There is nothing like a splash of color to brighten up a dreary winter’s day.
Think boldly… think fuchsia and orange!
I had an hour to kill today and decided to go shopping at the local Macy’s. I happened to be wearing a nice orange turtleneck that I received as a Christmas gift. I really like the orange color, but don’t have too many things to wear it with. I found some lovely scarves in the right color-range on an unbelievable mark-down price and couldn’t resist buying one. I love the combination of pinks and orange together with a bit of green and gold sparkle … it was so pretty!
As I stood admiring the scarf against the orange sweater I was seeing it definitely needed a hot pink skirt to round out an outfit. My next stop was a browse through the fabric store where I found the perfect piece of coordinating fuchsia fabric. It’s a boucle wool with a little nubby texture that adds a bit of interest. I picked up lining and a zipper and I’ll be ready to stitch it up in the morning. Can’t wait to get started!
What does every girl need to make her birthday complete?
Why a crown, of course!
Happy Birthday Esme!
My neighbor from across the street turned four years old today and in honor of the occasion, I decided to make her a birthday crown. I stopped by the fabric store and picked up some pink (of course?!) felt. I decided I should go through my vast button and trim collection that I already had on-hand at home to complete the project so I resisted making additional purchases… although I did spend quite a bit of time looking at ribbons, feathers and jewels.
When I began the project I wasn’t quite sure about how large to make the crown base, so I conducted some online research where I discovered that an average 4 year old’s head measures 19 to 20 inches in circumference. You gotta love the internet!
I then searched on princess crown patterns and found some printable patterns; with that, my project was underway. I tried a variety of combinations before coming up with the final result. The design process fascinates me; It never fails to intrigue me how one tries this and that and this and that, until suddenly a combination stands out as being “just right.” What exactly makes it “just right” is hard to quantify, and that is the magic of designing, I suppose.
The crown is made of two layers of felt sewn together at the edges. Decorative trims and buttons are then applied. Soft elastic covered in a fabric sleeve at the back provides wearing ease.
close-up of applied trims and buttons
back elastic application
Her sweet smile says success!
Preferring tailored clothing, I’m not usually drawn to synthetic outer wear fabrics, but I just couldn’t resist this charming fuzzy-floral-fleece in pink and gray. I had it in my stash and kept it in reserve waiting for inspiration to surface. I know it’s not particularly suitable to use a knit for a structured coat, but I could totally visualize this fun fabric as a coat and I was willing to take the risk. And here is the result of my venture into sewing with synthetic fleece. I love it!
I used Vogue 2472 coat pattern and interfaced it with a soft interfacing appropriate for knitted fabrics.
For lining the body of the jacket I used a gray polyester lining fabric
and a bit of pink for the pockets (using up pieces from my scrap pile).
I covered the large silver snaps in pink duppioni silk (I know, I know, but I couldn’t help it).
The collar is designed to lay flat
or stand-up, a feature I really appreciate as my neck tends to get cold easily on chilly days.
And what I like most of all is that the jacket is warm and feels like you’re wrapped in a blanket …
while still retaining some style, fit and fashion.
Go Beaver football!