Sunday, 24 May 2015

Isabelle’s Merino PJs

Today I’m sharing my most recent sew with you… some Merino Pyjamas that I sewed for Isabelle. I think it’s quite fitting that I share this with you now, for two reasons. One, we have just had a massive cold snap … as in, quite literally there is ‘snow on them hills!’ So merino PJs are perfect (in fact I need some for ME!); and, two I just shared a funny post about Isabelle's funny sleeping positions, so naturally I’m now sharing about her handmade sleep wear, of course!

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This B E A U T I F U L dusky pink merino fabric was a lovely and extremely thoughtful gift from my sweet husband from The Fabric Store (if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may remember me previously raving about this super spontaneous and generous gift.) The quality of this fabric is top notch and it really is a dream to sew with. For the sleeves and neck trim I used a cotton rib knit that I had in my stash (mainly in order to save a bit of merino for another project or two, but also because gold stars = pretty & bed time appropriate, so win win!)

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For the pattern I used the ‘Sleeping Johns’ pattern from the book Growing up Sew Liberated. I made Isabelle the size 4 but chopped quite a bit of the length off given that so far she takes after me in the height stakes.

For the top I used a day wear pattern, the '4 Seasons Tank & Tee', also in size 4.

I sewed them using my overlocker (serger) and hemmed using a twin needle on my normal machine.


And I think that is about all, I have to say about that, other than ‘watch this space’ …I definitely will make making more PJs this Winter! Especially, when I have a model who is THIS AWESOME!

PJ dancing

I mean, how could I deprive the world of THIS?!?

Isabelle funny faces

Jen x

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Isabelle Sleeps Anywhere

I recently captured some funny photos of Isabelle sleeping, she stopped her day sleeps about a year ago - but often after a busy morning I’ll find her curled up somewhere. This girl plays (and works hard) and crashes quickly too.  I was browsing through old portrait project blog posts and realised that  (1) this is a bit of a theme and (2) I really needed a blog post dedicated to Isabelle’s sleeping photos. I’m hoping I can capture some more and that there can be a second instalment sometime in the future! We’ll see.

(In case you’re wondering, the more recent photos are at the top, with the oldest (and my personal favourite) down the bottom – my the girl has grown!)

As I’m sure you’ll be able to tell, I’ve taken creative liberties about a certain poem (originally about cats)


Isabelle sleeps anywhere, any table, any chair…


Favourite blankie, leg through ladder…

Face paint on? It doesn’t matter!

On the couch as cute as can be…

…or atop her bed, a la ‘princess and the pea’

Often with thumb in mouth, and you can be sure…

…She’ll even sleep against Nana’s door!


Have you got any funny photos of your kid’s sleeping? Please share!

Jen x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Pipi’s Animal Party

On Saturday our little Pipi Grace turned two. (I can’t quite believe it was two whole years ago that this happened!)

We celebrated with a little animal party with family and some of her little friends. It was heaps of fun.

A very talented friend who is a whiz with a camera, snapped off some photos for us, the first 10 photos were taken by him. (Thanks Reuben!)


My sister in law, Lish made some awesome animal themed food. (Check out the egg/ chicks and pig mallows above!) My other favourite item she made was bananas that looked like dolphins! She is so clever!

I made the cake, a simple vanilla/ butter cake that I iced in the only way that I know how: ‘rustic’ – fortunately, cute animals wearing party hats redeems even the most rustic looking cake!

I was really impressed with how so many people dressed up, even a few of the adults. Noah wore his shark hoodie that I made during kid’s clothes week, Isabelle and I were leopards (with ears and tails made of fabric left over from this) and Pipi was a ladybird thanks to a cute and cheap hoodie from Kmart. (I had grand plans of sewing her a panda hoodie or something, but sometimes when you have a lot on you have to choose sanity over sewing!)

The little party hats were free printables from Caravan Shoppe (seriously there are sooo many cute things on that site); and the leopard balloons were from Sweet Pea Parties.

Pipi turning two also marked another milestone. That night after her party she spent her first night in her big girl bed. But I think that deserves it’s own blog post. Sometime.

Now I just can’t wait to get some of these pics printed!

Jen x

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Big Little ‘Tree Climbing Pants’ Pattern Launch

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A wee while ago I tested the Tree Climbing Pants pattern for Lisa of Big Little, a few things (including the birth of Lisa’s gorgeous little boy) slightly delayed the release of this pattern, but I am very excited that it’s available now and I can finally share these little shorts with you.

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This pattern is SO versatile. First of all, it's unisex AND the size range is from 6 months through to 12 years! It also includes 3 length options (shorts, knee length and 3/4 length) and other optional extras such as back pockets, side pockets and you can use elastic in the leg as I did or not.

It's a super fast sew too, perfect for beginners!

For my shorts I choose the short option with elastic in the leg which I sewed in for a ruffle effect and added little bows to the edges.

I think at this point I need to acknowledge just how cute my daughter is, right? But what would any photo shoot be with out an out take?


Classic Isabelle!

Anyway, make sure you snap up this super versatile pattern! It's on sale for $4.85 USD for a very limited time, so grab it now to save yourself some money!

Jenny x

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Bow Back Beauty Blog Hop

Today I’m joining in with the Little Kiwi's Closet Bow Back Beauty Blog Hop.

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It’s no secret that I love Little Kiwi's Closet Patterns. But really, this pattern is beautiful.
I do love my little girl in a peplum top, but the really beauty in this design is the bow design at the back!


The Bow Back Beauty is an extremely versatile pattern. The size range is from Newborn – 12 years and can be made as a onesie (in sizes NB – 4 years), a peplum top (either with the peplum beginning at the natural waist, as I've done - or lower on the hip), a high low top or a dress! Of course there are 3 sleeve options too (sleeveless, short sleeved and long sleeved) and you can also omit the bow and leave the back plain if you wish.

Apart from the bow, the key features of the design are the envelope neck and pretty binding. The envelope neck is both practical (especially when dealing with big headed babies) and beautiful and binding method is not one I've used before, but I really love the finish... and it's easy too - Lydia steps you right through it in the tutorial.

For my version I made a peplum top (on the natural waist) with short sleeves in size 4 for my little 4 year old. The pattern is designed to be fitting and I think the fit is spot on! I used a re-purposed adults T-shirt  for the bodice and sleeves. Despite looking black and white stripe in the pics I can assure you it's navy... and there a little lines of gold through the stripes too as you can see in the last pic above. I paired this with some lovely drapey floral knit I can in my stash and I love it! Stripes and floral are such a classic combo!

Make sure you snap up a copy of this pattern OR enter to win you own copy below... and make sure you check out the other bloggers part of this blog hop - see schedule at the end of this post.

Jen x
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Friday, 24 April 2015

KCW Day 6: Shark Hoodie

Duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun... duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn dunnnn … (In case you didn’t quite catch that, that’s just me doing the famous Jaw’s theme song.)

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Anywho, for day 6 of Kid's Clothes Week I made Noah a shark hoodie and so happy with it! I’m glad I can end my KCW on a sewing high after yesterday's less satisfying sew“Ummm, Jenny” – I hear you saying… “you do realise that there’s one more day to sew tomorrow?” Well not for me there’s not! We are going away for the weekend leaving today and I can’t wait. And as much as I’ve enjoyed KCW, I’ll be enjoying a bit of time away from my sewing machine too.

Truth be told I made most of this last night. (Please don’t tell on me!)

This was a pretty quick sew.

Once again I used the Streetsmart Sweatshirt Collection pattern by Little Kiwis Closet (size 6). I have completely lost count of how many times I’ve made this pattern now, and if I was to hazard a guess I’d say I’d probably have made more than 20, possibly closer to 30 tops using this pattern. (I will count them up and get back to you!) This is the 4th time I’ve used it this KCW – twice using it to make sweaters with out hoods (crewnecks?); and on day 1 I altered it to make a dress. This is the first time this KCW that I’ve made the hooded style.

For the shark teeth I looked around for white fabric to use and found that I had some scraps of white coated curtain fabric that I’d used to line these fabric baskets. This was perfect because the weight and stiffness of the fabric meant I didn’t need to stabilise the teeth with interfacing or anything, as I’d originally thought I’d have to. (No-one wants floppy shark’s teeth.) I didn’t use a template or anything, I just started cutting a long strip of teeth through 2 layers of fabric (zig zags on one side and flat on the side which end up sandwiched between the outer and lining of the hood.) I sewed the 2 layers of teeth together along the zig zags and was intending turning them out , but realised that this would be a bit fiddly, involving clip corners, topstitching and what not. Fortunately it looked good as is, and the curtain fabric doesn’t fray so I left them as they were. I then followed the hoodie pattern instructions and sewed the teeth in when joining the hood outer and lining.

The light grey sweat shirting is from Levana, the black ribbing from Spotlight and the fabric lining the hood is a lightweight knit from Girl Charlee.

I was thinking of adding a pocket or some eyes, but decided to keep it simple, and let the main focus be on the teeth. I was thinking of keeping it simple, but when your son wakes you up super excited asking you to add a ‘teeth pocket’ how could you refuse? He loves this hoodie so much, which makes me love it more!

This is by no means an original idea, there are many different versions on Pinterest; but after a quick browse I’m of the firm view that shark hoodies lot much better on little kids, rather than say, adults or dogs.




Hmmm… trust Pinterest!

Anyway no time for modelled pics or fancy collages we are away for the weekend!


Jen x

KCW Day 5: Cheetah Patch Pants

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To be honest this was the project I struggled the most with this Kids Clothes Week – it was one of those projects that should be a really quick sew with good results, but it didn’t really end up that way… And the photos make it look better than it is.

I used my old standby leggings pattern from the book 'Growing Up Sew Liberated' and the fabric was repurposed T-shirts. The sew took around an hour, so not that long – but it feels like most of that time was spent fidgeting with the appliques/ cheetah patches that my machine was so determined to eat. (I must have been feeling over confident after such a good applique experience the other day. Although that involved appliqueing woven onto a nice thick sweat shirting, whereas this involved 2 thin knits = recipe for disaster!)

Ah well, they turned out OK… and although they are currently a little below Isabelle’s knees, these leggings are quite long (there’s an inch or so folded under) so I think they will look better as she grows! I definitely could have done worse, at least I didn’t sew them onto the the back of the leggings!

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The fact of the matter is, the best thing about these pants is that they are modelled by Isabelle. That girl can make anything look good. She was a little ‘wild thing’ today though, non-blurry photos were hard to come by. I took these photos right after picking her up from Kindy when she was hyped up from making cardboard robots, feet dirty from the Kindy garden and hair sticky from eating a very juicy pineapple!

We are going away this weekend, so I wont quite finish out the whole challenge. However I’m hoping I’ll have time to finish and share one last project with you tomorrow and hopefully I can finish the week of sewing on a high.

And now I leave you with a couple of photos that I’ve already used, because like I said: non-blurry photos were hard to come by today!

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Also, while I’m in the mood for confessing things, is it bad that I had to google what the difference between a Cheetah and Leopard is … because I couldn’t remember?

Have you had any sewing projects that haven’t gone quite to plan recently?

Jen x

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