Tuesday, August 27, 2013

R&D - leggings

I've been working on a bigger leggings pattern (2T-4T). I'm finding as Jo grows that she doesn't get much bigger around the waist, but her legs just get longer. That means that I can't just take the baby leggings pattern I've been using and enlarge it. Toddlers (for the most part) have a very different body shape than babies. So here we go.

I'll be trying the leggings on other babies besides Jo, but for now she's our only "fit" baby. This is the first try.
For the 2T size I need to add to the length in the leg and also to the rise in front and back and then they'll be perfect!
 Jo gets treats when she models for me. Maybe one day she'll do it just because she wants to help me out...
The top is a pattern I'm work-shopping as well. I think it's super cute. Also working on a 3/4 length sleeve for Fall.
Wahoo! Back to work.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Shibori + kimono top = super cute

 I tried photographing my shibori results, but just plain fabric doesn't look as great as finished garments...at least that's my opinion. Plus I have new patterns that I'm trying out. So I whipped up this little kimono for Jo.

I'm pretty excited about the fabric. I even washed it after I made it and nothing bled! Woohoo!

Jo likes wearing Nick's bike helmet.
She also likes bananas.
Then she wanted to pose with the little child form. I don't know if you can see it, but she has her arm around the mannequin.
So there you go.

Later addition to post: I don't think I mention it here, but I hand-dyed the fabric myself. Yay!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fun with Shibori -- Part 3 -- The Reveal

I said that this would be a three part series, but I'm actually only doing a partial reveal today. Sorry, folks. I haven't had a chance to photograph all of the fabric that we dyed and hopefully will be able to do that next week. In the meantime, here is what the process looked like after the dyed pieces sat in the sun for about two hours.

I opened our test piece up right away just to make sure that it looked the way I wanted it to. It did.

Then I started rinsing the other pieces (still bound).
 Still wearing gloves, of course, as the dye wasn't completely rinsed out yet.
I love the way this red piece looked as I was rinsing out. Kind of like a heart or a placenta. Gross? Yes. And also kind of cool. 
After rinsing until the water ran clear, it was time to remove the bindings. This was the fun part...sort of. It was pretty meticulous work to snip all of the little bindings, but still mildly contemplative. I actually really like small meticulous tasks -- it allows my brain to stop thinking for a bit.
I only snipped one hole in the fabric...
So after I cut off the bindings I washed the pieces in the washing machine with a little bit of detergent.

Woohoo! Next up: you'll finally get to see how it all turned out. Finally. I know. It's about time.