Monday, May 21, 2012

Simplicity 2226

You don't get to see me very often on this blog.  Ella seems to be the main star, but I thought I would come out of hiding and show you a creation for myself.

My last couple of attempts at making clothing for myself have been disasters!!!  It really put me off sewing for myself, and I went back to sewing for the kids.  Their clothes seem to be so much easier. They always fit and they come together easily.

With winter coming, and receiving a pair of boots for Mothers Day, I thought it was time that I tried again.

When I first learnt to sew I made a skirt for Ella. Once I had mastered a skirt, I moved onto other things. So I thought I would do the same. Start with a skirt and then move up from there.

A skirt may not be a big thing for most people, but a skirt for me is HUGE! I don't wear skirts! I only own one skirt and the only time I have worn it was for my brothers wedding in 2006!  

The skirt pattern is Simplicity 2226.  It is an easy pattern to sew.  I didn't read any of the pattern instructions, I used the 'sew along' from Noodleheads blog. It only took a couple of hours including tracing and cutting.

I love how the skirt turned out.  I was worried that it would look silly and I would have wasted my time and fabric, but thankfully that wasn't the case.   The skirt is a little bit messy inside (more than I would have liked) but I am sure I can fix that one the next one.

With my first wearable garment in the bag, I am sure you will see more to come!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Evil Spending Fairy

Just call me the evil spending fairy. I like to find specials to help you spend save money.

Oliver and S patterns on sale for 20% off at They are on sale until 14/05/12 - usually $US15.95 each, but they are $US11.96 which is a bargain, but to add to the savings, go on and enter and you will be able to get other coupons to save even more money.  I used LUCKY13 which saved an additional 13%.

Here is what I bought

Another great thing about buying patterns from, shipping for 4 patterns to Australia is $3.95!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rose Pyjamas

On Monday night there was tears. Usually the tears are caused by hair washing and hair brushing, but this time the tears were caused by a pair of pyjamas.  Ella had washed her hair and it was time to get into her pyjamas. She wanted her flower ones. I gave her a purple pair thinking that was what she wanted. She was very upset. It was not those ones she wanted, it was the flower ones. I told her she didn't have a pair of flower pyjamas.  

Ella reminded me that I had made her a pair of flower pyjamas and she wanted to wear that pair.   Then the penny dropped. It was another one of my WIPs. Another garment that was fully made except for elastic and buttons.  I promised that we would finish making them on Wednesday

Even though didn't speak about the pyjamas yesterday, when Ella got up this morning, she reminded me that we need to finish them.  I promised once Harry was asleep we would finish them.  As soon as Harry went down for a nap this morning she had me going through the garage to find the boxes with my sewing machine and my WIP box.

It was so good to get back behind my machine. I was seriously having withdrawals.  I was really disappointed that I only had button holes to sew, I could have sewed for hours.

Ella is excited to say the least. Happy to have her flower pyjamas. I am happy as it is one less WIP taunting me.

The pattern is O+S Sleep Over Pyjamas.  I love this pattern. I have made it once before. It is a really easy pattern to put together.  It is a size 3T. I am loving that the pants fit Ella without having them bunch too much at the top (as she has such a small waist)

The main fabric is from Spotlight. I don't know how this is happening. I have picked up quite a few nice fabrics from Spotlight in the last few months.  The contrasting fabric is an oldie but still one of my all time favourite fabrics - Tanya Whelan from the Ava Rose collection.  They need to re-release this fabric - I love it!!!

Now that my machine is  out - stayed tuned. I think my sewjo is well and truely back!!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Christmas Bubbles

Did you miss me?

I have been trying to get my house in order and missing a little thing called internet. What a drama it has been.  I . It is 26 days and counting and I am still waiting for Telstra to connect it. At the moment there doesn't seem to be any end in sight. Every time they promise me a date, they break their promise. After a big tantrum they have  lent me a wireless unit.  I feel like I am part of the world again.

I haven't started sewing again. I am missing my sewing machine! I have found my machine, but the other bits and pieces are still under a mountain of unopened boxes. The problem I have, if I found it all, I still have no where to keep any of it. This rental is no bigger than a postage stamp. How many months is it until my new house is built?

This dress was actually made for Christmas. Actually, it was meant to be for Christmas. I got as far as the button holes and left it for nearly 4 months. 

It is the Oliver and S Bubble Dress. I haven't made one of these for a couple of years. It was quick and easy to put together.  I made it a size 2T, but lengthened the skirt part to a 3T as Ella is getting taller, but not filling out at all.  I have seen so many beautiful examples of this dress on Flickr, I knew Ella had to have a new one. It is out of print and I paniced that I only had the smaller sized pattern. Luckily I had bought the larger one previously.

The fabric is from Spolight. It is Japanese tana lawn, so really light and has lovely drape to it. It is lined with Kona Cotton in White.

I really love how it turned out. I am disappointed in myself though. I wish I had gotten it finished for Christmas, or maybe even for summer so Ella could have worn it more.