30 December, 2011

Handmake Christmas 2011 - Gift 4... my very first skirt!!

I was chatting with my sister-in-law about my plan to handmake all my Christmas gifts and she said "just DON'T make me a handbag". Hmmm... I had planned on making her a handbag, so I'm glad I found out her request before I started on her bag. So I got to thinking... adult clothing... surely it's not that hard!?!?! Right?!?!? So I got one of her skirts for sizing and gave it a shot... I'm pleased to say that it worked out really well. Unfortunately I didn't realise that the skirt I used for sizing was a little too small for her... this is the downside of using some one's clothes as sizing without their knowledge. She loves it though as she can wear it above her waist for a bit of extra shaping (not that she needs it).

So... here it is...
Isn't the fabric gorgeous!! The main fabric is decorator weight. I like using thicker fabrics for this style of skirt and was happy to find this fabric for my SIL.
I am super happy to say that I used piping for the first time. I made it using piping cord. it was super easy and added interest to the skirt.

I put in a zipper up the side and a hook up the top. Because of the piping it sits a bit funny around the zip when it's on a hanger but sits perfectly when being worn. Yay!!! :)
  Ok, that's all for today.

See you tomorrow,


29 December, 2011

Handmake Christmas 2011 - Gift 3... another handbag

Ok, so a few days ago I showed you pics of a bag I made for my younger sister. I also made a handbag for my other sister. I had already made her a handbag previously but I wanted to change the pattern slightly and use a more neutral outer fabric to make it more usable for her.

So here it is...

The outer fabric is a gorgeous thick weave linen. I've used it before and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

This is a really crap pic of the inside of the bag. The fabric is a beautiful; geometric pattern made out of decor weight cotton. It's also LOVELY!!

How lovely is this button!! And look at the fabric... sigh... pure love!! :)
Ok... that's all for today...


Handmake Christmas 2011 - Gift 2... little girls dress

Our sweet Adele is lucky to have two equally sweet cousins in my Husbands side of our family. One was born 8 weeks before Adele and the other was born 8 weeks after Adele was born!! It is such a joy to watch them grow and play together. :) I wanted to make these two girls classic little dresses for Christmas.

The younger of the cousins has gorgeous red hair and light skin colour so I wanted to get the fabric just right. After seeing the dress on her I am so happy with my fabric choice. :)

Here it is...

Ahhhh... I wish I ironed before taking the photograph!!!

Cute little fabric covered button... LOVE! :)

I am so happy with this little beauty... it matches my precious little niece perfectly. A gorgeous dress for a gorgeous girl!! :)

I'll be back tomorrow for another Christmas gift reveal... ;)


28 December, 2011

Handmake Christmas 2011 - Gift 1... Handbag

If you've noticed a lack of blog activity over the last month it's because every spare minute has been devoted to completing my goal of handmaking all my Christmas gifts. I'm excited to say that I came pretty close to completing my goal!! I ended up making 11 gifts!! :)

Today I'm going to show you a gift I made for my precious little sister 'Dids'. She loves purple and loves fine details and little flowers. I found her fabric REALLY easily and knew that she would love it!

Here it is...

I made her a little flower brooch that she can leave on the bag or put of her top when she uses the bag. :)

So, there it is... Gift number 1. Stay tuned for gift number 2. :)

The inside of the bag has a cute little pocket and a magnetic snap.