Thursday, 30 January 2014

Deer & Doe cut out skull Plantain - my entry

Having seen so many fantastic versions of the Plantain t-shirt already I felt the need to push outside my comfort zone and try something different. I had only one suitable fabric at hand and it wasn't at all what I would have ideally chosen for this shirt. It's a medium weight sweater knit but without the plush softness on the inside in a muted greyish brown…meh!
But having to work with such a plain fabric made me push my boundaries just that little further and opt for a bit of drama. I am loving the end result!

Behold the cut out skull Plantain ;-)

I googled images for cut out skull t-shirts and used those as a guide to draw the outlines straight onto the back panel with an erasable marker. After that it was only a matter of plucking up the courage to start cutting.
For the elbow patches I used some faux leather. I made a size 38 no alterations and it is a little large on me. The relaxed fit works well with the skull but next time I will go down a size.

It was a bit of a race against the clock to get my t-shirt ready in time. Luckily it comes together pretty quick. Excuse the dark pictures I was in such a hurry to get them done before sunset!
If you would like to enter in the Deer & Doe challenge you'll have to be quick, it ends midnight tomorrow!

x Leila

Monday, 20 January 2014


January began slowly getting back into the old routine of school runs intermittent with colds and a few days cooped up indoors with the flu. Although this time of year is far from my favourite I'm sticking to my new years mantra of 'out with the old and in with the new'. It seems to be working so far :)

So as not to let the excuse of my neglected and messy sewing space keep me from creating I had a good tidy up complete with pushing around some furniture and reorganising my sewing pattern collection. Which I promptly rewarded myself for by adding more patterns to the stash ;)

 In a flash of inspiration I came up with this idea for a quilt. I had every intention of being sensible and making a cushion first with raw edge appliqué to get a quick fix of what the design would look like without committing to yet another project that may end up on the ever growing w.i.p pile. It looked very promising at the stage when I took this picture. But I had some serious issues with the fusible interfacing I used. I had to unpick my stitches so often because the thread broke or the stitches became uneven as the sticky interfacing kept clinging to the needle and clogging up the eye. It was a mess and there's only so much unpicking one can do before the fabric starts to look worse for wear. I'm still quite excited about the design and keeping my fingers crossed that what looks good on paper will translate well into a larger scale quilt. I find this difficult to predict sometimes.

After all this I needed a quick and easy fix so I made myself a new dress. The pattern is the Lady Skater  from Kitschy Coo
It's a lovely every day sort of dress style that can be dressed up or down as you wish with different fabric choices and or accessories. I made the pattern as is no alterations. The weight of the skirt dragged the waistline down a bit lower than I think is most flattering on me. It still needs hemming so I may as well fix the waistline while I'm at it. But I might just wear it with a wide belt and call it done :)

Last but certainly not least one of the highlights for me this month was the release of Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects. I am super excited to be a little part of this fantastic book compiled by Tacha! As these things go it was ages ago when I worked in secret on my blocks and I'd half forgotten what they looked like. To see them all professionally photographed in a real book is quite surreal experience!

I'm obviously biased but I believe this book has something to offer for anyone interested in paper piecing. It has a very comprehensive introduction on paper piecing and the various techniques one can use. For those of you that are new to paper piecing or unsure where to begin this would definitely be a great place to start! But there are all sorts of fun blocks and projects to make for those that are more experienced as well.
The book really deserves it's own blog post with some proper pictures, seeing as this is quite a lengthy post already I will save that for later!

Leila x