Monday, July 30, 2012

More Triangles

I have a thing with triangles at the moment.  I don't know what it is, but there are some beautiful examples that can be found on flickr and pinterest.

Here is one of my favourites.

Found at Blue is Bleu

On Thursday I bought a 60 degree ruler. I now I just have to work out what fabric I am going to use

Do I use a collection of my Kona and Bella solids

If I use all of these, the quilt is going to pretty bight. It can either work or look really really wrong. Or do I use...

My Kona Posideon fat quarter bundle.  I am anxious thinking about cutting this up.  In Australia when you buy bundles from overseas, they don't come wrapped up like this, they are flattened out to get into the envelope. This one was bought from Hancocks of Paducah (free shipping taken advantage of) and I was happy that is still came wrapped and in order.  I know it is only fabric, but it looks so lovely in a bundle.

So what do you think I should use?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ella in Pyjamas

Get ready for picture overload!!!

Today was a beautiful day. It is a lovely winters day, felt like it was over 20 degrees, with barely a cloud in the sky.  Makes me grateful for where I live

With such a great day, I thought it would be perfect for a pyjama photo shoot. Don't you always think of wearing your pyjamas to the beach.  Luckily it is only a short dash from the car to the sand, so we didn't get too many weird stares.

It was a little windy, a bit of problem when you hair touches your bum. Maybe next time we will remember to pack a hairband to keep stray hair at bay.  Ella found a way to overcome the wind issue


I finished these pyjamas a couple of weeks ago and it has taken me that long to be able to get some photos of them. Ella has been wearing them constantly. 

The fabric main is from Spotlight - it was the fabric that I bought when I broke my self imposed ban.  I don't feel too bad though, as I have used two out of the four fabrics that I bought.  The cotton is really soft and perfect for pyjamas. I am a little miffed that I only bought 1.5m as it was only $5/m.The contrast fabric Ella chose from Lotta Jansdotter Echo line.

The pattern is Oliver and S Sleepover Pyjamas. I love this pattern, it is really easy and relatively quick to make and it is really comfortable for the kids to wear to bed.

Both pairs that I have made for Ella have become firm favourites, and all other commerically made pyjamas are only worn if the 'Sleepover' pairs are in the wash.

This wont be the last that you will see of this pattern, I have already made a pair for Harry and they are currently waiting to be finished..... what are they waiting on? You guessed it BUTTONS!   They have only been waiting for a couple of weeks, so it is not too bad.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Desperately Seeking Hat

Do you remember this hat?

I really loved that hat, and I guess someone else did too.

It went to daycare last week for the first time and it did not come back.  I was hoping when Harry went back to daycare on Tuesday that it would have been returned, turns out we weren't so lucky. 

Guess what one of my next sewing projects is?  A new daycare hat.  Rather than having his name on the tag, I think I need to make the next one a little more obvious.

If you see someone wearing Harry's hat, can you tell them he is looking for it. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gaggle of Geese

I was surfing the internet at work on Thursday and I came across this quilt on pinterest.

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

I knew that I had to make one of my own. 
Problem though, I have never made a flying geese block. At least in this day and age, it doesn't take long to find out how to make one. I watched a couple of YouTube videos and decided that I needed a flying geese ruler.  Trip to the quilt shop on the way home from work to pick up such ruler, only to be put off by the lady who told me they were easy to make without a ruler.  Without much belief in my accuracy skills (being a lefty) I went home a little deterred.

Yesterday I got stuck into my flying geese.  My first one wasn't the best and was left discarded, but after 76 I am on a roll

One thing that I did discover yesterday was the 1/4" stitch on my machine

Stitches 33 and 34 are for 1/4". I can use my normal sewing foot and get a perfect 1/4" seam. I am really excited as I never liked the 1/4" foot that came with the machine and seams were not quite accurate.  With this I can sew 1/4" on both the left and right side of the foot.

Problem now?  I have run out of Kona Cotton in black.  I have another 50 or so of these to make the quilt. I swear I have more of it, but it is just a matter of finding it. With the state of my fabric at the moment, it is easier said than done.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cheap Thrills

I love a bargain. I am trying to resist from buying fabric, but when Spotlight had their spend $100 get $40 off, I thought I would go in and buy a few things that I needed for projects that I wanted to make.  One of those things I needed was red denim.  I wanted to make an Oliver and S Trench Coat and for the make up bags that I made for SIT. I found the perfect denim, it was $19.00 a metre. I thought I would stretch for 2 metres. Usually I would never pay that much for denim fabric, especially from Spotlight, but this time I needed it and didn't really have too much of a choice.

Fast forward to check out and that same denim rings up for $3.00 a metre!! I nearly fell over! I got the lady to cut me another 3 metres, to make my haul 5 metres of red denim.

I haven't cut out the trench coat yet, but I thought I would make a Figgys Ayashe skirt.  I bought this pattern for the shirt, but as Ella always wants to wear skirts, and she does not own many, I thought I would try the skirt first.

I made a size 12 - 18 months, yet lengthened it to a 2-3T.  Ella can still fit into 00 shorts so I did not want to make it too big around the waist, seeing it is flat fronted.  I probably could have gone a size smaller in the waist, as it bunches quite a lot at the back

You can also see that it is a bit too short for Ella, so she could go a couple of sizes up in the length. She is wearing it with leggings, as it would probably be a bit inappropriate if it was left without.

Ella loves the pockets in the skirt, and I added a little detail, which will match the shirt (when I get around to making it)

As much as I like the skirt, what annoyed me was the pattern instructions. They are pretty poor.  I guess I have been spoilt with the Oliver and S patterns, but these instructions really leave a lot to be desired. A beginner sewer would really struggle with them.

This skirt uses very little fabric, probably about 1/3 of a metre. So at $3.00 for the denim and $1.00 for the three buttons, this skirt works out at about $2.00, so you have to be pretty happy with that.

Do you like the modelling photos? Someone was a little hyper when we took them. 

Even the dog had to get into the photos

Harry also loves the skirt and insisted on trying it on and wearing it. I will save Mat the embarrassment of publishing those photos.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Harry Hippo

Harry loves hats! When I went to pick the kids up from daycare this week, Harry and Ella were playing together and Harry was wearing Ella's hat. 

His daycare hat has been missing for a couple of weeks, so I thought it was about time that it was replaced.  Things seem to go missing at daycare quite often, so I did not want to spend money on a hat. I had actually cut out a Make It Perfect Lazy Days Hat months and months ago, but hadn't gotten any further.  Perfect time to get rid of another WIP

Fabric is from Ikea, same fabric that I used here. I love this fabric and will have to buy some more the next time I go to Ikea. The inside fabric is a op shop purchase quite some time ago.

I bought this pattern years ago and only made it once. The general consensus with this pattern is that it runs small. When I made it for Ella she was 1 year 9 months and I made the medium size for her and it was too big - and it actually still fits her at 4 years 7 months.  Harry is 2 years 2 months and the hat is a bit big for him as well.  Maybe my kids have small heads.

This hat is really quick and easy to make, I really don't know why it took me so long to make it again, and why I left it cut out for so long.

I am glad to say that Harry loves his hat and he will have a new one for daycare next week. An extra bonus is that there will be no one at daycare with the same hat, so hopefully it wont go missing.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Liberty Love

Do you remember this post. When I first saw this version of the O+S Swing Set Tunic, to say I was smitten was an understatement.  I was in love.  I knew I had to make one for Ella.

I started probably six months ago and left it when I got to the hemming and buttons (can you see a growing trend here.) 

As I have been slowing working through my WIPS, it was about time that I got it finished off.

Photo does not really do this top justice. It is a cloudy, windy and cold day outside, so these photos will have to do.

The main fabric is my first ever liberty purchase, bought from Earthgirl Fabrics called Wiltshire.  It is lovely and soft and was beautiful to work with.

Another favourite part of this top, the buttons on the back.

 I actually bought 5 buttons to go down the back, but as I have carried them around in my wallet for the last six months, two of them have gone missing.

If you haven't tried this pattern, you really should.  The pattern was out of print, but luckily you can now get it on digital download from the Oliver and S website.