It was a huge honour when Nadine from SewAndSo invited me to join in on the "Making Luna Lapin Blog Hop". Making Luna Lapin is a lovely book by the wonderful Sarah Peel. (Scroll down below to see a sneak peek of the book). The book contains 20 different garments and accessories to make for Luna as well as the pattern to make Luna herself.
I must admit, I wasn't sure how I would go with some of the patterns as I am "JUST a Quilter". I have had some experience making toys but absolutely no experience making clothes (except for a pair of adult pyjama pants which my mother helped me with). I am so grateful that we had a few months lead time for this project as I tackled it in stages. In full disclosure, this ended up being a joint project between me & my mother Barbara - I'll explain as we go along...
How to Sew a Rabbit:
There are 5-pages of very detailed instructions in this chapter together with corresponding "how to" diagrams. Author - Sarah Peel uses Liberty of London fabrics for the ears and the pads of the feet - I opted to use Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics instead. The print I have used was "Millefiore Pink" from the Kaffe Fassett Collective Spring 2016. I felt that this fabric added a lovely pastel pop against my bunny's soft grey fur. I also gave my bunny blue eyes.
Did I have any issues? Not really. The instructions are pretty straight forward, any oopsie moments were purely my own brain farts and were easily rectified. I had a slight issue lining up the ears once I had finished sewing the head together but it was easily rectified by stitching a little flower on bunny's forehead between the ears. I wasn't sure which seams were to be machine stitched on the inside or hand stitched on the outside so 95% of my bunny was machine stitched on the inside and turned through. In hindsite I have a feeling that this was not the author's intention. If you would like to see a photo of Luna's body, there is a nude rabbit photo on page 19 of the book, my rabbit was too shy to pose nude.
Polka Dot Dress:
I decided to make Luna's "perfect for every occasion" polka dot dress. Instead of using polka dot fabric I used "Paisley Jungle" by Kaffe Fassett for Rowan Fabrics - GP60 in grey.
To be honest I found this pattern very confusing. I did not like the look of the pockets and could not manage to attach the collar. I telephoned my mum (a retired dressmaker & now a miracle worker) and arranged a date to bring bunny & dress over to her place. We attempted to unpick and resew "my" dress, but in the end I cut out the pattern a second time and delegated the making of the dress to mum.
Mum made a few minor alterations to the pattern, they are:
- Omitted the pockets.
- Added ricrac braid to embellish the front of the dress and the cuffs.
- Used bias binding at the neckline instead of the collar.
- Used a box pleat on the front of the dress instead of a tuck pleat.
- Omitted the bias binding from the hemline and just turned up the hem and machine stitched it.
As my mum has an impressive stash of lace, she volunteered to make the French Knickers. I left the pattern with her and she said these were dead easy to make. We didn't add any embellishments to the knickers.
Once my brain cells had time to recover I decided to tackle the wool coat. I used a lovely soft lilac coloured acrylic felt for the coat.
There are 7-pages of detailed instructions and "how to" diagrams showing you step by step how to make the coat. I managed to whip it together rather quickly on my sewing machine without any brain farts UNTIL I was almost at the end of the pattern and noticed that the collar & hem both needed bias binding and the coat's front required 6 buttonholes to be sewn on. Erm HELLO, "JUST a Quilter" here! I have never stitched a button hole in my life and I was not about to destroy this coat in the process of trying. So I picked up the telephone, "Hi mum, can I come and see you tomorrow? Also do you have any lilac ricrac?"
Mum the miracle worker to the rescue. She took one look at the collar and said that we didn't need the bias binding, instead she hand stitched the inner collar down with matching thread (Aurifil of course). As the coat was made of felt she said we didn't need bias binding on the hem (felt doesn't frey). Instead I machine sewed two rows of fine stitches around the hem for effect. Inside the inner flap of the coat I added two press studs, and on the outer flap I attached three buttons for looks. This was a much simpler way to finish off the coat without tackling the "dreaded button holes of doom". Queue scary music!
Bunny needed shoes to wear with her coat and I decided to use a darker shade of purple acrylic felt. I raided mum's buckle supply but she did not have any buckles that were small enough, so instead I used two plastic purple gemstone buttons to add a little bling. After all, what bunny doesn't like a bit of bling! The shoes were dead easy to make and I hand stitched them whilst watching TV one night.
Although I followed the pattern to the T, these shoes are a tiny bit too big for my bunny. I think this is because I machine stitched the legs & feet & turned them in instead of hand stitching the outer edges (see my comments above under "How to Sew a Rabbit").
It is almost summer in Australia but as this bunny is about to head off to a cooler climate overseas, I decided to make her a scarf.
I rummaged through my Kaffe Fassett fabrics and pulled out a selection of scraps. Instead of using the provided template, I cut 3.25" squares from my scraps and cut them in half to create the 64 required triangles. The directions supplied were very straight forward and I found myself in my happy place as I stitched away on my Elna. Once the scarf was finished I added an edge stitch about 1/8" in from the edges.
I love the scarf! It looks fab, however I don't think it really needs to be that wide. I tend to fold it in half when I tie it around Luna's neck, but she looks so adorable wearing it!
My Completed Bunny:
|All dressed up and waiting until the day she boards the plane and flies off to Bakersfield, California! What's that? Did my dear friend Darla just fall off her chair? Yes sweetheart, this little bunny is all yours and she can't wait to meet you!!|
|Whilst at my Mum's house, Luna helped herself to Granddad's bar and sat reading stories to the other bunnies. Hey Darla, there are wineries not far from where you live aren't there?|
Buy the Book:
Click on the picture below to take a peek inside the book:
Making Luna Lapin Blog Hop Schedule:
There are some talented sew bloggers from across the globe who are taking part in this exciting blog hop. They will be reviewing Making Luna Lapin, making Luna or her brother and making clothes to dress them both. Here is a list of the fabulous bloggers who are participating: