Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sewing dresses & losing wool.

I made another sheet dress last night.
I just love playing with all the different patterns and coloured sheets.
I added different coloured binding on this one too.

Here we have my stylist adding the final touches while I was photographing the back of the dress.

Of course she had to put her sheet dress on too.

Part of me in considering an Etsy shop at the moment. But the other part doesn't want the stress of working out postage and prices.

In other dress news, no sooner had I read M*'s 'why don't you dunk it in a pot of dye?' comment on my last post, than I had.

Please excuse the line at the bottom, that's the mark from the washing line where its been hanging in the rain since it came out of the dye pot.

I love how the sheet pattern came through the dye. I'll machine wash it today so hopefully it'll end up a bit more even.

I also plan to bind the lower hem as suggested by many of you and to add some pockets. Huge thanks to Vic for going above and beyond and sending me the coolest pocket tutorials to try.

After reading Jodie's post about Craft Hope the other day, I quickly set about to crochet up a bunny. I got this far but somewhere between our farm shop at the bottom of the hill and our house at the top of the hill, I lost a huge 200gram ball of beautiful BWM wool and my favourite, most used crochet hook.

I have searched our whole house, both cars and as much farm land as I can, but to no avail. I can only hope that some animal or bird is sleeping very comfortably out there and maybe using the hook as a poking tool(?).

I hope your Tuesday is fabulous! XX

37 comments:

  1. Your sheet dresses for the girls are adorable :-)
    and the dye idea was a great one... it doesnt look like a nightie anymore :-)

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  2. What a great idea...the dye looks fab!!! as for the Crochet hook...maybe the dog will bring it home!

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  3. Your dress does look very nice with the color change. I love your little assistant too. Those sheet dresses are a wonderful idea. I am sure your ball of wool will pop up from wherever you left it, unless one of your girls is trying to crochet too! You didnt leave it under the big tree did you where you took those photos in the other post.

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  4. The dye worked a treat - good idea, and makes it looks more less sheet, more chique! You should have a go on etsy - it's as easy pleasy as you want it to be. Nic

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  5. Love it - that dyed dress looks awesome!
    I'm picturing a whole flock of birds sitting around making crochet nests for their little ones :-)

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  6. I love your dyed dress - perfect!! And I can't wait to see it with pockets and the bottom binding.

    Very clever!

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  7. i was just imagining a bird using it for a comfy nest too.
    love the new colour & your stylist...well she is definitely worth her money.
    etsy..why not, or maybe made it. you go girl, another thing on your busy busy schedule to think about.

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  8. Wow, you have been busy! Your on a role with the sheet dresses - they're great! I hope your wool & hook turn up soon...

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  9. Lovely dye job you have there - I am HANGING OUT to see it with pockets though!

    Etsy shop? Yes please! I know a little Punk that would look spiffing in a pretty vintage sheet dress...!

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  10. dear Kate - there is so much to say as a result of this post! Hope you find the precious BWM cotton and hook, unscathed. I am envious of your extensive sheet collection and ability to whip up those sweet little dresses, not to mention the litle sweeetie modelling one! I love the dyed dress - you look amazing! Great idea re pockets too.
    p.s did the T-shirt I posted last week show up? Laurel xx

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  11. OH I love the dyed dress, it's amazing it just transforms to something quite different. It's stunning Kate. If you ever decided to open an Etsy store it would do very well I think.
    I lose wool all the time, and hook and tapestry needles, and scissors and sunglasses. It makes me feel better to hear someone else doing it. Golden rule once you stop looking for it, and totally forget about, and/or buy another lot, it'll turn up. xo

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  12. Hey Kate, loving those sheet dresses! Hope you find your lost wool & hook, how frustrating. I bet they turn up though. Jodie's doll that I had lost re appeared in the Big Laundry Cleanup of 2010! Yay! Great to chat today, as always. Had one more thought on the Handmade issue but will catch up with you, nothing urgent. Have a lovely day sweetie xo

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  13. Oh no! 200g of wool!
    I will buy your bunny if ever yiu finish it :)

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  14. I'm really impressed with how your dress turned out! I'm really enjoying seeing the outcomes of your creativity, can't wait to see it with pockets!

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  15. That is a beautiful color of yarn! I hope you find it!

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  16. Hello! I'm just loving all these dresses over here! I think your dress is gorgeous both pre and post dye!

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  17. M* is a genius. Your dress looks fantastic!

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  18. The dresses are getting better and better!!! Love the effect of the dye!

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  19. I love the dress for your little one, so cute!
    Your yarn colour is so lovely as well, I'll off to some like that later. See! You have once again inspired me..^-^

    P.S: You look so beautiful in that dress, love your dark hair.

    Hugs,

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  20. I love this whole project, its really "raw sewing" - draw it up, cut it out, sew it, fiddle with the front, chuck it in some dye, throw it on the line, leave it in the rain, consider some trims! Puts all of us control freak sewers to shame!

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  21. oooh, Love that dye job...

    psst craft hope have raised almost 10, 000.....

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  22. Hey thanks for simplifying the join the dots technique... And the died dress came out pretty sexy! Nice job. I'm coming to Aus for a few weeks soon so I think I'll try one for my little taste of summer...

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  23. What a bugger about the wool and hook, Kate. A few years back I lost one of a pair of my favourite Blundstone boots that I'd left on the back porch. I never found it. I think a Tasmanian Devil took it. I hope you have better luck with your wool and hook - which by the sound of it you love as much as I loved my lost boot. xxx

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  24. ha i thought it was another dress at first, love it more dyed, the gathering at the front is perfect. I like it without pockets too. go the etsy shop, i am with you on the fine print though, too hard! my etsy shop is waiting patiently for me to stock it but i keep getting distracted!

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  25. Oh no, lost favourite tools & wool, bugger!! I thought the 'dunk it in dye' comment was going to be rude, but it was just a fabulous suggestion.
    Check out those cute ringlets on your stylist!! Love Posie

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  26. Etsy: you would only have to work out the postage once for the girls dresses - take it to the P.O all packaged up and get them to weigh it and then they can give you postage to say USA, UK and Australia. easy peasy. DO it!!!

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  27. ohhhh i love those dresses! And i really like the way the dye transformed your dress too! Love the earthy color...i think you should definitely go for the Etsy shop. If i can do it, anybody can! hahaha

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  28. So sorry about your loss... it must be hard for you. :)
    See you at 'The gate' on Sun... Im having withdrawals!!!

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  29. I am thinking it will show up, us mamas have a way of placing things mindlessly. Loving all your sewing posts.

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  30. Love it Kate! You are so good. I really can't be bothered sometimes but in the same breath would love to make my own clothes. I think I might give it a go. x

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  31. OHHH the sheet dresses are divine :)

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  32. The dye has worked a treat - I love that subtle print of the sheet showing through. What colour dye did you use? I've had a play with dye recently (black) and the final result was a nice soft charcoal.
    Those sheet dresses are very sweet. I reckon there'd be plenty of little girls who would love to twirl about in one of those....

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  33. WOW your dress story get's better and better - sensational effort, totally sensaish, congratulations you're a natural ;)

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  34. You certainly manage to get your hands on some awesome bedsheets. I'll have to take a closer look in that department next time I'm at the opp shop!

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