Friday, August 26, 2011

Simple sewing - pillowcase

It wasn't easy to resist the temptation to go fabric shopping for the pillowcases I had in mind. It would have been the perfect excuse, but I am clearly (sadly) not short of fabric.
So this is the result of searching through my stash of fabrics 'I will certainly use (again) some day'.

I believe these are the simplest pillowcases there are. No buttons, no zips, just a little fold-over at the back. The olive-green one is my favourite.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday Mondays

A little fighting spirit never goes amiss. Especially on a Monday. Right?

Completely unrelated...

One of the things that amazes me about Barcelona is the beauty you can find in the most basic elements of the city. I love the pattern in the the bottom left photo. It's the metal floor piece at the top of a train station escalator. People were looking at me with puzzlement when I took pictures but I think whoever created it deserves appreciation.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Simple sewing - zipper pouch

The sheer abundance of great ideas and inspiring work... It is so tempting to click and bookmark and pin. Images always make it appear so easy and yet, actually making time to make something is so much harder. I would love to turn my pins and bookmarks into actual projects. A simple zipper pouch is a start (useful tutorial to here, here and here). Maybe a pillow case next ☺

Anything high up on your list to make?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Flower girl dress

Sometimes it's better not to know what a project actually entails.

I had imagined flower girl dresses that are comfortable, twirly and chic (but not too chic, they are kids, after all). In the end they turned out exactly the way I imagined, but how could I have thought that sewing a fully lined top could be done just like that.

I learned a lot making these. And gained even more of an appreciation for handmade clothes - the planning, thought, accuracy, craftsmanship and care that goes into them. Of course, they can't tell yet and spill cacao on them anyway, but I 'see' the hand-sewn seam of the lining when I look at them.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday Mondays

Wouldn't it be nice to sit there a little longer, chatting about the weekend?