Thanks for being with us Margaret...
I know my girls would love these skirts and they are definitely on my to do list.
So, head over and check out Margaret's blog. Have a look at all her great sewing and the lovely things her children get up to.
And if you are like me and love the arrival of a baby in the blogging world, keep checking back - I am sure Margaret will keep us posted!
Thanks for joining us Cindy and sharing your best friend with us.
And saying your Mum is you best friend is not at all corny... We couldn't do without our Mum either!
Over the next few weeks we have a collection of fantastic bloggers visiting Sew Together to tell us about their Best (sewing) Friend. There will be posts about favourite patterns, favourite people, favourite equipment and other generally favourite stuff! We hope it will help you find new inspiration and try new things.
And who is the fabulous blogger who gets to start the ball rolling?
It's me, Maryanne!! (Being the big sister I get to be bossy every now and then and so I chose to go first!)
So let's begin...
Let's start by acknowledging this is a long post.
But it is worth it...
Now we can really begin...
My best friend without a doubt would be Caroline. I am lucky enough to have my sewing buddy, blogging partner and sister rolled into one. I could chat about her all day long, but you can find plenty of her sewing inspiration right here on our blog. So rather than telling you all about Caroline, I am going to talk about my second best friend - children's vintage sewing patterns.
I regularly browse collections of vintage pattern images online to find inspiration for new sewing projects. I have resisted buying any - I really can't justify spending any more money supporting my sewing habit!! But you don't need the patterns to help your sewing along. The pictures are enough to start you thinking and then it is easy to work from there.
My favourite collections are the Vintage Children's Pattern Flickr group, and the Vintage Patterns Wiki (particularly the Helen Lee Vintage Patterns and the general girl's pages). Searching for children's vintage patterns on Etsy can also be useful.
When I am looking for some inspiration I browse these collections until an image grabs me. The next step is to consider the basic shape of the project - is it a basic bodice with a full skirt, a variation on an A line dress or a standard skirt shape? Once I have worked this out, I pull out one of my basic patterns and tweak it to create the look I want.
Using contemporary fabrics, you can take vintage ideas and create something fresh and modern. Here are some examples of projects Caroline and I have worked on that have taken vintage patterns as their inspiration.
If you have a basic A line dress pattern, you can very quickly draft up this variation and it is also incredibly fast to sew up. If you would like to make one for a little girl you know, click on the read more button for all the instructions.
Before you do, I want to reminder you to check back here on Tuesday. Jessica from Me Sew Crazy is going to introduce us to her best friend!
We will be the last bloggers to contribute their tutorial to the whole series so we are going to have to come up with something quite original!!! In the mean time, if you are looking for some inspiration, here are some other skirt tutorials you can find on our blog:
Watch out for our tutorial on Simple Simon and co on the 30th of July.
I have been without one for quite a while and usually throw all my loose change into my bag. Several times I have dug around the bottom of my work bag and found at least $30 in change. I am sure I have lost hundreds of dollars to the bottom of hand bags and children's pockets over the years!
So my theory is, put my change somewhere safe and then I'll have some extra cash to spend on important things - like Liberty fabric!!! So with the beautiful scrap's Nova sent me as part of her Liberty Scrap Challenge I have made some coin purses. I am going to be keeping all my precious coins in these from now on!
If you would like to find out how to make your own coin purse click "Read More"
I've come up with two ideas.
Today, I will show you a little Liberty head band - more of an idea than a tutorial. I made two last night (in a rush as usual) for Pippa to give as gifts at a birthday party she went to today. They were very quick to make and I'm pleased with how they turned out.
Have you ever made a Suffolk puff?
They're funny little things. I think they are also called yo-yos. I have to admit - I think they are quite old fashioned, but I have been playing with them a bit lately. I have seen some very sweet necklaces and some great embellished t shirts that use Suffolk puffs. And one day... if Caroline and I can ever get the motivation we will finish our Project Run and Play Signature Look which uses... you guessed it... Suffolk puffs.
Suffolk puffs are very simple to make.
You can cut yourself out a circle of fabric and turn a small edge under. Do a running stitch right around the edge and pull it up tight. That's it - your done
Even easier - you can buy yourself a Yo Yo maker. I used a Clover one. You only need a scrap of fabric about 7cm in diameter to make a puff that is 3 cm wide. If you are desperate and working with really small scraps you can actually piece scraps together to make the 7 cm circle. I did it a couple of times and the puffs worked out just fine.
I won't give you detailed instructions on how to use it, because the yo yo maker comes with those. But this will give you an idea:
I had bought the head bands for another project that was not successful(!) involving hot glue. The satin ribbon that originally covered the band ended up ruined by the glue so I ripped that off and was left with a thin black plastic headband. I found some gros grain ribbon in my stash that was a little wider than the band and stitched a channel in the ribbon so the band fitted in snuggly. If you are going to cover your own head band don't forget to turn the raw edges of the ribbon in before you sew it on both ends. Once you have put the band in your ribbon cover, you can hand stitch the ends closed to create a nice neat finish.
Here is Pippa modelling a band for us:
"Mum, why are we on the front foot path taking photos? Can't we just wrap this head band up and go to the birthday party? I'm late!!!!"
I'll be back soon with Liberty Scrap Challenge 2.
A tutorial for the 6 gored skirt can be found at Project Run and Play.
We are looking forward to showing you our entry for the colour theme later this week.
Caroline and Maryanne
Well, firstly I just wanted to have a go and also it allowed me to choose the width of my chevrons and therefore cut them so they matched perfectly with the width of my pleats!
I love projects like this. Not a pattern to draft on paper but some maths calculations, cutting lots of rectangles and then off you go!
This skirt is definitely a project. Certainly not at all complicated but not a quick whip up. It involves quite a lot of cutting, finishing edges and sewing lots and lots of straight lines, but I think it is worth it. It also involves lots of fabric. The other name for this skirt is "The 3 trips to the Fabric Shop Skirt". I picked a fabric with lots of variation in the stripes and required 3 metres (yes that's right - 3metres!!) to make a 6 year old's skirt. Pick a simpler stripe and I am sure you could get away with a lot less. You will be seeing lots of this stripe and chevrons made from left overs on the blog in the weeks to come- I need to use it up somewhere - I don't want to let it go to waste!!!
To make this project you will need:
- some stripey fabric - I would suggest you go simple until you work out how to cut the chevrons as efficiently as possible - it will save you going to the fabric shop 3 times!! I used home dec weight fabric and I think this weight worked well in this skirt.
- rotary cutter, ruler and mat
- ideally an overlocker/serger. You can finish your edges with an overcasting foot and zigzag stitch. I did this for a few of them- it is a little slow and a little wonky because of the bias cut of the strips.
If you have lots of fabric(!) and are ready to make some chevrons, click the read more button for instructions.