31 05 2012

vest and salwar pants set

I have made a cotton vest and pants set for my friend’s birthday. I have been wanting to make salwar pants for a while as I think they are very cute.  Then I thought I also like the concept of jumpsuits but I don’t like the inconvenience of going to the loo and having to strip off.  So I thought I should make a separate which would look like a jumpsuit.

This one is the sample version in calico I have made for myself. The vest has three panels at the front.  The fabric used for the sides are lighter. The pants are elasticated at the waist and at the hem.

I have used an umbrella stamp I’ve bought from yellow owl workshop for the front side. They have nice stationery which I really like. I wanted to make use of this stamp somehow. It looks perfect!

The year is stamped on the back side.

And this is the final version of the vest for my friend in star patterned fabric in baby blue. The neckline and armholes are trimmed with cotton ribbon and the front side panels are in plain fabric. Two gold buttons stitched in the middle of neckline.

So here is the set. I think it has some feeling of a jumpsuit when you tuck in the vest, I hope? The elasticated waist section of the pants are in the same plain fabric as the one used in the vest top. The same cotton ribbon is used in the waist section as well. That’s it, Happy Birthday!

21 05 2012

crowns and buntings for the Diamond Jubilee

I will be doing a crown&bunting decorating workshop on Sunday 3rd June at Circus, Brixton Village. I heard there will be quite a few things happening on that day, stalls, performance, competition, etc. Come and visit if you are around. Here are the samples I’ve made as examples for the workshop. Both the crown and bunting are made of stiff calico and decorated with embroidery and fabric pen.

The bottom crown is not going to be used for the workshop as this was my first attempt at making a crown but sewing around all edges and turning it inside out took too much time. So, I’ve put my logo stamp all over to keep it as mine. The one on top with raw edges but with two layers to play with is the style I decided to go with for the workshop.

The above were my examples but these are for you to buy (and decorate if you like).
Plain but with red dashed line drawn on the crown and red/white stripy cotton string for the bunting.

13 05 2012

commissioned Smart Girl’s blouses

Here are the two blouses I’ve made for the same customer. They are made-to-order versions of the Smart Girl’s blouse in calico and in the final design.

This one is almost the same as the calico version but with added elbow patches and in a slightly stiffer calico. The stitch lines are drawn using a fabric pen, no actual embroidery.

This design has cotton crocheted collars and a breast pocket in the shape of the Great Square of Pegasus with dots representing stars and dashed lines joining them. Handmade square resin buttons go with the square theme.

This part is the different from my original. Added elbow patches with lines representing graduation for direction. This design is coming from the Controlling Girl’s shirt dress.

This is the other blouse made in middle weight grey cotton.

The cotton crocheted collar is the same but the buttons are round and smaller.

There are no running stitch on the pocket or at the hem but stars are hand embroidered with sequins and French knots. There is a embroidered girl peeking from the pocket.

close up of the girl