I love collecting bold print fabrics from the 1970s and now have quite a stash! I've recently been using them to make up some quirky toys from a pattern book of the same era.
The Golden Hands series of craft magazines produced a great issue on making childrens toys. Produced in 1973, 'Toy Box: 40 soft toys to sew' was a well used publication in our house when I was little. I realise I owned quite a few of these homemade toys, ranging from a hippo so big you could sit on it, to a rag doll, a chimp and a baby bear that would fit in your pocket!
The patterns are of varying difficulties and each toy has been given a name - here we have Josephine the giraffe and Osimoff the owl! My next one will be a purple corduroy chimp called Charlie.
I always find it hard to choose 'work clothes' as boring office wear is not me and is uncomfortable but casual tee shirts just don't feel professional enough. Most of the time I wear narrow dark jeans that sort of look smart enough on the bottom half but I wanted a top that was a cross between a blouse and a tee shirt that could be made in all sorts of appealing prints. I wanted it to be long enough to give the right silhouette and to hide the 'jeans features' such as the pockets and rivets on the jeans! I've made 6 versions of this pattern and wear them all the time.
I use a New Look pattern, number 6225. It might be one you'd skip past as the picture on the front of the pack is a rather cheap looking uninspiring orange lace version.