Friday, 28 May 2010

Sing a rainbow

When this gorgeous book arrived in the mail a few months back - my two older girls started flicking through to see what items of clothing their sewing slave, oops I mean, sewing-mad mother could make for them.

The thing that most caught their eye was this gorgeous rainbow coloured Redondo skirt, made by a very talented Sydney lady - the lovely Sara of Willow and Moo.

Miss L was so taken with it that she declared it to be the 'prettiest twirly skirt ever, it looks just like a rainbow Mum'.


With that in mind I contacted Sara and once she was happily ensconsed in her newly renovated home she set to work on making not one, not two, but three of these divine skirts for my daughters.

I have to say, as lovely as this photo is, you cannot truly appreciate how much work has gone into each of these beautifully made skirts.

The skirts are made of a series of panels, each of which Sara has hand-dyed several different colours prior to beginning the construction. Here are the three of them together.



My plan is to give them to the girls for Christmas, and the only thing that is stopping me from slipping them into their wardrobe now is that I requested sizes slightly larger than what they crrently wear, anticipating upward growth (probably not outward knowing these kids!) in the next seven months.

I recently received the Redondo pattern at the Sew It Together weekend, but even with this there is no way I could make these lovely rainbow skirts, so I am very happy to support a crafting-from-home-mum.

It also goes with my ethos of wanting to purchase handmade, or to handmake items, for my kids at Christmas and on their birthdays - and not get too caught up in the whole over-commercialisation of significant occasions.

Do yourself a favour and check out Sara's blog and the other amazing Farbenmix creations she is renowned for.

And think about supporting handmade.

14 comments:

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

The skirts look amazing - perfect for little girls!

Kate said...

You are going to have one colourful, swirly, spinny Christmas this year that's for sure! Those skirts look divine. I'm off to check out Sara's blog now. Hope you lot are having a lovely weekend. x

Liesl said...

They are just gorgeous - lucky girls!

Little Munchkins said...

Wow, aren't the gorgeous! Sara did an amazing job as always. Your girls are going to look so pretty wearing them.

trixi said...

Wow, they are the MOST amazing looking skirts!! I'm wondering if you really can last till xmas without giving the girls their skirts...or perhaps it's xmas in july yoo're thinking of?

Carolyn said...

arnt they just georgeous!

I have to say that you have far more self control than me... Lily is getting hers tomorrow!

michal said...

I've also admired this amazing skirt on sara's blog! Love the way the skirt turned out, I'm sure your girls will love them!

Sally said...

Well I take it that the girls don't read your blog then ;)
Gorgeous skirts. Just so divine.

willow and moo said...

Thanks Karen! :-)

Green Mama said...

Is it just me that was grumpy about the fact that the book had a skirt without a pattern? They do look gorgeous though.

Tanya said...

too fun

Tanya said...

they look so fun altogher like that.

Brown Family said...

I found your site and am in love with all the fun patterns and material! I have sewn since I was 8and I still love to be inspired by others!I live in a small town and the fabric selection is less than attractive most of the time. I am still trying to find a great place to buy fabrics that don't cost an arm and a leg for it. Thanks for sharing all you talent and skills with others so we too can be inspired!! I will be definitly checking up on yor blog often!

Crafty Mama said...

Gorgeous, as always. Sara is amazing. And I am so pleased you won a Redondo!! :D