Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Creative Space

creative space 001 Last weeks scraps for the Doll Quilt Swap are slowly emerging, using this tut that was originally done in felt with glue.

creative space 002 The last ice cream dress is slowly taking shape, with the fat quarter being stretched as far as possible, fingers crossed the end result looks ok.

creative space 003 I spied this fabric on Flickr and while I haven’t bought much at all lately - had to buy some of this for a spring dress - not sure why I love it so but I do. I really can’t wait to get into some warmer weather sewing for me which is just as well as I was in the shops last week (it doesn’t happen often) and there is no convincing me that 80’s fashion is back people!

More creative peeps at Kirst’s – the creative goddess herself, she is even making herself some clouds.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ice Cream Top

Even though this was finished last week it has finally made its way to blog land. The fabrics are a combination of red anglaise yoke and Saffron Craig in Yellow for the bodice. It will be super cute in summer with red tights or denim skirt. I still have one more dress in the works and don’t forget more Ice Cream Social fun at Amy’s till the end of the week.

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020 Andi and Mary don’t read on, but did you see the Fabric Shack has half price shipping until the end of the month – so I think that means $6 for an envelope that they will cram in 9 yards! They seem to have lots of new lines too, like castle peeps and tuffed tweets for $8.20/yd and kona solids $4.20/yd. You can buy in yard increments too if you don’t need a whole one – found via true up.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Creative Space

There seems to be a few things floating around in my space this week. I had some shirts that I cut out for Poppy at the beginning of winter that are still patiently waiting, one more ice cream dress and I may even get some buttons and cuffs on the shirt I started making for Glen many moons ago. The most exciting thing is that I have finally caught up with winters sewing. Yes I know it is the end of July, but that still gives me a few months before summer requests roll in. It is a perfect time to get into some summer dresses for me – that were planned last summer!

creative space 002 The lovely Kate invited me to join in the Down Under Doll quilt swap on Flickr so these are cut ready for a little fabric-y experiment.

creative space 010 And finally back into the embroidery again. Did I show the finished beach girl? i have one panel left until I can finally start putting the quilt together, it has only been a year!

More crafty goodness at Kirst’s ladies lounge

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

An Apple a Day

 ice cream apples 004I broke the rules on this one quite a bit. The original pattern has a V in the middle of the yoke, but since the Kokka Apples is quite heavy I opted to leave it straight.

ice cream apples 002I also changed the pocket details to an asymmetrical apple in red cord and added some Perle 8 embroidery for the stalk. The red stitching on the denim seemed an important detail so that altered the yoke joining method but still with a similar result. You should never be afraid to give a bit of yourself into a pattern I reckonice cream apples 009

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ice Cream Social

Have you seen the Oliver + S Ice cream social hosted by the lovely Amy and Kate? It started on Sunday, but it is never too late to join in, especially when ice-cream is involved and Amy is doing some fantastic instructions if you are new to fabric construction.

I am attempting one of each view. This is the View A dress with Kokka apples and lightweight denim body.006

Saffron Craig yellow dandelions with red analgise yoke is going to be the shirt option.009

And in an amazing feat of tight ass fabric usage I am attempting to use a fat quarter of super sweet Heather Ross bikes to use in the striped option.010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pink jacket Version 2

jacket 029jacket 021 Half way through I was concerned it wasn’t turning out as good as the plan in my head. Poppy was certain that it had to be pink, but was it too purple - so added on the pink butterflys at the pink ric rac toggles and thin pink ribbon to highlight the seam details. On the original jacket the toggles would come undone, but these are much shorter and seem to work much better. The bottom of the sleeves are trimmed with the selvedges, don’t you  love the fuzzy selvedges on wool? The fabric was a perfect weight for the jacket and she didn’t seem to mind it wasn’t as soft as her old one – in fact she loved it – thank goodness. Sorry for the pics, the weather has not been very conducive of late.jacket 023013

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Creative Space

It has been flat out with school holidays and work this past week, but thank you so much for all the Parsley confidence, she is one happy elephant!

zoo 046 The last few days we had someone in to look after the kids in the mornings for a change of scenery. Yesterday, at the park though we forgot to bring home Poppy’s jacket. The executive decision was to take it as a compliment that someone decided to take it home by the time I realise it was missing. The original plans to turn this fabric into a dress, but since it is the only pink and wooly in the stash it now has a new purpose in life. It is heavier and scratchier than the wool but here’s hoping it passes as she only had the one jacket! I am still deciding on what detailing to got with but using the same pattern as the original.

More creative spaces over at the lovely Kirsty’s house.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Creative Space

Once there was a little elephant, Parsley was her name, who had big dreams of what she could be. When she tucked in the trunk night her mind wandered to places far beyond peanuts.

Parlsey 003 Paging Dr Parsley …. she wants to help sick kiddies smile or even lovely ladies like Miss Curly also of the Pops family. (Here doctor’s hat is temporarily MIA)

Parlsey 005 Prima Ballerina Parsley … even though it is have to be a pachyderm on your toes that isn’t going to stand in her way (would you).Parlsey 001Parlsey 002Is it a bird (a really big, big bird), is it a plane – no it’s Super Parsley with her faithful side kick the Pop-inator, keeping all those in Eletown safe from the evil Grownup Grumps.Parlsey 008 Maybe she could be a Princess with horses to ride and jewels to adorn.

Parlsey 015 Or maybe, just maybe she would be lucky enough to one day be …. the love of a little girls life, her best friend and confidant.

Parlsey 019 Just Maybe? Sweet dreams Parsley.

Parlsey 022 Parsley’s bed / wardrobe are from a paper mache beauty box from Spotty. Parlsey 021The bed is just a stuffed fabric envelope with Aunty cookie quilt. The wardrobe is coat hangers cut out of thick cardboard and super glued to the top of the box so the clothes don’t fall out and are all kept together.

More creative bits at Kirst’s. All my creative credit this week goes to the fantastic and inspiring Jodie, the original Parsley creator. Sorry I cheated this week with an already finished creative space, too tired for any new exciting plans yet.