Thursday, January 27, 2011

Warm weather outfits

Yes, I'm back. I kind of lost interest for a while. Lost interest in this and even in reading others' blogs. I found I spent more time blogging than doing anything worth blog. I think a lot of people go through this from what I've seen on others' blogs. Anyway a new year and some changes plus I miss the friendships I've formed and I think I have room for it again. I guess we'll see...

But in the meantime perhaps we'll have a share and I'll show you what I've been up too. I have popped in on many of your blogs from time to time so if there's something I've missed, that you think I'd enjoy, how about you share the link in the comments.

First up I've been sewing heaps. I made most of Rainbow's warm weather wardrobe. It looks like favourtism but Moonshine has soooooo much clothes that it's silly. She's also still at an age where one enthusiastically devoured ragu will send her outfit to 9 rounds of the washing machine before meeting it's untimely disposal. Her time will come.

This skirt is a free tutorial from the blog House on Hill Road. It's very easy though Rainbow likes quite simple clothes and finds the dangly ribbon tiresome. The same goes for the ribbon around the pink dress. The capri pants are New Look 6719.

These department store shirts have been appliqued to wear with the pants and skirts without being matchy matchy. I made two more - one you can see a little of the flowers on Rainbow in the last post. The other was for Moonshine and has been disposed off - case in point! Sorry I didn't iron them! A few close ups..
The bilby is fake fur and I just love how it turned out. This is a new pattern for me Simplicity 2377. It's very easy and has another variation with two tiers. They're easy to make though elastic casings are small so a little fiddly. Also Rainbow finds them hard to put on as there is no give in the bodice to squeeze your shoulders through and she is not a big kid.

I also used this pattern to make a fairy dress. Around this time Rainbow's two fairy dresses, which were gettting heavy use, were getting very short and the weather was getting too warm to wear leggings or stockings underneath. I only found one pattern for a one piece fairy dress but on closer look found it was going to cost about $40 to buy the fabric. Instead I lengthed the top and added a gathered piece of netting with the skirt to make a fairy dress. I'll show you this dress again soon as it's getting "blinged" at the moment.
Another new pattern Simplicity 2376. I normally am drawn to brighter colours but I really like the fairy fabric one. Rainbow calls them Grandma fairies!
I sewed four pairs of pyjamas for each girl (two long, two short) using Simplicity 2734 and my new overlocker skills.
I also did a little restyling. The dress on the right is Moonshines. In it's former life it was a one piece jump suit. Neither of my girls could ever wear it as their chubby thighs kept bursting open the press studs. So I cut it off and added a frill and it turned into a very wearable dress. The one on the left started out as bathers. When they lost their stretched they too were chopped and converted into a fairy dress.

Finally a little tease: I made a dress for Rainbow's birthday with one of her pictures hand embroidered on the front. This dress uses New Look 6719. Can you guess what type of party she had?

I'll share that next time.


  1. You have been so busy. The dresses look great and I especially like the Bilby. Nice to see you back blogging again!

  2. Wow! Such gorgeous fabrics. We too regularly use the skirt pattern and have now leave out the ribbon . So glad to see you back :-)

  3. I go through the same thing. It is no fun to blog when it becomes a chore. It is esp. difficult when life gets so busy. I am glad your back!

    When we moved I packed up my sewing machine. It has been sitting boxed up ever since. You've inspired me to go hunt for it. I really like your appliqu├ęd shirts. The fairy dresses with netting are great. I can't believe you made one out of a bathing suit. What a great idea! Thanks.

  4. Hi Zoe,
    That's interesting that your girls have the same issue with the ribbon. It does look cute thought doesn't it.

    Hi Kim,
    I'm glad you can relate to that aspect of blogging. It's amazing how many times I've found an interesting blog and the last entry is the author's decision to stop the blogging for similar reasons.

  5. Awesome work - and I know what you mean about blogging. Since moving to Perth I haven't been able to get back into the swing of it, or to reading blogs either.... But as of this week I have finally posted and loaded all my RSS feeds into Outlook, so now they're there for whenever I need a break from work (lunch!) so it should spur me on to post more.... I just wish I had been as creative as you in the intervening time. I've done very very very little.. I just can't get my head around it, but I'm hoping I'll get over it.

    Looking forward to going to the Kalamunda market on Saturday which might inspire me to get creative at last :)