Girl Sewing

This post has been a couple of months in the making. I made these first two frocks for Adele and her bestie Elva, for their 4th birthdays in October and November last year. Unfortunately, I had to use a friend’s camera and they only just found the cord to download the photos.

I used the Oliver & S Rollerskate dress pattern to make these cute frocks. Adele picked the fabric and selected trim for each dress, which you can barely see along the hem. One has coral crochet trim, the other sky blue.

The dresses are made with a rayon challis from an old Amy Butler range of fabric. This piece has been maturing in my stash for a few years, so I’m quite happy that it has now been used.

 

The girls love their new frocks and as you can see, are quite skilled at accessorizing!

The next outfits were made for the girls for Christmas. Both are fans of The Little Mermaid and love dressing up. Unfortunately, I think most Little Mermaid costumes are tasteless on little girls. So using this tutorial which I found on Pinterest, I made the girls mermaid tail skirts and a simple tank from Jalie 3245, as opposed to a bikini/shell top.

It was so hectic on Christmas day that I didn’t manage to get a photo of the girls together.

 Elva’s skirt is on backwards here, but you get the drift.

The girls both love their costume. Adele wears hers constantly. She has even worn it to Bunnings on a few occasions while running errands with my husband!

I made both costumes with swimsuit fabric from The Remnant Warehouse. This ensures they are easy to clean and don’t wrinkle. They also have a heap of stretch, so they will hopefully get at least a couple of years wear from them.

For one last dose of cute, here’s one more photo of Adele and Elva at dancing class.

They are so cute together!


The girls turned 4 last year

Top 5 Reflections, Inspirations & Goals

This is the last of my Top 5 series. I’m not going to bore you with individual posts about my reflections, inspirations and goals, so I’ll push them together into one post for you.

As before, I’m playing along with Gillian with this Top 5 post. I love reading these posts. I hope you do too.

So here are my top 5 reflections, inspirations and goals:

1. I feel like I need to shake up my style. I’m good at v-neck dresses, both woven and stretch, but what other dress styles will suit me? I love simple tees, but am hopeless at drapey or boxy tops to go with skinnies. I’m pretty good at corporate style pants, but I’m a teacher and don’t need to be so ‘corporatty’. I’m too young to dress old and sometimes I feel like I’m repetitive and a little too mature in my style. I’m going to experiment more this year and see what works. Hopefully I’ll have the sense to experiment with cheaper fabric 🙂

2. I want to sew more jackets. I’m particularly inspired to make a French jacket and a modified Anise. I would also love to make a bright coloured jacket, but that would involve buying fabric to do so, so I need to make sure I know what I’m doing before then. I’d love to complete a fitting/construction class for jackets this year.

3. I wish I could say I’ll commit to buying no RTW, but really that commitment isn’t worth much. You see, I don’t like shopping and don’t really buy clothes. I probably won’t buy any RTW this year, just like I didn’t last year. This excludes underwear, as I have no interest in making that. It also doesn’t include jeans, but I bought a pair last year, so don’t think I’ll buy another this year.

5. I often feel that because I’m so busy with work/kids/husband’s study/etc that I sacrifice making challenging garments for simple, easy, satisfying garments that I don’t always need. I need to ensure that I make things that keep me thinking and building my skills, like a proper jacket or possibly making garments that involve more hand sewing, which I can do on nights after work or when I’m parenting solo.

Lastly, I thought I’d also say that I’m inspired by these bloggers for experimenting and trying new things:

Sallieoh: http://sallieoh.blogspot.com.au/
Leith: http://sewbrunswick.blogspot.com.au/
Rachel: http://boodogg.blogspot.com.au/
Debbie: http://lilysageandco.blogspot.com.au/
Jen: http://grainlinestudio.com/ I need to make a dotty Moss skirt
Melanie: http://poppykettle.com/ for her amazing attention to details and commitment to learning
Leisa: http://achallengingsew.typepad.com/ amazing detail and finished garments!

Tis all for now. I’ll be back with a catch up post of finished items shortly 🙂

Stay happy and stay cool!

Happy New Year!

We are back from our summer holiday and I’m knackered! I don’t feel like I’ve had a moment of rest since finishing school. First Christmas, then camping, then all the cleaning and washing post Christmas and camping.

I hope you all had a fab Christmas and new year. Ours was hectic – we are travelers on Christmas day with no less than 4 stops! – but it was still fun and definitely entertaining.

Our Christmas morning was filled with present opening.

A bike for Adele

Lego for the boys
 
And plenty of books from Santa

There was house smashing.
 
And eating.
 

On boxing day, with a mild major hangover, we headed down south for our first family camping trip!

Berry picking at Clyde River

The kids loved it.

Welcoming the new year with sparklers and dancing.

Lots of play at the beach

And plenty of exploring  in the rock pools
 
 
I’m so glad to be home now and looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation (and sewing!). I’ll be back later with my last Top 5 post and to share some new makes from the end of last year.
 
Happy 2014 friends!