Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Easy Lace Skirt Free Tutorial

This is so easy it takes under an hour to whip up!
  1. Find cheap skirt - I got a stretch knit skirt from Supre for $10
  2. Find lace to attach - mine is a lace trim from an old curtain
  3. Work out how many layers of lace you need. Overlap the lace by a bit so that you don't see any stitching - I only needed 2 layers, and overlapped mine by about 1.5"
  4. Work out how long you need each circle of lace. If it's a non-stretchy skirt you can just measure width of the skirt, double it, and add 1" for a seam. If it's a stretchy skirt you may want to make your lace circle bigger and stretch the skirt as you stitch it on - check how much your skirt stretches when you walk. (Note - if your lace is quite stiff, it will probably not hang nicely if you have to stretch your skirt too much when sewing) - my lace circles were only 4" or 5" bigger than the skirt.
  5. Sew the seam for each lace circle, and press seams open.
  6. Attach the lace circles to the skirt. The bottom row should be attached so the lace is longer than the skirt. The top row should be attached just below the waist band. For a non stretchy skirt you can use straight or zig-zag stitch. For a stretchy skirt use a wide zig-zag stitch. Quarter the lace circle and the skirt, pin together and stitch.
  7. Wear with pride! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Funny Faces

Here are just a few funny faces I have snapped over our Christmas and New Years break ...

Troy at Christmas:

 Troy's first birthday - love chocolate cake mum!:

Big sister Lilly brushing Troy's hair; Troy about to fall asleep!:

Kids Play Tent (Teepee)

This tent was for my neighbour - for a combined Birthday & Christmas present for her nephew. I think this one turned out great - really love the colours. This time I did a 4 sided tent. I think it is a little easier to put up, and it's still about the same size. I made this pattern up myself (really not that hard to do being an engineer by trade!), and it used 4m of 140cm wide fabric. This one I picked up from Spotlight - they also had a lovely red and orange stripe fabric too.

There are two velcro fasteners down the front, and the closing straps are also finished with velcro. I think this would fit about 3 x 4yr olds (based on the size of my 4 yr old). Hope this boy loves his tent when he gets it!