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. 

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Swimsuit Sewing

The girls always have two weeks of swimming lessons in January and Olive was desperately needing new bathers/swimmers/togs/swimsuit (depending on which state you live in - we call them bathers in WA). A perfect opportunity to buy some of the awesome coastal fabric from Ellie Whittaker.
I had planned to make the one piece in the new Style Arc pattern, but Olive finds separate bottoms and tops easier so I made the top from the pattern. I basted the collar together first and checked that I could fit it over her head and when it fit I decided not to add the zip so this was finished very quickly. The only other change I made was to shorten the sleeves by a few inches as they seemed quite long. I did make the bottoms but they were a bit big and didn't fit quite right so I pulled out an old Kwik Sew pattern (2605) and made new pants with that. 
I love this fabric, I kind of wish I had bought enough to make myself some bathers or a rashie top.






Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Screen Printing with Contact Paper

I did a lot of screen printing with my class when I was teaching up in the Kimberleys. We just used paper templates and it always seemed to work quite well.A few months ago I thought I'd try printing on some fabric and had no luck using paper templates. They always crinkle, let paint through in the wrong spot and the result was smudgy. A few weeks ago I did a google search for alternatives and found a few people using contact paper. It works fantastically!!
I just trace my design onto the paper side of the contact, cut out the design, peel off the backing and stick it onto the screen. It also allows you to cut out tiny pieces, like the centre of a flower, and stick them onto the screen. 

I had a stack of tea towel blanks I'd had for years so printed a few teacher presents.

There are a lot of second hand t-shirts around here that are a bit stained, but still have a lot of wear in them, so I printed a few for Olive and they are good for another summer!
Next I bought a few plain t-shirts from Target. 
 I'm been using Procreate on my iPad pro to sketch simple designs to screen print then I can print them out in various sizes to see what is best on the shirts.

I do have a few ideas that are a little too complex for contact paper so I've ordered some drawing fluid and filler to see how that works.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunflower Blocks

The sunflower blocks are finishes! Now to plan the layout.