Monday, February 24, 2014

Week 109 : Floral Pyjamas

I made some pyjamas. The fabric is a cotton knit with an organic cotton lace trim.

The fabric may be by Hilco (?) , sourced from Earth Girl fabrics. I've had it in stash for quite a while, thinking I had plenty of time to assemble a project. But now I realise if I'd left it any longer I might not have had enough.

The pattern is my own basic t-shirt and elastic topped wide leg shorts.

The neck, sleeves and shorts hem use the narrow lace trim. The bottom of the top, for a bit mor definition used some of the wider lace.

The lace was bought from Ecoyarns But it looks as though they no longer stock trims. Its a pity,  its much softer and prettier than many other commercial lace.

I finished Wonder and it is enormous. I think its oversized silhouette will be ok with skinny jeans and boots. But I have yet to try that out (and take photographs).
For now here is just the collar. The dress form doesn't really hold it well. It keeps sliding off.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Week 108 : Carousel and Granny Square dresses

This cotton knit fabric didn't lend itself to pieces for pyjamas, so I cut and assembled another easy nightdress. 

I bought my length from Ottobre Design's Etsy website. The same swedish Liandlo fabric is available from CraftyMamasFabrics though.

The pattern is the same as the turquoise and rose print of the week before last. It was a very quick project. It is a good project for when I don't have enough to make full pyjamas (its a pity I've waiting so long with some of this stashed fabric. My girl has outgrown some of the sizes I anticipated sewing) 

I have fabric for one more night dress and then I think this group of projects is complete.

This is a special fabric I bought from the Sydney Craft fair last year. It's a double gauze. (I will update the textile details next post)

I've cut a simple nightdress but it is sized up from my usual template because I wanted to capture the border print on both selvedges.

The bottom edge is more detailed.

I cut the top to take advantage of the carousel horse garland for the neck edge.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Week 107 : Just more of the same

Just more knitting on the kidsilk trio Wonder sweater this week.
I've now finished the back and cast on the front.

Lots of new fabrics arrived this week, so next weekend will have a big cutting out session.
Since I know I'm making a bunch of pyjamas and nightdresses for my kids, I want to do all the cutting in one go.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Week 106 : Rose Print Nightdress

I made a quick nightdress for my eight year old daughter.
The fabric is this bright turquoise floral knit. Only one small piece which I bought about a week ago from CraftyMamasfabrics.

I worked the pattern out myself. A simple tunic with a front gather.

The pattern cutting is very simple and used virtually all of my 50cm x 150cm piece of fabric. I cut it into two 75cm lengths for front and back, and then folded the front down the centre front.

The photograph shows the front folded and just after cutting.
There is a small amount cut out for a neckline, angle for the shoulder seam and a little sliced at the underarm to make the sleeve hem more easily.

Yes, that's my beloved bulldog asleep under my sewing table.

I used the overlocker to assemble it. Ribbon sewn casing on the reverse enclosed a short length of elastic for the gather. I hand stitched all the hems.

At the last minute I added a little more  ribbon for a decorative bow.

My daughter loves it and has already dug in to the fabric stash for more nightdresses.

I promised finished photographs of the Fresh Mint sweater for my boy.
He wasn't a willing model but minimum compliance allowed these pictures. Its very big on him (now I understand how I knit over 1,300m of yarn) but with the cuffs folded up, it will last several seasons.

I think the yarn, Sunrise Fibre Co Aran Tweed, is beautiful. I have their harvest red colour stashed for my daughter.

Finally I cast on a project for me. It is an impulsive project. I was shopping in a local store and came upon Rowan Kid Silk Haze Trio. I love Kid Silk Haze but knitting lace weight is demanding. This has three strands into a yarn I can knit with 5.5mm needles. I chose the colour Alder which is a blue and turquoise combination.
I am knitting Wonder from the Rowan mini collection book.

Its a quick knit. In just this last week I have completed both the sleeves and about 25% of the back.