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A birthday outfit for Mia

This was a quickie job for my friend's daughters birthday.  Or you could call her my daughter's friend.  She's both :)  She was turning 6 and loves the things I have made her before, so obviously she needed a lovely outfit:


I used a shop bought t-shirt but then added an embellishment to match it to the skirt.  I made the skirt pattern up - it's a 4 inch band (with an elastic casing to add some stability) to make a dropped waist with a ruffled section of about 9 inches (which was cut about double the circumference of the band to make it nice and ruffly).  I overlocked the seams and did an overlock and turn up hem.


I used some metallic knit I got from fabric.com.  My only concern was that it might be a bit scratchy, but it washed up OK and it will probably be worn with tights or leggings a lot as it's winter here and it's kind of a wintery outfit.


I made a yo-yo from a circle of the fabric and then added a sparkly button I had spare from making Issy's hoodie …

A cushion for my sister in law (with lapped zipper!)

My sister in law has a throw from Country Road which she loves.  She got it in a sale over Christmas but missed out on any of the coordinating/matching cushions.  As part of a rather belated birthday present (her birthday is Australia Day...!) I decided to make her a matching cushion.

The throw is black with a thin white stripe.  So I knitted a stocking stitch front which matches - it's 8 rows of black then 1 of white.  Pretty boring to knit but looks nice I think:


Then I used a piece of black linen which I had in the stash (I think from the remnant table at Tessuti) for the back.


World's most exciting photo there...and what's with all the hairs?  Damn dog...

Anyway, I *was* excited as I did a lapped zipper.  I have only ever done one before, which was on the denim not-really-Chloe pants but I love the look, especially on things like cushions which you don't want to snag on things.

The first time I made a lapped zipper I had Jill from Patchworks to help me through it. …