Tuesday, October 26, 2010

For a boy

A boys version of the top with the fold over hood - a birthday present for her dear friend Alex.

Wouldn't it be nice to have the time to make all presents?

But if I wasn't busy enough, I can't seem to get this image out of my head. I think I'll have to make some scarves to go with those hoodies.  Scarves as presents, maybe?

Any Christmas presents you are planning to make?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A dress


...for myself. The last one I made made me think that I might as well try to design a dress myself.
And well, I did. Quite a challenge, actually.
A lot more curves to deal with compared to kids clothes ;)

Also, no stretch fabrics, no easy cuff finishing. Instead - all those details I usually tend to avoid. Invisible zipper (had to rip it out 4 times until I managed to put it in nicely), facing on arms and neck and a hand sewn hem (quite a meditative activity I've found).

After this I am looking forward to making some kids stuff again.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Presents and tape

When I gave her cousin the pink dress she took it, said thank you and added that she would have rather had a poncho.

Luckily it was her birthday recently, so I could make amends. I didn't manage to take a picture of the poncho - but here's the beautiful card and letter instead.

I know it's not a new thing but I could use that tape everywhere. You can get similar ones here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

At the end of the day

This week has been absolute madness. Do I ever get anything done? At the end of the day I've got little to show for it. 

When in fact I've prevented numerous (possibly fatal) accidents, have managed to settle serious arguments, have fed 2 little 'Nimmersatts' (sorry for the German word), have listened, consoled, encouraged, taught and ..... witnessed that little hand trying to touch its shadow.

Feeling better already.

Perfect timing for seeing these photos.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hooded dress



Oh, I am really liking this upcycling thing. So easy, so quick.

This was a hoodie a friend of mine gave me. It was just a bit too small and short for her. So I converted this size 38 hoodie into a long sleeve hooded dress for an almost four year old: new side seams, re-attaching the cuffs, new seam on the hood.

She's decided the pocket will be used for taking tissues into school. Apparently, they need a lot of tissues.

By the way, a fantastic word - upcycling. Not sure there's anything like it in Spanish or German.
Or is this actually recycling?