Thursday, 24 April 2014

The little ones #4 : Alexia

 
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Alexia is my little goddaughter and she has just turned one (how time flies...)! It was the perfect opportunity to make her a personalised bunting to hang up in the room that she shares with her brother, to decorate her side of the room. It is such a simple make: I had a bit of fun with some girly fabric from my stash, a little bit of felt, one metre of bias binding and a button. Happy birthday Alexia !
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The curtain dress

 
The curtain dress ? This is the name given to it by Mr Monkey, always an expert in compliments... ! OK, it was made using lightweight upholstery fabric from Ikea (another 20 metre roll bought for 10 euros some years ago), but maybe that's a slight exageration ? Luckily I have some lovely friends who cheered me up by telling me they thought I had got it from Monsoon ! Alright, they were probably only being polite but it did help, especially as this big-bellied figure isn't the easiest to dress !
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The pattern is from a book by Anna Maria Horner presented in the previous post, and it works as a maternity/ breastfeeding dress, which can also be adapted into a tunic, and has sleeveless and sleeved versions, so it is quite versatile. I found the fit pretty good, the pattern counts many pieces but the explanations are very detailed and clear so it comes together fine. I do like the crossed front, although I prefer to tie it at the back.
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The breast feeding version has a modesty panel at the front which I am sure will be appreciated in a few weeks !
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So, what do you think of the curtain dress my little monkeys ?
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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The spring bag

 
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Hmmm, spring... The bright colours, the smell of fresh leaves, when the sun and warmth return it never fails to bring a smile. So I felt quite inspired by a competition to create a spring bag, unfortunately it was based in France and not open to UK residents.  However, it felt like the perfect opportunity to motivate myself and sew a colourful, greenery-smelling bag for my soon to arrive spring baby !
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The two blue fabrics are from Ikea (got the turquoise one ages ago, 10 euros for a roll of 20 metres : bargain !!) and the green one I think is from Cousette.
 
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The pattern is from this book by Anna Maria Horner which has loads of great projects for babies and mums-to-be. The patterns are rather complex and have a many different pièces (24 in the case of this bag... lots of cutting time!) but I thought it was time for a challenge and to try my hand at something a bit more elaborate. So I gathered a few fabrics from my stash, and here is the result... It doesn't really smell of greenery but I quite like my colourful spring changing bag !
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A little bonus photo to celebrate the return of the sunshine :)  !!!
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