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When I first saw the mini-me challenge, I was thinking of making something for my daughter and I, but then I thought that she would love to have new clothes for her 18-inch doll. I made the doll skirt first, and then found a girl’s skirt to match.

KCWC Spring 2014_2

For the doll, I was inspired by this tutorial for a skirt for an 18″ doll, which had been on my list of things to make for Christmas, but didn’t quite get round to it. This is really easy and quick project, so I can’t believe I didn’t make it before, as they can be made in less than an hour.

KCWC Spring 2014_1

For my daughter, I wanted to make this circle skirt but I didn’t have any elastic in my supplies, and I was feeling a bit maths challenged too lazy to work out the dimensions. After a little searching online, came across a pattern for a wrap-around skirt, where some other lovely person had already done all the sizing for me, thank you Dixi!

I adjusted the pattern to fit my daughter who has the body of a baby giraffe: she’s 8, has the waist of a 6 year-old, but the legs of a 10-year-old (but doesn’t have an especially long neck thank goodness). I still found the fit a little on the large size, but this was easily remedied by moving the ties about an inch.

I didn’t add the pockets but I will do with the next one, and I may make it a little shorter.

She’s delighted that they match, and that because both skirts are reversible, they can match more than one way!

I know, this is a little bit of wishful thinking, but I’m feeling like Spring is just around the corner, lurking right now under a pile of snow, but there’s supposed to be warmer temperatures coming people!

I haven’t been hibernating since last Spring, but I did put the craft show business on hold for a while, and concentrated on my theatrical pursuits (not performing, but providing costumes for 150+ youth actors for Into The Woods).

I put all my products into storage, and last week I brought them out again to select one for a charitable donation, and fell back in love with them!

I’m planning a little Spring Soiree in my home, for the local moms to come check out my wares. If you are going to be in the neighbourhood please drop me a line and I’ll send you an invitation.

I’m also lining up some Craft Shows, including this one (if my application is accepted). It’s at a wonderful location in Niagara on the Lake, I will be in the company of some brilliant artisans, and in their words you can “sip wine while you shop”…there’s nothing more to say really.

No, I’m not starting an acting career, but I have started a new blog.  Since my last craft show in April, I have spent a lot of time considering the future of Liligo, and it’s still up in the air. I love fabric, and crafting things from it, but I’m not so sure that I want to continue making and selling children’s clothing. It’s just not where my heart is anymore.

Right now my passion is with spending more time with my children, and a lot of that time is spent at our local youth theatre.  I have created a new blog called theatremum, where I will continue to write about my family and the theatre, and hope to include some costume tutorials there too.  I look forward to seeing you there.

I’m still undecided whether this one will continue, I welcome your comments and opinions on whether you think I should keep two separate blogs?

Yesterday was Day 4 of KCWC, and after reading about the mini-challenge-within-a-challenge started by Kristen and Rae (read all about it on their blogs) I thought I would join in on a mini-challenge-within-a mini-challenge-within-a-challenge (Inception people!) and make the catalog-inspired item. I pinned this coat last week as it’s adorable, and there’s no way that one of my kids can have this beauty when the price of this one coat has to clothe all 3 of my kids for the winter.

My mum bought the fleece with her when she last visited from the UK, and I had some jersey left over from when I was going to make onesies etc for my oldest (who is now 13 years old). I would have made them too, except for the fact that the first day of my mat leave, when I had set up my sewing machine ready to make receiving blankets etc, was also the day my waters broke…(but that’s a story for another day).

My sewing machine missed me on days 2 and 3 because I had to go to work, so yesterday, I spent most of the day drafting a “pattern” from an existing coat and a print-out of the coat, and was really proud of the result. It looks pretty close to the inspiration in terms of construction, and it was completely free. It’s also pink, flowery and girly, so when my daughter returned home from school, I expected squeals of delight. Instead, she informed me that it looked weird, and that only the teachers at her school would like it. She has since agreed to wear it in the house as a dressing-gown. (translation: bathrobe).

Once upon a time I used to make clothes for my children.  Then I started my own business making clothes for other people’s kids, and since then, besides an annual birthday T-shirt, their clothing has been store-bought.   My daughter does at least get the chance to model some of the dresses I make to sell, but my sons aren’t really in to cross dressing (except my middle one informed me yesterday he wants to be a princess for Halloween, but that’s another blog post).

So, I’ve signed up for the kids clothes week challenge. I’m hoping to make at least 3 pairs of PJs, and my middle son wants a shirt made from this:

Every autumn I pick up the knitting needles again, and last month I embarked upon this adorable cardigan which I fell in love with initially, but have recently started to hate as I have had to undo the cable pattern too many times. At the weekend, when I was working in my local gift store/coffee shop, I got chatting to a customer who was knitting as she ordered her coffee, and she told me about lifelines. I had never heard this term in relation to knitting before, (pardon my ignorance all you seasoned knitters out there), so at the end of my shift I dashed home to google it and found this fabulous tutorial. I have tons of little dental floss samples from my dentist, and I have now found a use for them….and I will be able to continue on my quest to complete this cardigan THIS fall, not next!

The kids went back to school today, well, the two oldest ones did. The youngest, who has already spent one year in JK, and will be nearer 7 than 6 when she starts school full-time, is disgusted that she has to wait 2 more weeks until she goes, and even then it’s only alternate days. Sssshhhh, don’t tell her how happy I am to still have her at home with me!

In celebration of first day of school, Ironman (youngest) decided we should bake cupcakes. She is truly a girl after my own heart, I never need much of an excuse to bake!

On Saturday I had the great pleasure of meeting Lizzy House, and taking a class with her at The Workroom in Toronto. I (mostly) love my life in the suburbs, but I always get excited about a daytrip to Toronto. My friend and I arrived early, so we took a stroll along Queen St, soaking up the early saturday morning vibe, before joining our classmates for the Champion Ribbons class.

Since I know Lizzy loves cake, I baked one to bring to share with the class. Inspired by the Arabian Nights of Lizzy’s latest fabric collection, I wanted to make a cake recalling the Spice Route of the Orient, so I turned to my go-to recipe blog, Smitten Kitchen, and found this. (As a side note to all the Lizzy excitement, I want to note that I absolutely love the recipes at Smitten Kitchen. Deb has figured out all the potential problems with each recipe, such as that this partcular cake can be tricky to turn out if you don’t use sufficient butter/flour in preparing the cake pan. If you follow her instructions carefully, you can be guaranteed success!)

I felt that this particular celebration cake required a little decoration, so I made some miniature bunting, from tiny pieces of all the Lizzy House fabrics I own. I struggled with cutting some of the new ones, as they have only been in my possession for a little while, and I generally have to hoard them for a bit before letting the scissors at them, but it was for a good cause after all!

gingerbread cake for lizzy house

The cake was a success, and after 3 short sweet hours at the Workroom, we had these to show.

champion ribbons

Thanks again to Karyn for bringing Lizzy to Canada, I hope there will a repeat of the classes in the future, and hopefully they won’t clash with family commitments so I can stay longer.

Since the Toronto One of A Kind I have been working on making dresses for a large (for me) wholesale order, and on the following list:

10 pairs of goose (geese) feet (that’s 20 feet if you’re counting!)
5 pairs of frilly bloomers for goslings (with the help of this tutorial, thanks Miss Chris)
5 mop caps for goslings
3 full stretch velour cat-suits (it was supposed to be only 2, but let’s just say that I’ve never worked with velour before and the sizing was not quite right for one of them!)
2 zoot suits for 2 Hep Cats
1 cravat/ascot for a spiffy (and sneaky) butler
1 poodle skirt with a twist
various costume sizing adjustments.

The dress rehearsal is this afternoon, show goes on tonight….2 months of hard work for less than 2 hours of performance…but I’ll be doing it again next year!

No, this post has nothing to do with Charles Darwin, it’s about my booth for the OOAK show. Here’s a picture of how I imagined my booth would look when I sent in my application last summer:

I’m in the Rising Stars section, where you pay per square foot for your exhibition space, I have a tiny 3’x4′ space to work with, and I thought my painted blue stepladder would look really cute. I had the idea that my dresses would hang on poles along both sides, and my hair bands and bandanas would look delightful arranged on the steps. That was before I went to the Christmas OOAK with exhibitor eyes.

When I looked at other people’s displays, I soon realized that my (cute) ladder was way too small, and would not stand out as much as I thought it would and I was afraid my booth would get overlooked. There was only enough room to hang about 10 dresses each side, and I had no idea where I would put the 8 lights I needed to show off my product.

I’ll reveal what I came up with soon, but it’s still under wraps right now!