When you want a quick and easy sewing project....make a tank top! I made this today after I had finished off the kids homework and before I started making dinner - and that also included the photoshoot. I didn't take the photo's however, I was behind the scenes holding the backdrop. My nine year old son loves photography and he took all the photo's and took charge in directing the 'model'.
The unicorn material, with sparkles of gold, was so lovely I had to buy it when I saw it! The design was too young to make clothing from, so I settled on a new pillowcase. I had to learn two new techniques when I put this together - the "burrito" method for hiding the cuff and embellishment seams and an internal flap to hide the actual pillow end. Youtube is great for that! It is so quick and easy to sew up a pillowcase and they look far more pretty than store bought cases!
No dresses. No skirts. Just shorts are wanted. Boo. But I did pretty them up with a trim down the sides, elastic and drawstring casings to the waistband, a patch pocket to the back and colourfully cotton-wrapped ends to the drawstring cord. As always, the fit is beautiful with Burdastyle patterns. These shorts are the Kids Drawstring shorts 04/2017. I finished them on Saturday morning and they didn't come off all weekend. Winning!
This dress is just so lovely. It is the Girls Ruffle Dress 07/2014 from Burdastyle magazine. It was so simple to sew up and looks beautiful on. Shame I don't have a picture of her in it to share. There is a house down the road that has a Cherry Blossom tree and my daughter and I always say that as soon as it flowers we will take a photo underneath! If it eventuates, I'll add the photo to this post!14
As much as I was totally in love with this outfit - sweater dress with lace leggings, Burdastyle magazine patterns - it hardly got worn...at all. Maybe twice and the third time it no longer fit and was handed down to her cousin....who may not wear it either because it isn't a tutu. As lovely as this outfit was, I've realised, unless it suits her seven year old sense of style, there is no point in making it. Shorts, shorts and more shorts will be all my sewing machine will see in the future!
One hundred percent inspired by the Groove Dress by Needle and Ted this jersey dress was from one of my Japanese Cucito magazines and she loves this dress! It just must be so comfy and roomy! Unfortunately this has meant it has become her pj's rather than a day dress because all she wants to do is snuggle in it. Atleast it is getting worn though, right?!
I love this sweater. The pattern is the Kid's High Collar Sweater 08/2016 from Burdastyle magazine. It fits her beautifully and I rushed to make it for last years camping trip...and then forgot to pack it! I wasn't so happy about that!! (As you can see, I'm still trying to catch up on a lot of missed blog posts!)
Not really "just a skirt", there are some nice elements, like the bright trim around the bottom hem and tie at the front. The skirt is just shy of a full circle which still gives a nice swinging shape, but not too over the top. It's nice and simple and from one of my Japanese Cucito sewing magazines that I love. Shame she never wears it though - just not practical enough for handstands and cartwheels!
There is always an element of guilt every time I make something for my daughter...but there is just not as many things I can make for my nine year old son that can still come off looking cool. These trackies came up alright though, perfect for lounging, and a nice amount of detail with the drawstring and elastic waistband, contrasting front pockets and back welt pocket. The pattern is from Burdastyle 10/2013 - Boy's sweatpants. I know that the instructions are sometime overwhelming as there are no pictures to guide you through the project, but every pattern I have made from my Burdastyle magazines for my kids or myself have fitted perfectly, so it has always been worth the extra concentration!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I made my little girl a new dress and my boy some shorts to celebrate the occassion.
She was all smile's this morning when she woke up with her very own raindrop pillow beside her head. My husband was out playing basketball last night and I had some of my own time on the couch watching the finale of The Bachelorette...so I had some time to hand embroider her own little raindrop with cute rosy cheeks.
Splashing out on expensive Liberty fabric is sometimes just worth it. Especially in this case. The pattern is from the 2014 Summer edition of the Japanese magazine Cucito. Usually the Japanese patterns are quite boxy and simplistic, what I see as their charm, but the front bodice of this pattern is sectioned in three and has a lovely fit. The opening in the back is just gorgeous.
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 :)