Monday, June 14, 2010

Birthday baking and apron heaven

My friend's daughter was turning 10 and she had an inspired idea for a party - lets bake and decorate cupcakes!

So she was thinking instead of lolly bags they could all take home an apron and a cake box full of cakes.  But, ahem, could I make the aprons for her ?  COULD I ?!  I live for invitations like this!

A trip to spotlight was in order.  We found some cheap poly cotton blends for $5 a metre and birthday girl picked her favourites:

Enough for 10 aprons.  The aprons are just cafe aprons -  a fat quarter and 50 cms of ribbon for each tie. 
Finished !    I am the cafe apron queen.  There's no magic involved, its just hems all around and catch the ribbon in the hem so the ragged edge is inside.   Treat the ribbon end with fray stop.  Voila !

Fruits of their labours:

Gratuitous arty shot

And of course the birthday girl herself had to have a home made gift from me.   A cute pair of pj pants and a little matching pomander / fragrant sachet bag from Nicole Mallalieu's Homespun project

I didnt have any lavender so I filled it with sand that I had drenched in Rose Geranium oil.   And yes the oil overflowed and made a greasy stain on the bag.   Sorry, birthday girl!


ps - oh this is a little bit exciting.   Did some labels using t shirt transfers.  How great is this ?!  

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Doona to Dirndl in an afternoon

Inspired by the crafty lot who refashion out of op shop finds, I've been scouring the local Vinnies and Salvos to see if I too can be adventurous and thrify.

Found this double bed doona cover for $3.75 at the Smith Family and thought, hm... could be a skirt?

The whitish blotch is a camera error.  The fabric itself is unstained and not old and cacky.   Probably not a well loved doona cover by the look of it.  Maybe one of those bedroom updates that don't really work and then it gets stuck in a cupboard for a millennia.

Anyway, the fabric itself is a mauve, then has a ribbon trim and a shot 'silk' border of blue/mauve.

Better detail may be seen here

So I wondered if I should use the concept of this pattern (a current work in progress)
and use the shot silk section as the bottom trim.

I didnt have to do any piecing on this at all.  Just turned up the bottom section and sewed it down using the ribbon to hide the seams. 

Put in a zip, gather it up, chuck on a waistband.   Not that you need a guide on how to do this, but I did read Gertie's tutorials for a bit of guidance.   My fabric wasn't as wide, and I preferred to stop the zip where the waistband joins and close with a button.  I thought Gertie's instruction of one inch of ease in the waistband would be too loose, so of course I only gave 1 centimetre and - its a little tight !   Maybe somewhere in between next time ?

Of course the zip and buttons came from my stash so the only outlay was the fabric.  Not a bad skirt for $3.75 !   I'm wondering if I need to do anything with the fabric that's left over.   There's a whole side left of the plain mauve colour.  Suggestions?

PS - hubbie came home in time to take the pic otherwise this would have been the final shot !

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Simplicity 4520.Toddler's dress with matching handbag. Very Sex and the City.

A bit off topic, but made the cutest dress for a 2 year old whose Mum I used to work with and now lives in Dubai.

Thanks to Tanya for the pattern.  I love being able to share the love  -  pattern wise. 

We got so excited when we saw the handbag that matches the outfit!  Talk about an ensemble!

I pinned it to the dress for the picture (I am tragic)!

and although the pattern had a zipper down the back I changed this to buttons so I could bag the lining and finish off quickly.  Hey, still looks gorgeous.

Jacqueline, I miss you, and big kisses to Carmel.