Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sewing up a storm...

...of the force-9 variety. I've been having a lovely time with an old fashion-industry friend in my studio. We both have lots of projects on the go and have done ABSOLUTELY NO TIDYING since before xmas!!! It's a whirlwind of ideas and a flurry of cutting and sewing action. Garments are appearing as if by magic (...and the studio looks like it's been hit by two hurricanes).

I made this towelling art smock for the wee one, using the trusty 18mm bias tape maker to make the bound edges.

I also pulled out all the knit fabrics in my stash and made a ton of simple little leggings and shorts for my girl, and a simple t-shirt or two for myself. This little dress was whipped together without a proper pattern - a test run that kind-of worked. (shame I didn't iron it before photographing it!).

In order to make it look less like an accidentally-successful-test-run I did a simple bit of couching (zig-zag over yarn) and discovered something new with yo-yos...

You can pass off a slap-dash attitude as "rustic charm" and machine stitch them roughly into place!!! I really like the textural effect, and will be using this method again. I'll even use it on a properly thought-out project.


Other projects on the to-do list....
Unfortunately I think it's a bit unrealistic to expect to finish all I have ear-marked.


I hope you're all enjoying your holidays and wish everyone a happy and creative 2009!!!

3 comments:

laura said...

I love the zig zag over yarn ... it looks great. Do you think it'll hold up okay in the wash? I'd love to dry it on a dress for my girl
And great idea for the yoyo... so much easier!

Nikki said...

I've never had a problem with couching coming out of a garment. I had a much-worn skirt that eventually wore thin and so did the couching - but it aged WITH the fabric, not before.

Taccolina said...

Wow! You lot are having a great time! I can tell by the proportion of mess. Big mess = Big Fun.

Happy New Year!