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Monday, July 19, 2010

The story of pants.

Once upon a time, there was a lady who had a strong itch to sew. She was ecstatic to find that her dear sister in law is pregnant, and the cute lil' belly is beginning to show. The lady thought.. "I have a bright idea! I'll sew her a pair of pants!"

"Not any boring old pants... yoga pants!"

"The swanky celeb mums are all wearing them just like these"

And so she cut, and cut, and pieced... twice she ripped the seams. 
Shook her head and said "You know, I don't really know her size." 

"Her baby bump will grow." She thought... "It'll fit her soon... I hope"

Finally she came up with...


And she thought it was good.. 


Alas, it was still too big for her sister in law... 


"She'll grow into it" sighed the lady who had an itch to sew

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Quickie : Children shorts

Since I made something for Lil' Master, I made something quick for Lil' Miss as well.
Granted, it's not as complicated as a backpack.. but she loved it!

Who can resist the cuteness of Hello Kitty?

Whipped this up in 30 minutes.. used an existing shorts for pattern. No frills.

Now she wants a matching blouse... what should I make?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Wonky Backpack

Lil' Miss has a large collection of backpacks
1 for pre-school
1 for weekend outings
at least 3 soft backpacks for.. well.. for.. I don't even know what they're for.. They're just there.

Most of them are gifts.. in fact.. wait.. ALL of them were gifts.

Lil' Master on the other hand, has NO backpacks. Poor guy. I thought he could get a hand-me-down from the sis.. then I realised, the backpacks Lil' Miss has are either uber-red, uber-pink or uber-girly.

So what's a mum to do?


Sew one, of course!

Going through my stash, I found white flannel. Oooo.. Soft.. perfect for baby boys (he's 13 months).
Zip - check
Interface - check
Found the plastic pieces to adjust the back strap (what do you call em'?) buckles?

To personalise the backpack, I thought trying out machine applique would be fun. So I made out the pattern of a train. Made it with scraps that I had.. and fussy cut one of my other flannel fabric (yes, I admit.. I bought quite a bit of local flannel) with prints of a bear.

Loved the way it turned out.

2 hours and much grunting, sobbing and tugging later, lesson learnt was... sewing through interfacing and rounded corners is SO DIFFICULT. *sob*

The end result was kind of 'wonky'...Lil' Master didn't mind though (I think).

Oh, the other thing...I couldn't figure out how to line the bag! .. the inside is well, kinda messy. Wanna see?



Nah, let's not scare you off :P

I'll have to attempt the backpack again... hopefully this time it'll be less wonky. After all, Lil' Master needs to catch up in his collection of backpacks :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hyper-realistic Embroidery


Was on the Telegraph today and saw this news. Amazing what fabric dye and thread can do.. this woman, Jill Draper is a genius. Check out more pictures at the Telegraph

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