Thursday, June 20, 2013

A birthday outfit for Mia

This was a quickie job for my friend's daughters birthday.  Or you could call her my daughter's friend.  She's both :)  She was turning 6 and loves the things I have made her before, so obviously she needed a lovely outfit:

Metallic Outfit for Mia

I used a shop bought t-shirt but then added an embellishment to match it to the skirt.  I made the skirt pattern up - it's a 4 inch band (with an elastic casing to add some stability) to make a dropped waist with a ruffled section of about 9 inches (which was cut about double the circumference of the band to make it nice and ruffly).  I overlocked the seams and did an overlock and turn up hem.

Metallic Skirt for Mia

I used some metallic knit I got from fabric.com.  My only concern was that it might be a bit scratchy, but it washed up OK and it will probably be worn with tights or leggings a lot as it's winter here and it's kind of a wintery outfit.

Metallic Yo Yo CloseUp

I made a yo-yo from a circle of the fabric and then added a sparkly button I had spare from making Issy's hoodie (pictures coming soon).  Then I hand sewed that to the t-shirt and folded them both up in tissue paper  to make it all special :)  Add a Hello Kitty notebook and some little girl perfume and you have a present that knocked her socks off!

And now of course - Issy wants a dress from the fabric...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A cushion for my sister in law (with lapped zipper!)

My sister in law has a throw from Country Road which she loves.  She got it in a sale over Christmas but missed out on any of the coordinating/matching cushions.  As part of a rather belated birthday present (her birthday is Australia Day...!) I decided to make her a matching cushion.

The throw is black with a thin white stripe.  So I knitted a stocking stitch front which matches - it's 8 rows of black then 1 of white.  Pretty boring to knit but looks nice I think:

Kelly's Cushion Front

Then I used a piece of black linen which I had in the stash (I think from the remnant table at Tessuti) for the back.

Kelly's Cushion Back

World's most exciting photo there...and what's with all the hairs?  Damn dog...

Anyway, I *was* excited as I did a lapped zipper.  I have only ever done one before, which was on the denim not-really-Chloe pants but I love the look, especially on things like cushions which you don't want to snag on things.
 Lapped Zipper :)

The first time I made a lapped zipper I had Jill from Patchworks to help me through it.  This time I still followed instructions but this time from House on Hill Road.  I have to confess I still almost quite don't get it.  I mean, obviously I do, but I am not sure if I could do this again without instructions.

But who cares?  It looks fab, she likes it, and that's why we have the interwebs :)