Saturday, May 20, 2006

Sewing Jag

Not sure if this counts as crafty but....
I made this skirt for my neighbour to wear to a wedding. It's dupion silk that I found for $10 a metre at the new Spotlight near us. It even has a train! She couldn't find anything that she liked in the shops that suited her personality, so we ended up going for a Victoriana type of style with the outfit.

Underneath the skirt is a petticoat made of poplin with two tiers of recycled tulle from an old tutu to hold the back out.

She bought the blouse from Sp*rtsgirl, which surprised since I thought Sp*rtsgirl was daggy, but apparently is now considered quite groovy by the kids.

I liked the skirt so much I made another one for myself out of embroidered satin. Who knows where the hell I'll wear it, but I'll find something! I'm even hand stitching the hem. My mother would be so proud! The colour is nicer than it looks in the photo and it looks kind of Spanish.

My next plan is to sew my own bras. They're a total rip off and I'd rather pay the money for the book about how to make them myself and have nursing bras made out of hot pink sequined lace with marabou trim than fork out 100s of dollars for beige nanna brassieres. If one is going to have cracked nipples, then they should at least be wrapped up in something glamorous to take the sting out of it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wardrobe refashion 06

Wardrobe refashion is a blog project I came across to recycle/renovate ones wardrobe or handcraft your own clothes. If you are keen you can take the pledge to abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 / 4 / 6 months. If I had a sewing machine I would consider it - my wardrobe definitely needs renovating!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Book plates & quilty squares

Made some bookplates for a little fella in my life. Stuck them in some birthday books. Here is one, the other one has a spotty alien reading a book - as you do!

Also did a series of animals on squares of fabric for a quilt / wall hanging. Here is one of the test pieces that I kept for myself.