Gifts for close friends, family, kids -- yes a little late but better late than never! :)
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What I'm making:
Holiday Ideas for family:
Pretend and Play School set --make your own using a 'science project' board and supplies from a teacher supply shop
Playsilks. Good for any occasion! Dye for great colors and fun. I get mine through Dharma Trading. You can use Rit dye, or fiber reactive dye, even kool aid works! Have fun, these last from 1-100 everyone seems to love them.
Purchase a top like this hooded pullover tunic, and embellish! You can dye, embroider, use iron ons to make it personal to your loved one.
Make your own Swiffers, free!
soft trees from Little Birds Handmade
Good of us all:
Sandra Betzina's new podcast "Use Steam a seam light on tee shirt"
Rosa "LittleHands" Review of Ottobre Spring 2008
Gosh, it's funner to review when I have more criticism. LOL Which might lead one to believe that I'm pretty pleased with this issue. So, what do I like specifically?
I really like how the design team seems to be listening to the feedback that they're getting from subscribers. We want different, but we want wearable. We want fresh ideas, and new interpretations. I really think they delivered on this one. There are still a few styles and items in this one that I'm not drooling over, but hey, you can't please everyone, every time, eh?
I'm not totally thrilled with the grunge/punk items, but after looking at each piece, I found that even those I might sew, one at a time and put on my kids in a more conservative manner. #37 for example. I like it as a top alone, but not so much as modeled with the vest and knickers. Just not our style.
The boy stuff in this issue all got a thumbs up from me. Basic, but fresh. Good details. Fun appliques.
The knit items they included had some really nice things that I haven't seen them do before. I like the layered sleeve on #14 and the cross top on #12. #29 and #39 are also great for the older girls. I like the flared pants. They have similar in other issues, but these are a basic for my girls, so I look forward to different takes on this style.
This issue is destined to be the "basics" issue that people refer to for wovens. The variety is fabulous. The size range great...something for everyone in each range. Stuff for both boys and girls. Tops, pants, dresses, skirts.... I love the sweet, whimsical styling of the baby items. Most pieces are very classic. My kids can wear these styles in ten years and not look "dated".
I particularly like the dress, and the two tiered skirt styles. The skirts actually hit knee or below! I'll still make them with leggings for my girls, but it's a start. They do seem to weigh heavily on shorter skirt styles and would love to see more longer styles included. Maybe fall? hint hint
All around, very recommended. I think this will be one that Suz has a hard time keeping in stock as back issues. Great issue!
Now, what to make first? I haven't even traced. Baby swap is moving up on me fast. Spring swap is right around the corner. I've been spending my crafting time digitally scrapbooking. LOL (Did I just admit that on SM??!)