What with the record heat wave and then a really long flu (which I still have) I just haven't been able to get into sewing for a while. Even immersing myself in my fabric and pattern stashes didn't work!
Enter "cushion therapy": the cunning use of near-instant gratification sewing to switch motivation back on.
First of all I felt obliged to make at least part of my dad's birthday present, especially seeing as I never made him the bag I promised him last year (he eventually bought one). To make this cushion cover I used a small (1/2 metre) piece of designer home dec fabric seen at No Chintz but bought (cheaper) at Material World. Dad liked the colours...
... then I made a couple of reversible "night and day" cushion covers for my son. These are made using two medium weight cottons from Kokka: "Hello my friend - flight at night"; and "Hello my friend - flight in the day". I bought this fabric online from earthgirl fabrics and it's cuter in real life than in a photo. These are a hit, and one of them was getting a nice cuddle tonight at bedtime.
Finally I whipped up a couple of "story" cushion covers for my daughter - that's Rapunzel in pink, and the Owl and the Pussycat in blue. These Heather Ross "Far, Far Away" series fabrics - a linen/cotton blend with natural tones - again came from earthgirl fabrics. If you're in Australia the postage is free and the delivery is super fast. Again, a hit! My daughter has replaced her regular pillow with two new little cushions.
I don't know about you, but I do seem to need to make t-shirts, cushion covers etc to recharge between more complex sewing projects. Happily by the time I'd finished five cushion covers I was itching to sew something more interesting, and I'm now back on track and actively finishing V1025.
Before I go, here's a close-up showing the grosgrain belt with vintage fastening that I'm adding to the front of V1025 - I hope to be able to show you the whole dress within the next few days.