Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Sewing Complete.

I have finally finished my Christmas sewing as of today.  I only had a few things left to do on outfits for my kids and most of it was hand sewing.  I hate hand sewing!  Luckily I was able to sneak in half and hour today to do button holes and sew on buttons whilst hubby was home for lunch and now everything is finished.  This is what I have ended up with for my kids.  (Please excuse the pictures, I took them underneath some lovely green shade cloth so everything is looking slightly ill.)

For those interested, here are some individual pictures with details of each item.  Firstly, Mr. J's presents.
Two shirts made using the trusty Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt.  I'm sure you have worked out by now I love this pattern.  The only fault I have found with it so far is the bulk in the hem where the front plackets fold up.  I have to use my walking foot to get through all the layers.  I think next time I will just overlock the hem and turn it up once.

A pair of flat front shorts using this tutorial from the 'Made' blog and a simple applique t-shirt to match.  The tutorial for these shorts is great.  I highly recommend it, in fact I recommend the whole blog for those of you who haven't already seen it.

Finally for Mr. J, a magnetic fishing game, complete with fishing rod and rather odd looking worm.  I was originally inspired by this blog post but wanted to use magnets rather than velcro and I hate the way velcro sticks to everything!  I was lucky enough to find some pretty strong magnets in a local store and the fish almost jump onto the rod.  This is the 3rd one of these I have made.  The other two are gifts for a friend of Mr. J and one of my nephews.

Now onto Miss E's gifts.

A simple knit dress made using this tutorial.  Very simple to follow and quick to make.  I will make this one again but next time I won't do the elastic casing with ribbing on the inside, I will cut the dress in two pieces with extra for the casing and stitch them together.

A simple skirt and applique t-shirt.  Very similar to this one I made for my niece.  I think I prefer the applique on my niece's t-shirt but this one is still cute.

A dress made using a vintage pattern.  However, I made a few modifications as I decided the original pattern wasn't quite right.  I decreased the size of the sleeve as they were far too big and frilly and added in some pin tucks and buttons for detail.  Thanks mum for the tip of sewing the pin tucks before I cut out the pattern, it worked really well and was very simple.

Here is a close up of the front detail.  It's a bit hard to see but you get the idea.

Finally, a Magoo monkey (which you will have seen before) using the pattern by the talented Melly and Me and a simple no sew tutu.

Hopefully I'll get some shots of the kids modeling their outfits after Christmas day but I can't promise anything.

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you have a happy holiday.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stripes and Circles Plus an Early Christmas Present.

A good friends baby turned 1 yesterday and for his gift I turned to the fabulous Oliver + S and whipped up this sketchbook shirt.  I fall in love with this pattern more every time I make it.  (I promise the bottom of the shirt is even, the leaves were making it stick out!)

Here it is folded up and ready to be wrapped.  I used snaps instead of buttons to make it easier to get on and off.  It also meant I didn't have to bother with button holes;-)

For a different perspective, here's a picture Mr. J took.  It must be frustrating being a 3yr old and viewing the world like this.

Now, what's the early Christmas present you ask?  Well this one's for me.  I was browsing a local online buy and sell page the other day when I stumbled across this.
I have been wanting one of these for a while now and this one is a great brand and in excellent condition.  The price was right and hubby said he would be happy to get it for me as a Christmas present.  I'm one very happy lady here at the moment.  Now to get sewing for myself.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Three Cheeky Monkeys.

I have found a new favourite pattern!  It's Magoo by Melly and Me.  Aren't they just the cutest little things?  Two of these already have homes and the brown one on the right is part of Miss E's Christmas present.  I think she's going to LOVE it!

I will definitely be buying more of the Melly and Me patterns.  These were pretty simple to make and super cute.  A great pattern all round.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Gifts

This is the first of a few posts to show the Christmas gifts I have been working on.

First is a skirt and top for my nearly 2yr old niece.  I used fabric from the Denise Schmidt range at Spotlight for this one and am very happy with how it all came together.  I'm really pleased with the appliqué on the top as I drew little pictures for hours before I settled on this one.

I also whipped up a car roll using my tutorial for a friend to send to her nephew in Ireland.  I have obviously made a couple of changes to the road since my original tutorial.  I have changed it to a simple oval shape instead of a figure 8 and added in white lines to make it look more like a road.  For those playing at home, I used a stitch width of 2 and length of about 0.5 to create the lines.

I really love sewing presents and have just a few more to finish before I am all done for Christmas.  Although Mr. J keeps going through my fabric telling me he would like a shirt in this and some shorts in that!  I think I'm going to be busy keeping up with his requests.

Summer Bottoms.

Coming into the warmer weather, there is nothing better for a baby or toddler than wearing just a nappy and singlet (actually I'm sure they would much prefer to have nothing on at all).  Unfortunately, a nappy and singlet don't look too good when you have to go out to the shops or visit friends.  That's where nappy covers are a great little item you can whip up in next to no time.  This week I made two of these for a friend and her gorgeous new little baby boy.  I used my own pattern for these but was stumped as to where to put my label.  That was until I stumbled across this tutorial and saw her label on the back, it's the perfect place.  (This tutorial looks great too and easy to follow.)

In the end, I only gave one of the nappy covers to my friend but put it in a parcel with a bib, shoes and toy I had previously made.  She was very happy when she opened the gift and loved everything in it.  I just love it when people appreciate the effort that goes into handmade clothes and presents.  (I'll be sending the other nappy cover her way when I eventually make something to go with it.)

Summer Skirt and Top.

I said I would be back with more sewing and I am.  This is a little outfit I made for miss E a couple of weeks ago, just to try out a simple skirt and t-shirt combination.  I used some fabric I had in my stash and because it's quite light weight, it was perfect for two layers.  The t-shirt is one I picked up last summer and just added a few fabric yo yo's to jazz it up a bit.  (Please excuse the photo's, I think someone may have been rubbing their fingers on the lens of my camera!)

It's the perfect length to show of her gorgeous legs.

But still long enough to cover her nappy when it's time to play!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's Been a While.

My poor little blog has been neglected for far to long, it's time for me to get back on here and start writing some posts again.  I have actually been quite busy whilst I have been away.  In fact my sewing area has been getting a good work out lately as I have been trying to get presents finished in time for Christmas.  Here is proof that I have actually been quite productive.
Note the clothes hanging above the overlocker (all finished for Christmas) and the items piled up on my cutting mat.  There has been lots going on in here so stay tuned for detailed blog posts over the next few days.