Monday, March 22, 2010

Tools of the Trade

After the last post, you can imagine how handy this new tool is.

Every sewer HATES to unpick. This makes it a somewhat bearable task.

Good old Lee Valley Tools.

"Pro"!!! Maybe double as a surgical scalpel if the needs arrises.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vintage hankie rosette

How cute is this wee rosette made from a vintage hankie that was too sweet to possibly blow your nose into! I have a massive stack of hankies and scarfs from a friend of auntie sally's who is cleaning out her mothers house. Hmmmm what to do, what to do??? then I came across these ruffled rosettes. I cant claim this as my clever idea, thanks to Rufflesandstuff.

I think 3 or 4 of these toether would look good too.

Now, if you have any other ideas what to do with this stack, let me know.

P.S. this photo was taken by Giles. it was by far the best of my 'self-portraits' and all the ones mum tried to take.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The 10 minute toddler skirt

it can't get much easier than this.

take 1 bandana, cut in half. sew up the 2 side seams to make a tube. overlock the raw (cut) edge then fold to make the casing for your waist elastic. guess how big your daughter's waist is (because she is fast asleep) then thread your elastic through the casing & sew ends together. go have a coffee and twiddle your fingers until said daughter wakes up so you can try on your newly sewn skirt.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Sheer cuteness!

Why was I so scared about doing this it's so easy!
instead of tidying & getting ready for our busy week I sat at the machine to pump out the remainder of my cloth nappies (before the wee gal grows out if them). two inserts later I wad bored, bored, bored so decided to swap gears completely and sew her up a shirred dress.
All the tutorials out there say it's so easy and what do you know, it is! I'm hooked now. I couldn't stop at one dress and whipped up another, then matching bloomers for the 1st dress.
Now, who else do I know who NEEDS a dress/top like this?