Monday, January 18, 2010

The last remnants of Christmas

I've finally finished the last of the sewing I started before Christmas - and Emma now has lots of these little body suits.

I managed to make every possible mistake while making these. I realised I could get the two patterned ones out of the piece of fabric I'd bought, instead of just one, if I was careful cutting it out but then cut one sleeve out using the wrong size pattern piece. Despite that mistake, I managed to cut out the two garments and then sewed the two fronts together and the two backs together. Having corrected that mistake, I then sewed the pink terry toweling garment together so that the front overlapped the back at the neck, instead of the other way around. But they are together in the right order now.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Emma's Christmas present

I've finally finished Emma's Christmas present - 2 weeks late but better late than never. The pattern is McCall's 2213 and it's a nice cool outfit for our current heat wave.

Here's a back view, which I think is cuter than the front view.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tyvek adventures

Tyvek + Lumiere paint + heat = a lot of fun.

I've been hearing about the wonders of Tyvek for years and finally got hold of some - and had some time to play around with it. I free machine stitched these pieces before painting and heat-shrinking them to see if the stitching would have any effect - it didn't.

This one is painted with Lumiere Halo Blue Gold.

This one is Halo Pink Gold.

And this one is Halo Violet Gold.

I will probably just put the pieces away for now until I decide what to do with them but I can see possibilities for hand and machine embroidery.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A tracksuit for Emma

I found a remnant of pink terry toweling while shopping at Spotlight about a month ago and immediately saw its potential (I think it cost $2.30). I started the tracksuit before Christmas, along with several other things, but this is the only one I've finished so far.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

I'm looking forward to textile adventures aplenty in 2010. When I started this blog about 18 months ago, I was recovering from an operation on my left wrist and had very little use of either hand. In April last year, I had an operation on my right wrist. Both operations were very successful and I have slowly been getting back into the wonderful world of textiles. I currently have sewing, knitting, embroidery and quilting projects on the go (it didn't take me long to start lots of new UFOs).

I made this quilt for Luke James, who was arrived just 2 weeks ago on 18 December. His mother is very fond of cats and appreciated the cat theme in the quilt.