Monday, 30 July 2012

Waiting and waiting

I managed to find some lace last week for the bottom of the Subtle Memory tops. Barring any issues (there are many steps between me and the seller), I'm hoping it will show up sometime in the next 2 weeks.

In the meantime, I've been making the bases for extra copies of the shirts in all 3 sizes, but that gets boring quickly, so I've also been working on a raincoat for Mali.

It's made from cotton (for the lining) and the scraps of a children's raincoat I was gifted. I'm not sure what the material is exactly - nylon? Gore-Tex? PVC? I don't know. What I DO know, is that it refuses to be ironed. At least by me*. :/

So, I devised a horribly clever substitute

Make-shift ironing
I may have run out of heavy things ^^;

And for the bigger pieces... I just stuck the iron (and/or a pile of books) on top of them for a few hours.

Surprisingly, it works quite well - much better than trying to use the iron properly - but it does take a decent amount of time, which means a lot of waiting and shifting back and forth between different projects.

Anyway, here's how it looks right now:

Work-in-progress Minifee Raincoat

It's not quite done... and I'm not quite happy with it - the sleeves didn't quite work, it's too bulky in the waist area and some other things I don't quite like - I might go back and fix them, but for what was mainly an experiment, I've certainly learned a lot. :)

I have plans for a modified version of this pattern and maybe a retry of this raincoat version, so hopefully I can find suitable material when I get back home. ^^

*I will point out, I'm not very good at ironing.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Right, so... that I've mentioned it a few times, I should probably elaborate.


I'm in Ireland...

...for six months. ^^;


I'm doing a term at Trinity College, but came over early. The term starts in September, so I'll have a few months to explore/get used to everything before then - the roads are very confusing. ^^; We finally got our hands on the keys to an apartment, so I can stop living out of a suitcase for a while.


Anyway, I'll be back in Canada in January, but all three of my dolls are with me, so you can expect some lovely photos of them exploring the great wide world in the new shirts I'm making for them (different sizes of the one Mali is modelling for Subtle Memory). :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far and if anyone is in Dublin, I'd love to meet you!