Monday, August 2, 2010

Ella's skipping dress.

Not so long ago I wrote here about my passion for sewing. About how sewing just one seam can help make my world make a bit more sense.

But then just under a month ago two things happened:
  1. I discovered and fell in love with knitting.
  2. A little symbol came up on the screen of my sewing machine telling me that it needed to be serviced.
So I turned it off and walked away and knitted and didn't deal with the fact that I really had to book Nina Bernina in for a service.

The funny thing is that I didn't want to take her in for a service in the first place, because I couldn't bear to be without her for as long as it took. In actual fact it has been so much longer.

Today when I couldn't put it off any longer, I switched her on and the symbol was gone. I felt so grateful to her that she was letting me sew, that I promised to take her in for a service this week. And I will.

This skipping dress is made for a princess that lives in a patchworky castle. Check out what Andi made my Jazzy for her birthday as a swap. Isn't it the best!

This dress was made from bits of cord and vintage sheets from my stash, an op shopped zipper and bias binding and a crocheted by me motif and ric-rac. This time I stitched the Everything but the thread bit straight onto the binding.

Now I just hope it is pink enough for the princess.

Ok, now the sewing is done I can do a few rows/rounds of this before school pick up.

I hope your Monday is a funday. XX

34 comments:

  1. Always time for a few rounds before pick up! Amazing what you can squeeze in. Well done to Nina Bernina too. I think she deserves a little TLC though.

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  2. Gorgeous! I love your skipping dresses. That little knitting project is looking pretty fabulous too, love the yarn!

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  3. Oh poor Nina needing a service, it just means she is well loved and needs a little pick me up! I love the dress, how fantastic. Your new knitting looks great, is that Noro yarn your using.

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  4. I love these skipping dresses so MUCH! What are my chances of getting one - pretty please - for the Popinator. At least you have knitting to keep you crafty while your machine is away!

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  5. That little knitted creation looks like an ice cream sundae. Too lovely.

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  6. I love love love the stitching of everything but the thread into the binding on the bottom. Fa-u-lous!!

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  7. Beautiful dress Kate. I'm glad Nina was forgiving.

    I love that yarn your using, lovely colours.

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  8. Wow! I LOVE that skipping dress! It's gorgeous!!!

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  9. Another gorgeous creation, just beautiful, you amaze me.
    I'm sure your sewing machine will understand. It had to be done. xo

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  10. I totally loooove the binding! I rang and booked my poor little machine for a service today. It's been making the most horrid clunking noise for the past month.

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  11. I think your Bernina is a little newer than mine ;), she just slowed right down...but is happy again with her new motor! Beautiful dress, the binding is wonderful. A special touch.
    That knitting is also lovely. I have stalled, trying to find a project to match my yarn.
    Too many options!

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  12. Just love, love, love that dress!!! Each time I see your sewing I think that I really must make something for my little girls - not always for someone else - this has spurred me on again! x

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  13. Wow you are amazing, getting so many knitted objects finished so fast. Is that Eden's Adam by tikki? and the yarn so gorgeous, Noro?
    I can relate to you torn between too addictive crafts. You have done another wonderful job of the dress.

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  14. Love the dress and the knitting! Both princess worthy I should think. If you see a cheap sewing machine at an oppy it might be worth considering? Then you would have a back up. I have my first ever sewing machine, so when my good one is being naughty, it gets dragged out. Good for teaching on too.

    :)

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  15. Georgeous dress, love the combination of fabrics. The little girl fabric and the stiched text at the binding is so beautiful.
    Have a nice day !!
    Cecilie

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  16. My goodness! You did fall in love with knitting didn't you? I've just had a look at your back posts. Your needles must have been running hot. And everything is lovely.
    Clever Nina to tell you when she isn't feeling well; my machine just starts breaking thread or making funny noises.

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  17. great place for the "everything" - what a way to finish off the dress. And by the way - what a tease with that wool bundle - I suppose we will have to wait until tomorrow to see what you have finished. Do you knit in your sleep, you are so speedy to finish each item :) ! ?

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  18. I've just shown her the dress and she says she LOVES it.
    She especially adores the Holly Hobby on the shoulder.
    Thanks so much Kate.
    All the little details are so wonderful!!
    Andi x

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  19. Ella's dress is beautiful and is that that the beginnings of an eden I spy? Love the noro.

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  20. Great dress and Nina worked for you out of fear because she has seen how much time you have been spending with THOSE needles. She was desperate! And I think she should be duly rewarded!

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  21. love the stitching on the binding bit.

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  22. Kate all your creations are looking totally fabulouso!!
    You set a cracking pace lady... Talk about cranking them out... Think I need to notify the craft officials ... May need to take a urine sample... Performance enhancing drugs.. I reckon!!

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  23. You are knitting it up!! The wool you use is really pretty. I dearly love my sewing too, but the urge to learn crochet and knitting is beckoning now.

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  24. What a lovely idea to do a swap. The Holly Hobby fabric is very sweet and even sweeter is the stitching along the bias. xo

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  25. Another gorgeous creation. I love the stitching on the binding, perfect!

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  26. I love the wool you're knitting with at the moment! Can't wait to see the final product!

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  27. Love the dress and the wool. How cute is that little girl on the back? Glad you

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  28. i think i recognise that knitting ;) MMM NORO!

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  29. I have that pattern and have knit it for both my smalls. All Georgie's patterns are wonderful!

    You have picked up knitting so quickly for a crochet master :)

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  30. Oh my god...it´s so incredibly beautiful!!! All the little details that all comes together so beautifully, the combination of fabrics, the stitching at the far bottom...ohhh so lovely:)

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  31. Love the dress Kate :-) I have to ask Where Did You Get That Wool???? It's gorgeous, cant wait to see what you are knitting. I am about to challenge myself to knit socks on circular needles thru Heidi Bears KAL....scary I never seem to get past the heel with socks :-)

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  32. I agree with Baa Me Kniits. Beautiful yarn! Missed you too! x

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  33. Finally had a chance to blog about this. Thanks again Kate!!

    http://patchandi.blogspot.com/2010/08/grinner.html

    Andi x

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