Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Dress to impress

So. I'm probably the last person in the world to find out that just like fashion fabric has seasons and therefore extreme discounts when those seasons end.
But now I know, hurray! I want to make the girls a few dresses, pants and skirts to last through the coming months. They both have grown a lot so they need new clothes and this way I only need to raid the Hema for basic shirts, tights, socks and underwear that will fit with all the dresses, pants and skirts.

Look! 16 meters (17 to 18 yards) of fabric, ready to be prewashed. Today I'm going to find some embellishments and I still need to find a way to go to ikea for some solid colors.

These two are allready waiting to be used and hopefully the pattern for modkids Kyoko will arrive soon. I'm thinking of making both girls a Kyoko and a Sydney dress from Modkid, each an Insa skirt, Dortje pants and perhaps some simple dresses like the one Mme Zsazsa shows here.

Sadly I've decided to not participate in the monthly bag challenge. After reading the book I realized that all the bags I like take up a lot (and I mean a LOT) of materials. Even if I would only use fabric from my stash I would still have to buy a ***load of interfacing, zippers, buttons and thread. For bag that I probably won't use that much.
I'm still planning on making one or two bags (Cosmo could come in handy like I wrote before and Blossom still looks like the right kind of handbag to fit my wallet, huuuge Flow-planner, keys, phone, etc.) but only after the girls are dressed and ready for spring :)

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Monthly bag challenge

The past holidays I've been staying over at my aunt's house a few times. Now that de girls are getting bigger a simple diaperbag isn't big enough for all the stuff we need to take with us!
So I've been looking for a big yet stylish bag to replace the big but incredibly UNstylish shopperbag that is currently doubling as a grocerybag and a travelbag.

I think I've found the perfect bag: Amy Butler's Cosmo Bag from her book Style Stitches. And since I still had 20 euro's worth of gift certificates the book is now on its way!

Thrilled with the idea of making my first Amy Butler bag I did some googling and I found something to add to the fun.
JemJam is hosting a great monthly challenge using Style Stitches so I've decided to participate. I will try to make all the bags from the book in one year. That's one bag a month. Isn't that fun?

Cosmo is the first bag of the challenge so as soon as the book arrives I will be raiding my fabricstash. I think some of the heavy fabric form Ikea will be perfect for this bag.

Oh, and 4701? I know you are huffing and puffing right now. I now you don't like fabric laying around and a the sound of the sewing machine and all that. And I know you will do your best to keep the huffing and puffing to yourself. So I will do my best to keep the sewing within your working hours. Deal? ;)