Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Fun sewing...


Phew! It has been a crazy few weeks with out of town guest, a few parties and way too many overtime days at work.I think the worst is over where the overtime is concerned so now I am trying to get out my swaps and my goodie bags to the winners. I hate to make a kid wait for fun mail but work just took over! For fun, I just completed Whip lash's "wardrobe surgery" which you can see modeled above. I am happy with how it turned out. My whole inspiration was the excitement of getting new school clothes. I have great memories of new Hee Haw overalls, A Smile overalls (which seem so horrible now!) and this cute little dress I had with tiny hot pink flocked flowers. There is nothing like fall for new school supplies and back to school clothes! In that spirit, this was made for M out of a shirt I found at Salvation army and an angora sweater I had in my stash. I love the whole idea of turning something into something else. The skirt is made from 6 panels (3 for the front , 3 for the back) cut on the bias so I would get some zig zaggy striping going on. Here is how it all started:

I thought the shirt had a lot of nice details that could be used. I love the embroidery on the front and had thought it would be great on the hem of the skirt but I ended up liking the velvet ribbon alone better. So it became this cute belt.

I love how it turned out. I used some very cute apple fabric from my stash for the back. It is a piece that a friend brought from China and I have been wanting to use it but afraid to use it all up!

I blanket stitched the neckline on the sweater after running a line of stitching on the edges I cut and added a little french knotted "M". The outfit is all very sweet but not too girly to me because of the colors, which I am happy about. I think the belt will look cute with other things as well. Heck, I may make another one of those for her from different fabric, just for fun. I had saved the cuffs of the shirt for a little purse and heck if I can find them. I am sure they are somewhere "safe" and I will find them in a week or two! The purse can wait, I guess. So there is another installment of Whip lash.What a fun project! I love that it gives me "assignments" so I can get out of my usual routines. Better go make something for dinner before they get all crabby!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful outfit, a perfect back-to-school look. I like the combo of pretty pink with the more sophisticated burgandy/wine color. (My favorite back-to-school item were saddleback shoes. I insisted on them for maybe 3 or 4 years in a row back in elementary school. It's kind of funny now.) :-)

6:17 PM  
Blogger Dorie said...

I love it! So pretty.
And good to have you back too.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Junie Moon said...

The new outfit is adorable. I really like the idea of making her a little bag out of the sweater remnant.

12:15 AM  
Blogger Strikkelise said...

Beautiful! I love the belt.

1:04 AM  
Blogger molly | said...

amazing! fantastic. i love that little skirt on the bias! wow, if this is what you do when you're busy, i'd love to see what you do when you're not!

5:42 AM  
Blogger beki said...

Wow, I love it! You did a fantastic job ;-)

6:07 AM  
Blogger aiar said...

You made wonderful use of the shirt fabric and details. So pretty and yet - dare I say it - sophisticated!

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love your details and the ribbon tie back thing? very kimono reminiscent, despite fabric being from china. what a lovely ensemble! your daughter must be tickled pink to have such a crafty mum!

11:50 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

So darling! Great reconstruction especially the sweater.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous. You are so creative!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Now that's what I call recycling. She looks very happy in the "new" outfit!

8:54 PM  
Blogger One Crabapple said...

wow you have been busy.

it is alllll DARLING !

And hello PINK !

Love it of course.

Take care there Lemon Girl.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! so back to school chic!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!!! Positively adorable, great recycling!!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

So cute, I can't stand it. :)

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - That's true creativity! I'm blown away. And all your other projects below are wonderful too. Thanks for leaving the comment on my blog so I could pop over here to your nice world.

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are incredibly creative! What a wonderfully clever idea.

Your Colorswap SP

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW. The whole outfit is darling. LOVE that little apple print. So cute.

1:54 PM  
Blogger futuregirl said...

I love the color combinations of this cute little outfit! So simple and so fun. :) It's very cool what you did with the stripes - I never would have thought of that.

4:18 PM  
Blogger macati said...

Hi! I read your comment at future girl, and I agree with you: there are so many pretty things out there that I can't stop looking at what they are doing... Sometimes I feel that what I do is so insignificant and with mistakes... but... sigh... handcrafting is what makes me feel happy and I do it anyway! Hey, I liked what I saw in your blog too... I'll keep peeking here...
bye, manela

12:13 AM  
Blogger Sandrine (alias Didine ♥ ) said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOh it's soooooooooooooo beautiful !! I love the colours, the fabrics, (especially the apples :o) ) I adore your work ! Enormous hugs from Belgium :)

3:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That is the most gorgeous little outfit! I wish I made clothes. I need more experience before I jump into that boat though. Great job on that outfit, though. WOW!

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