Monday, April 30, 2012

Ready-in-a-nap-dress


In spite of the fact that I regularly receive emails telling me that I won the Spanish/European/Nigerian/... lottery, I still have to work to make a living, which seriously impedes on my ability to do more useful stuff - like sewing. Sewing is generally something I do during my daughter's afternoon naps, which take about two hours (two and a half when I'm lucky). So if there is one thing I like, it is patterns for simple dresses which can be finished in two hours. And pancakes. But that's a different story.
The Raglan Shift Dress from Whole Grain Baby is such a pattern. I made it in Kate Spain's  Good Fortune Zen  Lantern Flower fabric:

Heather Ross quilts


I must admit, that I've never been a big fan of quilts. For some reason, to me, most quilts looked as if they were beamed up straight from the 1980s. But... a few weeks ago I spotted a gorgeous quilt in this Etsy-shop (now sold). I went looking for the fabric which was used, which turned out to be out-of-print fabric from Heather Ross' Mendocino line. I bought some fat quarters on Etsy and, inspired by Sweetpea's design, combined them with some affordable blue fabric and orange gingham fabric. A complete quilting novice, I started measuring, cutting, and sewing... and found out that making a quilt is actually pretty easy (if you don't use complicated geometrical patterns, I guess I should add).
*** Note to self: iron quilts properly before photographing them ***
I regret some of the choices I made - wish I had put more variation in the size of the scraps - but overall I'm happy with my first quilt. So I made a second one. Also in Heather Ross fabric (Far Far Away III):
I like this one less that the first one - the color combination is not quite inventive - and so does Norah, who keeps asking to put on "the one with the fish" again. Oh well, I can't blame her for having good taste, right?

An Echino dress

Is there anything prettier in this world than Echino fabric? Probably not. That’s what I realized when I saw this dress. And so, I went looking for this out-of-print fabric online, found it, and made a simple A-line dress for Norah. And a cell phone pouch. And a banner for my blog.
the front
the back
I started from a pattern from Style Petite Fille, but made some changes. In the original model, the back was cut in 2 pieces, but I thought it would be a pity cutting through the gorgeous design of the fabric. So instead, I cut it in 1 piece, and made a drop-shaped back closing with bias. Pretty happy with the result, and I still have half of the fabric left to make something else…