Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A little reflection ...

Ros from Sew Delicious asked me to participate in the Around the World blog hop. And if you go check out the blogger who nominated her, she tried to track the blog hop back to it's origins - very fascinating.

What am I working on?
Oh I wish I could say just one thing but I literally have dozens of projects on the go. Yep I’m one of those people. So to name a few:
  • Make it Perfect Uptown Girl jacket (really should get that finished before it is too hot to wear!
  • Make it Perfect Zip It that I completely modified to have no zip and all it needs is a button! 
  • Two different Debbie’s birthday dresses from Suz from sewpony
  • My July Lil Pip Challenge Strap Clutch
  • A gift for a friend from another Michelle’s Patterns. An old one no longer available (although probably in her bargain buys!) but similar to this Curvy Clutch. I have altered the pattern a little so will be keen to see how it looks when it comes together.  
  • And then there is the tub of projects to get to
  • And there there are the creations I need to start for my first market coming up Saturday 13 September.


How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I think the biggest difference is that Lil Pip is two parts – the blog which is largely what I make and create for my two children and the business, which is predominately around local markets in my area, selling childrens clothes and toys.

Why do I write / create what I do?
There is just one simple answer to that – I’m inspired by my children and do it because I love it.  

My beautiful children - when Miss now 5 years was just 5 days - Credit: Kirsten Cook Photographer
How does my writing / creating process work?
Again it differs for the blog versus the business.

For my children, virtually everything I make is because they actually need it. So you will notice of late, that I haven’t made many dresses for Miss 5 – it’s because her wardrobe is full of them! I also try to make practical things like pjs and trackies that I know they will wear all the time – and they do!

For the business, it is very, very organised. I sit down with my business partner and we plan exactly what we are going to make, what sizes and what fabrics. Everything we do forms a ‘collection’ for the Spring/Summer season. I love setting up my market stall and seeing it all look so beautiful and work together. It pleases my eyes!
 
Lil Pip on market days
 
Hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about me.
Next I'm passing the baton onto:
Amy from Ladybugs and Daisychains who this month is helping me host the Lil Pip Challenge. Thanks so much Amy.
And Jenya from While she was sleeping who makes the.cutest.clothes for her little monkey - always with a button since this is what Little Monkey loves. Jenya also does markets so we often chat back and forth about that.
So go check them out now and they will post their answers next week.

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Lil Pip Challenge - hosted by Ladybugs and Daisychains



So August is a little crazy for me - mainly with my 'real job'. Including two weekends working, and a trip to Sydney first week of September. Oh and my (cough cough) 20 year high school reunion at the end of the month.

So I was every so grateful to my bestie Amy from Ladybugs and Daisychains when she agreed to host. And this isn't an easy month - August is the month for making something for yourself. A skirt or dress. I'll let Amy inspire you with some ideas.

I'll be back next week to do the July round up. I've seen one amazing Strap Clutch finished and quite a few in progress on Instagram (mine included!).

If you want to know more about the previous 'challenges', here are the links:

Join us

If you join us, use the hashtag #lilpipchallenge in social media so we can follow you, join the Flickr group, use the blog button above and please link your blog post in the Linky Party below.
If you want to get prepared for future months (with fabric or pattern purchases) we will be making:
  • September - Crayon Art Folio by Gingercake or your own version depending on your needs. Could be a notebook style cover or recipe book cover as a Christmas present. Or a car caddy. For my Lalaloopsy crazy girl, I was thinking something for her to carry them out and about in.
If you have any ideas for future challenges, let me know with a comment. The idea is to be doing something different so it doesn't have to just be sewing related.

Grab the button for your blog too - link in side bar >>>

Linky Party

I thought was better to open up the linky party to be continuous rather than a different one each month. So add your links here and make sure you check out the other blogs!


 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kids Clothing Week - Day 6


I'm thrilled with the outcome of this dress. Sometimes just the simplist of things work beautifully. I've had this cord in my stash for a couple of years. I bought it but thought it was too old for my little miss until now. I think the addition of the solid purple sleeves and the little bias trim is a lovely touch, don't you?
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

UI'm

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kids Clothing Week - Day 5

Yep another pair of Ananda pants - this time I made it in fleece with a little spotty knit roll top.

This boat neck tee I blogged here. And the Ananda pants I review here and already made some this week
 
And yes we may have been going a little crazy with the photos by this stage! I present my little ballerina!





And when I asked for a 'normal' photo - this is the response.  I like the others, don't you?



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids Clothing Week - Day 4

Oh my beautiful boy. I don't know about others, but this little one loves it when I make things for him. He loves being involved in selecting the fabric, working together and more so modelling for me. I think he is often jealous by how much I make for his sister (often the tester of Lil Pip's first designs).

I thought I would make him a couple of pairs of summer pjs as he honestly has not stopped wearing the winter ones. He didn't like the fitted shorts as much as the long pants so I might make them a little wider next time.
 
Review: Alex and Anna Winter PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop (same just with short sleeves and legs!)
 
 



A realistic photo when I asked him to pose!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kids Clothing Week - Day 3

The theme of this years Kids Clothing Week is art. I knew that I just wasn't motivated (or cool, or can't be bothered or no time) to get the kids to create any art that would then be transformed into an item of clothing. I suppose I could just grab a tshirt and some fabric pens?

Anyway my interpretation of this theme was to let my two budding designers, draw what they wanted me to make.


I planned to make Master 7 two pairs of summer pajamas and this is what he drew. I will have one of them to share with you tomorrow.

See that pair on the right - think black and white strips with skull sleeves.
 

Miss 5 kinda went nuts when I asked her to design her own. I used the GORGEOUS little paper dolls that Rachael from ImagineGnats recently posted. I see now she has a boy version.

It is no surprises that Miss 5 included lots of pink and while I didn't really follow her designs, what I made was certainly inspired by what she drew. Thanks to Rachael, she was also entertained for an hour or so, colouring, cutting and sticking them all together. I love that she has all the different hair colours (including mummies red hair) and that they all have pretty pink smiles!



So this was my inspiration. I will be back tomorrow to share more of my creations.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kids Clothing Week - Day 2

This twirly skirt by Lil Blue Boo was the very first knit/jersey pattern I ever made (Oh my goodness take a look at how little my baby looks in those photos - ahhhhh!). She has virtually worn those two skirts threadbare so it was time for a new one.
 
 
 
 
Day 2 - Twirl Skirt by Lil Blue Boo
 
It was almost impossible to get a photo of Miss 5 not mid spin in this skirt. So apologise for the slightly blurry photos! Not a bad thing really. She loves it!
 
I used the same knit for the waist band as I wanted it all to be the same fabric. It doesn't have as much stretch in it though. Fine for my skinny mini but I will have to be careful in the future.
 
You can't see from these photos but I also did top stitching down each of the panel joins as an extra feature. Look, it counts ok! (Yeah likely I'm the only one who will ever notice).
 
This knit is from Spotlight last year. I'm hoping it will soften up with another wash. It is quite stiff. 

Not weird ballet moves - just mid twirling!

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