Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Our Creative Spaces and Elsie Marley KCWC days 2 and 3

So super efficient and organised am I, that today I can lump 3 posts into one. Fantastic! What a time saver! This is very lucky as time is not something many of us Mummys have these days. Actually, I don't think Mummys have ever had the luxury of time on their hands but that's a whole other post.

So back to the main reason for this post, the one hour a day sewing challenge set as part of the Elsie Marley Kids Clothes Week Challenge. Tuesday's hour allowed me to applique a little dinosaur onesie for a friend who is going to be a Grandmother soon.

 I am quite sure dinosaur experts would have a fit and criticize the non specific nature of  my dinosaur, but I like him.
The little zigzags on his back were created with ric rac if you haven't already guessed.

 And this was yesterday's creation much to the happiness of Dora's number one fan (who admits, even to me, that she has more Dora stuff than any little kid could ever need.)
 It's a bubble skirt made using a pattern from Making Clothes for Children by Emma Hardy . I've raved about this craft book author before. I love her simple and straightforward method of making really cute things and this was no exception. It took me 1 1/2 hours (including the time that it took me to unpick a whole bunch of lining fabric that had folded over double under my machine) to make the skirt and she loves it.
You can see where the lining meets the skirt outer to create the bubble effect in this photo. You can also see one of the many plasters currently being worn as an important accessory by Miss E. Does anyone else need to take out a second mortgage in order to keep their children in plasters? I believe she went to kindy wearing 4 plasters this morning. I hasten to add that most of the injuries that the plasters are protecting are weeks old or absolutely miniscule but they are important to E so I tend to just give in and give her a plaster! 

Back to the skirt... it has an elasticated waist so no buttons or zips. Super quick and very cute. One thing I would change next time is to make the skirt out of a less crushable fabric. I can imagine this skirt is going to be a nightmare to iron (when that ever happens... hah!)  and the pure cotton creases like you wouldn't believe. E is happy so that's the main thing! She has worn it to kindy this morning so I am expecting it to be covered in paint and playdough and mud by this afternoon.

There are some fab outfits being shown off on the Elsie Marley KCWC flickr group so go and grab some inspiration there. And while you are at it, pop over to Our Creative Spaces and check out everyone's Creative Spaces. I can guarantee that you'll be glued to your computer for hours.


Megan said...

great idea using ric rac for the dinosaurs back! will have to remember that when Jack gets into the 'obsession with dinosaurs' phase that lots of boys seem to go through!

Jill said...

I love your non-specific dinosaur!! Very cute! and that bubble skirt is adorable! ironing?? I decided it's not worth it with kids clothes - they get creased and grubby before anyone sees them!

Hope you're having a lovely day!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Maxabella said...

My daughter would love that Dora skirt. And the ric rac for the dinosaur is inspired!


Michelle said...

Love the little dinos, and the bubble skirt is sweet (apart from Dora, not a favorite of mine). My older two were very anti bandaids. The smallest would dress in them if she could.

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

Oh how fab and comfy looking is that skirt! (ahhhhh poor little knee though!) I know another Dora fan my end too :) She keeps making Boot's the Monkey's sounds around the house and making me jump!

Wendy said...

The amount of plasters in our accessory repertoire is alarming. The number of plasters adorning my wood floors, even more so. Lovely skirt and uber-sweet dino!

Anonymous said...

go the multi-tasker! The skirt looks just gerat, no wonder she's thrilled x

Seaweed and Raine said...

Love the little dinosaur - he is so cute! And the fabric you used for him works so well. :)
My eldest has gone through phases of loathing and loving band aids... and my youngest likes to stick them on so he can pull them off again in about 5 mins! lol

Tessa said...

I love that skirt, that seems to be the sort of bubble skirt pattern I have been looking for.... Was it in that book?


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