Sunday, October 5, 2014

Not-too-mumsy maternity wear

Maternity wear - URGH!!! It's expensive and most of the time either too cutesy for my taste or just plain ugly!  Now, I hate sewing with knit fabrics so I will pay a bit more for a few items with stretch (I highly recommend QueenBee  or ASOS for a couple of staple items) but when it comes to paying up to $80 for a t-shirt just because it will fit a pregnant figure, I get hot under the collar.

So when I found DIY Divas's terrific tute for the perfect maternity top, I jumped at the chance to make some tops nice enough for a corporate wardrobe or weekend wear.

It took me a bit of time to rework the tutorial to a bigger size but worth the effort to make the sleeve hole big enough that you won't rip the front fabric the first time you bend over? What do you think?

I also followed Deliacreates' great tutorial on maternity skirts. I loved this japanese inspired fabric from Spotlight but the project did remind me how I hate seeing with slippery knits!

Skirts skirts skirts

I've been looking for nice skirts for bug for awhile now but frankly can't go past the ease of making them myself. Here's my latest two using fabrics from my stash

Tea'd up in knots

With the onset of summer it was time to update Puggle's wardrobe for the warmer weather.

When I came across this teacup print at EastCoast I just couldn't pass it up and, with some help from Elsie Marley and Grosgrain Fabulous, these adorable knot shorts were born!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Recent projects

A year back at my day job full time has seriously encroached on my sewing time but I've managed to knock out a couple if things. Mostly gifts!!

Bug will not wear knitted beanies so big thanks to DeliaCreates tutorial for this one!

An indigenous print dress for young miss' 2nd birthday.

A quick whip up for miss' bestie from daycare's birthday.

And a few bibs made for friends' bubs. Ro's Dad is Scottish hence the flag ;)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Twice twice the trouble trouble

So what do you do when your friend's twins turn 8?  Why you make them matching but not matching quilts!

With a boy and a girl in play I decided on a simple block quilt but with striking fabric that reflected each twin's personality.

Knowing that Miss A loves pink but wanting to make a quilt that she would still like in her teens and twenties, I went with a Kumari Garden charm pack sourced from the fabulous southernfabric on Etsy.

In order to make a quilt of a sufficient size for a little rascals, I bulked each one out with a selection from Spotlight.

The most difficult thing about the quilt was finding a binding that lifted the quilt as there is so much pink and yellow in it nothing seemed to work....  and if you've ever tried to find the perfect yellow you'll know it's a fool's errand!  Luckily I had some beautiful blue mosaic print in my stash which fit the bill brilliantly!

So here's the completed work for Miss A.

Master J loves all things green, a difficult colour to find without hitting camo styles but I was delighted to find Comma in 5 inch squares.  He also loves a good yarn (pardon the pun) so the punctuation seemed appropriate!

I bulked out Master J's lot with a selection from Spotlight too which, oddly enough, was actually pretty simple.

Here it is in progress...

Same pattern and a fabulous plain charcoal to lift the whole quilt.

In the end I think I prefer Master J's quilt as it has a very striking quality about it and let's face it, I'm not big on the super pretty stuff generally.

I took all these photos in various locations around the Brisbane CBD.  I especially love the softness of Master J's quilt against the industrial look of the staircase!!

Here are the obligatory full shots side by side of course!