My only neice has her first birthday next month. My brother and his wife live in a very small townhouse and I know she will be spoiled by all the family she has close by so, in lieu of toys (and since I already gave her the tag along doll I made for her!), I made her a dress. The pattern is the Reversible Kimono Dress by ManiMina and the fabric is the Ghastlies in Smoke from Hawthorne Threads.
(I love Hawthorne Threads btw -- they have a great selection, good prices and ship fast. They have great costumer service, too -- the last time I placed an order they sent the wrong colour by mistake and when I contacted them, they put the right yardage in the mail to me right away.)
fabric.com. Because it's sheer, the dress is not actually reversible which, looking back on it was probably not the best choice: I love the Ghastlies but my sister-in-law may not want to dress her daughter in a Halloween-themed dress after October. Oops.
My six year old was concerned that her cousin might be scared by the fabric. Although the witch is pretty mean looking, I think she's a bit young for that to be true, hehe!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I requested Wee Wonderfuls by Hilary Lang from the library months ago knowing that I wanted to make my niece a doll for her first birthday. Well, it finally came in so I made the Tag Along Doll. I love the pattern -- it's so cute and the instructions are great. I used wool felt purchased from 3 Little Monkeys for her hair, brushed cotton for her body and corduroy scraps for her legs and dress.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I had some fabric left over from my Lisette traveler dress (which I've worn several times now -- I can't say that about too many of the things I've made for myself!) so I made Simplicity 2211 view A. I do love pleats but I'm thinking that I should have stuck to the un-pleated view B version -- the fabric is a little too casual and the pleats don't iron very crisply. I still need to tack down the tabs but I think I will forgo the buttons. I used Sew? I Knit's tutorial to insert an invisible zipper. It was super easy and looks way more professional than a regular zipper. I think the end result makes it worth the extra cost (in clothes I make for myself anyway, maybe not for the kids!).
Back in May I won a giveaway from Cloud 9 Fabrics. My prize didn't come before the mail strike in June so I expected it to turn up when the posties went back to work in July. Still nothing. I contacted Michelle at Cloud 9 and she immediately sent out a package with 13 fat quarters (the giveaway was for 10).
Look at these beauties:
Look at these beauties:
The softest one, however, is from a past collection, My Happy Garden. I love these little birds! I'm not sure yet what to do with them but there are some lovely colours for fall so I'm sure I'll come up with something!