I woke up really early one morning this week, and rather than go back to sleep, I started thinking about drafting small pyjamas from an old pair I was going to throw away. I got up and sewed these. They fit the stuffed fox I have for sale in my shop as a cut and sew pattern. The pyjamas were quite easy to make, because I reused the buttons and hems and only had to make minor adjustments to the trench coat pattern I drafted for the fox a few months ago. I love how once you have a basic sloper pattern for a doll or stuffed animal you can design all kinds of clothes.
This week has been all about packing, we are flying tomorrow and will be living in Utrecht for two months! I'm very excited, and have been spending some (quite a bit?!) of my packing time getting different projects ready for taking along. I'll take my sketchbook and pens and can do fabric design from my computer, but I also wanted some sewing and knitting projects. On my blog this week I wrote about frogging this knitting project.
I found a new pattern for the front I like more (I liked the windmill a lot, which was one reason I had the sweater sitting half finished for almost two years, but it just wasn't working) and got everything ready and wrapped up to take along.
I also wanted to take along some felt. Last year I made some felt ornaments and have the pattern for the wreath ornament for sale on craftsy. I've been thinking though of making little kits, since I have so much felt left over, and am also thinking of designing some more.
I also took a few more of these berry and leaves photos. This time I experimented with incorporating sketches. I'd like to develop this into a fabric design with a mix of photography and drawing. We'll see!
ps. while I was checking that the plant I thought was a hawthorne really was a hawthorne, I learned this:
The Hawthorne effect (also referred to as the observer effect) is a type of reactivity in which individuals modify or improve an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed. (from wikipedia)
Next week we'll be on holiday by the sea before moving into our flat in Utrecht. I'm so curious how it will be. Its been nice to wrap up some things this week and also prepare some projects while having the feeling of new possibilities and ideas just around the corner.