Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby Gift Set.

I started this little gift set for a friend who has recently had a baby girl.  However, once I got going on it, I decided it was more masculine than I wanted so it's going away for another baby.  I think it could really be a unisex set but it's not what a wanted for this baby.  The set was originally going to have the bib and shoes but I decided once I had done the applique on the bib I would add a little softie aswell.
I didn't use a bib pattern here, just laid one of the best fitting bibs of Miss E's down and traced around it.  I then added 1cm seam allowance and stitched together.  Really easy!

Reverse side of bib.  This was actually going to be the main side but when I see them together, I like the bib the other way.  The elephant applique I got from Kwik Sew's 'Sewing for Baby' book and then enlarged the pattern for the softie.

Elephant softie.  The ears are appliqued on but next time I make this, I might make them so they can flap around and the baby can grab hold of them.

Cutest little baby shoes.  I used this tutorial for these and they are so easy to make.  If I didn't rush the cutting out of the front section, I would have got them looking the same.  I didn't think of this late last night.

The elephant applique design I got from Kwik Sew's 'Sewing for Baby' book.  I really should have used a beige thread for the zig zag but once again my patience got the better of me and I wanted to get it finished.  It's not as neat as I would have liked but I did the zig zag this way on purpose as I want it to fray a little after it's washed.
I think this has turned out to be a cute little set and can't wait to have another little baby to give it to.  Now to work on another set for a sweet little girl.  I think this might mean a trip to buy some fabric to match what I have decided to use.  Better go tomorrow as I am making April a no fabric buying month after my recent purchases.  Hopefully the support from the girls on EB will get me through ;-)

Vintage Pinny

I found some vintage style fabric at a garage sale not long ago and thought it would make a great pinafore dress.  It's a beautiful velveteen in some interesting colours I wouldn't normally choose but loved when I saw it.  I made it a size 3 and Miss E definately won't fit into it yet but it will either be put away or be given as a present to another lovely little lady.  I am yet to decide.

The hem isn't uneven, it was pushed forward by the branches and wind.  I didn't realise this until I had taken the photo and it got too dark to take another one.
I'm still not sure about the wooden buttons.  I was going to go for orange or blue but felt they were too much, I wanted the fabric to speak for itself.
My first creation using my new labels.  Very happy with them.
 Well that's two pinny's done in the past month.  I think it's time to do a different style of dress.

Monday, March 28, 2011

More Parcels!

More parcels arrived for me in the mail.  I love when I get this kind of mail, much nicer than the letters with windows.  Here are some pictures of my loot.

Fabric bought on sale from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  Some of this was down to $4.95 per yard.

My woven labels purchased from a seller on etsy.  I'm really happy with how they came up and I got 600 for a great price too.  Now to start adding them to my sewing.

The tag looks like it has quite a few lines here but this photo was taken in macro mode so enhances everything.

What the tag would look like in the seam.

Playing with the macro mode on my camera.
My first Oliver + S pattern bought from Earth Girl Fabrics.  Can't wait to make this one for Mr. J.
 Only one more parcel I'm waiting on now, another Oliver + S pattern from Crafty Mamas.

I'm hoping the kids go to sleep well for me tonight as my hubby is away and it's a good chance to get some sewing done.  Hoping to be back in the next couple of days with my first ever tutorial. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Harem Pants

Last night I whipped up the harem pants for Miss E from the latest Ottobre magazine, in the mag, they are called 'Acrobat'.  These were super easy to make and very quick.  Only 3 pieces to them, the pants panel, leg cuffs and waistband.  I was initially worried they might not stay up as the ribbing I used for the waistband is quite loose but they seemed to be OK this morning. 

This patterns uses clear elastic to gather the bottom of the legs prior to stitching on the cuff.  This was perfect for the pattern and very easy too.  I found the waistband a little trickier to put on but that's because I had to cut it down quite a bit as Miss E is rather tiny around her middle compared to her height.  I really had to stretch the ribbing to its full extent to get it on and I did need to add a little gathering in a couple of places.

Overall, I'm happy with these and I will be making a few more as they look super comfy and easy to get on and off.  If I could get away with them, I would even make myself a pair :-)

I made these up in some interlock I had in my stash to see how they came up.  Now I need to decided on some other colours and patterns for a couple more pairs.
Leg cuffs folded up as they are a tad long still.  Plenty of growing room.

Lots of room in the pants for rolling, sitting, crawling and generally getting into everything I don't want her to.

I rushed the waistband a little and didn't get the seams perfectly matched.  Oh well, I'll sort that out next time.

These are going to be perfect for crawling.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Parcel in the Post.

Look what arrived at my front door today!  Beautiful fabric from lucky kaeru fabric on etsy.  A whole 7 yards, can't wait to get it washed and start sewing. 
All bar the dinosaur is destined for nappy clutch bags.

Michael Miller Round About in Lavender and Aqua.
Robert Kaufman Night and Day 2 in Black White and Red and Night and Day 3 Retro Circles in Red.
Robert Kaufman Flower Child Floral Creamsicle and Metro Living Squares Circles in Pewter.
Michael Miller Dino Dudes in Brown.  Mr. J loves this and I can't wait to make it into something for him. 
What exactly I haven't decided.
 Two more online orders to arrive in the post in the next week or 2 I hope.  Good does come from selling a sewing machine on ebay :-)

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Pinny & A Wrap.

Presents have been on my sewing list the past few weeks and I have finally finished my nieces 1st birthday present and her mummy's 30th present.  The party is tomorrow so I got myself into gear last night and finished them both.  Just need to stitch the buttons on the dress tomorrow.
One side of Pinny.  I think this is the way I would have it most of the time.

I was going to leave the red side plain but it just didn't look right.  The mushrooms are designed to fray a little bit in the wash as I like that look and it's easier too.

Thanks mum for the idea of turning one hem over the other.  Happy with this stitching as I had to do two rows next to each other.  They are pretty even right the way around.

Would like this stitching to have been a little neater.

Reverse side of Pinny.

Make It Perfect Wrap Dress.  Love this pattern.

Close up of fabric.  I think I might need to get some of this fabric for myself.  It would make a great dress.

Friday, March 11, 2011

I Have a New Header

Thanks to my wonderful sister in law who is also a very talented graphic designer, I have a brand new blog header and logo.  I love it to bits.

I initially asked another very talented graphic designer to come up with a logo for me but the poor thing really didn't have much to go by.  I gave him a terrible design brief with lots of 'this or that's' involved.  He came up with a great logo for me but it just wasn't quite what I wanted.  He did put lots of time into it though and it was a great design, as are all his creations (including his baby girls) but it just wasn't quite what I wanted.  Mr. L if you are reading this, thanks so much for all the time you put in for me.

I spoke to my sister in law about my plans and she came up with this logo (which I might add was nothing like I was discussing with her) and I LOVE it.  I wish I could do things like these clever graphic designers.

Now I have a logo, I might get some labels to put on all my sewing.  Or perhaps I'll just go and buy some more fabric, that sounds like fun.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I've been busy making a hat for both Mr. J and Miss E this past week.  I used the Make It Perfect Lazy Day Hat pattern and it is soooooo easy.  I think I have fallen in LOVE with the pattern actually.  Both hats are a little bit big at this stage but they will grow into them.

The bike was the only thing I could find to hang them on.
Reverse side of Mr. J's.

Reverse side of Miss E's.
Mr. J's hat being put to good use.
Miss E did try to take hers off quite a few times!
I think I might have to make one of these hats for myself soon but I'm onto My Niece's 1st birthday present next.  Perhaps a Lazy Day Hat might make up part of it :-)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

This Is How You Paint

Mr. J helped daddy paint some timber in his shed today.  I think the pics speak for themselves.  However, I will add that it's a good thing this boy has his dad because there is no way I would have let him get quite this messy.  The damage was already done when I came out with the camera.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Model is Awake

Here's Mr. J modelling his new shorts and t-shirt.  I think it's safe to say he's a little happy with his new outfit.

The shorts look rather big on him.  The poor thing is 2 and 1/2 and can still fit into some size 0 shorts!  Never mind, plenty of growing room.

Shorts and T-Shirt for Mr. J

Well I've finished another sewing item and I'm pretty happy with these too.  I used Burda 9793 pattern in size 2.  Mr. J is rather skinny and small for his size (just on 12kg at 2 and 1/2) so the elastic pulls them in quite a bit but he's got growing room.  The T-Shirt is one I bought and removed the pocket from then did just a simple applique on the front. 

I'm not sure about the helicopter on the angle but decided it was easier to do this than try to get it straight and then accidently iron it wrong and have it crooked.  It's also not as neat as I would have liked but I did this as a last minute thing so he had something to wear with the shorts.

The helicopter applique I got from this book and just enlarged it on the photocopier.

The shorts didn't have a pocket on the back in the pattern but I decided they needed some of the contrast fabric so added a pocket with a strip across the top.

Overall I am pretty happy with the result and Mr. J loves them so that's the main thing.  I'll have to try and get some pictures with him modelling them tomorrow.

What to sew next, that's the question?  Perhaps something for me.