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

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vintage love

Some more vintage love made from upcycyled materials. Both tops are peasant style tops with elastic in the neckline and light airy flutter sleeves.

This first shirt is my favourite vintage item so far. Feminine and delicate, but not pink! I love love love the autumn colours and I added a too cute lace trim at the neckline. It's just beautiful. I'll definitely be making another one for my teeny tiny daughter who is almost 14 months, but still getting around in a 0. Which is hilarious because she was 9lb 6oz at birth. Anyway, the second vintage top looks gorgeous near denim and would look super cute with denim shorts and sandals, perfect for summer!

Again, these are awaiting an a little original label before sale. I'm doing a market on Wednesday night so whatever isn't sold is going to be listed in the shop.

Autumn- Size 4

Playful Vintage- Size 5

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Raffle prize

I just finished these adorable newborn longies as one of the Joyous Birth Brisbane raffle prizes. Once a month a group of women get together and talk natural birth, cosleeping, babywearing, breastfeeding and a host of other attachment parenting topics. It's a great support group for anyone parenting gently. Newbies always welcome :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sweet vintage

A few weeks ago my grandmother gave me most of her sewing belongings. Bags of fabric, buttons, ribbons, lace and even her overlocker. She's been sewing for 25 years, so imagine my excitement to sift through bags of vintage lace, buttons and ribbons!

I made these two tops out of upcycled fabric. I used some of my grandmothers buttons and on one of them, used some of her lace. The result? A very sweet little vintage top. I think it is just adorable! The two tops will be listed in my madeit store sometime next week (once my labels arrive- woohoo!).

Lace Garden- size 3

Colourful Floral- size 4

Monday, November 16, 2009

Peasant dresses... the start of it all

I made these dresses a while ago now, but I felt the need to post about them. They were the first items I made for sale. I need to remind myself why I started sewing for sale. I made these 5 dresses, ranging from size 3-5. They're made from a stunning, imported designer cotton, and I just love them. Why? Because they're gorgeous, quality fabrics, and they're beautifully fun and feminine, but they're not pink!

I began sewing because I didn't want to dress my boy in blue, but that's all I could find. The older he got, the more "mini man" the clothing options became, so I started making my own bright and fun clothes for him. Well, by clothes I mean pants and shirts. You're kinda limited for choice with boys.

Then I had my daughter. She was a planned homebirth. A really hard, difficult birth, but she was born at home, on her own terms, in her own time, and for that, I am grateful. Slightly off topic... but the more you get to know me, the more you'll discover just how much birth matters to me! I am passionate about natural childbirth and even more so about homebirth.

So off we go and take our new little woman to the shops to find some clothes for her and we can't escape the sea of pink! I started making her clothes, because there are so many colours other than every shade of pink and the odd shade of purple to dress a girl in. Oh and don't even get me started on the blueness for boys! So here I am. Trying to provide fun and funky kids clothing to parents who want something a little bit different.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday mail

Some divine mail arrived yesterday :) Some gorgeous certified organic, hand dyed wool from Jolly Jumbuck and some stunning designer cottons. The wool is for cloth nappy soakers and woolies. Wool covers work a treat for cloth nappied babes. Both my children have been cloth nappied. Well, my daughter is still in nappies. I'm really proud that she's been 100% cloth nappied. I love the saying too precious for plastic, it's so true! Anyway, not only are wool covers practical, they're also super cute. The cottons are for some funky boys shirts and also girls clothing. Ooh, and hats! Really cute summer hats!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Designer fabric

I had 3 lots of designer fabric arrive this week. They’ve all been washed and are ready to be cut. They’re mostly for the cotton boys shirts and are just so beautiful. Speaking of the boys shirt, I’ll be listing some on Monday! I am going away for a few days next week though so I won’t be able to post until I get back. My husband will be checking the shop and emails for me so I’ll still be in touch.

Robert Kaufman Animal Party and On a Whim:

Mixed lot:

Michael Miller:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Semi custom orders

After several custom order enquiries I’ve decided to have a go at just listing semi-custom slots at my store. I’ve been taking photos of the fabric combinations on offer, with a measuring tape as a guide for print size. I’m listing some tonight and will be listing more over the next few days, especially as new fabric arrives. Hopefully that will give me time to work on the funky cotton boys shirts.

Woolly mail

My Mosaic Moon wool arrived! This is the most divine wool, in the most gorgeous colourways! Mosaic Moon wool is all sourced from ethically and humanely run farms. I love it. Check out these stunning colours.

L-R clockwise: Copper Patina, Winter Pear, Selah, Birthday Boy, Selkie

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tiered skirts

I’m working on some gorgeous tiered skirts from the “Timeless Treasures” collection. They’re the most stunning colours and gorgeous prints of owls, apples, orchard trees and flowers. I made my daughter one for her first birthday and she gets lots of compliments on it when we’re out. Here is a sneak peak of a size 1. I’ve got two size 1’s, a size 2 and a size 3 cut and ready to sew.

Friday fabric

This arrived in the mail on Friday! Two lots of gorgeous cottons and a lot of cotton interlock. The cotton has peasant dresses and pinafores written all over it. I might even make myself a top out of the brown spot cotton I love it so much.

The interlock is for some simple raglan shirts with contrast colours. Fun and bright for summer. I’ve got some boys interlock arriving soon. Looking forward to being able to stock some funky but simple cotton raglan shirts.

Boys shirt

This is a preview of a boys shirt I’ve been working on. It’s buttonless and collarless so it’s cool and casual for summer. I’m really excited by this! It’s really hard to find cool stuff for boys and I think this is a great item to funk up a boys wardrobe. I’ve made my son 2 of these now as testers and he’s had wonderful comments when we’ve been out. Can’t wait to make these out of matching designer cottons and stock them in the shop.