For the first time in a very long time I found that I had the whole afternoon with nothing to do. All the house chores were done, the kids didn’t need entertaining because they were exhausted from the mornings activities and my husband wanted to just sit and watch sport on Foxtel so I decided to have a date with my sewing machine and also give my overlocker its first run.
At the end of last year I bought a meter of gorgeous multi-coloured polko-dot material and decided today to attempt to make a multi-layered skirt for my little girl. I love frills on young girls clothes. I think it can add some real interest without it being too girly-girly (if you know what I mean). As I’ve never made anything like this to date I researched via my mentor ‘Professor Google’ to work out the best way to achieve the look I was after. (The amount of information you can find on the internet is astounding). I also had to work out how to use my overlocker which I have to admit took me several hours! (Just on a side note: I’ve learnt that in some parts of the world, in particular the USA an overlocker is called a serger).
I have to admit that I made many mistakes along the way, I think I spent the large majority of the time unpicking overlocking mistakes but I’m hopeful that the second time round it will all be a lot clearer and it should take me one and a half hours instead of a whopping eleven hours! Yes, it took me 11 hours from beginning to end to make this simple little skirt! I think it was well worth the effort though because it’s super cute and I learnt a lot along the way.
A few weeks ago a good friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in doing a screen printing course with her. To be totally honest I wasn’t really interested because I once did it at uni (back in 1997) and hated every moment of it but for some reason I decided to say ‘yes’ and give it a second chance. I have to admit that I loved every minute of it! Lucy and I took Saffron Craig’s course held at Material Obsession in Drummoyne. From the minute I walked into the room I had a good feeling about the day. Saffron was a delightful teacher, full of knowledge on the techniques of screen printing, colour and fabrics. She certainly was a wealth of information!
I turned up to the class very unprepared. Partly from lack of time and partly because we weren’t told to bring anything with us or do any prior research. Ten minutes into the class we were asked what we might like to screen print! My girlfriend Lucy had come prepared with an image she wanted to print – I had no idea what to do. I decided to do something for my baby girls room. She seems to have a bird theme going on so I came up with a simple bird & tree motif to screen print. So I grabbed a pencil and a piece of paper and sketched it up quickly, (and I have to say surprised myself and how quickly I came up with something not too bad…. am I allowed to admit that???!!). Below are a few shots of the process.
I have to admit that I was thrilled with the final product. I am going to turn it into a cushion and embellish the design with felt & stitching…. but this will happen over the course of the next month or two so you might have to wait a few weeks to see the final product!
If anyone is interested in attending Saffrons class I can highly recommend it! Saffron travels all over Australia offering her classes from the big cities right out to little country towns. Grab a group of friends and give it a go – I’ll guarentee you’ll thoroughly enjoy every minute of it! Thanks Saffron – a nice way to spend a day! (Oh and thanks Luc for the inspiration to give it a second go!!)
(Above: the beginning of my print coming together)
(Above: firstly I decided to do the trunk as an outline but didn’t like it so on the next piece of cloth I blocked out the trunk)
(Above: and here is the final product)