Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NL7696 | My favourite Imogen top

When at a local quilting shop, Periwinkle, I saw this fabric and fell in love.  Sadly there was only 0.9 m left, which they would give me something like 40% off.  Challenge.  What can I made out of that little bit of fabric...a top for Imogen!

Using some stash fabric for the inside of ties and some stash ribbon to jazz it up.  I did the version with a ruffle at the bottom (below the ribbon). 

This has become my favourite top for Imogen.  It's unique and has those special touches - ribbon and contract ties - that you find in RTW.

Gift - Michelle in Bath

I love to visit my friend Michelle in Bath.  It's a gorgeous city in England and she is a wonderful person.  I used to live with her in London where we both rented rooms in a large house in Pimlico owned by this very loud, shouting back at one another three-storeys up Greek couple - Marco and Lena.  Wow was that an interesting house to live in!  The wife would shout up from the basement where their kitchen was, up past the main floor, past the first floor (where my room and Marco's study was).  Michelle lived on the second floor.  Then our kitchen was on the second-third-floor landing.  Yes it was small!  Bar sink was all it had.  But wow could we do dinner parties there...or should I clarify, Michelle could do dinner parties.  I did dishes!

We've been friends since (15+ years).  We both have kids now, and they get on quite well.  So visiting is delightful.

Did I mention she is a fantastic cook?  Oh my.  When we go visit I cannot wait to see what creations she makes with her Aga (a old-style radiant heat stove found in the UK especially).  That's why I love giving her Canadian cook books.  I give the kids Canadian books, so why not her too?!?

I had given her the Best of the Best by The Best of Bridge...so I was delighted to give her the next book in the series.  I have had great success with many of the recipes (and that says a lot).  My favourite being the Orzo Salad...mmm.

So when Granny's skirt had some left over fabric, I was thrilled!  It meant I could make a bag for my dear friend in England.  While I had made her another, it just wasn't sitting well with me.  This fabric felt much more like her!

In fact, these photos are taken on Michelle's kitchen floor.  I didn't have time to take photos before I left Canada this summer when I visited her.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Birthday Gift - Josh | New Cape Pattern

Ooh how I love birthday parties -- I get to use up stash for the gifts!  When in England our cousins asked about capes...which gave me an Ah-Ha moment.  Kids love capes. 

Upon my return I spent some time searching for a cape pattern. The pattern I have is a full circle and takes quite a bit of fabric, and can be quite short if using 115 cm wide fabric.


This one is from another blog called Serving Pink Lemonade with downloadable template for neck portion.


As we know Josh quite well, I am confident I will get honest feedback from a 7-year-old in what needs to change (hopefully nothing!).

We purchased Tiddler, one of my kids all time favourite books, when in England as it is everywhere.  It's a bit trickier to find here as Julia Donaldson isn't as mainstream as there.

What to put Tiddler into -- well a fish bag of course!  I love this fabric and I have some more for Alistair (he cried when he saw it and thought I had none left).


Cape - Outside fabric is poly-crepe-back-satin in a blue silver colour.  Guessing it's from Fabricland and I have no idea what I would have purchased for??  The inside of the cape is quilting cotton from...you guessed it, my mum's stash she gave me.  It goes perfectly.  Very blue, swishy (think Merlin) and blue.

Bag - cotton from Fabricland when men wore printed pants with cartoon characters (aka well aged stash).  My mum purchased for my brothers who are no in their 30's, they were under 10 when she purchased it.  Some things never go out of fashion!



Summer skirt for Granny | B3597

My mum went to a local quilt show and fair.  She saw this beautiful quilting cotton and thought of Granny in England.  She bought two 1 meter lengths (precut) and handed over to me to make something. 

I made Granny, also known as Lindsaye, a skirt a few years back so I dug up that pattern.  I do know that fixed waistbands aren't really realistic for life, so I did some manipulations. 

I put in the zip, made a larger waist size using my french curve to maintain hip shape, and added elastic inside.  There we have it - still a shaped skirt but with some 'wiggle' room.


Friday, September 7, 2012

NL6796 | Summer tops and dress

Wow what an incredible summer we have enjoyed.  We drove and visited family in the US and flew to family in the UK.  As a result, my blog has been dormant...having too much fun with the kids!  I think this is the longest I have ever gone without sewing (well no, when I backpacked...which I got to use my beloved backpack this summer taking the kids on trains and the tube from London to Bath).

I made this pattern up, gosh, last year checking photos - it was 1.5 years ago!  Here are the photos I took of her and her brother when it was first made.  I also made the trouser from the pattern...but they were just odd - too baggy and too long in the crotch length, so they didn't get worn.


Oh and I made a dress too.  But have no recent photo of that.

Sadly Imogen didn't really like the top...but I had a trick up my sleeve.  If you go somewhere and pack only a certain amount of clothes, darn it, they have to wear it!  She now loves the darker top -- and wore it to school today.

So we went camping with friends and a local 'special' lake where you float due to the natural salt water (did I mention SK is land-locked and nowhere near the sea?).  Thus Manitou Springs is very special.  She now wears this top with trousers - super cute!


FABRIC - solid pink is cotton shirt weight with a bit of stretch and the printed dress and accents on the top are a poly-cotton seersucker all found at Fabricland when she was a baby.