A while back I purchased the Farbenmix e-book SommerLiebe. It's the kind of pattern that I could have drafted myself, but I like to be able to just grab a pattern and make something. I am all about the making. So much so, that I was just possessed to make this skirt yesterday. It was all cut, embroidered and sewn yesterday.
The fabric is the easily recognisable paisley print from Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market. The knit on the waistband is some of my hand dyed organic cotton/spandex. It was the best match that I had here. That green in the paisley print is an odd green. Because of that odd green, I couldn't use my Farbenmix Love & Peace ribbon which would have matched the embroideries. Instead I used this multicoloured ric rac from The Remnant Warehouse. The blue and green in it look great with the skirt. I then used a pink paisley ribbon and the flower mandala sparkle ribbon.
Once again I've used Luzia Pimpinella's Love and Peace embroidery set. Mollie really liked the Love Bus Antonia top that I made for her friend's birthday, so I wanted to use the bus on the skirt. But silly me didn't plan ahead and had already sewn ribbon onto the skirt. I was worried if I hooped the skirt where the ribbon was, it might mess up the ribbon. So I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try out the Eco Felt that I had bought for embroidery.
I bought Eco Felt as it was the only polyester felt that I could find in the US or Australia.
I am normally a wool felt all the way kind of girl, but I didn't think wool would hold up to repeated washing. I had noticed that quite a few ladies in Germany used felt for embroidery backing, so I asked the lovely Andrea for some advice. Unfortunately I couldn't find the denser felt that she uses, but thought I would try out the Eco felt. It definitely needs stabiliser.
And of course, we need a photo of Mollie and Will. You can see the skirt and top together in this one. Will was not being cooperative even though he was insisting that he wanted to be in the photo.
Just quick update on leggings. They are drying. To dye my rainbow leggings, I soak them in soda ash then let them dry. This helps to keep the colours from running. I am not against colours mingling, but with yellow and green it's a real issue. If too much green runs into yellow, you lose the yellow. For some reason the green always wants to take over. It's bossy, I think.
I will start dyeing tomorrow after my visit to the dentist. I'd much rather be dyeing, but my crown needs to be done. I hope to finish dyeing this weekend. The veranda on which those leggings are drying will soon be gone. The bank has FINALLY paid the builders the deposit. YEAH!
Be careful what you say because before you know it, you will get what you asked for. Over on Crafty Mamas there was a Milo knit-along. I just happened to mention that I'd like a Milo for Will, and the next thing I know I receive a message from my friend, Peta, offering to knit one for Will.
In Woolganics Chili Pepper and with the owl cable.
I made for Will and Moo's daddy his favourite dessert.
I use this recipe from Bon Appetite. I omit the ginger for a classic creme brulee. And if you notice this recipe has a 96% would make again rating, and 213 people have rated it, so I must not be the only person who really likes this recipe. I actually have this issue of Bon Appetite on my shelf. I've subscribed for a long time now.
In the next few days I am going to cut a pair of leggings out for a custom order. I thought I'd put the offer out there that if anyone wants a pair to let me know by Saturday midnight. If I am going to dye one pair, I don't mind doing a few more.
90% Organic cotton/ 10% spandex knit. Dyed with fibre reactive dyes. There is a size 9/10 in my Etsy shop, so if you need that size you can find them there. I can make size 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 or 7/8. $25 + postage.
What?!?!?!? She's doing custom orders? Well, here's the deal. If someone asks me to make something, I put it on a list, and when I get time during the chaos then I will make it up, so I can't give an exact delivery date. Email me if you want something in particular, and we can discuss!
Close up of the monkey buttons because they are so cool. We have the prince, the devil and the punk.
I used the gnome monkey on this Ottobre top. It's from 02/05 #20, color-blocking t-shirt. I've used "stella" cotton/spandex knit for this shirt too in lime, ecology and royal blue. I made this shirt in a 110 although Will is a 104. A few of the tops I wanted to make him started at 110.
Check out my cheeky gnome monkey!
Next up we have a couple of shirts from 03/09.
I made the Jungle t-shirt #24. The fabric on the body of the shirt is a cotton jersey from Spotlight. The lime accent is, of course, stella knit. Yes, I do have a stash of this fabric because I love the colours, and it's Australian made!
And the "London" polo shirt #27. The body is Chez Ami knit that I've had in my stash for ages. The navy and lime are stella knit. This was my first v-neck experience. It's ok, but not perfect!
Yes, his face and his shirt are dirty! He wore the shirt the day before, but I didn't get a chance to photograph it then. One day I'll learn to bring wipes outside with me, so I can clean his face before taking photos. Moo had to be in a photo with her brother plus we know Grandma looks at the blog, and she will like this photo.
And last...how I can go on a sewing spree without a Farbenmix pattern thrown in. It's Imke again. And our favourite Little Devils embroidery by Jolijou.
I'm happy to say that all shirts fit Will. He likes them all, and I didn't buy any fabric to make them! Woohooo for stash busting!