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floatingworld
sydney / tokyo / london
Interests: sewing, design, fashion, textiles, knitting, printing, sustainable living, travel, photography,
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When we were in Switzerland we stayed with friends from Japan who are now living in Basel. They were such fantastic hosts, and I wanted to make a little dress for their daughter to send over with a thank you... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at floating world
Thank you! It was fun to put all the cherry things together, and makes the plain denim a bit more interesting. Suzy
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2014 on denim pinafore* at floating world
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This was another stash-busting winter dress for the girl child. Last winter she had a denim pinafore from Next, which was very simple but super practical and comfortable. It's too small this year, so I decided to try and make... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at floating world
Thank you! The kitty fabric is gorgeous isn't it? The Ice Cream dress is a great idea for layering, I made it up in light cotton for summer a couple of years ago, but hadn't thought of making it in winter-weight fabrics. Suzy.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on winter dresses at floating world
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Hi Anna, Thanks very much for the comment! My little girl is a bit unpredictable with the clothes she likes and dislikes, but she's happily worn both the dresses so we're both pleased. All the best, Suzy.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on winter dresses at floating world
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While we were away the weather turned cold, and I realised when we got back that the girl child needed some extra winter clothes. Her favourite outfit for colder weather is a dress layered with a long-sleeved t-shirt and leggings... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at floating world
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The first stop on our trip was Helsinki. Our flights to Europe were with Finnair, and as we were going to have to change planes at Helsinki airport it made sense to stay a few nights and explore. We've visited... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at floating world
Thank you! I'm struggling to get back in to the routine of blogging, but want to write it down before I forget :) Suzy.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on away and home at floating world
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Travelling long haul with three would be a handful but lots of fun! I do think three year olds are so much easier than two year olds on a long flight though - the tipping point is when they can watch a feature length movie. We did long flights with my oldest when he was two (which was tiring - he was too excited to sleep, and we had to pack mountains of small toys to distract him), two and a half (much easier - he watched Toy Story on repeat and could quote huge chunks of it by the time we got to London, which was slightly disturbing but made for a better flight) and three and a half, which was great - he knew what was going on, was excited about it all but not too excited to sleep, and was happy to watch movies and do stickers and colouring in on the plane. Good luck next year if you attempt it :) Suzy.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on away and home at floating world
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8 and 6 will be brilliant for travelling. I think there is a kind of golden window between when you don't need the stroller or nappies anymore for the youngest and they are old enough to watch movies on planes, and before the oldest becomes tween-ish and moody and doesn't want to be away from their friends. Are you off to France? Suzy x
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on away and home at floating world
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We've been away and back again, and I'm settling back in to the routine of every day. Travelling is one of my very favourite things, and although a lot of people shudder at the thought of long haul flights with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at floating world
Astrid, That is so funny that you had the same complaints about the dress. Isn't it amazing how much detail the children notice when watching the movie? M is also cross that her dress is not more off-the-shoulder, but I'm not sure that an off-the-shoulder sparkly dress is approriate for a 3 year old! Suzy x
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2014 on let it go at floating world
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Thanks for the comment and I'm sorry your first one got eaten! I have been looking at the Flashback pattern, but I thought I'd try the two I have and see how they turn out first. My two are in different sizes in Rae's patterns, and having to buy two patterns puts me off a bit, but I've seen lots of very nice versions. Suzy.
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Thanks! I'm really pleased with the darts, I'm not as petite as you, but I still find some patterns end up too loose and maternity-ish so I'll be using them again. Suzy x
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2014 on chambray pia at floating world
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Thank you! I'm very pear-shaped, so a dress like this that's fitted around the bust and waist and then flares out is good for me :) Suzy x
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2014 on chambray pia at floating world
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Thank you! It's such a great pattern, I'm looking forward to making another. Suzy.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2014 on chambray pia at floating world
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The twin needles are excellent! They give such a tidy finish, and after a bit of trial and error when I first used one, it works really well. I found using a longer stitch length (about 3.5 instead of my usual 2.5) helped. Have you seen this Youtube video? It made me think of you and your pottery wheel :) http://mrseliotbooks.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/experimental-animation-meets-pottery.html Suzy x
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Hi Anna, I was just admiring your Nessie tops, and I've seen them pop up a couple of places and it looks like a great pattern. And thanks for the reminder about the Hopscotch pattern, I've made it as a dress but never a t-shirt - I must give it a try (although, thinking about it, I think my daughter might have grown out of the smaller pattern size now... I'm going to have to start getting the bigger versions). Suzy.
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Some more basics for the girl child. I found this excellent cotton sateen for the pants in Spotlight - it's a blotchy, abstract pink and orange print on a black background. The dark background, I have learned, is important as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at floating world
Thanks! I'll definitely be using the darts again, I don't know if I'm swaybacked or what the proper term is, but I often get fabric pooling at the back so this seems like a good way to sort it out. x
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2014 on chambray pia at floating world
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Thank you! Just in time for the cold weather, but at least it will be ready for spring. xx
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2014 on chambray pia at floating world
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Thanks! The chambray is really comfortable, and so much less expensive than the linen, so good for a trial run. Suzy x
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2014 on chambray pia at floating world
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It's so much better, isn't it? Having seen the original voluminous version you'd be able to tell the difference :) Suzy x
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Hi Kirsty, Thanks! I think you're right, it would be tricky to adjust for a smaller person - if you lopped much more off the bottom the pockets would be too low, and it would be fiddly to raise the waist seam. It's a shame, because it's a really nice one to wear. Suzy x
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2014 on chambray pia at floating world
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I loved the Tessuti Pia pattern when I first saw it - the pockets, the shape of the shoulders and the curved waist seam. I made this version up for myself at the end of March, with some chambray-looking shot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at floating world
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