Monday, 27 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
When we moved to our new house in September 2008 we didn't have any sofas and spent 3 months sitting on giant bean bags and being strapped for cash meant we couldn't buy any decent sofas either so what did we do? Made them ourselves.
Indy designed and hand built them both from scratch based on a traditional Indian day bed, they both have single mattresses so they can be used as guests beds (plus you get to sleep by the cosy warm fire whilst everyone upstairs shivers).
We have painted one gold but can't decide if we like it or not so have left the other one until inspiration hits us.....
This design looks very similar to a 'pillow case dress' whereby a dress is made from a pillow case and a ribbon is run through a casing around the front and back necklines to make drawstring straps. This version is slightly more elaborate with a contrasting bodice, rick rack and fixed straps (which I made out of bias binding instead of buying another yard of fabric just to make to thins straps!!)
These were both Prima patterns I believe, I made them last summer from a designer linen I bought in Forest Gate for an absolute knock down price, I paid about £7 a yard for it and then saw it for sale in John Lewis for £20 a yard!!!
I do like a bargain :)
My son had to play the Town Crier in his school play about Robin Hood, he only had a 30 second slot out of an hour long play but I was determined to make him the best costume I could and this is what I came up with.....