Project Run and Play Final

practical magic

So the final week is here, and after this I’ll be looking forward to a bit of sewing for myself for a change! Over on the Project Run and Play competition, the final week is always entitled ‘Signature Style’ which gives makers free rein, and is I suppose, a cue to make things you (and the small clients) will love.

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Project Run and Play – Beside the Sea

DSC_3017The theme for this week’s challenge over on Project Run & Play is ‘Inspire by Nature’ which really appealed to me. But I then found it very hard to pin down to just one idea as there is just so much to be inspired by! I settled on those trips to the beach, not necessarily the summery ones with ice creams and swimming costumes, but the long autumnal walks, where beach combing and staring out to sea seems to restore the soul. I was determined to keep the design inspiration non literal and just be inspired by the shapes, textures and colours of the sea itself (which remain a focus), but then a fabric design print idea popped into my head (and sketchbook) and wouldn’t leave!

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Project Run & Play – Sunshine and Rockets

week1mainSo… this season I’m taking part in Project Run and Play, alongside 5 other makers, many of whose work I’ve admired or been inspired by via their blogs or IG accounts for many years. Hopefully it will prove to be a great celebration of hand crafted children’s wear. Each week, competitor’s (because there is a competition element) respond to a different theme. This week’s theme is ‘Kid Designed’.  Continue reading

Christmas gifts 2017

monochrome pyjamas for twins in nosh organics

After calling a gifting truce with most of my family (who luckily all feel the same about an overly consumerist Christmas) I was left with just a few enjoyable gifts to make for my daughters, nephew and nieces. Just as well, as November and December often end up being two of the busiest months of the year workwise and I ended up leaving gift making right to the last minute again (yes, I was still stitching on Christmas Eve).

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Under the sea

home sewn shark hoodie and mermaid leggingsMy youngest had her heart set on an underwater birthday party so she could ‘dress up like a shark and scare the parents’. With ambitions like that I found it hard to refuse. We discussed a full shark costume, but decided it might be a little impractical/hot/uncomfortable for playing party games/doing crafts so settled on a shark hoodie with some other mix and match sea-themed items. Continue reading