The Fishsticks Playhouse Dress is a lovely dress featuring puff sleeves and a flared skirt.
It super quick to make with a stylish result:)
This is the first time I have used a stretch knit for the top, and cotton for the flared skirt. It is fractionally large for my daughter, but this is deliberate. She chose short sleeves as we head for winter – it WILL fit next summer!!!
I am delighted to bring you this wonderful pattern parcel – five patterns from independent designers raising money for childrens education. Plus the sizes go from 18 months – 16 years, a great age span:)
If you love dress making for your daughter/grandchild/niece you can buy the patterns here.
If you are like me and are really inspired by seeing how patterns look in different fabrics visit other stops on the inspiration tour;
I am very excited to be taking part in this blog hop – the theme to create anything in the colours red, black and grey around the topic Rush Hour.
If you have not visited me before one very big Welcome:) I enjoy the challenge of upcycling a former item into something new. Regularly creating bags out of former clothes – this challenge is perfect for me:)
I started off with this wonderful tweed skirt, you can imagine my delight when I discovered it in my stash fitting the theme perfectly:)
The skirt is a 100% wool, with sewn in pleats. I have set myself the challenge to create as many Rush Hour themed items as I can from the one skirt.
First off this gorgeous bag, which highlights the original pleats from the skirt. I have lined it with red cotton, and included an internal zip pocket. Hardware for the bag is rescued from an old bag. There is a tutorial here if you fancy making one yourself:)
With the left over fabric I unpicked the pleats and washed on the highest setting on the machine to felt the woollen fabric. I created the tablet sleeve with complimentary red fabric (a former curtain).
If you fancy making your tablet case I have a simple tutorial here.
Next up a smaller ladies shoulder bag, again lined with complimentary red:) It’s such a fab colour combination.
Having sketched this bag out I am chuffed it fits a mini IPAD.
I am delighted with all of them, in fact I am feeling inspired for these to designs to be the basis of a new autumn range.
Which is your favourite make? What would you make with an former tweed skirt?
Red, White, and Black will be stopping traffic!
Visit this wide range of bloggers to see how they have interpreted the theme:)
This week is Waste Less Live More week, the title being fairly self explanatory:) The week aims to raise awareness that environmental and social issues are interlinked and tackling these issues together is a far more effective solution.
I have signed up to take part in the Be Resourceful challenge. To be honest it comes with perfect timing for me. I have been seriously tempted by a £15 off if you spend £30 on Ebay Fashion, 20% off Marks & Spencers (I was thinking winter tights) and £25 of you spend £50 at Body Shop.
I am delighted to say I have resisted, I don’t need any clothes, irrespective of whether they are second hand, or any more makeup (which I wear at the most once a week!). I have this saved my wallet at least £40:).
The Be Resourceful week focusses on different ideas each day:
So here’s a run-down of them:
Perhaps there should be a swap it day?
Today I have been working on making items for blog posts later in the week, and Fixing:)
A friend of mine borrowed this handbag from a work colleague, unfortunately the handle broke. I offered to repair it.
After an attempt at trying to create leather straps I moved onto fabric (to be kind to my sewing machine). Hopefully they are strong enough to hold.
I am going to be visiting the Waste Less Live More site daily to read the variety of interesting guest bloggers. I hope you have a good week,
I enjoy sewing and pattern making focussing on recycled bags. This love of recycling and caring for the environment is my excuse to haunt charity shops for bargains!
I blog about these, come join me on my journey!!