Tuesday 10 March 2015

Dragonfly Love

Who loves cheap fabric?  Um, silly question ... I know!! It makes my day when I'm perusing the fabric store for on-sale fabrics.  My local fabric shop often have a discount for end-of-bolt fabrics, and they also have a sale table of fabrics.  That's my go-to section as soon as I enter the fabric shop .... cough ... not that I'm ever distracted by anything except what I went in there for, huh!!

Anyway, one particular day a couple of months ago this happened, and I picked up this adorable purple dragonfly fabric.  There was just a smidge over 1 metre left on the bolt, and I picked it up for $4.  Pretty happy with that.  This one didn't even make it into my stash.  It was sewn up immediately into a gorgeous little Rainbow Pieced Peplum using this amazing pattern from Shwin and Shwin.  These girls are very clever and creative, and have a whole bunch of free patterns too, most of which are in my to-do file.  They're very generous.

Anyway, I love the bodice on this, and this was my first peplum, so I learned a new skill there too ... love a fun project with a new skills as well. 

I also adore the exposed zip, and this was one step in my effort to cure my zip-phobia.  I have to say I was not overly happy with my zip placement and technique, but at this point I'm seeing every zip as one step towards a better one, so off I go.

Oh, and sorry about how crushed the top is in these pics ... straight from the washing line and all that!  Never was a keen ironer!
Bethany loves this top, and she always gets so many lovely comments from people whenever she wears it.  That's a win right there.
Another win is when you have two munchkins small enough to get two outfits from 1 metre of fabric.  Yep, Hannah's just started pre-school, and really needed some pre-school clothes.  OK, I really needed an excuse to make her some new clothes to wear to pre-school.  These little dragon flies are so adorable, they basically begged to be a little matching set.
I had just enough fabric left to make this pair of basic shorts from my go-to shorts pattern, the Kids Shorts from Dana at Made.  I used a coffee mug and traced around it to cut a single dragonfly to applique onto a store-bought T-shirt.  I even got to play with the blanket-stitch on my new sewing machine.  It's so fun to have some handy and easy-to-use stitches to play with, and it really makes an applique look so much better than the tiny zig-zag stitch I used to use on my old machine ... sigh ... I'm still mourning the loss of my lovely old Pfaff.  Anyway, fun new-machine functions like this are easing the pain.
Oh, and I made the shorts a little extra-spesh by adding back pockets, with a centred dragon-fly on each.  I like how they turned out, and she's worn this outfit a few times already to pre-school.  Comfy and not too fussy for sand-pits and painting, but still fun and girly for my little usually-only-wears-dresses girl.
And that's it.  Cute, cheap fabric all gone, an afternoon of fun sewing done, and two new outfits for my favourite girls.  I used to mourn a little when the last scrap of a fave fabric was used and done, but not anymore.  I mean, there's always another piece of fabric on the horizon, huh! Shhhh, don't tell Daddy! 

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