Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Custom boardshorts for Mel

If anyone knows my sister, they would tell you she is very fussy, especially when it comes to clothes. So I had a long list of requirements for a pair of boardshorts for Mel, such as: long, black, no velcro, no ties, no elastic, zip, press stud top on an angle, lightning bolts, two pockets on the bum ...

Hope she likes them! (Sorry, the photos are a bit crap - I'll see if I can get one with Mel inside them!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Garment reconstruction class

I've been thinking a bit lately about teaching some easy sewing skills. I thought I would start with creating kids clothes from other garments and 'thrifted' items. So on the weekend I held my first/trial class for a friend and her 2 sisters. It was a fabulous day, made even more special as the sisters hadn't had a day together, without kids, for a good 4 years or so!

Here are the gorgeous sisters sewing madly:

Crazy me, I forgot to get some photos of the before and after what the girls made! But Anita & her boy Oliver came past the other day, and he was wearing his new favourite outfit:

Oliver's very sexy long shorts were a short sleeved button up shirt in a past life. His wonderful shirt was the bottom section of a favourite kaftan that had been cut off a while ago. I love how this shirt fits & have fallen in love with the pattern - it was drawn from an Enid Gilchrist pattern. A few little tweaks and it will be perfect!

The girls gave me some great tips for my classes. The best thing is that they were so excited by the whole process of re-construction (I heard one sister went home at the end of the day via an op-shop...then visited another the next day!). Looks like we may even be doing a whole weekend some time soon!