Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Creative Space and Kids Clothing Challenge Week Day 4


Today's Creative Space is tied up with the Elsie Marley Kids Clothing Week Challenge that I'm joining in with (check the last few posts to see what else I've been making).


My Creative space is this 1970s reversible pinafore dress that I have nearly finished making for Madeleine. There are just two pattern pieces (if you don't count the pocket!) so it's really quick and easy. Maddy loves that she could change her mind about what she wants to wear while she is out. I used a white light weight denim on one side and cord on the other. I love the white print fabric but have been too scared to use it because I've had visions of whatever I make being wrecked by tomato sauce, paints or mud on the first wearing. Now I can relax because even if it wrecked the other side can still be used and my time hasn't been wasted. (edited post: Ive just realised that the flowers are upside down on the white dress. Doh! Now I remember why... I didn't have enough fabric to do them the right way around on both sides of the dress and intended putting that side underneath so it wouldn't be noticed. Oh well... it'll serve me right trying to make things too quickly!)


I'm also in the middle of making korker hair clips using this amazing tutorial by CJ of Pink Tea (check out the rest of her blog while you are there. She is a very talented lady!) I haven't had much luck finding the crocodile clip style hair clips yet so if any kiwis know where to find them locally, please do let me know!


Eloise and I popped into our local op shop on the way home and a dig through the fabric section turned up this gorgeous cotton-lycra print which is going to be a skirt for me. I also found some wonderful old kids books and a fantastic Debbie Bliss knitting book (because obviously I don't have enough knitting patterns already!). The best find though had to be this dinner service. I am totally in love with it and can feel a collecting spree coming on to try and find extra pieces of it. Don't you love the green?


I'm going to grab a coffee and spend an hour or two on the computer today gathering inspiration.

Visit the Elsie Marley Flickr Group here to see all the amazing kids clothes being churned out this week.

And pop on over to Kirsty's to see what other creative genius is going on.

24 comments:

One Flew Over said...

Hi! I couldn't reply to you directly as your email is blocked. The red and white stripe fabric is a french cotton waeve. Thanks for popping by x Kate

Little Ted Canvas said...

Just lovely! Great idea to make the reversable dress, love it! I've had inspiration overload looking at everyone's creative space today. Now I need to get off this computer & get busy...

Jennie said...

Love the reversable dresses and I loooove the dinner service you found!! Gorgeous gorgeous colour!!!

Amanda said...

Love the dress, even better that she loves it :).......And the fabric for your skirt is fab!

CJ {Pink Tea} said...

Thanks for mentioning me. I love your photos here. And the dress is adorable.

Michelle said...

Love the dress, and the white fabric is gorgeous (upside down flowers and all)

ecoMILF said...

Adorable. Can't wait to see the hairclips- hope they come with instructions! : ) xo m.

Seaside Siblings said...

loving the dress, can't wait to see the hairclips!

Tracey said...

I do like your tunic - what pattern are you using?

Kate Bruning said...

Gorgeous - and I love the green in those plates. What a find.

Cindy said...

Great challenge. Gorgeous pinafore...
I need to teach myself to sew kiddie clothes!

Kellie Christie said...

Just checked out the tutorial, who knew that ribbon would do that??!! Cool

Cat said...

Do you know I didn't even notice the flowers were upside down until you pointed it out! Just dont' tell anyone :-)

Sally said...

YAY for the 1970s reversible pinafore dresses! Beautiful! Great fabrics too.

m.e (Cathie) said...

those dresses are beautiful..as are those plates!

teddybearswednesday said...

The pinafore is to die for, love how she can turn it inside out to suit her mood. And those plates are just gorgeous too xo

Stella said...

I can't believe how cool it is that you have the skills to just whip up such gorgeous clothing for your kids! I dream of becoming as skilled! Thanks for your comments, yes the kereru is mine-ish, I googled a picture and then loosely copied it... Kind of felt like drawing but with thread... And yup, loving the way those little baby hands are going about exploring the world!

Stella said...

p.s. LOVE that dinner set!

wendy said...

Would you share the pattern info for the dress? My 5 year old is running around chanting, "Ask her where she got it, ask her where she got it," at top voice. (I think she likes it...)

I think I want to go op-shopping with you! Lovely plates!

Cotton Kiwi said...

Love it Wendy. She does sound like she is quite enthusiastic about it. The pattern is a vintage one that I picked up in a garage sale. It's Butterick 6875 Childrens Wrap and Go Jumper. Unfortunately they aren't multi size patterns and I was very lucky to find a size 6 one. I'll do a post about it soon and do a drawing of the pattern pieces as I think it would probably be fairly easy to replicate.

Vic said...

I just love the red side of the pinny, what beautiful fabric!

Melanie said...

Ooh, I'm a big fan of the pinafore, and reversible is always a winner! I wouldn't worry too much about the upside-down-ness. You're probably the only one who will notice.

Oh, and why can't I ever find such cool fabric at the op shop?!

Jo's Place said...

Love those dresses and the fabric you have used.

Strickbombe said...

humph! why don't we have charity shops like yours here?

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