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Baby bib bonanza

2016 has been the year of babies (amongst other things, but let’s not go into that…). All my friends are having them.  5 so far, with 4 more due in December or early Jan! As baby gifts, I’ve been making bibs – experienced mothers tell me you can never have to many of them, and they are fun to make. Useful AND fun is about as good as it gets for baby stuff – plus, quick to make, and great for using up fabrics scraps. So for the last three months, a corner of the sewing room has had a stack of fabric scraps and cut-out bibs, and whenever I need a quick sewing fix I make one up, and accumulate a pile of finished ones.  Every few weeks there is another baby shower, or time comes due to send a package off, and my pile of done ones dwindles. This is 1/4 of the bibs I’ve made so far: I’ve made reversible ones: And ones lined in moisture-proof fabric: Ones with appliqué: And patchwork ones: I’ve …

Recovering a step-stool, thedreamstress.com

A spotty-dotty step-stool refurbishment

I haven’t had a lot of time for ‘me’ projects lately: everything has been focused on pattern samples and pattern testing.  While I’m really enjoying having so many Henrietta Marias and Miramars and…(oops, can’t tell you those ones yet!) in my wardrobe, I find myself itching to just make something that isn’t technically work. At the end of a long week of pattern development and teaching, I decided I was going to go absolutely crazy if I didn’t manage to do something for me. Enter the Stepstool of Shame: I bought this stool at an op-shop because I liked the industrial design , and because we really needed a stepstool for the kitchen.  Our kitchen is basically original to the 1920s house (kitchens are not an original feature you want!), including weird narrow cabinets that go all the way up to the 3m/9ft high ceiling.*  As they are so weird and narrow, they don’t store a lot, so we actually have to use the ones located 8ft above the ground in order to fit everything in.** …

A circular cardigan with a geek twist

In my last post I showed off my 1950s inspired circular cardigan, which manages to look far more glam than a cardigan ought to. When I was finishing the cardigan I discovered that it isn’t just limited to looking glam.  It’s also great for… …pretending to be a Jedi knight! While I’m only showing you the cardigan now, I actually finished it back in December, just when A New Hope was in the theatres.  I tried on the mostly-finished cardigan for a friend, and she ‘ooohed’ over the flipped down collar and the swishy hem, and then I flipped up the collar to show it could also be a hood, and she practically fell over laughing, saying I looked like I should be in Star Wars. Obviously, with a comment like that, I had to do a Star Wars photoshoot.  I put out a call for a lightsaber, and the amazing Nina came through with not only a lightsaber, but also a half-scale Stormtrooper and a Darth Vader for me to have an epic battle with. I seriously …