Monday, April 2, 2012

"Other" sewing projects....

I have only started quilting in the past couple of years, but when my children were younger I used to make clothes for them - dresses for Gem and simple elastic waisted shorts for the boys. Now Gemma does jazz/modern dancing and I have occasionally helped out with the costume making. 
This circular skirt was made for a routine from "Grease" - this was quite easy really and the poodle was a ready made applique from Spotlight:
Recently, Gem asked me to make a tulle tu-tu for their school swimming carnival which was held recently as the kids all dress up in their house colours and have a fun day cheering each other on. Their house colour is orange and the only orange tulle we could find was either a pale apricot or a very bright fluorescent shade - guess which one we bought:)
I used an old blade in my rotary cutter to cut about a million lots of 1.5 inch wide strips then tied them onto the elastic using a slip knot -  there is a tutorial here . We also made one for Gemmas friend (so they would match) and found some orange leggings to go with them. At least she can use it next year too - and then maybe one of her younger brothers might be crazy enough to wear it.
How about you - do you do much other sewing apart from mainly "quilting" projects? 
Linking to {sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations and Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.(buttons in left sidebar).


  1. Your daughter looks likes she knows how to have fun! Love the fun costumes!

  2. How funny, I just posted about some sewing totally unrelated to quilting today as well! Your daughter is lucky her mom makes such fun stuff for her!

  3. A collection of nice discreet outfits there ;o) I've done clothes and bags and bears and, well, all sorts really!

  4. Nice work! Your daughter is beautiful. :)

  5. Very cute! Love the swirly faces, too!

    I'm stopping by from QuiltStory's Link-up.