Monday, January 10, 2011

Getting back on the Janome

I think my knees need botox

It's amazing the things that you miss when they're no longer around.

I'm so used to having everything all set up and at my fingertips ready to go when the sewing inspiration hits. With a simple little flick of the on/off switch, off I go.....

So when Tinniegirl came to break me out on Saturday morning, the first stop (before even making it home) was Spotty.

I'd whipped up this second version of the Too Cute Tunic Dress from Pip's book Sew La Tea Do, before I disappeared for a week.
I just didn't have the fabric colour that I wanted to make the bias binding for the trim, so it was left to linger on the ironing board for an entire week.


A quick stop to buy some pre-made binding, and an hour of sewing it into place, and I have another finished dress!

The fabric for this one is actually an old single doona cover that I picked up at the oppy on a little spree with Tinniegirl a couple of years ago.

I'd already used half of the doona cover to make an apron for Sharon, so there was still half left. I carefully cut the pieces to ensure that the decorative print was around the bottom of the dress. Unfortunately, there wasn't quite enough of it, so I've had to splice in a couple of smaller pieces at the side. I'm just pretending that they're a design feature.

I can't wait to wear this one - it'll be really versatile as I can wear it over pants and leggings for winter!

Oh, and check out my new shoes that I bought while I was on holidays - I now have grey ones just like my red ones.

21 comments:

kirsty said...

your knees are too cute too! loving the dress, it looks fantastic, the red bias and shoes just complete the look!

x

Ruth said...

It is great when you find a pattern that compliments your figure so nicely. Love the use of the doona too. Cherrie

Little Ted Canvas said...

That is the sweetest dress, I love the fabric you've used! Your knees look fine, though I get what you mean, I do not like my knees at all!

Jay @ Finki said...

your new dress looks fab and good on you for waiting till you could get the red trim. it's an awesome combo. xx

beck said...

Sweet dress! Love the fabric, just goes to show how useful thrifted fabric can be. I think your knees are cute x ps is it raining cats & dogs in Melb?

Felicity said...

You are too clever and resourceful - who knew a doona cover could look so fantastic - and like all the other girls have said - you have the sweetest of knees!

Felicity x

Michelle said...

It's a great dress Cam, and it really suits you! Also, I think your knees are cute and certainly don't need botox!

Tas said...

I love a good upcycling! Looks fab. (Nice shoes too by the way)

teddybearswednesday said...

It's just gorgeous Cam. I love the contrasting binding, and the fabric. Really stunning!!xo

Renae said...

I noticed the lovely shoes right away! That dress is a great pattern that looks great on you- I'm tempted to go buy the book to make my own. Pip should pay you advertising dollars ;)

Renee•Candy Stick Lane said...

You and the dress are amazing!

Beach Vintage.com said...

Super dress, thanks for reminding me to "get back on" but mines a Brother.....Happy New Year to you.

Magdalena, The Craft Revival said...

welcome back crafty lady! Love the dress... so cute!

Jodz said...

I love it and the fabric is great.

Steph said...

So fab!! Love the fabric combo....and the shoes are too, too cute! Will so have to give that pattern a whirl. Hope you have a super week :)

Swirlyarts said...

Right that's it - I'm going to buy Pip's new book now as I want a dress that looks like that too :) And lets face it - I have plenty of fabric to use up....

michelle said...

love it cam. and a doona cover no less, who knew? just think if you have a big night in your frock you will be able to sleep in it and say you were tucked up under the doona.

delia hornbook said...

Ohh i love this its so cute and looks great on you. I love the red trim to it looks great with the grey. Well done ;-)) Dee x

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Very clever, love that fabric.

Miss Prudence said...

Brilliant! Love the style, love the doona cover upcycle! Brilliant!

Sarah said...

you have inspired me to whip up another too cute tunic for myself. one just isn't enough. again, i love your shoes :)