Thursday, March 14, 2019

Applique Ideas

My ideas for quilts don't just come to me when I'm playing around with fabric. A few weeks ago I had 15 minutes before I had to leave for work so I grabbed some paper and began cutting and gluing and this is what i came up with. Four little blocks. 
The flower block has inspired some large applique flower blocks.

And the other ones have inspired a long piece of applique. I'm not sure where this one is going, but I'm enjoying sewing it.

As a bonus my paper collaging became the basis of a fantastic art activity in a primary school class I was teaching later that week!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lino Cut Flowers

A few little lino cut prints I made in February, perfect for cards and the front of notebooks.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Springfield Top and Jalie 3668

The Springfield Top and Jalie 3668 are both perfect to sew when you have limited sewing time. 
I used some seersucker fabric with neon spots from the stash for the Springfield top. I've been saving this for the perfect pattern and this was definitely it. I made this a few weeks ago and have worn it several times.
 Eva was desperately in need of a new rashie. I found this crazy bright blue swim fabric (I can spot her in the pool or river instantly!) in the stash and used Jalie 3668. Jalie would have to be some of the most reliable patterns I've ever used and this one is no different.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Mixed Tape Charlie Caftan

My new favourite dress - the Mixed Tape Charlie Caftan.
When I was screen printing simple things onto t-shirts last year using I thought a cassette tape would make a great print, but I knew it was probably a bit complicated for a contact paper template. So I found some drawing fluid and screen filler in an art shop (Riot and Spotlight stock it if you are in Australia). I'm pretty happy with how it turned out for a first attempt. 
They were a great Christmas present for the brothers'-in-law.
Olive has no idea what a cassette tape is.
Before I cleaned that screen and re-used it I thought I'd print some fabric for myself.
I used some chambray from Spotlight.
And I used the Charlie Caftan pattern from Closet Case Patterns.
I've made this pattern a couple times and I wear them lots. 
I'm really enjoying learning how to create my own textiles, what patterns work and the best way to get prints onto fabric. And at the end I have a dress I absolutely love.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Circles of Stars PDF Pattern

Circles of Stars was featured in Homespun Magazine a while ago and the pattern is now available to download!
You can find it in my shop and also on Etsy!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lena Pants and Sointu Kimono Tees

I first made a Sointu Kimono Tee over a year ago and since then I've made three more. I love this pattern, so quick and easy to sew and it's perfect in a woven rayon.
When I first saw the Lena Pants pattern I knew they would work perfectly with my Sointu Tees. I made two pairs this summer, one from rayon and one from chambray, and they have been worn lots!
Both patterns are have great instructions, are quick to make, and very comfortable to wear. I'm sure I'll be making more of both!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Peppermint Jumpsuit

And now for something completely different.... a jumpsuit!
I really didn't feel the need to make a jumpsuit until I saw the In The Folds collaboration with Peppermint Magazine and then I really needed to make one!
I used some chambray I bought at Spotlight and made no alterations to the pattern except to shorten the pattern 6 inches before I cut it out.
I love it! I'd be surprised if there isn't another one made soon.