Just a simple summer skirt. The pattern needs a couple of minor adjustments,but I'm pretty happy with the results so far.
The skirt is cut on the bias to give some flexibility to the top, and the over the bump band is generous, though can be folded down like yoga style pants if desired.
Very similar to the winter skirt I made,but now the sun is threatening to start shining (maybe?),I thought it might be time to scare the world with my white (and rather stubbly!) legs!
Once I've refined the pattern, I may post a tute if anyone is interested.
We've been spring cleaning the garden today...can you do that? Well, anyway we have had a jolly good tidy up out there and planted lots of veggie seeds. Of course there's lots more that needs doing , that's the thing about gardens...
While tidying up I noticed how sad and ugly my old peg bag was looking,so whipped this one up out of some Boden fabric, lined with canvas and one of the kids plastic coat hangers.
I have an urge to go out and buy co ordinating plastic pegs, but that's a bit silly considering I already have about a million pegs isn't it?
Now I just need some pretty fabric to make a new parasol cover for the garden table.....
After making the Dahlia Baby Layette, I had a few scraps of fabric left, just enough to play with for this baby bonnet that had been swimming about in my head for a few days....dreamed up at 3am while bubs is kicking away at my bladder.
The pattern isn't quite right,but I think it's rather cute anyway. Woody on the otherhand looked most puzzled when he saw it. I suspect he thinks I'm too influenced by the little house books I love so much. I confess baby Carrie was in my mind quite a lot as I was sewing!
These will be leggings for the baby, at least I hope they will be. I'm following the Zimmermann pattern to match the cardigan I've already finished.
Not feeling so great today, I think Sid has generously shared the bug he had the other day with me,and I feel sick, sleepy, a bit dizzy. Don't think much is gonna get done around here today.
Sid, (And Angus who had the bug at the weekend) was only ill for one day though,so hopefully I'll feel well tomorrow, I'm going fabric shopping for something very special tomorrow, and I'm very excited!
Oh yes and one more thing! I'm so excited to tell you that my little dahlia booties were featured on the Spoonflower Blog ! How cool is that? I'm so chuffed!
...just as I was taking this pic of the last day and a half's work.
A baby kimono style nightgown, trousers,cloth wipes, breastpads, and nappies...no fabric wasted!
All made from lovely soft flannel.
This yarn I bought the other day matches perfectly too.
Well the start of one anyway.
A kimono top, and trouser set, trimmed with brown bias binding. Nappy wrap, and booties lined with killington flannel. Kimono top, trousers and nappy wrap are all patterns drafted by me some time ago. The kimono top is a shortened version of my baby kimono.
I've had a lot of fun making these today.
Sorry, photo's are not great, light has gone this evening.
Hope everyone is having a good day. I've been busy busy busy,but am very lucky to have received lots of lovely pressies from my great kids and hubby.
Thought you might like to see my new labels too, I think I like these.
....and decided to keep the appliqued silk and corduroy mei tai I made at the weekend. I'm also keeping this baby. Double sided silk podeagi with applique.
This one has been on my to do list since the lovely Big Mama planted the seed of the idea after asking me to make a special podeagi for her new baby a few months ago.
Sadly I didn't get any decent pics of that pod at the time,due to a combination of horrible morning sickness and wanting to get the carrier to Becky as quickly as possible.
While I am keeping this pod and the mei tai for myself,I'm going to be adding one custom slot for each to my store on Sunday evening, when I'll (fingers crossed) also be adding some instock ready to ship pods too...it's been a while. Pregnancy and mechanical problems have been a huge hurdle these past few months,but hopefully I'm back on track now..at least until my belly gets too big to fit in front of the sewing machine anyway.
My latest batch of Spoonflower fabrics arrived this morning. I much prefer the large Dahlia print in the half step repeat,and I love the colour of the small dahlia designs.
I got the Teal Dahlias printed in a mirror repeat and a half step repeat.
Pretty happy with these.
Getting all excited about baby now I've finished this baby sweater. the pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitters Almanac. The February Baby Sweater.
I love the pattern, despite my first few false starts,I really enjoyed knitting this and have enough yarn to make matching baby leggings.
I used Debbie Bliss cashmerino dk which is so soft and lovely to knit with.
Doesn't it go perfectly with this little vest I bought today too?
Oh yes, and clever people reading who have spotted no buttons...I know, I know!
Today my two middlies had to dress up for world Book Day...which was actually last week, but hey ho!
To be honest neither they or I were very excited about it. Their school has a very restrictive list of books the children are "allowed" to dress up as,and it's been the same list for a looong time too.
Eden is a cake from Alice In Wonderland...that hat is meant to look like icing and a cherry...
Angus is Jack from Jack and the beanstalk, I did consider, then quickly re consider an axe.....
Once a month I host a sewing circle for a handful of local home educated children...much to my schooled childrens annoyance..oops!
Tomorrow we are going to be making these aprons using some white cotton we tie dyed last month.
I've just finished preparing the sample and instructions,and am now hoping they are clear enough for the children attending, guess we'll see tomorrow.
If all goes well, perhaps I'll post the tutorial here too, and maybe the results of tomorrows hard work too.
Wish me luck!
After making up the little grey bag earlier today,I was inspired to make up this little clutch using the same pattern, but minus the strap and button tab.
I used a fat quarter of some Garden Party fabric by Anna Maria Horner, and lined the bag in hot pink silk. All finished off with a sparkly brooch. This one is a pressie for someone very special.
I spotted this great tutorial on whip up the other day and instantly knew I had to make it up in this piece of vintage cotton I've been saving since last years antique textile fair.
Really lovely patttern, I'm not usually a little bag girly,but I love this design.
I'm not 100% happy with the button tab, that's quite tricky to get right,but it's not terrible,and I doubt anyone else will really notice..I hope!
Oh yes, and I scanned this fabric before cutting into it. I love it so much I'm probably going to get it reproduced at Spoonflower sometime, or at least a version of it.
Ottobre Maternity Top. (Ottobre Woman Spring/Summer 2007).
I made a size 46,but really could've got away with a 44, still I guess at least this has bump growing room, unlike a lot of my ready to wear maternity tops.
This morning's update:
I decided to wear my new top today,but it needed a few tiny adjustments first. Can you see the difference?
To be perfectly honest, I'm not 100% happy with this, it's just too big. Usually if sewing from an Ottobre pattern I make either a 44 or a 46 and the fit is just fine,but this is obviously a much more generously proportioned design. If I make this again,and I might I'll probably make a 42 or maybe a 44....
Or maternity pyjama pants depending on your point of view! I made these this afternoon,I used a maternity trouser pattern Simplicity 8530. They make great,comfy,roomy pj pants, but honestly I would never wear this design outside of the house as day wear, they really do look like clown pants, especially if like me you try them on over rainbow stripe knee high socks!
The fabric I used is a cotton flannel, I made a cropped length and added mint lace to the hem. The waistband is adjustable with button hole elastic.
Woody did take modelled pics,but really that's not something I need to subject you to!
They go very nicely with the mint green t shirt I bought in Tescos today. (fairtrade cotton t shirts Two for £6).
I made some washable wipes and breastpads with the scraps too.