In the middle of 2014 - (I haven't blogged for ages, I have a lot of catching up to do!) - the kids school celebrated Book Week. My son went as Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon. I think it came out really well and I hope he wears it again next year for Book Week...or atleast has another reason to wear it!!
The top was made with a think stretchy cotton/canvas type of material - probably not the most comfortable top to wear, I can imagine it felt pretty heavy, but it was hard to find the right colour. The pattern was just a basic top pattern. The jacket and boot covers were a fluffy fleece - I wanted to go fur, but the price was so expensive I opted for the cheap and cheery fleece instead. The belt was made from felt. The arm detailing and neck tie was a bronze cord. And there you have it :)
This dress is made from a beautiful silky jersey and she has worn it three days straight! Usually she will swap outfits a few times daily so I can only gather that this was very comfortable to wear. I do love cotton dresses, but she doesn't leave them on for long, they must just feel quite stiff and limiting for a little girl, so I must do more jersey dresses for her.
The dress is a simple a-line dress from one of my Japanese Cucito magazines. I simply added a casing on the inside of the dress and threaded through some elastic to give the waist some definition.
Around the neckline I added a big doubled over rectangle to create the cowl collar. It is getting colder here slowly so that is an extra little piece of warmth :)
Here's a little conversion that happened a few days ago...
"Mummy, did you make these clothes I'm wearing?"
"No, your Nona bought them for you."
"Oh, I thought you made them because they are really good. You're clothes are better than shop clothes."
Well that made me pretty happy! He's just turned six , so that is super cute that he has that perception of his handmade clothes. I'm sure it won't be for too much longer, when it starts to be important to have label's printed across your chest. I'll take it while I can! So here's his new winter hoodie.
I love this printed fleece, it's right down his ally. There's nothing he loves more (except for Lego) than drawing and designing houses. No kidding. My husband and I both do that for a living, so it's obviously a pretty strong gene we passed onto him. So when I saw this, there was no question that I had to have it to show his personality in his clothing.
The pattern is from Cucito Autumn 2011. I changed the original pattern slightly by wrapping the hood the whole way around the neckline and adding the contrasting panels on the shoulders.
Another lovely print. Deer and rabbits, perfect for our Easter camping trip.
I love this new version of last week's hoodie. I added frills to the shoulder seams and bought the hood down to a point at center front. I also shaped the bottom hem to be longer at the back. When she got up this morning, and saw that I had made it, she put it straight on. Although it was 30°C today, she wore it most of the morning until she could bare the heat no longer and took it off. Poor thing, she was so hot under the jumper! It proved how much she liked it though :)
You know, I'm making these super warm jumpers for our Easter camping trip at the end of this week...and every year it is cold, but not this year - it is staying warm! The year I finally get around to making them some super warm and fleecy clothes. Typical hey!
It's not quite cold enough to think about jumpers yet, but I am just getting prepared for our annual Easter camping trip in a couple of weeks time. I've used this pattern before from Cucito Autumn 2011, for my son's winter hoodie last season. I don't think it matters at this age whether a hoodie pattern is boy or girl, I'm sure the fit is the same.
I changed the hood to completely wrap around the neck, lined it in a super soft fleece and threaded through a ribbon to finish it off. I also added in-seam pockets to keep her hands warm on the cold winter nights under the stars. I think I may make her another one, and a couple for my son too. They are so easy and my fabric store has quite a range of nice fleecy fabrics to choose from this year.
My daughter obviously does too much swimming because she needed yet another swimsuit! Lucky they are easy enough to be made. I didn't have time to really add too many design extra's to this one, but I think it looks cute with the yo-yo flower at the back and the gorgeous vintage inspired button in the center. The pattern is from the Ottobre magazine - Summer 3/2009 edition.
One thing I have noticed is the difference in shape between my swimsuit and leotard pattern. The leotard pattern narrow's a lot more significantly in the waist. My daughter has a little hour-glass figure, even at four, so I will adjust my swimsuit pattern in future to make it more fitted through the waist for her. The leotard pattern was produced by Knitwit, pattern #7500. It was produced in 1983 and was handed down to me...a very valuable pattern to have in your possession when you have a little dancer in your midst!!
My little girl turned four last week. The time just goes too quickly - I want her to say like this forever! She is such a delightful little girl who I love so so much. When she watched the latest release of the Barbie Mermaid movie and requested a week out of her birthday to re-theme the party to everything mermaid I obliged...as you do.
I found a beautiful mermaid outfit in a toy store but it came at a huge cost...so it had to be made. I took a lot of photo's and when I got home I replicated it as best as possible.
I used a leotard pattern (Knitwit pattern #7500) for the bodice and hand sewed rows of sequins onto the neckline. The tail is lined in the same stretch velvet material as the bodice and joined at the hips with three rows of sparkly ruffles. The yo-yo flowers and shells are made with satin and the shells are sewn with wadding to create a more 3D look.
Actually it was alot of fun to make and she was in love with it when she saw it which always makes it that much more worthwhile when you go to so much effort. Next year though, a simple 'pink' theme will be suffice! :)
Oh boy, what a handsome little man!
This is my son on my sister's wedding day.
A perfect day.
I made the three page boy's their suit pants and I'm pretty impressed how they turned out. I used a pattern from the BurdaStyle magazine 2/2012. I had to grade the pattern down to fit my son and my two nephew's, but they fit perfectly and looked so nice on. I really recommend this pattern.
There were a few things I altered...I went to the trouble of adding a satin strip down each side seam, which looked very stylish. I also added some elastic in the back waistband. I just couldn't get it to fit snug into their waist. Also I had evey intention of putting in the zip, but in the end didn't. The boys were so small, 2, 4 and 5 years that the opening wasn't very long and once the button was done up you couldn't see through. I also increased the waistband overlap so that it did up on the inside with two fastenings.
This dress was made for my daughter to wear on Christmas day. I made it from a beautiful white cotton with eyelet detailing. The pattern was from the Japanese magazine Cucito - Summer 2010 edition. The original pattern doesn't have any openings, but I changed it and had a full center back opening done up with gold buttons. And because the material was sheer, I fully lined the inside with white cotton poplin.
It looked very nice for half the day until she got given a store bought dress from her Teta, which she loved and wore for the rest of Christmas...and then all the following day!!! So the handmade dress got shelved :)
I splurged for my Christmas day dress. I do love it when people notice that I made an item of clothing, but at the same time, I don't want to be wearing things that look handmade. Material choice definately has a role to play in this. So I went to an expensive fabric store to find the perfect patterned silk fabric for this dress. The pattern is from the BurdaStyle magazine - edition 2/2013, dress #103. I have made this dress before in cotton and it does create a bit of an a-line dress in the stiffer material, but in the silk it just flows lovely. It is labelled at 1½ stars - easy to sew with simple features and I agree, there isn't too much too it.
The hardest part is creating the back slit into the neckline. I finished it and was ironing down the binding and you wouldn't believe it...I ironed a whole into the dress. I was so upset!!! So I had to cut-out the hole from the back of the dress and do some adjusting and additional sewing to still make the dress work. I had only bought 1m, so I didn't have any fabric left over at all. Somehow it worked - the Christmas angel was obviously looking out for me. The other thing was that the neckline was too tight, so instead of doing up with a little button at the back of the neck, I continued the neck binding on and created a tie instead. I really loved this feature and it felt alot better on.
Last but not least, I added a little sparkle all over the front of the dress with stick on diamontes. It gave the dress some shine and I loved the result.
It's really starting to heat up here, and although I have Christmas outfits to make, somehow my daughter's swimwear got priority this week. It is a three piece outfit comprising of a bikini top, pants and a rash top. It is gorgeous on, she's going to be one cute beach girl over Summer.
Each item came from a different pattern. The rash top is the "Hang Ten Rash Guard" by Peekaboo Pattern Shop. It was so quick to sew up. I can't imagine buying a rash top again!! Actually, I made two. I made one for my son also. His is plain blue. I didn't photograph his, but I did do some 'fancy' double stitching on the seam lines to give it some interest. It looks cool enough with his board shorts, even if it doesn't have a surf label stuck on the front!
The shirred bikini top is a Japanese pattern from Cucito - 2013 Summer edition. It only goes up to size 90, which I used, even though my daughter is probably the next size up. It is only a rectangle though, so it would be easy enough to grade up next year.
And finally the gorgeous gathered bikini pants. This is a Burda Style pattern, magazine edition 6/2012. I recommend these little pants to anyone, they are just cuteness. The pattern states to finish the leg edges first before sewing the crotch together, but I did it the other way around. It gave alot neater finish. The pattern also has a little triangle bikini top to go with it, but I opted for the more conservative top from Cucito - even though really it is still a bikini, but atleast she has the matching rash top to throw over if modesty prevails !
Being able to sew is a bonus when it comes to things like this...my son had his first school performance yesterday. The class were dressed as cave boys and girls and danced around the stage to Queen Latifah's "Walk Like a Dinosaur". It was so great to watch them showing so much confidence for five year old's, and of course having a great time performing in front of the school.
As you can see, it was a pretty simple job, so I sewed a few for the class and other mum's just used my sketched pattern to make their own. The stand out though of the costume was the Saber-Tooth Tiger necklace. My husband carved them out of wood, what talent! It really made the costume come alive and of course it was a great story for my son to tell his classmates...of how he got hold of the 'real' teeth....hahaha.
I went oversea's for a wedding a few months ago, and on the way home while waiting in the departure lounge, I decided to have a quick look in the bookstore. I couldn't believe it...they had a range of Japanese sewing books - and two English versions. I bought them straight away, and had a pleasant trip home reading through them on the aeroplane. One of them was "Happy Homemade - Sew Chic Kids". This is the first dress I have made from it called the V Neck Dress. I loved it straight away - the shape of the front yoke and the sectioned pleating down the front.
However, it was very simple and quick to sew, and it looks that way when it is worn. A little too home-made looking for me. The neckline and sleeve edges are finished with a serger and then simply hidden behind a row of lace. My lace doesn't sit very well and I have a feeling it might be abit itchy, though she hasn't complained of that yet...
And the fit is too big. The pattern comes in even sizing - 2, 4, 6, etc - so I took the time to draft the mid-point between 2 and 4 so I got a size 3 (just thinking of her age). This is my fault though, I didn't check the sizing graph and I really should of cut out a size 2. It will fit her for awhile...that's always a bonus!
But, in saying all this, it is nice and airy and free-flowing for the hot summer ahead, so I'm sure it will still get worn.
My little girl attends a gymnastics class, and it's the highlight of her week. She normally goes in tights and a top, but since going to see the circus a few weeks ago, she has been obsessed by the outfit worn by the trapeze artist. So I gave it a go so she could look the part as she swung around (more like dangled) on the bars at gym.
The leotard I made from a handed-down pattern - Knitwit 7500. It has a range of leotards and tights up to size 12 so this is going to be one well used pattern in the coming years! The leotard is made from pretty pink two-way stretch lycra and the little shorts are a stretch velvet with a sparkly pattern on them - hard to see in the photo.
So now, as soon as we get home from the days activities, she hops out of her clothes, into her leotard and shorts, turns on the music and dances around the house...this outfit is not limited to just gymnastics class, hahaha!
My sister's engagement party was in the afternoon in a wonderful garden setting. It was warm and sunny, the drinks were flowing, the canapes were delicious and it was wonderful few hours spent with family and friends.
And you can't go to a party without a new dress, right ??!!
I love how my little girl's dress turned out, but in the beginning I was so worried about the two fabrics going together I almost didn't finish it. But the risk paid off because I think it was perfect for the day.
The pattern is self drafted. The bodice front is my standard pattern I have used now a handful of times. I don't know where it has originally come from, but the neckline I copied from a Simplicity pattern and the flutter sleeves came from one of my Japanese sewing books. The back of the dress I love. It crosses over and does up with two of the most gorgeous buttons, and a tiny press-stud up the top so it doesn't gape open. The skirt is just a rectangle gathered onto the top and because it was so see-through, I had to make a little petticoat to go underneath, trimmed with sparkly yellow lace.
We had such a wonderful afternoon! Next....the wedding, yay!
Pattern by Do Guincho
Click here for this fantastic pattern
Look at these shorts!
Full, gathered and bubbly - so much fun!
I was lucky enough to receive the Bubble Shorts pattern from
Marta at Do Guincho. It was really kind of her to send it to me
and I'm so grateful because I looooooove these shorts!
The pattern was easy to follow, really well written and illustrated and in a couple of hours I had them sewn up.
My sister is having another engagement party (you've got to do these things right!), this time here not interstate, so I was meant to be making a garden party dress for my little girl...but it's just not turning out how I envisioned - so the bubble shorts were the perfect distraction for awhile!
Love! Thanks Marta!
Here it is...my very first pattern!
The City Shorts
It is free and I would love for you to give it a try!
The pattern is for size 100 only (for ages 3 to 4 years) but hopefully in the future I will be able to grade the pattern to include a range of sizes.
If you would like the pattern, please use the form below and I will email
it to you as soon as possible.
If you have any questions at all please ask,
or if you have any comments on the pattern I would love to know.
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About the pattern...
The shorts have a gathered front under a fitted front waistband. Deep side pockets are a must for little girly treasures and the back has a nice fit with an elasticated waistband. Most of the patterns I use come from Japanese sources, so my layout and diagrams will reflect this. I hope they are easy to understand and interpret. Good luck and if you have any problems at all, please contact me :)
I have finished the pattern for these shorts so I had to re-make them again to make sure they were exactly how I wanted them...and they were. So, very soon (as soon as I work out how to get the pattern from my drawing program to a pdf file) I will post it. It will be free, so I hope you come back for it and make a pair for your own little girl.
I can't tell you how excited I am about these shorts! I drafted the pattern myself and I can't believe how they came out. So much so that I am going to draw up a pattern for them. This will be my first ever so I can see it might take some time to do, but I have a drafting and design background, all be it in houses, so I'm sure I can use some of my knowledge to help with this little side project ?!?....I'm hoping anyway! I would love to know if you are interested, just to keep my enthusiasm up :)
The shorts are made of a medium weight denim. They have a fitted front waistband that comes down to a point, a gathered front and angled side pockets. The fur vest I made for her over 2 years ago is still being worn!
For the hem line, I used the selvage of the material. I thought it gave a great effect having an already made frayed edge with the darker denim above.
The side seams are finished off only with a zig-zag stitch so it looks a little messy but I didn't have too much of a choice because it ran all the way down to the frayed edge and I didn't know how to end the serger stitch nicely. I do however always like to put a different fabric on the inside, just for fun.
The kids and I went into the city today, it was a really nice day out. We walked past this wall and I thought it would make a cool backdrop. It was so nice to photograph against something like this rather than trying to find that interesting spot in the backyard that never seems to be right. I might have to cruise into the city more often! Look at her extreme head tilt, its just adorable, hahaha.
This baby doll carrier was so fun to make - purely because I knew the reaction it would receive from my daughter. Most of my sewing is done at night while the kids are asleep so whatever I make I put on their beds so when they wake up in the morning they have a little surprise. Yesterday morning I woke up to my little girl running down to my bedroom so excited yelling "Mummy, Mummy! I have a real baby carrier!!" So so cute. Worth the trouble of sewing it up!
Full credit for the design goes to Oliver + S. The pattern can be found in their Little Things To Sew book. My daughter is baby obsessed...most little girls are at three...but seriously I'm sure my daughter takes it to the next level. She seems to always have a baby stuffed up her top (like she is pregnant), one on her hip and pushing two around in the pram. Yes, all at once!! She's already proving to be better at multi-tasking than me, haha! So now she can add one more baby to her happy little family by carrying it around in this :)