Ms Spanner christmas card, most excellent
22 November 2012
18 November 2012
17 November 2012
I make a lot of sample garments day to day, and for the most part I donate these, plus outgrown clothes, to charities. For the first time I have listed a few kids garments over at Once Worn. They're all either unworn or gently worn (and I mean, barely worn - I make far more than my two can possibly wear!). Pop over here...
10 November 2012
4 November 2012
We've done this a few times now, that is sew up a soft toy version of a sketch Lucy has done. Today Lucy drew an octopus (I think this has something to do with her moving up to the Octopus-level class at swimming). The fun part about this is choosing all the bits and pieces to make the sketch into a soft toy. She chose a couple of vintage fabrics (1970's, groovy) for the body and we found some binding in my trims drawer. She went straight for the lilac, and when I unwrapped it I realised it was silk! But she was so, so wanting it by then that there was no going back. Turns out silk tentacles flow beautifully behind a chunky body.
She helped me stitch a few parts on the machine (she operated the presser foot and I steered the fabric (did you ever do this in a car in your errant youth?). During the sewing of the octopus Lucy repeatedly declared how much she loved working on the project. Be still my heart!