Monday, September 14, 2015

Sewing is Addictive

My new found hobby has officially become an addiction.  I can't stop thinking about it, I can't stop thinking about what I'm going to do next and I can't wait for the kids to get distracted long enough to give me time to get cosy with my sewing machine.

It started innocently enough with a simple circle skirt that I made for my little girl.  I found the tutorial online, and after purchasing a pretty cream fabric with a vintage looking floral print, I set to work on my first creation.  It was supposed to have a simple bit of elastic as a waistband, with the elastic actually showing, but thinking this was going to look a little naff, I decided to create a waistband of fabric and slip the elastic through that.  With a little bit of fiddling I figured it out, and although it wasn't the neatest job, it was done.  She wears it with her shirt over the top, not tucked in, so the little imperfections don't really matter.

My next sewing adventure was revamping my pink dress, which you can see here.  For this I had to make up my own pattern for the fabric at the hem, and create a collar, so I was really chuffed when this came out.  Just like a bought one!  Now the fabric I bought for this little project was a pretty pale pink with polka dots, but I bought WAY too much...so I had plenty left over to tackle my very first dress...a pretty little dress with frills at the shoulders.  I've bought a lovely collection of sewing books, all for beginner sewers, and this one Sewing For Your Girls by Yoshiko Tsukiori proved even easy enough for me to follow!

I found if I read ahead the instructions freaked me out a little, but doing each step, one at a time, was completely manageable and I was really happy with the end result.  Not only was I pleased with how it came out, but I was also totally excited that I was able to follow the instructions without losing my nerve!

This was the end result....
You might not be able to tell but there is pale pink lace on the edge of the frills at the shoulders and also on the top of the pocket on the front of the dress.  It gives it a lovely old fashioned look!

This was our evening at the park.  It was a surprisingly warm day today, so I decided to take the kids out on their bikes (me pushing my daughter in the stroller and struggling to keep up!) and they had a lovely play, before I sent my eldest son down to the shops to pick up some fish and chips, which we ate sitting at a park bench.  A really lovely simple evening with my children!
 
 


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  1. Awesome photos and such a darling dress. Looks beautiful on Imogen!! You did a great job!!

    MUCH LOVE!!!!

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    1. Thank you! Although she looks cute in anything...but then I'm a bit biased! The photos hide the teensy whoopsy mistakes, although there wasn't too many so I was pleased. It's weird but I feel like a kid who has just learned how to ride a bike! New skill over excitement I think! lol

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  2. Oh Imogen's little dress is perfect! You did such a great job! Before you know it, you'll be that mom that's like "psh, I can make that," to everything in the stores. I totally wish I had your skills because the prices of kids clothes these days are border line outrageous. I'm not sure how I'd survive without Target. (;

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    1. Thanks so much! Actually it's funny you should say that. I was forced to wander around the shops for hours today as I had to get my car serviced so they dropped me off at a shopping mall. I was looking at all these pretty little girl dresses in a shop called 'Pumpkin Patch', which has lovely things (more expensive than Target), and where I might normally have bought some of them I was like....no...'I think I would be able to make that!' Like you I love Target for kids clothes! x

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    1. Ooo...I'm not sure about sewing tutorials! I'm a total beginner but I'll keep you posted with my progress! Maybe one day........! Perhaps I might inherit some of my mum's sewing skills...or even her father's, who was actually a tailor by trade! x

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  4. I love that you sew clothes for Imogen. And it makes me laugh when you think about how easy it would be to make some of the pieces we see in the stores--I'm right there with you. You did great on the dress-very very cute.

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