More fast sewing

Everything I’m sewing seems to be fast these days. With so much stress building due to upcoming uni work, I can’t seem to concentrate on anything difficult. Despite having a stack of sewing projects lined up for me, with fabric, patterns and notions ready to go, I can’t seem to even think about them.

This time I’ve made simple, fast cushion covers to brighten up our home.

These first two were made with Anna Maria Horner Lou Lou Thi fabric. I love the colours in this fabric and they are so bright and summery. I backed them in another fabric from this range and the trick to making them a super fast sew is making them envelop closures. No zippers or buttons, just a doubled-over back to enclose the cushion insert.

Next some fat quarters from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom fabric line. These are nice, but not awesome like the Anna Maria Horner covers. I really thought they needed to be pieced, but I like my cushion covers serged so they can be washed easily. So I cut the fabric into different width strips, serged them together and then made the big strips into covers, again with envelop closures. I hate zippers and buttons at the best of times and have no intention of using them unless absolutely necessary.

Now I did have a length of fabric strips made up that wasn’t quite long enough for a cushion cover. What was I to do with it???

Make another skirt for Adele of course! I added a waistband and trimmed it with ribbon to add a little length to it.

“Camouflage!”
“Those cushions are wearing the same outfit at me!”

Clearly Adele wasn’t in the mood for taking photos yesterday.

Now that Adele has all of these new dresses and skirts, I really must start making some bloomers to cover those horrible nappies.

Liberty for the little lady

After trekking to my shops this week to sell bonnets (I may have already spent my earnings, but more on that later), I came home totally inspired to make more pretty little things for Adele. First up, I needed to make Adele a simple skirt with Liberty fabric (Rach – are you jealous?).

I needed to bribe her with lip balm to get a photo

I saw similar skirts at My Messy Room in Summer Hill. The ones at the shop were made from the softest light grey and blue floral Liberty, and trimmed with bright red and white grosgrain ribbon. They were adorable! Stav has impeccable taste when it comes to little kids clothes and I highly recommend heading to her shop if you are ever in the Summer Hill (Sydney) area.

I didn’t have any fabric similar to the ones in her shop, but I did have a little Emilia’s Flowers left over from this Tova. I trimmed it with some off white lace, which has been sewn into a pin tuck that also secures the hem. I had a little more length than needed, so created a generous elastic casing with a little ruffle on top. Cute huh?

A little more cute that I spied at My Messy Room was this stunning dress by Olive’s Friend Pop.

Peter pan collar, scallop detail on the bib and over skirt AND ruffle sleeves! Ack – so cute!!!!

I highly recommend visiting My Messy Room if you’re in the area, or if you’re not nearby, check out the online shop.

Dress for Adele

I’m really enjoying fast sewing projects at the  moment. This dress was made last night for Adele. For some reason, even though I stayed up very, very late the night before making bonnets, I still found myself at the machine last night.

This simple square yoke dress is half vintage pattern, half fudged up by me. The good thing about sewing so many little dresses for little ones, is that you can just eyeball different elements of a design.

The top fabric is pink honeycomb kei fabric, one of my all time favourite pink fabrics and the bottom is some quilting cotton from Anthology fabric, which was initially purchased to make into a quilt for the boys, but doesn’t look quite right. One big vintage button closes the yoke.

I love feeling like I’ve achieved something and I am working through some of the stash which is even better. I’m sure more fast and simple sewing will follow….