i’ve been sewing hard!

yes i have!  despite the lackadaisical blog update… ok, minus the short holiday we just had.  and minus the one week of being a gum tree to a sticky little koala who was down with HFM… 

and, i got the ball rolling too on my new madeit.com.au store!  etsy to follow.. soon… yippie!

in fact, i had wanted to “launch” an edition of what i termed the “Fun in the Farm” range for my new store but 3 out of the 5 pieces of my work were presented as gifts before hitting the “store”. 

this one, the first one made, was "sold" to my lovely niece with lots of hugs and kisses... hmm.. i think it was all worth while 🙂

this was especially made for Sarah, whom upon seeing the one for her sister, Jenna, pleaded with me to make her one.

this piece was specially made for my friend's new bundle of joy. i had lots of fun making (and seam ripping) the bloomers to match the dress. i can't wait to see little Zoe in them!

and then i made 2 more and have them listed here.  along which i have listed some other items, and hopefully, will continue to sew hard to sell more items!

but for now, it’s time to look through the pictures of our recent short break…and wish we were still enjoying the sun and sea and sand… (did i mention that i sewn a few things for lil j for that holiday as well?  i will try to update those soon…)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:37-39

…j

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the Sarah dress

while the families were here, my machine was taking a well deserved break.  ok, not quite.. i did mend a few items, and actually made one dress 🙂  sew i must…

but this post is not about that dress (will save it for the next post).. hehe.. this one is another pinny i made sometime ago which was given to my niece, Sarah when she was here.  she wore it the first day i gave it to her, but i forgot to take any pictures 😦 

let me just call this the Sarah dress. it is a pinafore with bubble skirt, and a matching sash sewn in place and fully lined.

the back of the dress with the pretty ribbon tie.

the little detail on both sides of the skirt hem. i am not sure what technique this is, but i thought this look rather lovely to an otherwise plain bubble skirt.

meanwhile, as we get back to our routines after the family has gone home, i’ve started on a project that i’ve been meaning to work on.  it’s rather exciting and it has some farm theme to it… can’t wait to get that going!

i love the red barn house! something fun in the farm is coming up soon!

” Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”   Romans 4:7-8

…j

wait.. it is september already??

swamped!  totally… 

was down with a real nasty cold and a stubborn cough for nearly 2 weeks!  then lil j had a bout of vomiting and diarrhea which lasted over 5 days!  poor kid… he was so miserable.  thankfully, hubz’ been fit though.

and been busy clearing up the spare room, which has in recent months been made a storage area… the in laws are coming to visit in a couple of days.. exciting! nieces are going to be here too, so the house will be definitely be buzzing with activities and noise 😉

all that… but sewing still need to be done.. ha!

yup, another birthday – so another sewn gift:)  this dress was made for Nicole, one of lil j’s friends who turned 2 on the 8th.  originally wanted to make the ballet neck toddler dress from this book but ended up with only half of that 😛

the bodice was made similar to the design from the book. i added some ruffles/pleats on the front as i felt the neck line was a little odd. the skirt is pleated and the front has a satin ribbon on the waist.

i got this lovely lace from dollar shop - it was so dainty! used it to finished the hem, and the arm hole.

 we had a lovely time at the party, albeit lil j’s diarrhea and vomit spell…  gee.. that was like 2 weeks ago.  time flies…

For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”  Romans 1:17

…j

a little house warming gift

an apron for a friend who is moving in to her own place soon!

i remember having seen a book (i think its called A is for Apron) sometime ago, and i’ve made a mental note about one of the designs which i like very much.  so, when i heard that Clem just got her own place, i thought it would be a perfect thing to make for her.

i hope she will like it 🙂

the bib has a tie (i used satin black ribbon) which i think was a real pretty thing, and make it adjustable to fit the wearer. the apron features a wide waistband/sash with A-line skirt, and pleated hem.

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”  Matthew 4:17

…j

back seat car caddy/organiser

this one is currently in hubz’s car.  the in-laws are visiting soon (including my nieces) so i made this for the girls.  they can use it and then take it home with them when they return.  (in the mean time, lil j has been asking us to drive him around in this 22 year old toyota, instead of our wagon.  he calls this “the new old car”, and so he has decided to put some of his toys in one of the pockets)

i hope the girls actually like purple. the top pocket is for water bottle/can holder, and i added a loop which can be used for hanging some small soft toys

i actually made another similar one with the other halves of the fabric – they were from a set of tea towels that came with the apron i bought from our visit to the cadbury factory in tassie earlier this year (that should explain the purple-ness of the fabrics).   the other caddy has been given to my other nieces. 

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Mark 16:15

…j

aprons, glorious aprons!

i made these matching aprons for my dad and mom!  they are in food business, so apron to them is something of essential.  i would have love to throw in some ahem! designs and stuff, you know, ruffles, pleats etc etc.. but mom warned me that they have got to be boring practical.  but i liked that they now have what i call the matching love-birds aprons 😛

the apron for dad is slightly bigger than that for mom, both has adjustable neck ties. dad's apron has two large pockets, one of which has hook and loop velcro tape. mom's apron has two big pockets as well, and one smaller pocket on top of the other, fastened with buttons. i also added a loop on the side of the pockets to hold kitchen towel or such

now, as i am looking at the picture, i am thinking maybe i should have ignored my mom’s warning, and done some embroidery after all… hmmm… if only i hadn’t have them sent out yet!

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.  Psalm 119:37

…j

my take on the very biased skirt

i did it! i did it!  no big dill’s very biased skirt!  yay!!!

i saw the tutorial some time ago, and been wanting to make it.  and since my niece’s birthday is coming up, i thought it would be a perfect skirt to make (she is turning 9 soon) i used light cotton and opted not to go for those nice sheers.  let’s just say my niece is a little ermm… “active” so a more durable material will do better 😉  i used the same fabric as the one i used to make lil j’s duffle bag – i love the motif – kites and balloons… things that go… so free spirited…

the result?? not too bad i guess.  well, i actually like it very much.  and i especially liked that i do not have to apply finishing technique for the edges…

my version of no big dill's biased skirt. i made the a-line skirt with batiste lawn, and inserted elastic on the back of the skirt, just as in the original tutorial.

this is one skirt i’ll probably attempt again in the future, hopefully with organza or some sheer materials…

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things  Ecclesiastes 11:5

…j