Handmade Christmas Challenge

As Tracey at Knicky Knacks has pointed out, there is probably only a couple more months before Christmas items begin to appear in the shops. When you are plannning on making ALL of your Christmas gifts, it’s wise to begin early.

Hopefully by playing along with the Handmade Christmas Challenge, I’ll be able to maintain some sort of creative Christmas momentum and get at least some of my Christmas gifts made before the week before Christmas!!

First on the list: Bucket Hats.

You can never have enough hats for kids I say, so I’ve been collected a stash of fabric with mostly non-directional prints to make a bunch of bucket hats as gifts. Thankfully we only really exchange gifts for children each year, which means I can be pretty wild about fabric choices.

As you can see I have the Make it Perfect Lazy Day hat pattern to work with. Hopefully sometime in the next month I’ll make my a prototype hat before cutting into this stash and begin the hats for gifts.

Next on the list: Girly Kaftans or beach shirts

I think this pattern is just adorable!! It’s a Sis Boom e-pattern, which I purchased on sale from Quilthome and as far as e-patterns go, this is probably the best I’ve ever seen. It’s very detailed with over 40 pages of instructions and sizing charts, then each size shirt is drafted on its own which means you don’t have to trace anything, you can just print, stick and cut. Better yet it is drafted to size 12, which means I should get alot of use out of it.

Each pattern also has a bunch of variations for hem length, sleeve type (short, cuffed, long) then specifically how long you want each sleeve (16 inches, 17 inches, etc.) – very very detailed.

So I’ve measured my two neices and printed off their patterns. Now I just need to decide which fabrics to use – I’m thinking the peach Amy Butler print (bottom left) for one and the Anna Maria Horner print (top left) for the other. I think the Jennnifer Pagaletti print (middle pink) will be a kaftan for Adele, which will possibly also be my prototype before I make the others.

Till next time….

Busy week, but still found time…

This week has been exceptionally busy!!

I started uni this week, my day care lady is on holidays – so no kid free time, husband got a new job, husband got walked from old job, mother in law in hospital again, rain, rain, rain, three hour blackout on Wednesday and just regular life with three little kiddies. But I’ve made it so far and am still here.

There has been a little creativity on the side too – I finished this dress on Tuesday night.

It was really simple and I love it. It is from Cynthia Rowley Simplicity pattern 2586. I made view A with a little length in the hem rather than the ruffle. It’s made with a light weight black textured cotton, which is quite plain, but I think I might use some of my wilder fabric, like the picutred Anna Maria Horner fabric, to make a belt.

Hopefully I’ll steal a few moments today to get to Spotlight for some supplies – maybe some belt rings, a zipper for some new stretch linen shorts I’m planning, some buttons for the pants I finished two weeks ago and possibly some circular knitting needles (if I don’t find any at the Op Shop).

I’ve also caved and bought a pattern that I’ve wanted since it’s release and have begun making a new summer top.

This is actaully a test kaftan, which I’m making with some super light voile from Spotlight. I have some posh new fabric from the US including this awesome Anna Maria Horner voile which is set aside for my second kaftan should the first turn out!.

Bring on Summer!!

Now for the familiy:

Olllie dressed himself yesterday and specifically chose to wear this hat back to front.

James asleep on the lounge.

And cute little Adele.

Fabric love… always!

Part of being a sewer is always wanting fabric. It doesn’t matter how much fabric you have, you generally could always do with more. I just received a nice shipment of fabric and haven’t even cut into it, but am still dreaming of my next purchase. I’m particularly in love with the Matisse range of fabric by Alexander Henry

I just love, love, love both of these prints – the colours, the design, everything! I even know a thing or two about Matisse thanks to those two arts subjects I had to do earlier this year and that hasn’t turned me off!
Thankfully this range isn’t available until September, giving me a good few months to try to use the fabric I’ve just received before trying to buy this. If I can snare some of this when it’s released I’m sure I could make a couple of awesome dresses…..

My kids are orphans…

Well at least that’s what the camera tells me.

Does anyone else find that they never seem to be able to get photos with their children? I think I have only half a dozen photos of Adele and I – that’s all!

So I did try to get some, but without any help from hubby, this is what I got…

Now I have 8 photos with Adele, but I don’t think I’ll be putting any of these up on the walls of my house.