Sunday, 16 November 2014

Off the grid

Recently it seems, my children and technology have conspired against me - the net result being a lost cell phone (I miss Instagram!) and a broken laptop! Ah well! I will survive!

I've been missing sharing blog posts and instagram snipets, but have enjoyed some time with a little less technology and have been able to keep up to date with emails and facebook on my kid's tablet. (Hardly 'off the grid', I know -  although uploading photos from my DSLR and blogging at the moment are a little limited.)

My Mum is currently visiting offered for me to use her laptop and I jumped at the chance ... so here's essentially the contents of my camera: pancakes, sewing for a market, pattern testing and quilting for a nephew on the way ... and some more cute sibling moments. We have a busy few weeks ahead with visiting family, kid's birthdays, hosting a baby shower and the market - but it should be lots of fun. I love this time of the year.

What have you been up to? ... And did you miss me? (Or even notice I wasn't there? hehe)

Jenny x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Pimp that Pattern Blog Tour {Pipi’s Pineapple Playsuit}

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Hello, and welcome to my contribution to the Little Kiwi's Closet: Pimp that Pattern Blog Tour! Today is day 5, and participants (see schedule down the bottom) have been busy pimping the awesome Little Kiwi’s Flutterby Romper and Playsuit patterns, and today is my turn!

I’ve pimped the playsuit pattern in an extremely simple way – by turning Pipi into a Pineapple … essentially through a bit of fussy cutting.  (After all, who doesn’t love a bit of fussy cutting). I’m not sure if you’d really call that ‘pimping’ … but I’m claiming it anyway! Originally my plan was to turn Pipi into a strawberry, and I was going to buy some red fabric with black spots for the body and do a green ruffle along the neckline. But I’m trying to use fabric I have rather than buy  more, and then I remembered that I had this scrap of pineapple fabric.

There is a bit more to this story … A couple of years ago I had this fabric stretched across a canvas on our dining room wall. It was fun and summery, but I think I was the only one that really ‘got’ my pineapple artwork. Anyway, we moved and changed things up and I recycled to the canvas for another craft project – at which point I removed the pineapple fabric and put it back in my stash. And there it has stayed awaiting it’s time to shine … and now pineapples are ‘in’. Big time – as a rudimentary Pinterest search will show you… see below. (Clearly I’m a bit of a trendsetter or something!)

pineapple pinterest screenshot
Anyone else really want a pair of pineapple pom pom shorts?

Anyway, back to the playsuit … I cut the body out so that a big pineapple featured on both front and back and used some cream and black spotty fabric from Spotlight for the flutter sleeves. Did I mention that this awesome pattern  has lots of different sleeve/ neckline options (sleeveless with a ruffle/ flutter, short or long sleeves)? It also has the brilliant instructions that I’ve come to expect from Little Kiwi’s Closet patterns and ranges from sizes Newborn – 4 years. For a younger child in nappies it has great instructions on how to attach snaps, or the crotch seam can be sewn up for an older child.

The pattern is described as ‘beginner’ and I would agree. Following Lydia’s awesome pattern a sewer with basic skills should be able to confidently sew this up in a couple of hours.

I just love how cute Pipi looks in her Pineapple Playsuit (and can’t wait to make a bunch more for Summer … perhaps inspired by various other Summer fruits!) … And obviously I didn’t think making Pipi a Pineapple Playsuit for the ‘Pimp that Pattern’ Tour was quite enough alliteration … so I added Pigtails too…

Between those piggies, the chubby baby legs and the pineapple butt, I honestly can’t quite stand the cuteness!

Make sure you follow the rest of the blog tour (see links below) and also snap up a copy of  the Flutterby Romper and Playsuit patterns (AT 30% OFF FOR THE DURATION OF THE TOUR – ENDING 8TH NOVEMBER 2014.)
ALSO, another way to get in on the fun is to make your own version of either one of these patterns during this week, and then link in (see link at the very bottom of the page). One participant with be drawn randomly and will win their choice of 2 Little Kiwi’s patterns!


Flutterby tour image
Thanks Lydia for letting me part of this super fun tour!

Sunday, 2 November 2014



I thought it was time for an update of sorts … here’s what was on my camera…

1 & 2 : I’ve been making some things for a church market day we have later this month (I’ll probably do a Facebook sale for the leftover items) … anyway here’s a bit of a sneak peek. And a photo of Noah’s ‘Flopsy Bunny’ – a toy he picked up from Nana Jocelyn’s house – who Noah insisted needed a T-shirt. Noah picked out the fabric and I whipped this up in a couple of minutes. The fabric choice is quite inspired – a rabbit wearing rabbits … very meta

3 & 4 : Miss Isabelle writes her name

5 & 6 : A beautiful silhouette. “Flowers” from my girl.

7 :  Noah makes a paper plane

8 : More sisterly affection

Joining in with Em from The Beetleshack

Jen x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

KCW October 2014: Day 5 {Cowboy Pocket Tee)


Today I made a basic tee for Noah. I used the 4 seasons tank and tee pattern by Little Kiwis Closet. As you can see I made the T-shirt option with short sleeves. I made a size 5 for my smallish 5 year old who will be 6 in December (eeek!)

The awesome vintage cowboy knit was something I picked up from a fabric destash group I belong to on Facebook (a very dangerous group!) I really love the vintage cowboy theme and this tee reminds me of some bunting I made for Noah’s room when he was a wee babe (and it was one of the first things I sewed!) I have a bit more of this fabric which I hope to use for similar tees for a market I’m attending soon. The grey is some cheap jersey I picked up from Spotlight.

I realise that the last photo may seem rather boring to the untrained eye.. well it’s not – it’s rather exciting (to me). Why? I finally used my twin needle. I’ve had this needle for ages and just never used it. I guess I just found it hard to believe that the two threads wouldn’t get tangled… but today I decided today was the day and I pulled it out! Voila! I’m very happy with the result and think it will be my new favoured form of hemming knits. And yes, it may have been the highlight of my Saturday… apart from skyping family, of course. (It’s the little things right?)

You may well be wondering about the lack of modelled pics? My little ‘model’ was not overly co-operative today and burst into tears when I tried it on him. Rest assured, he likes the top – he’s just tired!


Yesterday, however was a completely different story… in fact he insisted I photograph him too, while I took these photos of Pipi. Check out his new glasses! Such a handsome man!


Whatcha sewing?

To see the rest of my KCW makings this time around see here.


Friday, 24 October 2014

KCW October 2014: Days 4-5 {Floral hat & grey and yellow sweater}


Today was a rather a dreary old day (after lots of days of sunshine), so it felt rather odd to be sewing a sun hat and a sweatshirt with sunny pops of yellow!

I’ve just realised while writing this, but this blog post is an unintentional advertisement for the Miss Matatabi Fabric Store. Both the Grey and yellow (REVERSIBLE) sweater knit (the same as what I used on Isabelle's top earlier this week – just in a different colourway) and the floral fabric used in the lining of the brim (see photo below) are from a remnant pack I recently bought from Miss Matatabi … Annnd the outer of the hat is some lovely Nani Iro fabric I previously bought from there.

The pattern I used for the sweatshirt is (once again) the Streetsmart Sweatshirt Collection by Little Kiwis Closet, in size 2 and the hat is a vintage pattern I snagged from an op shop a while back.


Too see the rest of my KCW makings this time around see here.

Jenny x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

An ‘Anna Cape’ for Isabelle


Today I’m taking a break from my regular Kid’s Clothing Week makings to share a gorgeous pattern that I tested recently!

When Lisa from Big Little put out the testing call for the "Anna Cape" I was pretty excited. My kids are big fans of Frozen and I personally like the character ‘Princess Anna’ best of all. (Perhaps because young Anna reminds me of my little Isabelle!)

The sewing came together really quick. Once again Lisa has created a pattern that is simple to sew yet beautiful. You don’t need to use a serger/ overlocker to make this pattern and the instructions and pictures are very helpful.

In celebration of the pattern launch (and in perfect timing for Halloween if you like to dress up) you can buy this pattern here and until 31 October 2014 if you enter the code: ANNAJ15 at the checkout you will receive 15% off! Yay! (And it goes from size Newborn – 10 years, so you can sew all the Anna Capes!)

And now for the little details (plus a sweet wee moment between sisters) …


It might be hard to tell from the photos, but the pom pom trim is actually a deep shade of purple (not black). As for the fabric, both the outer and the lining are repurposed from my local op shop. I’m pretty sure that the pink wool on the outside may have once been a dog blanket! (eewww – don’t worry, it’s since received many washes in my machine and now smells like eucalyptus!) The trim around the collar was something I just happened to have in my stash (and I think the lacy scallops work perfectly), and I couldn’t find a ‘frog clasp’ but I think this ‘toggle’ thingy (from Spotlight) works perfectly!

Anyway, my little Anna (aka Isabelle) loves it! (And is now asking for an Anna dress too!

Happy sewing – and don’t forget to get yourself a copy of this lovely pattern – using the discount and code mentioned above, while the offer lasts!

Thanks again Lisa for designing another awesome pattern!

Do you wanna build a snowman?


KCW October 2014: Days 2-3 {Floral Leggings & (another) Cat Sweater}

Me: “Isabelle, can I take some photos of you wearing the new clothes I just made you?”

Isabelle: “Sure Mum, I’ll do all my cool moves!”

And man, did she bring it!

Floral leggings cat sweater

I think Isabelle’s moves completely stole the show!

If you can distract yourself from those cool moves for a moment, I’ll share the details of my sewing!


For the leggings I used a pattern from the book 'Growing up Sew Liberated' in a floral cotton-lycra knit (size 4). For the sweatshirt I used some reversible knit fabric (with spots and cats – see the cats?) from Miss Matatabi and the pattern is the awesome Streetsmart Sweatshirt Collection by Little Kiwis Closet, also a size 4.


Such a little cutie!

Comment with a link if you’re sewing along too!

Jen x