Thursday, May 08, 2008

Today's sewing..

...just couldn't think of a good title tonight.

Well I decided to use my Ellyse free day wisely today, in a few weeks that day will be gone as I am going back to work.

I completed this pinni for her which I decided to make reversible - two dresses in one, why not? I chose some lovely soft pink corduroy and some gorgeous cream fabric with little pink flowers that I recieved from Novy in a swap we participated in awhile ago. I just love the fabric and think that it is perfect for the pinni. The pinni is a littl big but we should get away with a long sleeve shirt underneath. I am a bit disappointed with my sewing, I just better keep practising!

I made Ellyse these pants last year to go with her 'big sister' shirt. I will never forget the nesting I went through while I was pregnant with Ashton. There was no cleaning involved, it was all sewing. I made these pants on the Friday when I was already 5 days overdue. The plan was that Ellyse would wear them to the hospital with her matching big sister shirt. My poor mother in law got so distressed when Ellyse refused to wear them because they were scratchy, MIL thought I would be devastated - turns out I had more important things to worry about!

Anyway I have been washing them almost weekly for 10 months and they are still as stiff as a board, but I thought I would try my luck again today and she put them on without a fuss and wore them all day! I just love them.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Finishing things feels so good...

I have had a number of unfinished projects on the go and finishing them is the motivation I needed to get into some winter sewing for the kids.

Firstly, I was a bit cheeky on Ellyse's birthday and only sewed enough of her dressing gown so that she knew what it was! Three, or is it four, weeks later I finally finished it! It is just the moat adorable fabric, so soft, and she just loves looking justlike mummy in the mornings (well the one cold morning we have had anyway!).

For a long time I have wanted to make a log cabin cushion after seeing them here a long time ago. Finally I got some cheap cushions from Ikea and 2 little baby girls have recently been born so I thought I would have a go. I am pretty impressed with my little cushion, (not so much the fabrics though, I just used some from my stash) I just need to make sure I pin it and be more accurate with my seams next ended up far from square. The quilting shows that off! For a first attempt I am happy though. This one is for a little baby from Mothers Group called Lily and the next one will also be for a Lily, my hair dressers new little bundle of joy.

I had these shirts all ready to go for a pirate themed birthday party a few weeks ago, but I just wanted to make sure the shirts would fit the little boy before I stitched them. I am so happy with how they have turned out. No more hand blanket stitch for me! Although this is using my mum's sewing machine, not sure if mine would do as good a job.

Speaking of the pirate party, here are my 2 little pirates. This is the best photo I have as my batteries (yes I have 2 and they were both flat) were flat on the day. Ellyse did have a little pirate hat and a blow up parrot for her shoulder, but I think they were disregarded quite quickly.
Now I want to get into sewing some winter clothes for the kids. A pinni and some pants for Ellyse and some pants for Ash too....I just have to get through the ironing pile first.