Tag Archives: Sewing

Sweet Hearts and French Hens

For the last week I’ve been feverishly stitching some sweet little heart pins.

I made one and thought “Oh that was fun! I might make another.” And then I made another. And another. And another… I’ve got quite a little bundle of them now! They are all made out of scraps of Liberty of London cotton, calico and lovely felt, handstitched with embroidery floss and lots of love. I might even pop a few of them into an Etsy store. What do you think?

I’ve also made some cute Christmas ornaments! I created these spiffy three french hens for Simply Homemade magazine. You can find the details here. You could even make your own!

Have you made any nice stuff lately?

Katie x

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A Little Striped Dress

You know when you have a million things to do but you don’t want to do any of them, so instead you do something else entirely? Yeah, last Friday I did that. (I told you I am the queen of procrastinating!) Reuben had a work function that evening and though I should have been packing for our move, I stayed up til 2am sewing myself a new dress. Logical, no?

Like the pink floral frock I made (and a couple of others I have made since) it’s loosely based on a pattern from this book but mostly just improvised. Unlike my previous dresses, this version is fully lined. It’s made from two thrifted sheets; a blue, white and lemon stripy one for the outside and a plain white one for the lining. The lace collar was also thrifted. I found a little bundle of these collars in an op-shop a while ago so you can expect to see them popping up on more dresses in the future!

So, now I have a new frock but we still have very few boxes packed. Reubs and I are moving this weekend so for the next little while we are going to be rather busy! This is approximately our 37 trillionth move but it never really gets any easier. Moving just isn’t much fun!

I hope everything is sunshiney in your world? Sending you lots of happy thoughts for the week ahead!

Katie x

PS Looking at these pictures I have realised I really should have ironed the dress before photographing it! Sorry about that…

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The First Homemade Frock

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to make my own dresses, but until now I have always struggled to make that wish a reality. So many times I have gotten as far as cutting out the pieces or part way through sewing them together, and then given up. I really dislike following patterns and on top of trying to use a pattern, in the past I’ve always picked ones that were far too complicated and time consuming, resulting in me getting overwhelmed, confused and frustrated by the whole process…

But today I actually completed a little frock! And it was really, really easy! And I love the end result! The difference was, this time I didn’t try to use a fancy pattern. Instead of fussing about with complicated instructions and lots of pieces, I thought about my favourite simple dresses and followed my instincts to make something similar. I used the shift dress in this book as a guide, then improvised the rest. I added an elastic waistband, a cute bow and patch pockets, and I didn’t worry about putting in a zip, as the elastic waistband makes it loose and stretchy enough to slip on without one. The dress is made out of a vintage sheet, and the pockets and bow are made of scrap fabric from an old dress that I thrifted for 50c. The whole thing cost about $6 to make!

I’m so very pleased with the way my first dress turned out. I think it would be lovely for a spring picnic and it’s got me looking forward to warmer weather. It’s also got me planning a whole collection of little homemade frocks! I’ve already started work on another one made of adorable kitten print fabric. Reuben wasn’t home today to take pictures, but hopefully over the weekend we’ll get a chance to take some shots of me wearing my lovely new dress. And if I get a wiggle on, maybe wearing the kitten dress too!

Have you made anything lovely lately? I’d love to hear all about it!

Katie x

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Ziggy Stardust

Before Christmas, when we drew names out of a hat for the Secret Santa at my work, I was lucky enough to get a good friend of mine. I immediately new exactly what to get her. She’s a massive David Bowie fan so naturally, I had to make her a Ziggy Stardust doll!

I kept the pattern simple because I didn’t have much time to work on it. I usually spend a ridiculous amount of time on each project I do, because I fiddle with details so much, but this one came together quite smoothly.

Ziggy is constructed of felt and measures about 30cm tall. His hair is made of some of the yarn I got for my birthday, and for his eyes I used one blue and one brown button, to match the real David Bowie.

When we unwrapped our gifts, I was surprised to see that my gift had been handmade as well! I received a little wallet made from a page of a Where’s Wally book.

I was pretty impressed. Handmade gifts are just so awesome. There is nothing better than knowing someone has put the time and effort into making you something that is special and one-of-a-kind.

Did you do a Secret Santa this Christmas? What did you give? What did you get? I’d love to hear about it!

Reuben 😀

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Scenes from the Humble House

From top to bottom; Latte (we love our coffee machine!), Poppy in a Box, Snuggly Yarn, Vintage Crochet Book, Fruit and Vegetables for Juicing, Sewing a Pretty Dress, Lavender, Lovely Stone Path in our Garden, Growing Basil and Baby Lettuces, Garden Wall.

We spent the weekend cozily tucked up at home, drinking homemade lattes and fresh juice and getting a little bit crafty (updates on crafty business to come soon!) What did you do on the weekend?

Wishing you all a shiny happy week and sending lots of good thoughts your way!

Katie and Reuben x

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