Fabric used: polyester (the fabric is a gift, i think as it doesn't feel cotton) with Japanese cartoon characters
Pattern used: my own
This is my other attempt of the kcwc fall challenge 2012 - something I am so proud of as I have been wanting to make this kimono for a few years ever since the hotel supplied kimonos to kids for onsen (hot spring) in our stay in Japan.
It's my first attempt to make a kimono for my girl. I remember that the kimono for kids supplied by the hotel was constructed two different simple rectangular shapes. One for the body and one for the sleeves.
I also have a kimono (bathrobe type) for myself. So, I decided to make a mini-version based on my imagination and various pictures from the internet. I also need to consider how much fabric I got and I always want to maximise the fabric I got as there is no right or wrong in lengths and sizes for something like this. So, I decided to go from salvage to salvage as much as I could. After I cut some rectangles and stitched up the shoulders and sleeves together. Hm ... the sleeves were too long because I forgot that the body was quite wide and loose meaning the shoulder parts drape over a few inches over the arms. Time to cut the sleeves short. I think I was pretty successful as I only needed to alter the sleeve lengths (last minute alteration). After the binding and the belt, Ellie put it on straight away with a big smile on her face.
I am also very inspired to make my first pattern for download to contribute to the craft world. I also want to make it a generic one so it will fit a baby to a grown up. If you would like a pattern when it is ready, please leave me your email address. I will email you.
After Hei Hei's quilt, my quilting bugs kept nudging me to make another one. What's better to use up the alphabet panel that gave me a headache. I intended to make something quick and simple. I didn't cut up the panel this time. Just added two contrasting borders around it. The simplest quilt pattern that I can every think of. This quilt is simple and yet very eye-catching. Does it look better than the other one? I have added complexity to the quilt by stippling the whole quilt. I ended up having to use invisible thread for the stippling since there's so much different colour on the panel.
Back to the borders, I do love the whale fabric. Should have bought more!!! It's a beautiful boy fabric that I seldom see. I am pretty the bolt will be gone by now since it was on sale like AUD 7 a metre. This quilt went to my cousin Fung Fung in Hong Kong. He likes reading. Got to check out if he has learnt all alphabets on the quilt. ;)
I bought an alphabet panel from Spotlight thinking that it would be great for making baby quilts. When I finally wanted to cut up the fabric, I realised the colours were quite different from the ordinary baby colours. Hm ... I knew that I wanted to cut up the panels and add square blocks to make up the centre of the quilt. It took me a while to find matching as well as contrasting blocks for this quilt. Hope my nephew Hei Hei will enjoy exploring the alphabets and the colours of the quilt. It's both educational and practical.
The cutest thing about this calendar is that the card sender's signature/name is on every window. Every morning Ellie opens up a window and finds out which child sent her a Christmas card and what the card looked like.
Here are some brief instructions of how I made them:
1. Cut out the name/signature first. Make sure you leave enough space around all sides as window frames. The border of my windows are 1/4" because I used quilting rulers.
2. Use the cutout name/signature piece as a template to cut out an interesting part of the card.
3. Cut a big "I" on the back of the name/signature piece. Use the back of a knife to score the two sides of the "I" to make it easier to open the window.
4. Glue the name/signature piece onto the card cutout in step 2. Now you have your first window. Repeat this for the next 23 windows.
5. Glue all 24 windows on a big cardboard (mine is a house shape as I want to make a village if I can make one a year). Any shape will do.
6. Cut numbers from a used calendar and glue the numbers on the windows. It will be good to save a couple of pages from previous months earlier so you can have them all in the same colour.
Found this detailed note from another knitter. She did a great job!!! Will go through it before I knit it again.
I am in exhibition again!!! How exciting!!! It's SALA festival 2011. RiAus is going to hold a fabulous exhibition of coral crocheted by hundreds of people as there will be really heaps of corals. I really enjoyed making them as it's so free form. All I need to do is to crochet. Unfortunately, I just don't crochet enough for my muscles to get used to it. My right hand became so painful after 5 minutes of crochet. :(
I bought 1 metre of this fleece of a really cute elephant pattern thinking that it would be enough since it's 150cm wide. After I drafted the pattern from her purple robe, I realised that I didn't have enough material to make the whole gown with this fabric. So, I cut as much as I could except the sleeves which I was thinking I might just use some other colours if thing went wrong. When I finally got to Spotlight which is 2 to 3 months after I bought the fabric, all these fleece materials are gone. That's why the blue came into place. I am so glad that it turned out really well.
I have never knitted lace patterns. It's pretty tricky as I often got lost in the pattern and forgot which row I was on and missed a stitch here and there. Having made so many mistakes, I learnt that it's always good to make a total of number of stitches for each row so you know where you are based on the number of stitches on your needles. This worked wonderfully well with the fringes. For the lace pattern, work out the "trend" in the pattern so that you can count where you are based on the first few stitches in a row. It's not as relaxing as knitting stockinette stitches but the results are well worth the efforts and you will grasp the pattern before you know it.
Since she lost her luggage at the airport, I made some luggage tags with the batik in return. It's great that she loved the tags. Hope she won't lose her luggage any more.
I also used the fabric to make buntings for Ellie's birthday party. We can now easily throw a party without too much effort in decoration.
I also sewed two shopping bags with the batik as I have way too many ugly shopping bags with company logos on them. I also wanted to make a shopping bag that is light enough to be carried everywhere. Ideally, it could be folded into a small bag. I still can't work out how to close the fold-up bag, whether to put buttons or elastics... What do you think?
I will make more stuff but i think it will be at the end of my very long to-do-project-list. ;)
I usually took pictures of what I made at home or in the garden. I just realised that it's very hard to get rid of the colourbond fence as it's everywhere. Ellie and I went to the reserve on our street and pretended that we were models. We took heaps of pictures of each other. Most of them were deleted by my husband as they were too "surreal". I do love the photos and we had sooooooooo much fun.
These photos were inspired by a Japanese lady - Chie Duncan. I recently discovered this Japanese seamstress who has her own online fashion boutique. She showcased her clothes with a photographer in this secret garden collection. I love the pictures and her blog. She recently just posted how to make a poncho top. I think it suits a tall slim person very well. Hm ... it's not me then. :(
More 2011 entries in Flickers. There are some really amazing work - actually artwork. 10 finalists have been selected. Voting here!!! I am so glad that I have entered the competition. It's a fun (although a little hectic) experience. I enjoyed playing around with the trimmings a lot. I guess I will have to keep all my scraps for future projects?
The earrings look very delicate and elegant on you. I have had so much fun making them. There are 6 pairs in this collection. The earrings are made with sterling silver findings, Japanese patterned paper, Swarovski crystals and Japanese seed beads. The paper cranes have been coated with 3 layers of varnish to make them splash-resistant. The crane symbolizes good luck and peace in the Japanese culture. I used the Chinese red packets - meant to be for good luck and fortune to make the boxes.
Back to the pouch, it's like making a tailor-made suit for my phone. I first drew the phone on a piece of paper. I then added width to the shape to cater for the thickness of the phone as well as seam allowance. Then, I designed the flap matching the body. Since the pouch would be padded, I used some corduroy scrap that I got as the padding. I didn't want to push my sewing machine too hard. So, the padding was cut without the seam allowance.
Here is the anatomy of the pouch. I stacked the 3 different layers (like in the picture) all together leaving the flap part for reversing the pouch inside-out. Then, the most exciting part came. I put my phone into the pouch. It fit snuggly. Perfect!!! Then, the flap wasn't big enough. It should have been 1cm longer because of the thickness of the phone plus the thickness of the fabric. So, I had to undo the velcro on the cover and relocate it. Then, I stitched the flap together. Finished!!!
Endomono to track my workouts. It doesn't quite work now. I am thinking that I can use a safety pin to pin the back of the pouch to my backpack until I can think of another solution.
1. Make sure the padding was "ironed" on nicely. Otherwise, the padding seems to move a little like you wear a few layers of tight clothes and they don't line up quite well from time to time.
2. Make sure the outside of the cover is slightly longer than the inside of the cover for the flap to close nicely.
3. The velcro for the flap should be stitched after the pouch is stitched and reversed.
4. I may design different strap at the back of the phone next time as I was hoping that the strap could be used to strap on to my bags.
5. Use velcro of different size - should be narrower so I can put a longer stretch.
Today, I just read the competition's FAQ and found out the winner of the previous year and her winning works. It's very so impressive and inspiring and that I hope one day I can make something like this. It's absolutely gorgeous and sweet.
Here are the links of her 5 pieces of works for you to "wow" and "ao".
First of all, I guess I need to learn to draw first. ;)
Back to the exhibition, I have been there once with my friend Nayth. I will go there again on Sunday night with Kate and Sue. I haven't taken my husband and daughter to see it yet. I am going to see it at least 3 times. I have asked my husband to take some really good pictures for me.
Trenna said that there have been lots of visits plus a few Fringe group tours. Lots of positive comments ...
Trenna also prepared and posted the exhibition catalog in Knitting Nancy Dives In website. She has truly done a great job!! I didn't expect that she would need to spend so much effort on it. Thank you Trenna!!!
This top is my very-proud-upcycled creation. I was about to throw away this very daggy stained skivvy. The solid colour of the fabric made me think that I can add some sparkle to it and turn it into an ice-skating top. (All ice-skating outfit seems to have some sparkles on the fabric). I kind of pictured that I wanted to get rid of the turtle neck and the sleeves are a bit short and there were some stained area need to be cleared. So, I cut the sleeves and replaced them with the sparkly fabric (oh forgot what it's called now). Then, I cut the turtle neck and finished the neck with bias tape made by the same fabric. Then, I made different yo-yos from the fabric just to cover what I don't want to see.
I cut so much from this skivvy that it now looks completely different. The yo-yos came in really handy to cover them up. Instead of giving away her stained top, her skivvy now has a new life and become something that I am so proud of. :)
The hardest thing was to sew the neck as the layers of fabric was quite thick. I don't remember how much I pushed my sewing machine to the limit. I think I ended up hand-stitching the thickest point.
This side view was still "work-in-progress".
I asked Mum to make a label like those designers. It's the first time she used fabric markers. Then, she wrote on some fabric, ironed it and stitched it on the cape. This label is in Chinese meaning "Nana made". I am so happy that Mum made a piece of clothing for Ellie as well as "signed" it. It will be an heirloom especially Mum lives overseas. It's a shame that she won't be making any clothes when she's back home.