Tuesday, June 28, 2011

a skirt and a giveaway winner

Using one of those fancy random generator things, we now have a winner to yesterday's book giveaway. Congratulations, Hear Mum Roar! I will be in touch shortly.



On another note, I have been using my new sewing space quite a bit lately. And no, it's still not finished or even really fit to be seen yet. I'm waiting for the hubby to buy me some cork board. Still waiting... of course it will all come together after I get that cork board.

I always enjoy sewing girl's skirts,  as they are so quick and easy and finished in one sitting. No danger of being added to the unfinished project pile. So  I thought I would whip up a little wintery skirt for Miss Violet. Her wardrobe was sadly lacking in the winter skirt department, so of course we had to do something about that.





So I found some thrifted wool and an embroidered doily that had seen better days. No guilt about cutting into this piece of embroidery.

So quick to sew up, and then I added the embroidered pieces in the form of pockets, integrating the  embroidered edge to save myself sewing a pocket seam.  I added a machine blanket stitch to the edges - I do love that function! All very homespun looking, but I do believe that there's no use pretending to be something you're not. And home sewn clothing should indeed look a little different to the mass produced, mainstream clothing we see everywhere. 



A little girlier than the typical jumpsuits Violet has been subjected to this Winter. Though it is nice to dress up our little ones every now and then isn't it?

I think I may be suffering from sewing favouritism. Please tell me that I'm not the only one? After the baby leggings are done, I think it's time to make a few things for the other two.

16 comments:

The Provincial Homemaker said...

A gorgeous skirt. What a nifty way to use old embroidery. I was at the opshop the other day looking and noticed that though there were a lot of beautiful doilies, most were stained in small parts. This a great way to put them to use

Tania @ Out Back said...

CONGRATULATIONS Hear Mum Roar!

Violet's new skirt looks lovely, should be nice and warm. A nice touch with the doilie pockets...

x

Becky said...

LOVE IT!

Susan said...

I love that skirt so much! You've inspired me to stop procrastinating and get sewing tonight! I've borrowed my mother in laws sewing machine (which is a bit fancier than mine) and it has blanket stitch on it - I think I'll be giving it a try! I too suffer from sewing favouritism - poor little Turi hardly ever gets anything!!!

Tammi said...

Woohoo to the winner!!

Love the little skirt, the pocket detail is adorable.
It's the same in my home...I favour making things for our little one over the older ones...there comes a time when what your mum makes for you is no longer 'cool'! I figure I still have a year or two with our nine year old too before he starts to turn his nose up at my fashions :)

x

freefalling said...

Haha - she looks adorable.
I love those little red legs sticking out.
(and love the use of the old doily).

karlyn Jackson said...

very pretty skirt indeed. I love that blanket stitch function, I'm off to look at my machine to see if I have one.

ingrid said...

She is such a dolly! I love the pocket details and those sweet stockinged feet poking out are just adorable.

DuckEggBlue said...

I too have realised my little 20 mth old owns no skirts, not even one.How terrible! when she has 2 older sisters. Your skirt and baby are just beautiful. I have a blanket stitch and have neah ever used it, I will have too now.

purplepear said...

What a lovely skirt and Violet looks adorable in it.

vanilla pixie (Carley) said...

Fabulous! Love the pockets

Hear Mum Roar said...

Thanks so much! I love that skirt, by the way:)

Jane said...

Eek! So cute! I just love the use of the wavy doily edge for the pocket tops. And I love girly clothes in 'masculine' fabrics like that wool.

Bungalowgirl said...

Love that skirt and of course the bubba within it. Had no idea sewing machines could now do things like that blanket stitch. Really need to unpack mine and have a good look at it. Need to just do it and stop getting distracted by painting and a million other things.

BLD in MT said...

I think that the homespun looks is so much more charming than the off-the-rack. That is part of the appeal, at least for me.

I really like the skirt and Violet looks lovely in it.

Kate said...

I do love that little skirt!