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Handprinted: A fabric swap III

I signed up for Handprinted :  A fabric swap III a few weeks ago.  I have done a little bit of handprinting before (though with precut, bought stamps) and wanted to play around with this more.

So firstly:  here's what I made the first time around when I stamped (note Issy was stamping so the quality is variable!):


This is the end of a scarf which Issy and jointly made for her Kindergarten teacher at the end of last year.  She did the stamping (with guidance...) and I did the sewing.  The end is white linen, the blue main body of the scarf is blue linen and the binding is blue and white silk - an offcut that I found in a local fabric shop in Brisbane the last time I was there from work (I can't remember the name...).

A close up of Issy's excellent stamp work...using a peacock stamp I bought at Ecohaven, a local Hobart shop.


While the kiddie stamping gives this something of the handmade vibe, I think it's a pretty stylish and refined effort all up - I loved it (and secre…

Pattern Testing for Elegance & Elephants - Ruffle Top

I was VERY excited to be picked again to pattern test - this time for someone's first pattern (fair bit of responsibility in that!).  Heidi over at Elegance & Elephants is releasing this pattern tomorrow, though she has a giveaway posted (closes at the end of tomorrow) if you want to win a copy of this pattern.

The pattern is called the Ruffle Top, but it's really a top, tunic or dress; depending on your chosen option.  The back is actually shown here but I just love this picture trio:


And I was asked to test the Swing Dress version.  This is the lovely result:



The dress is a lovely, dressy maxi type dress, with a full skirt (perfectly swishy and swirly).  The bodice has a keyhole closure and button at the back, with a kind of frilled cap sleeve and a ribbon tie.



The above shot shows the fullness of the skirt, which is one reason it is pieced onto the bodice (as opposed to the top and tunic styles which are a single front bodice piece).  It falls so nicely in a thinner fab…