Sunday, 21 September 2014
My friend gave me a pair of curtains printed with the cast of the Disney Pixar film 'Cars'. She thought I could make something out of them and we did suggest sensible options like children's cushions. Did I do that? Nope, made myself a skirt.
I had wanted to make a skirt with contrasting side panel pockets for a few weeks now, and having looked through my BurdaStyle magazines found the perfect pattern in issue 7/2011. (Note to Mr HoffiCoffi - those old magazines I store in that cupboard do come in handy from time to time!) Well I say it was the perfect pattern - it was a petite pattern which didn't go up to my size so some tweaking was involved!
I do like the contrasting pocket panel though. The red fabric is from a bundle of scrap fabrics purchased on Ebay - and judging by the edge finish on the piece I received I think it was probably a tablecloth in its previous life.
This last photo has greatly amused my friends. I know - such a classy lady!
Thursday, 11 September 2014
I was given a present of a big bag of dried lavender this summer. The smell of lavender has always reminded me of my childhood as lavender grew, triffid-like, in our front garden. As summer is coming to an end it is lovely to capture that smell in lavender bags to use in the following months.
I used a moda tutorial I found here. They were straightforward to make out of two charm squares each, but as it involved manipulating the fabric it was quite a good exercise in controlling fabric under the sewing machine. Definitely a case of the last one I made was quicker and tidier than the first one I made!
They are stuffed with toy stuffing along with the lavender to give the bags a plumper appearance. I chose not to fill them too much so they are lovely and squashy.
It was a fun way to use a charm pack.