Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cool Kindy Pencil Case

My eldest just started Kindergarten this year and I couldn't send him to school with just any pencil case.
I gave him a choice of fabrics and was really pleased that he choose my favourite Melody Miller print from her first line of fabrics, Ruby Star Rising. It's been sitting in my stash for quite a while now in need of some love!
The size was determined by the print - I cut 1/2 inch out from the edge of the viewmaster reels to make eight reels fit perfectly on each side. Whenever I make a zippy now I use the techniques from Oh, Fransson's perfect zip bags pdf pattern - it makes for such tidy zipper ends. I also ironed interfacing onto both the outside and lining pieces, and sewed in a stiff woven interfacing. It should last at least the year!
Inside, one of my fabric faves - a snippet of MoMo's Wonderland scissors. So perfect for a pencil case, and I love to see it peeking out.
Still plenty of finished items to blog...I just need some sunshine to take some decent photos!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bubbles and Ice Cream

I made this bubble skirt for my friend's 3 year old. She always wears very trendy clothes and I thought this fabric and look would suit her perfectly. I can't wait to see it on her!
The fabric is from Joel Dewberrys' Aviary 2 collection - sparrows in aqua, and is lined with a basic muslin. I kind of made up the pattern, but it's heavily based on the skirt from the Oliver + S bubble dress. I used the front skirt and front lining pattern pieces, size 24 months, to cut out both the front and back pieces of the skirt and lining (this worked well for a size 3 skirt, as on the dress the skirt starts up well above the waistline). Then I stitched it together and stitched the elastic as per the pattern. I completed it with a simple elastic casing at the top for the waistband.
I really love it and secretly wish it was in my size. I've been contemplating how to replicate it for me, but it would be more complicated with gathers and a zipper, so not too sure yet.
I thought I'd also include some photos of my daughter wearing her ice cream dress and top, now that they fit properly!
Today, I'm laying out my son's quilt blocks. I might have a quilt top before the end of the week!
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