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Bird Dress: Take Two

A while ago I wrote about the ‘Alice Dress‘ I made for sweetie and another dress of the same design for my niece in some bird fabric. Today I want to share with you a dress in matching fabric that I made for niece number two.

Baby Bird Dress

This dress is quite a bit smaller, a baby dress in fact, my first one actually. It was a pleasure to make, quite fiddly at times especially on the tiny sleeves but they were equally rewarding to finish.

I used the same layout of fabrics for different sections so that the two girls dresses looked quite similar.

bird dress

Unfortunately there are no pictures of both girls wearing the dresses together, as sometimes happens when making baby dresses it was a bit on the big side.

Georgia bird dress

But it looked cute on her once it was right, though I’ve just heard that’s she’s now wearing her big sister’s one…

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Teacher’s Presents – Book Covers

Right that’s just about it another school year over and done with, and it’s been a busy one especially as it was Sweetie’s first year. This had one final unexpected treat in store for me: twice as many teacher presents at the end of the year. Nine of them to be precise!

Fabric Book Covers

After rummaging through my idea books I decided to make some book covers for some A5 notebooks. The project asked for two fat quarters per cover, but with nine books to make I shuddered at the thought of buying 18 fat quarters. If you’ve ever bought them you’ll know they aren’t half as cheap as they should be. I decided that 9 cotton fat quarters and a length of poly cotton for the lining, to keep the cost down a little but still provide a nice finish.

After making them up I found that for the books I bought I needed just a little over half a fat quarter for each piece (outer and inner). I’m glad I bought just a length of fabric for the inner covers as I needed much less than 9 fat quarters  (2.5m).

I tried to pick fabrics to for each teacher, as much as I could – this probably took longer than most of the sewing!

So here we have 4 Book Covers for Sweetie’s teachers:

4 Book Covers

and 5 for Pretzel Boy’s Teachers:

5 Book Covers

I also decided to add some letter to the inside of each cover, a ‘Thank You’ with our child’s name and the year in the back cover:

Open Book Cover - Back

and the Teacher’s name in the front cover:

Open Book Cover - Front

The letter is quite simple but I hope it adds a little something – plus they won’t get mixed up so easily.

I have also persuaded Pretzel Boy to add a few words for each teacher that I’ve printed and stuck inside too.

Book Cover Poem

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A lot of bunting for a special Pyksy Crew

So if you don’t follow me on facebook you might have thought that I had disappeared completely, and even if you did you might have thought I’d run off with the faeries.

But you’d be wrong, though the faeries did make a tempting offer! I’ve been busy preparing costumes for this year’s 3 Wishes Faery fest; getting swept away with all the fun at the faery fest; trying to recover from our faery adventure and making 40m of bunting for a very good cause. Oh and of course I’ve been glued to The Sewing Bee too.

More on most of that another day, this blog is about my bunting making. As you might have guessed we’ve become rather fond of attending a few little festivals and the more you go the more you get used to seeing the same faces about. One of these is the Gypsy Pyksy group of circus and theatre entertainers, they’ve run circus skills workshops at a few festivals we’ve been to now and our kids just love spending time learning skills and playing games with them.

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Unfortunately they’ve had a pretty bad start the the summer with all of their kit being stolen. The group leader Jay was obviously devastated by this and a Crowdfunder appeal was started to help get them back on their feet.

On top of this a few people through Facebook contacted Jay directly and asked what other things they could do. Obviously I offered to make something and the obvious thing was to make ‘some’ bunting, I’d seen they had lost 50m of bunting so that was a good target for me to go for. I sat down with my upcycling pile of fabrics and sifted through for things to use: Mainly things that wouldn’t curl, I threw them in a crate and started cutting triangles.

Some Bunting Triangles

And then I cut a lot more! As these are meant for festivals and used outside I decided not to finish the edges but just cut them pining shears which should give plenty of life before they start fraying and even more before that looks bad.

Lots of Bunting Triangles

I ended up with 218 triangles (cut with my trusty template) to go with my big roll of binding to sew it all to.

None of it took too long to do, but as always there are little things that get in the way of finding time to sit behind the machine and just keep sewing. But I finished eventually, with a total of 40m of upcycled festival bunting.

Now I don’t know about you but I’ve never wondered what 40m of bunting would look like on my sofa, well not until this morning. And in case you have here it is…

Bunting on sofa

And now it’s all packaged up and ready to put some smiles on faces…

Packed Bunting

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Alice and The Bird Dresses

And now we have arrived at the first dress I made for Sweetie. I wanted something quite simple, so this meant no sleeves. So I picked a simple strappy dress, zip and straps that tie at the back. Not wanting to pass up an opportunity the fabric was picked to match an Alice style dress of an Alice in Wonderland Day at 2015’s 3 Wishes Faery Fest.

Being my first dress I chose to use some affordable polycotton, which isn’t the greatest but still looks quite nice. I also chose to have a play with making the colour fade through different shades, by bleaching the top of the dress and not the bottom. As it turned out it makes the dress look permanently wet, it definitely makes people take a second look.

Alice Dress

And as you can see it floats out in a lovely way too! I used a lace panel for the bottom to make it just that little extra pretty.

Alice Dress sitting

I have also made one of these dresses for my niece, in a smaller size, in some lovely Cotton – that I took so long picking. Here they are together:

Alice dress and bird dress

I love how different thy look until you really start analysing them and see that they really are the same. Here are a few extra pictures that really show it off:

bird dress bird dress

I bought quite a bit of these two fabrics and have made one other thing that I’ll post soon, but expect to see more using these in the future.

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Spotty Gypsy Skirt

Another one of my goals when I started sewing was to make a gypsy skirt for The Bendy Knitter. We decided a new skirt for 2015’s Faery Fest would be ideal, one of the themes was polka dots so we went shopping to for suitably spotty fabrics. She ended up choosing these bold Makower 100% cottons from one of our local fabric shops (Haberdashery Fabrics & More).

Spotty Gypsy Skirt Fabric Samples

We decided that I would lengthen the skirt from the pattern also, as although she isn’t tall she spends a lot of time sitting in her wheelchair which means a longer length can be more comfortable. Each layer is full of gathers and it moves wonderfully.

Spotty Gypsy Skirt


Unfortunately I don’t seem to have many pictures but she still wears it regularly so I will try to get a few more to add.

TBK Spotty Gypsy Skirt

Apart from the last picture all the pictures above were taken today, hopefully they show how well it has kept it’s colour, and if it’s not too bold how well it was made.