Saturday, June 19, 2010

My new sewing area - finally now I can get my groove on

This is a corner of my front room. Before I had Mitchell this is where the dining table sat and the other corners used to have a lounge with a coffe table and a lazyboy and a cheese board etc. All with very hard wood with corners so we got rid of it so that Mitchell would not hurt himself. Right now the other part of the room has a bunch of stuff that I want to sell on Ebay eventually and then I can use the money to buy me a cutting table. Eventually the whole room will be mine. I will make sure it will be mine. The best part about this room is that Mitchell cannot get into it. I have a baby gate to the entryway. So now I do not need to stress about dropped pins and needles.

I am now selling Dipes and Doublers from the ArtistryCreates pattern!!

I am so excited. I am now selling Dipes and Doublers from the ArtistryCreates pattern. I tried so hard to make it a OSFM that can be used for day and night but it just did not work in terms of drying time. So I made a Daytime Dipe and Doubler set and I am thinking about making a Night-time Dipe and doubler set. I also had a brainwave with my own design so stay tuned.....

Monday, June 14, 2010

I am now selling Covers!! Woohoo

Hi all,

If you havent already become a 'liker' of my facebook page as thats where I will be updating everyone on everything when it comes to selling items. I use the blog to really track my thought and show off all sewing projects.

I am now selling covers from the ArtistryCreates pattern. All details are on my facebook page. I am now thinking that I need a proper website and may need to enlist the help of my sister. Woohoo I cannot wait.


Friday, June 4, 2010

I have been neglecting my blog!!

I have a few entries tonight as I have not been on here for a long time. Today I woke up at 6am (when my husband got up for work) and I couldnt sleep. I had an urge....

A very strong urge to sew a cloth nappy on my overlocker. I did not want to make a fitted I wanted to make and All in 2. Basically a nappy that can seperate in two parts for ease of drying. Well here it is. Also I did not do the embroidery, the minky nappy cut came from Miss E. Thank you very much hun....mwah xxx


The other day I was thinking I wish I could overlock a AI2 (All in 2 nappy) and went on a hunt for tutes on the internet and the only way you can do the elastic is a sewing it blind. I could not find any other way. I had a nappy pattern here called the Little Comets Tail. At 6am I was in no mood to trace the actual nappy template from the pattern so I used the large cover template from the Artistry creates pattern as I use this often. It was very similar to the side snap of the Little Comets Tail so I then traced the snaps and elastic etc onto the minky etc (you may see the washable blue pen in the pictures). I then just followed the Little Comets Tail instructions to overlock my nappy. I did not use the pattern for the trifold. I just made a trifold as I have had made a few already to replinish my stash. It took about 4 hours. My first ever nappy from start to finish took about 8 hours and it was only a pocket without the insert. So pretty happy with the amount of time it took me. Usually I do a production line up, I cut a heap of nappy cuts, then cut the nappies, then sew then etc so I usuallyy make several at the same time which is quicker but I was on a mission to make a completed nappy today. Please note this is only for personal use only. I will not sell this if you are wondering why I changed the patterns willy nilly. It was more about making a nappy by overlocking.

Also, I need to practice my overlocking as it was a bit funny in places. I am having lessons soon :)

The inner is black microfleece I forgot to take a pic :) 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The below was going to be given to a lady on NA to test for me but my husband loved it so much that I decided to keep it...oops

Some tester covers for a lady on NA

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Some Dipes (Naps) from the ArtistryCreates Pattern for TESTING

I spent the last few days cutting and sewing Dipes (Naps) from the ArtistryCreates Pattern. I have made them with different materials and the amount of material and have noted it down as the below will be given away to test the absorbancy versus the drying time factor, as well as my sewing skills and anything else that the testers wish to say. Once I know then I will make my Dipes (Naps) all the same. Of course I can always change the absorbancy if customers request a certain amount. I am getting excited about this.

Unfortunately my camera takes bad photos at night and it rather the natural light for some reason so might upload better photos tomorrow. Also the pattern for the doubler (the extra night-time/nap booster) says to zigzag stitch around the edge and to cut closely to the edge. I have seen some breastpads like this but I have emailed the lady who owns the pattern to ask if I can turn and topstitch instead until I get my overlocker. I have hinted many times to my husband to give me one for Mothers day so fingers cross. The dyed doubler has the zigzag stitch and the other two I have turned and topstitch.

The dyed 'Dipes' are made entirely out of bamboo. The others are a combination of bamboo and flannel or bamboo, sherpa and flannel.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sewing of a different kind

For the last two days I have been sewing blocks for a quilt block swap. The idea is that 9 people sew 9 blocks and then swap with everyone and then you end up having blocks from across Australia and then you sew the blocks together to get a unique quilt. Here are the pics of my material and the completed blocks:

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2 Tester covers - Size small and an update on the 'Dipe'

The below are two small covers also from the ArtistryCreates pattern:

I was also trying out different amounts of bamboo in the lay in 'Dipe'. Well one was so thick I thought I would try to use it for a night time 'Dipe' and guess what? No leaks, it just takes two days to The other 'Dipe' had less bamboo in it and it lasted 3 hours before my son needed to be changed due to going down for a nap and it wasnt even washed several times yet. So I think I know how much bamboo to use now and to offer another smaller 'doubler' to offer those the option to make more absorbancy for heavy wetters, naps, or night-time. I will send some out soonish to the many testers that I have lined up..
so watch this space.

I am going camping for the long weekend (Easter) so wont be online for the whole weekend as I am really roughing it. I am going to a place where there are no showers or dunnys (we have to dig our own dunny) and the only water will be the ocean so I have to carry about 20 litres of water with us...but I cannot wait. So tonight I spent my time packing and looking after Mitchell who is curently teething, poor thing.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

My sewing weekend - Practising the Artistry Dipe and Diaper Cover

I spent alot of time sewing this weekend. I first made two Artistry Dipes. The below pic is one of them. The other I placed on my sons bottom as I was going to test how long it took to wet through but he christened it within 10 mins so I had to take it off him. Typical of Mitchell....

The 'Dipe' is a OSFM and can go into all Diaper Covers from Artistry. I made two with differnt amounts of Bamboo to test how they go with lasting and also with laying them in the various sizes of covers. The below is an example of it laying in a small cover. You just fold it down in smalls (and newborns) covers.

The below is a large cover I made for Mitchell. It is too big for him and he is definitely a medium. He normally is a large in most nappies but I should really go by the weight range for this pattern for Mitchell.

The size comparison between a Large cover and a small cover

The 'Dipe' layed out in the Large Cover

The Large cover done up with the 'Dipe' inside:
I am so excited as I am pretty happy with the results.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My First Nappy made from my own design

Although I have drafted a few 'work in progress' patterns (3 to be precise)  this is the very first nappy (AI2) that I sewed just to see how it all looks. I hate it but I wanted to see how it looks to know what to change on the pattern for the 4th draft. I am trying to make a nappy that does not dig into the thighs of my son and I want more absorbancy up the front as he is a side/front sleeper. I actually was not going to post it but thought why not? Do not look at the stitching either as it was really about what to change. I am drafting a OSFM nappy and I need to add snaps on the next draft and also work on that booster (that booster is really my first draft and I was going to worry about the boosting at the very end). The booster will fold out for ease of drying too.

I am also thinking about making the snaps at the front somehow for the booster as then when it comes to rinsing and if there are any solids then you do not have to touch it, which you sometimes have to with snaps at the back. I need to work on the extra material bit on the thigh area. I have alot of OSFM that digs into my sons legs so wish for some material to be there but not that much.

The bottom part is great: (specifically the crotch).

Here is the front (I wanted the stomach area to curve). Do not look at the legs - that area needs work.