Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Loving Enid..

This is a hat I am working on. When I got the issue I won on Oztion last week, that was the thing that just leapt out at me and said "make me". I have a thing for hats lol. and I love the brim too. It sits at a great angle to see out from under and is really shady for my fair skinned kids.
It is not finished yet, it needs a tie at the back, but I thought I would share. Probably the reason I haven't finished it is Pearl keeps running off with it! lol It is from Enid Gilchrist's Kindergarten clothes. And she is wearing the pini that she decided was hers despite being to big and not matching anything she owns (yet lol). The green floral print is a vintage sheet. I picked up 4 matching ones last week. Score! I love green.

vintage Enid Gilchrist styles and a vintage apron remake

I was recently introduced to Enid Gilchrist vintage patterns which you draft yourself from instructions and diagrams. Enid had many patterns published privately and through the New Idea magazine in Australia.
I thought the drafting would be a little tricky and it was! But I actually enjoyed it a lot. It reminded me of the old dot to dots that I used to love to do as a child lol.
Here are a few things I have sewn the past week. I drafted this pini into a bigger size for an order. I am glad I have another size now as I love it. Now I need to resize it smaller so it will fit MY DD lol. She has claimed the first one I made but it is a bit big as the original pattern for the Enid pini is technically 4-5yo and she is not quite 2yo.
Here is a 4-5 (which I think would be fine for a 3-5yo) and the new 5+ size. I tried this on my DD10 and was surprised that not only did it go over her head, she was able to put it on and it still looked cute on her, though quite short. I am very tempted to make this up as a full length dress, and one for DD10 too. My DS3 and 6yo also tried it on for me and it sat nicely. It is a good design as the way the arm holes are cut out, it allows plenty of room but maintains a slim line without looking too gapey or baggy.

The smaller size is in the front.

The circus print is quilting cotton with red and white gingham. 3-5yo

This used to be a regular vintage apron which I restyled so it can be worn as a full pini with a rear and front bodice, a tie at the back of the neck and waist. It would have been nice to have closed the skirt at the back but there isn't enough fullness and only the tiniest of scraps left. I used some new cotton lace and vintage ricrac for trim. The pocket is the original apron pocket left in place.

Thursday, 21 May 2009


I stopped by Lila Tuellers blog and found this clip by Dieter Uchtdorf which pretty much sums up how I feel about the need to create.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

A new Sewn Giveaway!

I am excited to hear about a new online sewing community about to hit the net.


To join in the celebration of the new beginnings for my blog and Sewn, I am giving away this Modkids Frida dress sewn by me. It is a size 2-3, made in cotton poplin. all you need to do is leave a nice comment on my blog. The winner will be chosen Monday June 8th. Good luck!

Stitched up fun and fashion or... sewing for my sanity.

Sharing my sewing adventures is what this blog is for. I dabble in many crafts but sewing has been there as a continuing thread in my life. I am happy creating and it is satisfying and therapeutic to make order and beauty amidst the chaos. I think this will be mostly pictorial but you never know when I might start waxing lyrical. :)