Sunday, October 28, 2012

Washi in action and a hat for Clem

 Action shots of the linen Washi Dress? Sure!








We headed to McLaren Vale today to pick up a little bargain I scored on Gumtree (like Aussie eBay). A great excuse to pop into a couple of our favourite spots in the region on such a stunning spring day.

For any locals who might be interested, this amazing swing is at the McLaren Vale Visitor Centre. It's made by French company Proludic (as is the rest of the great playground equipment there) and if we suddenly came into a bunch of cash, we'd totally install one of these in the backyard. So much fun.

We dropped into a favourite winery, Alpha Box & Dice (whose website does them no justice whatsoever so I won't link to it!). Unfortunately their old pinball machines weren't working so no joy for the boys there but there was space to run and a loquat tree to pillage.


And here is Clem in his 'Huck Finn Cap', a Sew Liberated pattern. He wasn't sure about it so I am endlessly thankful to the very cool staff at Alpha Box & Dice for lavishing on the compliments about it. He kept it on the rest of the day.


The front of the cap top is meant to be tacked down to the brim to give it that proper tweed cap sort of look, but I quite like this more newsboy-style. I think I'll leave it. Great pattern and this, the 4-6 years size, is perfect for this 5 year old.







Later there was a birthday celebration for Andy's sister's husband at a hills pub. Ah, spring Sunday! Just what we needed after a busy week with Andy mostly away travelling.

I hope your weekend has been lovely too.

- Jane x

19 comments:

  1. Looks like a fabulous day Jane - and I do believe everyone in that pic is wearing some Mama-made goodness.
    Well done to you.

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  2. Your washi-dress came out great! :-) I've been tempted to try it out but the shirring in the back 'scares' me... ;-)
    How lovely that all your boys wear hats! :-)

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  3. Love that dress. And, amazed you made your boys hat. It is great. I have hat wearing boys and will have to show them. Cx

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  4. Your dress is a perfect fit, Jane!
    Love Clem's hat - I've been thinking of trying this pattern, but not sure if my boys would wear it.....

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  5. Love all the handmade! It's so satisfying to see it all being used (and complimented) hey?

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  6. Oooh, it looks just as amazing as I thought! And that second picture (the one of you) is such a beautiful picture of you (and of your washi, of course)

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  7. Yay! What lovely, lovely photos - and one helluva cap. :)

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  8. The dress looks so cute on you! And you really do have a knack for making beautiful children as well!

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    1. Just want to second this! You, your dress, and your boys all look gorgeous!

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  9. I thought I'd be seeing you in a Washi sooner rather than later. It looks FABULOUS!! And I love you fabric choices! So summery:)

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  10. Hey cute dress. Looks so summery and fun. Loving that your boys are all stepping out in their new tees too.

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  11. Hi, I saw your dress on Rae's Washi Maxi dress page, and thought it looked so darling that I followed the link right over to your blog! It is stunning!!! Love the fabric! I'm working on a fully lined version now, in a very sheer cotton, so I was looking for inspiration. Great work!!!

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  12. Oh, thank you everyone :) I'm quite sure I will be making at least one more Washi dress this summer. I look forward to checking out any that you all make too!

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  13. Oh Jane!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love it. AND I love that we both have "Clem"s ;)

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  14. Your dress looks great, as does Clem's hat (I prefer it 'un-stitched' at the front). Lovely photos in general, nice to see such summery shots and happy smiles. Bethx

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  15. Love the washi dress, just about to venture into my own tunic, just wondering for a new comer, which would be the easier one to start with, poppy by Make it Perfect, washi or even the lisette tunic?

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    1. Hi, and thanks! Hmm, good question! The Poppy Tunic has very simple construction and forgiving fitting, but it involves making a lot of your own bias tape, which is a bit fiddly and time-consuming. However, you can find lots of online tutorials to help. The Washi has really comprehensive instructions which is good. Some people find the shirring a bit tricky but you can also try elastic in a casing or zigzagged on like I did. I haven't made the Lisette tunic (although I want to, I love it!). The instructions on Oliver & S patterns are always excellent so I would imagine the Lisette ones are too. Hmm... I think go with whichever you like best!

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    2. Thanks that helps, well here goes!!!

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