Xmas presents : sewing, customizing and felting

Filed under: Family,Felting,Sewing — January 6, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

Happy new year, and best wishes to you !! I hope you’ll have a healthy and creative year !!

This year I made the presents for my daughters. Can’t say I was very organised though. Because of the Xmas markets and all the preparations ahead, it only occured to me 2 days prior to the big day that I wanted to make things for them.

Not to worry though. I locked myself in my new crafting studio, and let the sewing machine roar. Here’s what I made :
night gown from repurposed tshirt, by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com night gown from repurposed tshirt, by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com night gown from repurposed tshirt, by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com
For my older daughter, I transformed a plain t-shirt into a pretty nightie. Added fun ruffles to the (priorly cut for some Barbie clothes I guess) sleeves with funky orange/fushia striped jersey knit. Used this pretty raspberry vintage fabric for the skirt, from my grandmother’s stash of fabrics. And added some mushroom and owl appliquà©s. Of course she loved it !! And I was quite proud too.. always this moment at the beginning of such a project when I have NO idea of what I’m making… but excited to see what will come out of it !!

tablet cozy by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com tablet cozy by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com tablet cozy by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com
The younger daughter was going to have a tablet this year (I know, crazy !! I finally let my geeky husband have the last word.. and the worst is I’m now glad I did, those tablets are cool toys !).
So I made her a tablet cozy. Used a padded ecru skirt, also from my grandmother’s, double-layered with some thick-but-ugly fleece. Added some striped grey and neon pink jersey knit and a pretty heart for decoration, along with my favorite Liberty fabric to cover the edges.
A bit of plum leather with press studs made the closure, and a leather belt got repurposed into a cool and sturdy shoulder strap.
Now she can run around the house safely carrying her tablet… And again, I’m so very proud of the result !

Men's felted fingerless wristlets, fingerless gloves, by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com
And last but not least, when my brother came to say hi on one of the craft-markets, he said he’d love a pair of felted mitts to play the saxophone during their outdoor events. We agreed it’d make a nice present. So here’s the pair I finally found the time to make him on the 28th, just in time for our last family meetup : turquoise, with a dash of neon green, orange and red. Full of colors, as per his request !
Men's felted fingerless gloves by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com
Because I had only made women’s felted wristlets so far, I enlarged the template playing it by ear… and it worked !! So happy I may make more. :-)

2 Comments »

  1. EL:

    How marvelously creative — and at the last minute?! The nightie looks more like a party dress. And the mitts are truly jazzy. Hope you can post pix of them playing the sax. Thanks for your English blog (I’ll have to read the French one more!) and have a great creative year.

  2. Administrator:

    Thanks EL !! Yes I’ll have to ask my brother for a picture of him playing the sax wearing the mitts :-) And thanks for your kind comments on the nightie !!! :-D

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