Saturday, 30 November 2013

Bush walk in sydney

With the lovely day we are having in Sydney, the little boys and I went out into the bush . Here are some spring time images.

The lovely, delicate flannel flowers;

 The red flowers have black seeds- I don't know what they are, perhaps the " sticky beak" seeds?

 I think this is called the spider plant, a protea family plant?

The famous banksia; this is Banksia robusta

Sunday, 6 October 2013

boy's shirt of men's shirt

I have to admit that when I bought this men's shirt for my 16 year old as part of a 1970's dressup, I thought the colour would be great to refashion.

Originally, I was thinking of turning into a sunny top for myself but somehow that didn't work, so instead it quickly became a shirt for my son John, who has been complaining that he can't see the design on his favourite fishing shirt, because the design is on the back!

Here's a photo of my shirt being used as a pattern. in the end I did the same thing with John's shirt as I decided it would work better. I took note of where the button's were so that I could re-use this feature.
The first step was to divide the design, from emblibrary, into 2 to match the 2 pieces of the front, so I used mbx. Then, by putting it back together in horizon link I embroidered the front one piece at a time, since it sews them as 2 separate things one after the other.

Just for fun to use the details of the original shirt, the sleeves have the button of the men's cuff and I also used the original collar and just cut it to size, covering the join. Luckily, the original shirt had a fairly narrow collar. Of course, I used the original button holes as half the advantage of refashioning is that you don't have to do all those fine details yourself, although I did have to add a button hole at the front to make it like a boys shirt.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

making my own iPad cover

I couldn't find anything crazy enough for my iPad so decided to make the cover myself. I wanted something with a science theme, so started with this test tube embroidery on black fabric. I then traced the shape of the iPad on some cardboard from an old box, added about 1 cm around the outside to make the cover bigger. Then I used the cardboard as a template for the fabric and lining.
I made an envelope for the 2 card board pieces and top stitched around 3 sides to make a snugger fit. I also added a button tab at this time.
For the fourth side, I used an extra strip to make the binding to attach the top and bottom cover, then stitched that into place.

Finally, I used some black binding and elastic to make straps to hold the iPad in place, but not covering the touch screen or on button. You can see the cover is bigger than the iPad.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

making a floppy hat from a shirt

When I received a bag of clothes I knew I wanted to do something fun with this shirt.
It had a great, boyish strip.

I started  by hooping the back of the shirt, embroidering a number of dinosaur designs then cutting out the pieces, based on sewing for boys fishing hat, but making them a bit bigger to include the designs, so only needed 3 sides and brim pieces.

I also used a scrap of sheet for the lining, as I wanted something that would complement the green strip.

I first sewed the side seams to make a ring and then the circle top to give some fold lines to guide me. This would have been even more helpful if I'd kept the 4 side pieces. I attached the top on with both top and lining together.

 After putting the top together, I attached the brim to the edge, and top stitched just on the lining to make a neat edge that doesn't roll .

Here's the beginning of the lining ready for the next step.  I first added the side pieces ring, then pinned the last part down on the inside, but top stitched it from the outside, so the top seam is neat. Remember the top piece was already lined.

So here's Johnny modelling the hat, which he likes so much he hasn't taken it off!!
I'm surprised that I had to take out the 4th piece, as I was worried it might be too small I think I went too far the other way!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

kid's craft- making a photo frame from an old book

Inspired by all the reader's digest book left over from my school fete, I had this idea for a craft idea for kids.

Here is the type of book I started with- hard cover and only black and shite print.
Here is the step by step guide to what I made.

 1. Open up the book in the middle and press down to keep it open.

2. Water down some PVA or craft glue and paint it on the sides of the book to keep the pages from separately. You could also paint it gold at this point.

I tried to spread the pages slightly to get a nice effect.

3. Cut the place for the picture to appear. I used a rotary cutter, but you could cut a rectangle or square with a craft knife.
4.  Use a blunt knife to make sure there is a gap at the top for the photo to slide through. Just push it up through the photo hole to separate the pages.

Here are a few photos to give you the idea. I also had my son start decorating at this point.

Here is the final item after a bit of tinkering- I was trying to make it look like child craft so nothing too fancy. I added a big button to cover the word Juvenile Dequincy, as this old book was one we had at home.

I'm sure children would do a much cuter job than what I came up with


Friday, 5 July 2013

more dinosaur pants

here is another pair of pants using the wonderful emblibrary dinosaur designs. I started with these pants which I cut to make the front and back of Johnny's pants . I kept the bottom hem to save time as well as use the stud and features.
Then i added the veloceraptor...
 Johnny insisted he wanted a dinosaur on the other side that was attacking another, so we had this design. i changed the colours of the preditor to match the one's of the veloceraptor.

Finally, as few bleach marks needed covering, so used the MBX digitising software to make these foot prints. He loves his pants and I like having used these designs again !

Thursday, 4 July 2013

dinsaur pants refashion

Now that I am on holidays, I have been trying to catch up on some sewing.
Here is the latest entry for the refashion co op, a new pair of pants for James. Johnny's are on the way too.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Saturday, 18 May 2013

refashioning boy's pants out of lady's skirt

Look here for boy's pants made out of a lady's skirt.
One more our out of the "sewing for boys" pajama pants pattern.
Even though I used the existing waist band, I added elastic to the waist, mainly because Johnny is one the skinny side, and the pattern is a loose fit.
I love the big pockets at the back !

Refashioning allows you to have lots of trendy pockets and suds with ZERO effort, as they were already on the existing garment

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Another addition to refashion coop, look here !
I'm sure Angela, my neice, will look great in her " genie" themed dance.
I started with this old dress with the perfect see through fabric.
I removed the zip and used the top to make a top.

Then I used a PJ pants pattern to make the bottoms- with elastic in the waist as well as the ankle cuffs it will have the look. I also edged the scrap for a hair accessory!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

remodelling a few items

I started off with these boys jeans that were really cute, but the elastic was too far gone. I had tried to thread  elastic through it, but it was no good, so I decided to do a re-model.
 First, I cut of the elastic and used one blade of a scissors to cut off the loop as well.

 Then I attached a piece of ribbing as well as encasing the elastic; here we go. i nice pair of jeans for the little fellow that won't fall down !

 Another remodel was needed on the sleeves on this top. The were annoying because they were too tight on the arms. I started by by removing the cuff, to end up with this piece and sleeves that were this. Actually, I'd rather not have the three quater length, but like the fit otherwise, so

I attached the extra fabic to make an ruffle, and there ... a top i can wear!