Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Here is my first thing from the Amy Butler In stitches book. I made the medium size, again from the op-shop doona cover. I hope I use it up soon, otherwise everything I own will be green ;o) I think I have to stop making clothes now, because its hard to see how things fit and drape with a huge 6 1/2 months pregnant tummy in front! I look 9 months pregnant already. The pattern fitted OK, but I think it would sit better with slightly thicker fabric - the doona cover fabric was a bit thin. [Here is the final version]
Monday, April 20, 2009
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Here is another Emmeline Apron I made for Jellyspec who got her mum to bring Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing book in from America for me!! Can't wait to sew lots of things from that book.
I really liked Jellyspec's fabric choices. I think they are lovely and bright and cheery. This photo was taken up at a bach they were renting up on the Raumati coast. We had a wonderful day.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Because I wear it all the time, and I don’t like having a weight on the back of my neck, I’ve made the straps cross-over at the back. I like the original version which ties at the back of the neck better, but I just couldn’t wear that version for any length of time. The ties are wider than they look in the pic - I just didn´t get a chance to iron it before taking the pics. I added a cm to the vertical length of the bust, as otherwise the bust panel just seemed to make too thin a horizontal line on my build. I also took a cm off the centre top front band (meaning that it simply gathers a tiny bit more on the top side of the panel), because otherwise the top of the apron gaped open a bit. I didn´t cut the ties on the bias, which saved fabric. Also, I pull the ties quite tight when I have the apron on and when I tried having ties which were cut on the bias (as per the pattern), I cut them off and replaced them because they pulled too thin & out of shape when tied tightly.
Here is the second one I made below. I tried for retro colours with this one. But I think I over-retroed! My husband said he couldn't eat his dinner while I was wearing the first side... :o) My friend Maree modelled these for me (because I was 6 months pregnant at the time). I can only explain my choice of fabric on my pregnancy... I´ve since cut this apron up into something else as I no longer liked the fabric. What was I thinking?
Here is a log cabin quilt that I made before moving to New Zealand. I sold it this year to a B&B owner, I think. Couldn't quite get the whole quilt in the photo - even standing on the couch. It was my first red quilt and I love the rich, red colours. Its funny making quilts in Australia, because its so warm there, and there are not a lot of months of the year when a person would sleep under a quilt...
Here is my Rolling Star Quilt. I think this was my first quilt, and astonishingly, all the pieces fit together just fine. I think I made it when I was about 17? Just sold this too. My husband doesn;t really like quilts on the bed (he's a doona man). In my experience, New Zealand isn't really a good place for storing things that are not used, as they go musty. So I thought I'd rather sell it and have it being used than have it go mustier and mustier each year. It was sad to let the quilts go though!
I think this was the second quilt I made. I liked blue colours, so I used them again. I think I used up lots of scraps from the big Rolling Star quilt. That's my son and his favourite teddy on the quilt.