Thursday, September 26, 2013


I made a squishy owl for my friend's baby's first birthday.

 (and yes I am aware that this is a potentially frightening gift to give a small child!)

This is a pattern I developed a few years ago and is a good way of utilising small amounts of interesting fabric. This fabric was part of a stash of fat quarters of lovely Japanese fabric given to me by my mum.

In case you are concerned - I stitched the buttons on very securely and let my friend know that if she was worried about them getting chewed on/choked on, I'd happily re-do the eyes without the buttons.

I wondered whether I should add wings and feet but I quite like the minimal nature of this little fellow.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

zig zag zebra

Here's another of my last-of-the-summer sewing projects - a Wiksten tank.

After experimenting with my wispy dress version of this pattern, I wanted to have a go at the tank version as I know I'll get a lot more wear out of the shorter style.

I found this navy blue and white fabric on the fabric remnants stall in the Lewisham Market for £2/m. When I first saw it I thought "I'm not sure if I like this crazy Zig Zag Zebra pattern... but I think I kinda like it!" 

I cut the tank pattern as is and used pre-made bias tape to make life even easier. It was satisfyingly quick to put together. 

It's such an easy relaxed top to wear and I have already worn it a lot. I have discovered that the fabric has impressive creasing abilities but I'm pretending that the crumpliness is not shabby, it's sculptural - like a 3D interpretation of the crazy pattern. This way I can further justify my non-iron stance towards my clothing. Phew!