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My first attempt at the Itty Bitty Baby Dress (www.made-by-rae.com) for my oldest friend’s cute as a button 2 year old.

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(l-r) freckled blouse, eastpointe garden top, counting angles dress, paraiso dress.

I covet all of these. Must look at patterns and see if I can find some similar.

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*want, want, want*

Would this not make the most amazing skirt?

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I have been umming and aahing for most of the last month as to what I want to make this year.

I’ve been making a circle skirt over the course of the last week, which has turned out too big, and must therefore be played with some more before I show anyone. However, once fixed it will be splendid and I fear I need to make more. I have some gorgeous grey and gold sari fabric in my stash which would be perfect, but I’m also on the lookout for some bolder prints. Watch this space.

I’ve been pondering making this Collette Crepe Dress in something summery for D’s cousin’s wedding in July. Must try and find a way to alter the neckline though, as I think something more scooped would flatter my figure better. Need to find the fabric first, and then we shall see.

In addition, I’ve been inspired by Debi of My Happy Sewing Place to make these trousers when I am next feeling brave. And after I’ve next been to Fabworks, which may not be until Easter.

I’m also still knitting my Jeanne from the Debbie Bliss Winter Essentials. (Just noticed that Jeanne isn’t actually shown there, but I’ll put pictures up in due course.) I really want to knit the navy blue dress for next winter. It’s a thing of beauty! I might make it in grey though. I’m also knitting up Posh Yarn’s Wild Flower Shawl¬† in Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace which is my first attempt at lace. Thus far, I’m loving the pattern and the yarn. If I continue to neglect it as I have so far, I think it might come with me as flight amusement when we fly to Las Vegas in February.

So, it’s only January and I’m already up to at least one skirt, two dresses and a pari of trousers. Let’s see how the rest of the year progresses.

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You asked me to recommend some blogs, so here you go.

I read all sorts of sewing and knitting blogs. Some I go back to and others I don’t. Here are some of those I read regularly.

The very lovely Tilly…

Patty @ The Snug Bug

Nicole Needles

Debi @ FashionsFromThePast

Scruffy Badger

The Selfish Seamstress

Did you make that?

Rhinestones & Telephones

Sew & So

Pattern~Scissors~Cloth

Made by Rae

Handmade Jane

Blueberry Park

Enjoy!

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A friend asked how I made these, so I promised to put up a quick tutorial.

To make these lavender hearts, you will need:

  • Two sets of scraps of cotton sufficient to make two heart shapes: I used a variety of fat quarters of patchwork cotton, and unbleached calico;
  • Matching thread
  • Scraps of ribbon to make the loops
  • Buttons
  • Pinking shears, or scissors
  • A sewing machine
  • A sewing needle
  • Lavender (dried)

Draw yourself two heart shapes on a piece of paper, one slightly smaller than the other. The smaller heart will form the inner of the heart, and the larger, the outer. Cut the two heart shapes out, and use these as templates. (See top right)

Taking the scraps, pin the templates to them, and cut round them so that you eventually have two sets of two hearts. (See middle left.) Put the larger ones to one side for now, and remove the templates.

Cut yourself a piece of ribbon, which will form the handle. Pin the two ends of the ribbon together, so that it forms a loop, and place this at the top of one of the heart shapes. Place the second piece over the top and pin it all in place. (You can add the ribbon later, if you prefer, as per the bottom left picture.)

Taking your sewing machine, set it to a zigzag stitch, and stitch around the edge of the heart, leaving an inch long hole through which to stuff the lavender. Fill the heart with lavender, and then return to your machine to sew over the gap, and seal the lavender in.

If you wish to add extra decoration to the outer pieces, such as a smaller heart shape or some such, then now is the time to do so. You can always add buttons by hand later, but you will need to sew through the stuffed centre.

Now pin the exterior pieces together, back to back, ensuring that the loop of ribbon remains outside the heart. . Adjust your machine settings back to a straight stitch, and sew around the edges, leaving a small border. Finish your sewing, and tidy up the ends. Voil√°. Your lavender heart is now complete.