Thursday, July 29, 2010

July Craft Challenge - Nature

This is my submission for July for Adele's  '12 Month Craft the World Challenge'. The theme for this month is 'nature'.  I've chosen a certified organic cotton* to make this wrap around dress.  The print is called "Garden Poppy Scrolls", designed for Mod Green Pod by Nancy Mims and is part of the "Free To Grow" collection.  In my mind it looks like a field of wildflowers, so to this backdrop I have appliqued some trees, using other organic cottons,  then added some happy dogs frolicking in the flowers and put some singing birds in the trees.

Here is the back view:

This is the detail of the applique on the front of the dress. Shows the detail of the fabric print as well.

You can see what others have come up with using the theme of nature in the month of July by following the links over on the page Adele has on her website (here)

*Certified: 100% certified organic  through Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS by IMO) to requirements of Organic Exchange 100 Standard.
Inks and/or Dyes: Low impact, approved for use by GOTS. No substances banned by GOTS were used in production.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Turning the Table(cloth)s

What fun I have had this week.  It started with a visit to my favourite op-shop where I found three tablecloths just begging for a chance to do something different with their lives.  The first had a beautiful hand crocheted edge, so needed to be something simple to make the most of this.  It was also quite a small cloth and turned out to be just enough for this top:

The pattern was Style I 

which comes from the Japanese Pattern book Sewing Lesson:

The other two cloths I made into skirts.

front view

side view

front view

side view

For the first skirt  I used New Look pattern 6637  to make the short version of the wrap skirt 

The pattern for the second skirt was Style 16 

from another Japanese Pattern book:  One Day Sewing No. 746