Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Obsessed much?

So lovelies, you know how I have a little bit of an obsession passion for the whole world of patchwork and quilting? It's subtle, I know.
I've always wanted to be able to make clothes but to be honest it scares me.
Those flimsy patterns, darts, yokes (you've got to be yoking!), stretch fabric eeeeeek!
It all seems....hard.

I'm always astounded when successful seamstresses say that they are daunted buy patch working and quilting but I guess I know how they feel but in reverse.
But burning desires can't be quieted for long.
I started making this skirt quite some time ago but I was waylaid by a baby and a fear that the tum would never be the same (it won't be but it isn't too bad - anyone else got a floppy belly button post baby???) but I'm motivated to finish it for the summer.

Obviously there was the PJ pants the other week. 

Then I decided that it was time to make something for my muse.
I used AMH's 'Quick Change Trousers' for the shape and came up with these cords.
I think they'll be quite baggy because they are supposed to be double layer.

I added the 'flange' at the 'yoke' just for a bit of fun.
When you don't know the rules, it's easy to go out on a limb :o)
I just need to add some elastic and feed up the model.

Since Saturday when I made the blue cords I've been a little...lets say enthusiastic.
Dare I say when I woke during the night, bubs sound asleep, I was thinking of making clothes.
  First chance I got I headed to the oppy with the little guy.
$3.50 later I have some patterns to play with.
No, I won't be making him frocks, as tempting as it is, I'll be trying all sorts of patterns to expand my knowledge and skills. Plus who knows, one day there could be a girl muse.

My muse and 'studio' assistant.
Lucky me!

Any suggestions on patterns or things you think I should try making?
Tips and tricks and direction will be happily accepted.

Ab x


  1. Have fun making the clothes. I used to sew all my kids and Grand kids stuff. Now I am just hooked on quilting. LOL

    Havery looks such a happy little fellow.

  2. Hi Ab. I really love your blog! I recently got the quilting bug and am also keen to step up to sewing clothes both for me and the kids. There are some awesome free and well priced pdf patterns around other blogs I've read and saved (but not yet got myself organised to sew) but I think they are a good place to start for me. You might be further ahead than me by the looks (and know about these blogs already) but if not try Made by Rae, Sew Mama Sew, Retromummy for a start. There's more but I don't want to clutter your comments too much :-). Happy sewing!!

  3. P.S. Your muse is extreemly gorgeous :-).

  4. Lovely daks and muse. I'll have a look through my pattern collection and see what I have for boys that you can borrow.
    PS. are you trying to tell us something?

  5. I would buy a couple of Oliver + S patterns - maybe the sandbox pants and work up from there. Also Make it Perfect patterns are quick and easy and work well with cute patchwork fabric too

  6. They look like you already have it mastered but I could always send you one of my very basic patterns without any instructions?
    Harvey and Miss Violet have a tape measure obsession in common. She loves it!