October 30, 2009

My creative space...

This week, I've been working on a little repurposing project.  I had a couple of really pretty thrifted pillow cases in good condition, so I made a simple little dress for Ellie using this lovely book (there are so many beautiful patterns I took a couple of weeks to decide where to start).

Nicest bit was sewing it up - came together in a jiffy!

Worst bit - cutting the binding pieces.   Whilst I'm a fan of ironing binding now (thanks to my new toy), I really really hate cutting the pieces out.  If anyone knows of a quick way to do it, let me know.  I just hate getting down and making it all straight, but once it's cut, all's good!.  Anyhow, it was wonderful using a Japanese pattern, and if you have a little sewing know-how, then they really are easy to follow (at least for simple projects).  And who doesn't love a good repurpose?

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've been up to.  See many more creative spaces here.


  1. What a sweet little dress - and I love the thrifted fabric. I agree on the bias issue - I hate that part too. What will you tackle next??
    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Are you using a quilting ruler, cutting mat and rotary cutter to cut the strips?

  3. I love it. Simple and elegant (which comes through in all your work I must say). Love a bit of pillowcase action too. Shame they don't look so sweet on my own boys :-)
    I've just spent a bit of time over at that etsy shop looking longingly at the clothing books. Do you have any of the womens clothing books? I'd be really curious to know whether they are also easy to use.

  4. What a sweet little dress. A great reuse. Thanks for stopping by yesterday in blogland. Feeling much better today ~ antibiotics doing an ace job!

  5. gourgeous little dress... saw the gilr model it, and she looks lovely in it :)

  6. hey there, i was going to suggest the same things as miss curlypops! a cutting matt with measured increments, quilting ruler and a rotary cutter make cutting straight or bias binding strips a breeze.


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