Friday, July 23, 2010

16 Days, 4500km and 550 Photos Later

We are home from our winter holiday to Victoria, and No we didn't freeze, It wasn't that cold, and in fact we have been much colder since we've been home, due to a lack of a heater! And YES we had the most awesome time ever! There is so so much to show, but for now, just some bits and pieces from before we left, and one finish from when we were away!

First up, I decorated a wall in the girls play/clothes room with some string, mini pegs, and prints from the Free Art Project, unfortunately they have started to curl up, some I'm on the look out for old frames now, but it looked fab while it lasted!

I was also lucky enough to win a $25 USD gift voucher from Sew Mama Sew, I trawled there shop eventually deciding on 1/4 yard cuts, there's Del-hi, Good Folks, some Kaffe, etc. I was really careful, with what I got colour wise too, mainly going for fabrics in colours that I don't have, hence all the blue!

I also whipped this bag up quickly, Its my own pattern, and it is HUGE, the strap goes across the body, and it fits all my mummy bits and pieces in there as well as a water bottle or two, and of course wallet phone etc. I'm not super happy with the fabric combo, the linen and pinky Japanese fabric work well together but the blue twill..... not so much. I'm thinking I will make another one. Would anyone be interested in a tutorial? (free of course!) It would make a great beginner bag project.

I also was desperate for a new skirt, this is made from the same wool flannel, as Miss Jocie's dress a couple of posts ago, I drafted a pattern for it myself using the Cal Patch book Design It Yourself Clothes. It is just a simple a-line with no waist band and an invisible zip in the side, It is fully lined with the same fabric that I lined Imee's coat with, I did have a few issues with it, but they are due to my body shape. It needed a little something, so I free-hand embroidered the little doily inspired circle thingamee above. Overall I'm really happy with this skirt and it will hopefully get a lot of wear.

And last but certainly not least, a crocheted wrap vest, pattern found at twoandsix via the knitted version at Raglan Guld via the blanket slashed version at Kootoyoo. I used some absolutely beautiful wool from Bendigo woolen mills, Rustic in Wineberry 12 ply, I went through 500gms, (which I got for the bargain price of $17 from there clearance area!) and used a 9mm hook, I started hooking before I could re-find the pattern, but as it turned out I used the same numbers, when it was finished though it felt way too short for me so I added a horizontal band around the bottom, but if I wore it upside down it would make a wicked collar!
This was an unplanned holiday project, I even had to duck into the local spotlight to grab some hooks!, so I of course didn't have a suitable broach or pin so I used one of the crochet hooks to hold it together, I actually really like the look of it, and the idea of it too.

So that's that for now, next post will hopefully be a few highlights of our trip and also being my 100th post watch out for the giveaway!!


  1. I would like a tutorial for that bag! I ahve yet to do much on my new/old sewing machine apart from a canvas bag, some repairs and a pair of comically bad curtains for our new van... I need a project!

  2. YAY!! I'm glad your back! And you've made so many beautiful things.
    Yes! A bag tutorial, go on...I'm loving it too!

  3. Oh....HOW I LOVE YOUR VEST!!! Its looks fantastic from here!!! Congratulations!!!

  4. The wrap vest looks fantastic. I'll have to beg mum to make me one of them ;)

  5. I love that bag Kelly, really nice shape with the pleat & a long handle. The hexes don't hurt either :)