Thursday, December 24, 2009

Funky flowers

Funky flower brooches. I whipped these up for the market last night. They're so sweet!

This was hand dyed and hand spun by my creative friend from Fauve Fibres. It was the remainder of a skein I used to make a soaker with.

I hand dyed these last 2. They're also remainder skeins from other projects. I love the red one, it's so bright and beautiful :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What's in store in the new year

What items have I got planned for the new year? Well more cotton rompers for starters, the beach romper I made had overwhelming positive feedback, so I'm definitely making some for the shop. Ruffle pants, a range of skirts and dresses, more simple style peasant tops and halter neck tops in stunning fabrics, and I'm hoping to have some time over these holidays to finalise the collarless, buttonless shirt I've been working on.

I find the greatest range of so-cool-I-want-my-kid-to-wear-that fabrics are usually woven cottons so I'm hoping to finish this shirt pattern and be able to maximise on the range of beautiful cottons available. Pattern design has been much harder than I thought it would be!

I'm also thinking about boy stuff. Boys get so forgotten in the world of cool and funky fashion. So I'm thinking about tops mostly, and not trucks, trains, cars either. Playful, fun, boys clothing with an emphasis on nature or just plain, bright and loud clothes that boys seem to miss out on!

I'm hoping to make more vintage inspired items next year too. Pinafores, sunsuits, tunics, overalls, all the things I love from times when childhood was about being a child, not about being a mini adult. These will be largely from my Enid Gilchrist collection and I'm really looking forward to going through the process of drafting the designs and making them up.

Speaking of vintage, check out this (small) spread of some of the reclaimed vintage fabric I've got stored.

So what am I thinking of using them for you say? Vintage patchwork! I'm planning on making patchwork flared pants and tiered skirts solely out of the reclaimed vintage materials I have and find. I made my daughter a tiered patchwork skirt for her first birthday (see below) and I love it so much I want to make many more, but not out of scraps, just out of vintage fabric. I'll probably make these in larger sizes (4,5,6) because a) bigger sizes would suit the larger, bolder vintage prints better and b) I've been asked when I'm going to start making larger sizes!

Ok, so now that I've touched base and caught up ith everything, I better get back to Christmas crafting.

New fabric

I've had some stunning fabrics find their way into my cupboard over the last few weeks. Check out this awesome rainbow stripe! I've got 4m of this, so loads to play with. Well, just under 4m. I couldn't resist making my daughter a pair of shorts out of this on the day I bought it. Still... plenty for others :)

Brown paisley. I looooove paisley.

Spots and stripes.

Some of the Emily Bloom collection. These are awesome. They're such beautiful and vibrant colours and they co-ordinate so well. I think these are destined to be ruffle pants/capri's.

Michael Miller fabrics. I love these quality designer cottons. They're such lovely and lively prints. I bought extra of the Birds of Norway print. I heart it.

Custom orders

I haven't neglected this blog! I've just been crazy busy! I've had several custom orders to make, and am trying to finish all my Christmas gifts at the same time. Insane. I love these two orders. The peasant top is a size 1, and I love it because it is just a divine print and I'm stoked there is another wee woman getting about in a colour other than pink.

I love love love this ruffle dress. It was custom sized and is the most adorable summer dress, I really hope the giftee likes her Christmas present! How sweet is the mermaid poking out the top of the pocket!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Etsy stocked!

I just listed some skirts and dresses in my Etsy store. Listing takes aaaaaages! I'm really happy with what I've got in the shop, now to get back to sewing Christmas presents and clothes for my kids. Speaking of which, if anyone has a good pattern for kids singlets, can you please let me know? It's so hot here, and I refuse to buy singlets because I have so much cotton knit sitting here!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Market day

I'm off to Fernvale Twilight Market again tonight. Here's a sneak peek of what I've finished today; a halter neck top and 5 pillowcase dresses. I'll be listing these at my Etsy store if they don't sell.

It's really really hot here today, thank god for Playschool and air-con! It's enabled me to get quite a lot done today. I'm now finishing up some cute knitted owl and flower hairclips for the market as well. I'm doing that in the coolness of our lounge room, happily out of the sweat shop for now :)

Upcycled Halter Top- Size 2

Mermaid Stripe- Size 2

Flamengo Stripe- Size 3

Brown Owl- Size 3

Upcycled Green Waves- Size 5

Upcycled Sweet Vintage- Size 5

Ok, so now I really need to work on those boys shirts!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Beach romper

How cute is this?! I made this as a Christmas gift for a family member. She's taking her new daughter to the beach for the first time over Christmas so I wanted to make something beachy, summery, fun, and practical. I'm all about practical. I just love it! It's sized 6-12m. It's got a lined bodice, elastic in the leg and snaps at the straps and crotch. I think a few of these need to be made for the shop!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Newborn shorties

I have decided to sell these. I hand dyed this wool and knit these when I was pregnant with my second child. I made them up as I went, thinking they were a great newborn size... then my daughter arrived earthside at 9lb 6oz... and she didn't fit! So they are destined for sale for a small newborn. They're lovely bright colours.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Something new

So... notice anything new on the blog? Maybe down the left hand side? Like maybe an Etsy gallery?! I had hoped to have everything uploaded and ready to go by tonight, but as it happens, when your main 'job' is to parent small children, you don't get anywhere near as much done as you would like. I've got tiered twirly skirts, pants and soakers to upload yet, but this will have to do for today. I'll finish up tomorrow. So in a quiet and exhausted voice I say "yay, I have an Etsy account"!!

We have labels!

My labels finally arrived yesterday! So today I will be sewing them onto existing finished items, restocking my madeit shop... and going live on Etsy! Couldn't resist taking photos of them and blogging them :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stunning Handspun Soaker

I've just finished this stunning handspun soaker. It is so soft, you can't imagine how soft it is! It's just beautiful. The body is handspun from Fauve Fibres and the trim is divine certified organic WOOLganics. It's quite thick so I don't think it will need lanolising for a while. It's so beautiful! I wasn't sure how this would turn out, I'm blown away by how much I love it. If my daughter wasn't teeny tiny, this wouldn't be making it to sale. Luckily I've got more of Fauve's gorgeous handspun here so I can make a few more stunning, one of a kind soakers. Oh and this pattern is the ingenious Vanilla soaker. It is completely seamless- WOOT!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Market update

Thanks so much for all your well wishes! I'm super happy to report that I was the biggest seller that night! I'm super happy, and super motivated to hit the sweat shop (it is literally a sauna in there) and make more original creations :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

To market to market...

Off to Fernvale Twilight Market tonight! I wish I had more stock, but I'm really happy with what I do have. Peasant tops and dresses, pants, shorts, tiered twirly skirts, ruffle neck dresses, knitted soakers and patchwork skirts. Most are made from imported designer cottons and there are some upcycled vintage tops that I've posted about previously. Have a great night!

Timeless Treasures

These are from the Timeless Treasures collection. The most beautiful browns, creams, reds and oranges with a touch of green in stunning owls, apples, flowers and orchard trees. These four tiered twirly skirts are for the market tonight, and failing that, my madeit shop. The adorable peasant dress is for my daughter.

Apples for Lola- Size 1

All Cream- Size 1

Flowers and Apples- Size 1

Owls- Size 2

Mixed Flowers and Trees- Size 3

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A pair of sun dresses

How cute are these little summer dresses?! I am in love with this fabric, the colours are so vibrant. This pattern is my take on a few features I like from several different patterns- a simple peasant dress shape, with a round yoke style neckline with a slight ruffle to it. I'm quite happy with how it turned out! What do you think? Make more of these or just see how they go?

Stained Glass- Size 2

Pink Gothic Arch- Size 3