Friday, October 29, 2010

Peacock ornament

This is a present for a very special girl in love with peacocks.
I found the pattern on the internet and although tiring due to the tiny stitches, I am glad I undertook the effort, because it turned out fantastic.
I plan to wrap it up nicely with the peacock feathers I have, but I'll have to show you that some other day. I have some errands to run as of immediately, so be well and have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Moonlight flowers necklace

This is my Anthropologie inspired necklace.
I quite enjoyed making it, especially the flowers which are combination of dark purple organza and the silver taffeta.

I have several meters of this silver taffeta and love making accessories with it because it does brighten up clothing with the shine the fabric has and makes a nice effect.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Carnation necklace

During the weekend I made this beautiful necklace I can't take off of me!

It's made of a jersey piping, a remnant of a skirt I made years ago, filled with beads, and adorned with a lovely carnation.

Today I am working on another one inspired by the famous Anthropology. See you tomorrow!

The tutorial for the carnation can be found here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Baby wrap -wrapped up

I finally have my baby kimono ready.
Today I finished embroidering the tiny pink roses and the green leaves. I didn't want to be quite plain so I think this small detail came in just nice. The little baby princess has an older sister and I want to send something for her too and I am considering a knitted scarf or a headband.

For the baby wrap/kimono I used this Lion Brand pattern, and I recommend you visit the site. They have some amazing patterns for all ages and most of them are for free.

Back to Lion Brand. I am currently obsessed by this.

Isn't this gorgeous? And it is also for free.
Would love to make this for myself. Maybe if I start now, I'll finish it in a year or two. What do you say?
That's why I like sewing more. You draft the pattern, cut the pieces, sew them together and you have a piece of clothing in a jiffy. With knitting it is a totally different issue. You have to work laboriously and for a long time (and curse a bit when you realize after a bazillion rows that you've made a mistake) to actually make something presentable.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dandelion Dress remake

Yesterday, reordering my wardrobe I impulsively decided to do something with my Dandelion dress. I worn it twice last year, and I didn't enjoy its length at all. I didn't feel comfortable in it.

So, I butchered it successfully. I cut it off just a little above the knees, I took in the front and the back darts, and took off the unfortunate dandelions I wasn't satisfied either because I didn't like how they appeared sewn on the velvet. Instead I made three rows of ruffles and attached them as a bib.

Next, with the left over rectangle piece I made myself a bolero. That was the easiest thing to do.
I added a ruffle along the neckline and I got the cutest little thing! Now, I am sure I am going to wear it a lot.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fabric embroidered brooches

Sorting through my ever growing stash of fabric, ribbons and other stuff I dug out a box full of fabric embroidered brooches I have never shown here.

As you already know I am nuts about fabric accessories. I also have a soft spot for brooches, especially embroidered ones. As you will notice yourselves, they all feature flowers since I find Mother Nature remarkably inspiring.

French knots (Remember what I told you about these?)

Up-close and personal...

Flower arrangements purely romantic. You can guess the mood I was in.

This is actually a cushion for the rocking chair of Mr. Augustus the mouse (it's a long story...).

I hope you enjoyed the display!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My new dress

Well, here is the dress I made last week.
Unfortunately I don't have many pictures to share as I was hoping I would. My dear family (husband and daughter) made about twenty pictures out of which I was able to use (n)one, mhh, sorry family. (Should have brought the tripod!)

This dress was inspired by all those Japanese dresses I drool at, but I didn't use any existing pattern for it. Instead I drafted the pattern myself. I love how it turned out especially the ruffled collar and the lacey belt.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On my needles

What you see here is the front right part of a baby kimono I've started during our escapade.
I hope to share some pictures later this week. The pattern is hilariously easy but the result is adorable.
I've got tons of laundry to wash up, and house cleaning to attend to (make that manage and execute).
Talk to you later!

Friday, October 8, 2010

All packed up and somewhere to go

Can't tell you how excited we are to be going away for a while.
On Monday there is a national holiday so we get one lovely prolonged weekend!
We'll use it to visit grandparents! So grandparents, brace up... for the avalanche is coming!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Genesis pendant

French knots.
I discovered a whole new dimension with them.
A person crazed by them.. mmm, ahem.....that would be me!

I named this one Genesis.
Couldn't make up my mind whether to use it as a pendant or a brooch, so decided it should be both, i.e. depending on my mood.
With the insertion of a pin behind, it easily transforms into a brooch.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Out of track

Well, we've been out of track today!
My little pumpkin woke up with high temperature and I had to take a day off.
I steered myself steadily and prepared for a day of tea making, temperature taking, fit throwing (not on my part!), stories inventing and induce monsters fighting (preferably taking my part quite seriously is going to get me on top of my son's list).

However, he's been as good as gold and feeling just fine. He did everything I told him to do, drank his coughing syrup, tea, ate his breakfast (I'll lie down later and allow the guilt to devour me completely for thinking otherwise).

And I did manage to finish a dress I made yesterday. I am showing just a bit, because I can't take a good picture inside. Inside the house it is as dark as a pit. Why you may wonder? Because it is raining cats and dogs, that's why.

For the dress I used the lace I bought recently and I am delighted how it looks in combination with the bluish fabric.
I plan a nice photo shoot for later this week so the dress may take a while to appear.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Cork embroidered cuff

Let me introduce my cork cuff.

Couldn't stop experimenting with cork embroidering, and I like how these turned out!

And if you just thought that I have gone slightly mad to actually embroider the cork discs wait until you see my french knots!