Welcome to my 'other blog' the one that explores my crafty side. I have been a maker of 'things' since childhood. By nature I'm creative. I still love to write, and you can click on this link to visit my blog: Hanging On My Word, which is where I indulge in the thought and word side. Although a teacher by profession, I don't offer tutorials. This is my showcase of projects I like to share. So pull aside the curtains and let's begin (I'm a bit theatrical too!).

Friday, 17 August 2012

Double Trouble

Here are the twins modelling their Summer play outfits, which I made using New Look 6398. They've shot up during the Summer and the tops are already too short. As usual it will be no problem to add a band along the hems, perhaps of a contrasting /plain fabric. That way they should get another Summer's wear out of them - as long as they don't expand widthways during next year!

I bought the pattern secondhand for 50 pence. It was uncut and had the instructions so that was a bargain. I traced the size onto separate paper, keeping the pattern pieces intact. That way I can use this excellent basic pattern for a couple more years (ages 2-7).

I didn't have enough fabric in my stash to make shorts for my grandson, but I think it looks better with contrasting colours for a boy. As I live in Lanzarote I couldn't just nip out to the fabric shop where I bought the original material in England. I don't think I'd use black again, partly because it was difficult to see the threads. Also the reverse of the fabric was only marginally different to the front. This caused a  few headaches. It's a fun design though. The pattern is still available to buy today.

I'm showing this off in Lakota's Ta Dah! Tuesday as I was pleased to complete at least one outfit for the grandchildren this year!