Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sewing: Third Time Lucky Delphine Skirt

This Delphine Skirt, by Tilly and the Buttons, has been an absolute winner, and this was my third attempt.  This time around I went for a fun elephant print fabric.  It's a lovely navy sporting white elephants with mint green ears!  The elephant in front of my face is nowhere near as exciting and has boring plain grey ears.  But he's very cuddly. 

I had plenty of this fabric left over to whip up a couple of pinafores, one for my daughter and one for her little cousin who is a only a week younger.  They make an adorable pair, both with a tint of red to their hair and that sweet cheekiness that only two year olds can get away with!  This is my little red head being cheeky in her new elephant pinny....

My little niece looks equally adorable in hers.  (I really need to clean the bird poop of the sliding door behind my daughter.....erww!)
 
In other news.....that isn't pinafore, elephant or bird poop related..... I've been doing some costume sewing for my eldest son who has his very first dance concert on the 14th of November.  He's been doing classical ballet since the start of the year and he is performing in six dances for this concert, one of them being a solo!  I'm very proud of his efforts since he's never danced before and he's doing exceptionally well.  It seems that my life of sewing ballet costumes has begun....a little earlier than expected because I am anticipating plenty of sequin encrusted numbers that I will have to run up for my ballet mad daughter, but I wasn't quite expecting to have to do it for my son.  This time I got off pretty lightly and only had to make two pairs of pants.  I used a pattern for pyjama bottoms that I made for myself out of my 'Tilly and the Buttons' book, which is really easy and was actually the very first garment I sewed for myself.  I went off the smallest pattern and altered it to be a fraction smaller so it fit around my slip of a twelve year old.  I did a denim looking pair and a black pair. 

They certainly aren't perfect...and the black pair I felt like hurling across the room several times...what on earth was wrong with my sewing abilities today??....but I got them done in the end.  Thankfully, from the audience, the weird sewing won't be noticeable! 

 





9 comments:

  1. The fabric!!!! You've really come into the sewing thing full-force, huh!? Imogen is super sweet and I love that you have a matching skirt. You look great, too!

    MUCH LOVE!!

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    1. I solemnly swear I won't wear the skirt at the same time she is wearing the dress! Otherwise she will look back on photos of us when she is a teenager with absolute horror!!! "Oh Mum...you are so embarrassing!!!"

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  2. Hi my name is Kiki and I'm obsessed with elephants. No really, if you say my apartment, you'd understand. Girl I have a box in our storage unit full of elephant stuffed animals. I mean it's excessive, but I can't get rid of all their cute floppy ears! (; I love that you chose a little elephant stuffy in your first photo. I think this pretty works really nice on you, and on Imogen. Lovely!

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    1. Hi Kiki, nice to meet you!! ;) It seems that elephant obsessions are quite common! I'm quite taken with cows, I used to show them as a teenager and then had a job doing it (which was what I was doing when I met Lindsay) Yep, you can't beat floppy ears! Did you see Stephanie's latest vlog with the giant rabbit?? Now talk about cute floppy ears! The elephant toy in this photo is Imogen's. We went to the zoo and Lindsay spoilt all the kids by buying them all a stuffed animal at the zoo shop.

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    2. Did buying all the kids a stuffie put Lindsay into the poorhouse for a few months ?~! Our Oakland Zoo souvenir shop costs so much for the stuffies, I hate to say no to the Little Ones but I also need to "stuff" their little pie holes on a regular basis, every half hour sometimes, and so I patiently explain to them that the grocery market won't accept a toy in lieu of payment for their edible goods. Then we go EAT some more !~! It's hard for them to complain when they are spewing crumbs with every syllable.

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  3. Amber, ellies are my fave animal too. I have a drawer of them, ostensibly for the Littles I look after, but really they are for Moi !~! I spent an hour yesterday looking at elephant fabric and here you pop up the very next day with C.U.T.E.! ! ! fabric and pinnies to die for on gorgeous Ginger kidlets. Make my day--oh you certainly did that !~! Thanks.

    The skirt is perfect on you. Third time's the charm, they say and you have proven them right. It's really cool, Amber.

    Dancing son !~! How blessed are you to have a son so secure in himself that dancing makes him shine from within. Congrats, you are doing so well raising your kids; I feel privileged to be a small fly on the barn wall peering into your windows, enjoying the animals and the kids and the scenery and most of all, your writing.

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    1. You and Kiki should get together to discuss your elephant obsessions! They are lovely animals. Isn't that funny that you were just looking at elephant fabric! Great minds think alike!

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  4. I love the fabric, great skirt! I need a little sewing advice, could you contact me at http://bleu-avenue.blogspot.jp/p/contact-me.html

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  5. You and Imogen wearing those matching outfits together would make for such a cute photo! :) x

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