My Creative Space – more bonnets!

Bonnets, bonnets everywhere!!

My journey down Bonnet Lane has continued these past two weeks. I thought my design was quite final, but now I know there was a little more room for improvement and have added a soft elastic back to provide a little extra shape and comfort for babe.

So here it is, the final product – how adorable is this little bonnet!! Oh and the model is such a dream, well a teething monster at the moment actually. Can you believe an 11 month old can cut a molar!!!

Now we’ve been wearing our little bonnets almost every day and we are getting quite a few compliments and requests from others for one of their own. Up until recently I hadn’t been selling garments anymore but, if there’s anything that will change your mind, its people asking to buy an item off your daughters head!

Just last week at the park two dads seperately came and spoke to me about little Adele’s bonnet! How awesome is that! I mean a dad, a man! My husband would never speak to another mum at a park, let alone inquire about an item of clothing!!

So you may notice, from the right of the screen, that I’m now selling these lovely bonnets. They can be made in three sizes (0-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months) and can be custom ordered – some people prefer a nuetral side, like the stone linen blend bonnets and some prefer bold fabric. They’re not cheap, but they are fully reversible, so you are getting two bonnets in one, which I think is pretty good value.

So there you are, I’m selling again and not too soon. You see, my finger ‘accidentally slipped’ on the QuiltHome website this morning and I may have ‘accidentally’ purchased a bunch of Anna Maria Horner fabric on sale – 25% off – woo hoo!! Clearly she is my favourite fabric designer – I can’t wait till  her Innocent Crush line is released in voile later this year – I have plans, oh yes! I have plans!

So does your little one need an awesome little wardrobe addition like a little betty bonnet? Do you have any friends having babies right now? They’d make a perfect gift…… alright end now.

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Hits and misses

So as I mentioned in my last post, during last weeks Kids Clothes Week I found myself frantically sewing a frock for myself to wear to a Hens day. In fact, I managed to sew two frocks! One was a great hit, the other, a terrible failure.

I think I’ll start with the hit, and it’s a hit on so, so many levels!!

To begin with, I used a lovely, small piece of fabric already in my stash (yay!!!), I found some matching bias tape (which I’d inadvertantly purchased some time ago thinking it was black) and I managed to work with an existing pattern and style I’m comfortable with, to make this:

Pretty cool huh? The fabric is so, so awesome – I can’t believe I hadn’t used it earlier. It’s a silk cotton blend from a cheap fabric shop, My Hung. I think it was only $8 per meter and I only purchased 1 meter – what was I thinking!!

Here’s a close up of the fabric, it’s dark navy with a teal, crayon-like leaf swirl and sillouettes of animals and leaves in beige. Can you see all the animals? fox, squirrel, bird, rabbit?? So cool!

I loosely based the dress on Simplicity 2586, the Cynthia Rowley tunic with no sleeves, but as I only had a meter of fabric, I didn’t have enough to make bias trim for the neck and arms. I only just had enough for a front and back panel, and the pockets, though one is cut sideways but it’s inside, so you can’t see it.

Because I didn’t have enough fabric to make the bias trim, I used commercial bias tape and undersewed it, like in this tutorial. I also pleated the front neckline as I knew this would come up a bit better when sewn down by the bias tape.

The red sash was made just as my friend was collecting me – eek! It’s just a couple of strips of red fabric that just happen to perfectly match my red, strappy wedges! As you can probably tell I’m pretty happy with this dresss just a little more length in the hem to make it a little longer for teaching. The planets just seemed to align making it all work, which was really important given I finished the dress late the night before and the sash just as I was running out the door.

Unfortuanely this success didn’t come without some cost. You see, I strayed quite considerably from my fabric comfort zone while trying to make Simplicity 2360. I’ve been dying to make this frock for a while, and even have fabric set aside, but when I saw a discounted, satiny border print at Spotlight on sale for $6 a meter I snapped it up thinking I might be able to get it to work. Boy was I wrong!

The dress actually photographs better than it looks in real life!! The red ribbon is just there so that it doesn’t look like so much like a big sack. The fabric was TERRIBLE!!! Really tricky to work with and had a really unusual stretch (up/down, rather than side/side). I also only purchased 1.5 meters, meaning there was only just enough to cut the pattern pieces, not including the pockets, and meaning I wasn’t able to add the flounces.
So while the fabric is terrible and the waist is too high for me, I think this pattern could still work and I will be trying it again, with the fabric that I’ve had set aside for a while now.

Kids Clothes Week – the round up

Well, Kids Clothes Week didn’t quite finish on the same note that it began on. While I did achieve some progress in the first few days, other priorities took over during the last few. You see I had to make myself a dress to wear to a friend’s Hens day on Saturday, but when that frock turned out to be a disaster, I had to make another! Then the last two days of Kids Clothes Week were consumed  by attending the Hens and then suffering the consequences the next day. Aparently someone spiked my drink with wine!!

So the results from Kids Clothes Week (or half week in my case) include:

  • a half made Oliver & S Birthday Party frock,
  • two pairs of very, very simple boys shorts,
  • a finished Oliver & S Bubble dress
  • a sunsuit
  • a skirt and bloomers combo and
  • a half finished sunsuit

Seems pretty dismal to me!

I’ll pull the two dresses out later today and iron them to document the massive failure and huge suceess of my own frock sewing from last week. Stay tuned – I’ll be back tomorrow….