Wednesday, 25 April 2012

busy busy busy

 refashion coop
Its not that I havent been creating, but I've just been too busy with my new toy, the Janome 12000.
The link above shows the refashion I've posted lately, but I will have to take some photos of the embroideries i've been working on.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

I won

I'm very excited that I won the sewing for boys I never expected to win as I made a fleece jacket instead of a linen shirt, since we are going into winter here. Anyway, that's what they liked about it!

Friday, 6 April 2012

birthday cakes

Birthday Cakes have been a hobby for some time. I find that you can get away with lots of things just by covering the cake in icing and adding some lollies!

Here is the crocodile from last year. I just made 2 rectangular cakes and cut out the shape. I used the rise in the cake to give the snout shape of the crodile, and added some spear mint leaves bananas and licorice to give it detail.
For the ice cream cake I used some thick Styrofoam I had saved from some delivery to cut out the shape, leaving a mould, and put a few layers of cling wrap over it, then filled it with ice cream and  froze it. i made my own ice cream but i'm sure you could let a normal ice cream tub partly defrost.
When it was frozen I broke the Styrofoam mould away and turned it out. It didn't look bad but i decided to ice it with an icing made by adding  icing sugar to fresh cream, more green colour and more lollies- there you go the Raaaa Cake.


 I love the idea of quilts but tend to find I am too impatient to do them the old fashioned way, so mine are a bit of a hybrid.
This first one that started it all was inspired by me finds a stack of patterns for cross stitch at the Salvation army thrift store and even a few finished pieces. I loved Peter Rabbit for my older boys, but being  a practical soul needed to make something useful, so I made this quilt around that them.
 I use normal polyester wadding and don't do much top stitching as I'm usually over it by then
 This next quilt was for my nephew Jackson. The old janome 9000 got a work out putting on machine embroidery that reflected his family like fishing, vegies etc.
I made this one for my friend's little one. I wasn't sure if it was a boy or a girl so I was going for a neutral idea, which was the animal alphabet. Again the janome 9000 was used, although I had to be a bit inventive like using the fox in grey to be a wolf, and a dark brown bull to be a yak. My husband thought q for quarter horse was a bit of a stretch too, but i didnt have a quail!
Here is another quilt in the theme of dogs. I made a dribble cloth and bib to match.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

sewing for boys - the book

Ok, from the outset I have to say this is the best resource I have come across for a long time for a busy mum who love to sew for her kids. Its got easy to trace and cut out patterns and lots of good ideas.
There are a few errors being a first edition, so make sure you go to their website here and look up the errata, or even check out the web, to see what others have found.

Here the 2 in 1 jacket, which does need a correction for the pocket position for smaller sizes, as the one on the pattern is for the biggest size only. I traced my pattern, then lined up my side seam to the size 6-7 side seam so the pocket's in the right place. If you don't do this, your welt pocket will be too far back and unfortunately as this pocket is cut into the main fabric you'er buggered really.

I made this one for my son, who has a fascination for these lovely elephant buttons, hence the theme. The welt pocket take about 50% of the total time of the project but are a great look. Do follow the authors' advice and practice first!
here is the reverse side:
Actually this was my second attempt- I used the animal print below but it was too girly so I had to unpick it ! I wish I'd know that before I did the button holes!

Here is the jacket in a football theme, as well as a pink one to complement the animal print. I've since done two more girls- on pink and hounds tooth, and one red and tartan. All look good.
To change things up a bit, I've been experimenting with the buttons placement and did one with snaps and a fake button just on the neck, and one with two toggles/ buttons and a tie over.

Here is the just like dad robe. I used pink fleece, with another floral stretch to complement, as this one is for my niece. Rather than line it, I just did a facing  which seems to have worked out ok.

Another mistake in the book is that the front pattern has been cut in half to make it fit on the sheet, and you have to join it back together before you cut it out. There is a star on each edge as a clue, but its not mentioned in the instruction unless you get the errata .

I actually made a mistake when I cut out the sleeves last, meaning there wasn't enough fabric. That's why there is the lovely floral feature on the back of each sleeve! I find you can get away with a lot if you just make it symmetrical, so both sleeves are half floral.

 Here is my attempts at Mr two face, which I did for Stacey's sew along

I thought the pocket looked great, but it was hard to get neat. I did two on one pair, though this made it harder as they need to be exactly right to look symmetrical.

Here are the PJ's which are made with one meter of fleece I had in my stash. luckily I had a complementary piece to get me out of trouble when I ran out of the lettered one.
This pattern is very useful. Apart from the PJ's themselves, which are very cool, I made this tracksuit for my 3 year old to wear when he goes to see his big brother play; I cost me $2 to make!

 You have to use the linen shirt addition to get the neck line right. I used a rectangle collar and added some elastic in a casing and there you have it!

PS Sorry about the foot.....

my creations on flickr

Easiest Ever Children's Dressup

This is my favorite kid's dress up re-fashion. I made about a thousand of these when I was manager of a charity shop, where they sold much better than the boring black skirt they were made from !
You will need: one fairly long black skirt, preferably lined
( or sparkly for invisibility cloak, wizard, red for dracular etc), black ribbon for ties or a loop and big button, another piece of fabric for the collar approx 40x40 cm.

1. Cut off waist band and cut away the back seam to remove any shaping at the back split as well as the zip. This is the front of your cape.

2. Hem along side edges - bottom already done for you! Depending on construction you may do this to lining separately or as one piece. Gather along the top- ignore the shaping on the skirt, it won't matter

3. Fold collar in half right side together and sew side seams. Turn right sides out.

4. Attach collar along one edge to gathered top, then top stitch other edge of collar being sure to catch ties or loop for button. Add big button as desired

Here's the model as a vampire, hence the make up!
here's a copy of the tut i did on refashion-co