautiful version of the Pea Coat. I used some dark denim from the same thrifty pillage for a contrast under the collar, sleeve tabs and the self cover buttons. I was planning to take some width out of the coat so it's a tad more up and down for a boy and forgot...does it look like a dress?

 Anyway, I'm quite taken, as many of us are, with the idea of vintage, yesteryear, old-world, tailored little kiddie clothes. I especially liked the idea of a gentlemanly pea coat despite it being totally impractical in our sub-tropical climate. Oh well, I'm pretty sure practicality went out the window when it seemed like a dandy idea to make clothes for a whole year. Along the way I'm discovering that sewing is definitely not quicker and, once you develop a taste for designer fabrics, not cheaper. Who's complaining?