Sunday, 5 July 2015



1. Isabelle enjoying some strawberry milk through her glasses straw! Thanks Jermaine for this awesome gift! (Also wearing Auntie Holly’s blinging necklace!) / 2. A junior sewer in the making. Seen here ‘making’ a baby blanket using her Needle & Nail sewing machine. / 3 & 4.  Pipi and Isabelle draw on the driveway./ 5 & 6. Nana and Noah the junior builder.

Although it might seem like it on this blog, life hasn’t just been Kid's Clothes Week sewing ‘round here.

We’ve just finished off a rather busy term with 3 separate visits from different family members – we’ve enjoyed seeing my Mum, in-laws and my Sister and her boyfriend over the last few weeks and now we’re about to settle into some well anticipated school/ Kindy holidays. I imagine over the next 2 weeks, there will be a lot more chalk drawing, lego playing, park visiting and perhaps a rainy movie day or two! But before we (properly) settle into that, I thought I’d first share a few random photos from the last few weeks.

I’m planning on having one planned activity to do each day of the holidays, mostly cheap or free things such as crafts, games or baking together and I’m also hoping to get the kids a bit more involved in a few set chores and things, so that they can appreciate the fun times and treats after first learning the value of hard work. Isabelle has already been enthusiastically helping me with my main weekly clean on a Tuesday for a wee while now, so I’m hoping some of her enthusiasm will rub off onto the other two! Her and I have been enjoying reading one of my favourite books from childhood together, Milly Molly Mandy, so I’m sure the holidays will include more of the same.

Are you on school holidays too? What are your plans?

Jen x

Friday, 3 July 2015

{Kid’s Clothes Week} Wrap Up

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DAY 1: Pipi's Pineapple Peplum / DAY 2: Tiny Tourist Top / DAY 3: Night-time Adventurer PJs / DAY 4: Spotty Shorts / DAY 5: Parisian Ruffle Top / DAY 6: Watermelon pom-pom top / DAY 7: Simple Feather Tank

I said I would do a wrap up of what I made during Kid's Clothes Week (last week), and if I know me, if I don’t get it done pretty much right away, it will probably never happen. (Kind of like when I attempt to send out thank you cards – I’m great at making and writing in the cards, but just never manage to get them out … and then it becomes an embarrassingly long time etc etc. You know the story!)

Anyway, so that’s what I made! ^  Not my most productive KCW ever (well I set the standard pretty high with the July 2014 when I sewed 13 items! 13! Craziness!

However, I was pretty happy with what I made, I produced pretty yet practical items that actually filled gaps in my kid’s wardrobes … and I followed the traveling theme … a little bit!? So I count that as a win!

I’m pretty sure that I’ll be posting another contributor blog post on the Kid's Clothes Week Blog, so keep your eye’s peeled for that one. (I’m sure I’ll let you know!)

Did you sew along this KCW? What did you make?

… And finally I’ll leave you with a few ‘out-takes’ – some attitude, silly business and Pipi trying to eat an orange without peeling it! (That photo cracks me up every time!)


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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

‘Hello Beautiful’ handmade banner

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After the busy-ness of Kid's Clothes Week last week I decided to take a bit of break from sewing for a bit. Well, that didn’t work very well! After having a huge cleaning day yesterday (with massive help from my very helpful 4 year old), I decided to undertake this project in the evening when the kids were in bed to relax and unwind. Lately, it seems that I’ve replaced night-time TV watching with night-time sewing. Not a bad trade I guess, the later is definitely more productive and creative after all!

This project is one that I’ve had rolling around in my head for a while – well pretty much since we moved Pipi in her ‘big girl bed’ a couple of months ago.

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It was a really simple sew … and I say ‘sew’ loosely because the only part that involved sewing was the hemming of the banner and when I sewed the casing at the top for the piece of bamboo to slide through. I was going to sew around the letters of ‘B E A U T I F U L’, but I used vliesofix and it’s doing a good job of holding them on (if it was an item of clothing I’d stitch them on too, but this won’t need to get washed or see as much wear and tear, so I didn’t bother.)

The fabric for that is some of my favourite floral scraps – 3 of which are Liberty of London (used previously here, here and here…. a vintage favourite of mine (used here) and the mustard yellow used on the ‘T’ was previously used to line Pipi's sleep sack. Can you tell that I’m rather enjoying sewing my stash? In fact the backing fabric used was also something I already had in my stash – it’s a calico I used to sew 'Fleur' - a Big Little cloth doll.

For the “Hello” – once again I used one of my favourite things – a freezer paper stencil. (I have tutorial on how to make your own here.) I re-used the ‘hello’ template that I’d made on a previous occasion … and then added the ‘Flourishes’ (twirly bits) on either side of the word, which really made it look a lot better!

I really love how quick and simple this project was and how it turned out! It really suits all the other bits of handmade prettiness in Pipi’s room!


I love being able make things for our house that I know one else has exactly the same!

Jen x

Monday, 29 June 2015

KCW Day 7: Simple Feather Tank

Yay, we got to day 7 of Kids Clothes Week and I have to admit that I’m a bit exhausted! Hence this pretty simple project to finish things off.

I actually cut out this tank for a Kids Clothes Week a few seasons ago … (I think at the same time I cut out this one.) I used the The Blank Tank from Melly Sews/ Blank Slate Patterns, one I’ve used many times before. When I originally cut it out the intended recipient was Noah ( I cut a 4T out of a repurposed tee from the op shop), but I’ve made this for Isabelle.

I resisted the urge to add a floral pocket or something, because it is handy to have some simple/ plainer basics in her wardrobe to pair with the more ‘flamboyant’ items! Besides the hand stamped feather on the pocket kind of ties in with the ‘traveling’ theme in a way… feathers, birds, migrating, traveling, the feather in Forrest Gump maybe? … Perhaps it’s a stretch, but I like it anyway! (And can imagine that little pocket stuffed with feathers and other treasures, come Summer!)

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So you may be wondering where is my little model? Yeah, I gave her the day off… after all she’d been busy being ‘Super Girl’ all day (more on that later) and it was cold by the time we got round to doing photos. However, Pipi was determined to be in the shoot. (You might not notice unless you look closely, but her hair and face are covered in orange pith as she was enjoying one of the oranges we picked yesterday a little too much … ah well, at least it creates a talking point, because there’s not much you can say about a simple little tank!)

Right enough already… it’s time to introduce ‘Super Girl’ (aka Isabelle at Kindy Superhero day!)


In case you wondered; the Superhero mask and cape (made from an old vintage pillowcase) was a DIY that I featured on here ages ago … oh how little Isabelle and Pipi look in that post!

Well that’s that… another Kids Clothes Week done and dusted… and I maybe might pop back in here with a wrap up post or something… but tomorrow… cleaning!

If you want to check out my previous days makes…here for my day 1 post, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5 and day 6.

Jen x

Saturday, 27 June 2015

KCW Day 6: Watermelons & Oranges

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Today I’m sharing my day 6 project for Kid's Clothes Week, and once again (like day 1: Pipi's Pineapple Peplum);  I have been inspired by warmer climates and tropical fruit. (It seems Pipi is inspired by oranges – peeled or otherwise!*)

Pipi is also inspired by the colour ‘pink.’ I took her to our local fabric store the other day to buy the pom-pom trim that I’ve used to edge the sleeves. I intended to get white, but NO Pipi was insistent that I got the pink! She knows what she wants and is such a contrast to her big sister Isabelle who is all about green! I think Pipi was right, pink was the best choice.

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While it looks cute, I found the pom-pom trim a little frustrating to sew on … mainly because it kept fraying at the raw ends. However, this was quickly solved by melting the ends.

The pattern is a free peasant dress tutorial that I’ve used many times before from here. I made the size 2-3 years. For fabric, the cream with black spots was some scraps I have in my stash and the watermelon fabric was something I got for next to nothing at a market our church held last year! Yep, I’m still trying to #sewmystash!

Well that’s about all I have to say about that! If you want to check out my previous days makes…here for my day 1 post, day 2, day 3, day 4, and day 5.

Joining in with Kid's Clothes Week.

Jen x

*P.S. this post and the photos of Pipi picking the oranges and mandarins reminds me of this post from last year.

Friday, 26 June 2015

KCW Day 5: Parisian Ruffle Top

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B O N J O U R ! Today I’m sharing my day 5 make for Kids Clothes Week and we have arrived in France. (Feel free to grab a croissant or a glass of red, while I tell you about my latest project.

Essentially the fabric used us an upcycled thrifted tee (yay for re-using existing hems!); plus a little grey jersey from my stash for the arm ruffles and neckline. The pattern used is the 4 seasons tank and tee by Little Kiwis Closet – modified obviously to add the arm ruffles and ‘Bonjour’ made using freezer paper stencil and gold fabric paint.

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Isabelle was once again being her normal photogenic self and yelled either “Bonjour” or “ Je m’appelle Isabelle” as I took the photos. She was originally pointing at France on the map too… but by the time that last photo was taken (above) not so much.

It was a fun and pretty fast project… and I can definitely see myself adding more ruffles to sleeves in the future.

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Joining in with Kid's Clothes Week.

Click here for my day 1 post, here for my day 2, here for day 3 and here for day 4.

Jen x

KCW Day 4: Spotty Shorts for my Beach Babe


Hello, today I’m sharing what I made for day 4 of Kid's Clothes Week.

I actually had another project planned but I was looking for something and stumbled upon this little pair of shorts that I’d cut out a while ago and decided to sew them up. I wasn’t even quite sure what size I’d cut out but they looked about Isabelle’s size and she is in need of new shorts for Summer. (She’s grown out of some of my favourite handmade pairs which have been passed straight on to Pipi!)

The pattern is the Pixie Shorts pattern by Big Little and the fabric I used is a reversible tan and cream cotton linen blend from Miss Matatabi that originally used to make these shorts for me. (Yep I’m still trying to #sewmystash this KCW and have so far resisted the call of the fabric shop!)

Reversible you ask? See the photo below left… the other side is a pretty cute check/gingham print!

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I’m not entirely sure how this ties into the travel theme (I had planned to make a more ‘in theme’ top to go with them but simply ran out of time)… but think these are the perfect shorts to travel to the beach in. Also, in the inspiration post I did on the KCW blog I linked to the Pixie Shorts pattern as inspiration for little French bloomers… so there’s that too. While our Summer holiday sadly will not consist of holidaying in the South of France, it will involve camping by the sea at beautiful Mahia (see pic below); and I’m sure these little shorts will get a lot of wear then! (Bring on January 2016!)


Joining in with Kid's Clothes Week and Shorts on the line.

Click here for my day 1 post, here for my day 2 post and here for day 3.

Jen x