Sunday, July 24, 2011

Whats a few months between friends

Hello lovely blogger readers. Yet again months have passed without a blog post. Time just goes by so fast at the moment.

Not alot going on in my part of the world. I had a few weeks of absolutely no creativity whatsoever and then a burst of enthusiasm (and necessity) drove me back to the sewing room to create again.

The kinder kids birthday season has started again and this year I've chosen to make the birthday kids messenger bags. I really enjoy making these and, with all things, the more I make, the better they get. My latest messenger bag was fashioned from an old pair of the birthday boy's own jeans which is mum had given to me to upcycle.

Sorry for the slightly fuzzy picture. The light was fairly poor.

I used the back pockets of the jeans rather than create new pockets and they turned out really well. It did take me a little longer to cut the fabric but it was really satisfying to create something new from something which would have been otherwise thrown away.

I have spent a little time making a jacket for Miss G. I spent a decent amount of time trying to buy a winter coat but could not find a decent one. Im not sure what manufacturers think but i'd rather buy something that will last a couple of seasons. All I could find were flimsy, barely lined numbers which were poorly made and came in the most awful colours or trims.

The exterior fabric used for this jacket was free, picked up from freecyclers and the fabric lining I found at my local op shop, costing me the princely sum of $1 for about 3 metres. The buttons I pinched from my mums button collection. I liked the effect of the 6 different buttons.



I decided to make a size 6 thinking i'd be able to stretch the jacket out for a few winters. However, I found that the sleeves were a little too tight and, unfortunately, Miss G cant wear a jumper underneath it. So its destined to be a dress jacket.

Finally, Ive made a couple of margaret bags (online free pattern from oh fransson is unfortunately no longe available, however, I have printed it out) for my mum in law and a friend who recently celebrated her birthday.

Michael Miller owl fabric.
Shoulder version made for my mum in law.

Im currently working on an owl softie and some more cute kids clothes. No doubt there will be a few more messenger bags in the works. Im also starting a quilting workshop at the local neighbourhood house and am really looking forward to having some time specifically for quilting, something I havent done much of lately.

Hope all is well in your part of the world.

Sof xx

3 comments:

  1. Great to see you here! I'm sure life gets in the way of blogging with young kids. Love the messenger bag, especially the pockets. And the little jacket is adorable.

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  2. Hi, I've been looking desparatly for the cutting pattern for the Margaret bag. Do you still have the pattern?
    Thanks,
    Cindy

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  3. Hi Cindy,
    I do have the pattern but only a hard copy.

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