A while ago Hello contacted me. She wanted to have a piece of my cars fabric. But I only had a TINY piece of it left. Enough for an appliqué or so. She asked me what I wanted in return but since I couldn't figure out what I wanted, I asked her if we could make a clothes trade instead. She has made the most lovely velour dresses with loooooong ribbing-arms. And perhaps she would like one of my creations in exchange?? We agreed on tunic-style and pink with cars. But, then it got out of hand. The fabric started living its own life, and no matter how I tried (and I did try, I almost finished two entire items and rejected them...) I just couldn't get it right.
Then came Christmas and Hello delivered her part of the deal. An ABSOLUTELY gorgeous dress. It never made it to the wardrobe. My daughter put it on. Then I washed it and it was ALMOST in the wardrobe, when she snatched it again... And same thing happened next time, so yes, it is one of her favourites. She is actually wearing it today. Again...
Finally I gave up trying to make a tunic with cars. I sent Hello a picture of the organic Flaphappy fabric with fairys on and asked her if I could just send her the car patch, and perhaps make something from the fairy fabric instead? Well, as it turned out, Hello has a thing for fairies and angels, and her youngest daughter is entering the pink-princess-period. So she agreed.
I sent it to her this week, and it seems as they were pleased with the trade. I combined the pink fairy fabric with a lettuce hem, and lime green sleeves (look carefully and you will see little lime green hearts and that the fairies skirts are green), with lettuce hems as well. And a lime green ribbing around the neck. Again. This is my mix-top pattern that I have made a little longer into a tunic.
And here is my daughter wearing Hello's dress. Absolutely gorgeous with loooong ribbing on the arms giving it a puffed arm look. With a brown heart on the chest, edged with hot pink thead. And a FOE in hot pink around the neckline and hem.
Being a seamstress myself I have to admit that the first thing I do when I buy something hand made (yes I actually do buy a lot of handmade clothes, I don't make ALL things myself) I turn the item inside out and check the seams. *blush* But, really, there was not anything odd to find, only perfect seams. I don't think it is the last time I buy or trade things from Hello!