Thursday, 24 July 2014

KCW Day 5: Sunny Day Shorts and a Tank for Noah

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Today is day 5 of Kids Clothes Week and I did some more Summer sewing for Noah.

I have previously made Noah some tanks and shorts, but today was my first time using the the Sunny Day Shorts pattern - (a free one from Oliver & S). It seemed quite timely to be sewing “sunny day shorts”  because the sun was streaming through the windows in my sewing room, despite it being the the middle of Winter here. I sewed the size 5 years and added pockets using Dana from MADE's pocket pattern. I really loved how these shorts turned out and really like the length they are on Noah. My preference for him is shorts that sit above the knee, so these are great.

For fabric, I really couldn’t tell you what the composition of the blue fabric is. I scored this and a whole lot of vintage fabric from my friend’s grandma a while back (thanks Kirsten!) The grey and white chevron is quilting cotton I got from Spotlight for this. I think pockets are a great way to use up pretty scraps.

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For the tank I used The Blank Tank from Melly Sews/ Blank Slate Patterns. It’s one I’ve made a few times now, and it’s a wonderfully quick sew.

All the fabric I used for it is re-purposed adult tees from the op shop. The pocket is a scrap of the tee that I used when making this tee. The only change I made to the pattern is I didn’t use a curved hem. As I was cheating re-using the hem from the existing tee I straightened out the curve. The shorts took a bit longer as I was fluffing around with the pockets and familiarising myself with the pattern, but I can honestly say that the tank was a 30 minute sew, if that!

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I am planning making Noah a few more of these tanks and shorts, heaps of different fabric combinations kept jumping out at me – but you can’t sew them all!

P.S. Note the old sparkler on the ground on the left behind Noah in that last pic? Guess what we did last night?

Be sure to stop back here tomorrow for day 6 … Noah and Pipi now have two outfits each, I think it’s Isabelle’s turn again!

For the rest of my makings this KCW, go here

Jenny x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

KCW Day 4: Liberty Bloomers & Knit Peasant Top

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Today my  Kid's Clothes Week contribution is brought to you by the letters C and F. ‘C’ for crazy as that is what I must be for setting myself up for another attempt to get this wriggly baby to model my makings and ‘F’ for free patterns, fast sewing and fun fabric.

Both items today were made using free patterns. For the bloomers I used this pattern from See Kate Sew and once again I used this peasant top pattern (except of course I made a top not a dress). The other change I made was that I used knit fabric (really light weight stuff that I picked up from the op shop.) Because it’s knit (and doesn’t fray) I didn’t bother hemming the sleeves and bottom of the top. (I usually do hem knit because I prefer that finish, but due to the light weight fabric and flowy-ness of the top I think it works well here.) So both items were really fast.

This little outfit reminds me of this dress. I used a lot of the beautiful Liberty on that dress so it was good to be able to use some of the remaining scraps on this.

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Oh those toes!

For the rest of my makings this KCW, go here

Jen x

Also joining in with Show & Tell

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

KCW Day 3: Nani Iro Bubble Shorts & “Hello” Tee

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Oh HELLO there! (get it?) Today is day 3 of Kid's Clothes Week and I made another pair of Elegance and Elephants Bubble Shorts – this time using super delicious double gauze Nani Iro fabric from Miss Matatabi. I loved the other pair of shorts I made, but this pair has now edged them out of the favourites spot. It’s the fabric that does it. This beautiful Japanese fabric makes me want to take up watercolour painting, pick wildflowers and buy more of it all at the same time.

These photos really do not do this gorgeous fabric justice…

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I made the size 18m/2T for Pipi who is currently coming up 15 months. I wanted them to be nice and roomy on her because I made them for Summer (it’s Winter here at the moment!)

The “Hello” top was a bit of a happy accident. The spotty fabric is a re-purposed adult tee from the op shop, I re-used this freezer paper stencil I'd already made, with gold fabric paint and had intended using bright floral sleeves, but then decided to tie it with the shorts more with a pop of neon on the cuff. Once again I used the Acadia raglan tee pattern from Mamastello, which doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

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Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how difficult it is to take photos of a wriggly baby modelling clothes?

Pipi spent the bulk of this ‘photo shoot’ determined to remove the hair tie from her hair!

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Got it!

… And then she tried to put it back in again! Babies!

Are you joining in with Kid's Clothes Week? Whatcha making?

For the rest of makings this KCW, go here

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Monday, 21 July 2014

KCW day 2: Cat Sweater & Stripey Pocket Tee

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Today for day 2 of Kid's Clothes Week I made Noah a tee and a cat sweater. I love both, but the cat sweater is my favourite! I just love the fabric! It’s a loopback knit from here and I reckon that the little cat faces kind of look hand drawn … so at push means I’m kinda sorta following the kid’s art theme… right? (Well I’m claiming it!)

The pattern I used is The Street smart Sweatshirt Collection by Little Kiwi's Closet – obviously I used the plain, hoodless version. This pattern is just a fast and easy sew.

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For the tee I used my tried and true raglan tee pattern, the Acadia tee by Mamastello – (however the link doesn’t seem to be available at the moment). The fabric is a mix of old upcycled ops shop tees (the main body and pocket) and the triangle fabric on the sleeves is from Girl Charlee.

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I’m really enjoying this KCW and am looking forward to day 3, so much so that I might jump back on my machine and get a head start tonight… after My Kitchen Rules, of course!

What creative pursuit are you busy with at the moment?

Jen x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

KCW Day 1: Chambray Shorts & Liberty Top

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Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this day for a little while (I’m such a sewing geek!) It’s the first day of Kid's Clothes Week.

I’m reasonably organised this time around with a few things cut out all ready and a general plan of what I want to make. But I do like a bit of spontaneity too – I seem to create better that way. So today, instead of sewing for Noah like I’d originally planned, I decided to sew for Isabelle instead (besides I already had the right colour of thread in my sewing machine.

I sewed these little shorts using chambray in my stash using the Elegance and Elephants Bubble Shorts pattern. I’ve owned this pattern for a while but it’s the first time I’ve tried it (actually I cut this pair in size 3/4T over 6 months ago! So it was good to finally get them made!) The Liberty fabric in the waistband and tie as well as the top was purchased from here. The pattern and tutorial for the peasant top is a free one from this blog. I made the size 4/6 which is quite roomy and floaty, but will be perfect for Summer – it’s currently Winter here in the Southern Hemisphere.

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My little girl was a trouper modelling this outfit for me, despite the polar blast we’ve had here recently … but sewing these Summer clothes is making me dream of our Summer to come!

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I can’t wait until day 2! You can expect lots of stripes, spots, more floral and a bit of upcycling from me!

Are you joining in with KCW or sewing something else? Leave me a link if you’re a fellow blogger!

Jenny x

{Sewn} Hip Hop Harems

So… yeah, I’ve been doing more pattern testing for Little Kiwi's Closet. This time testing Lydia’s brand new Hip Hop Harem Pants pattern. Once again Lydia has produced an awesome and versatile pattern (unisex, sizes 0-6 year and can be made using knit or woven fabrics). Another great thing about this pattern is it is such a quick sew (literally about 20 or so minutes) … I guess that is why I went a bit crazy and made more than I was officially testing!

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I think the photos basically speak for themselves. I think they also my kids’ personalities quite well. They chose the poses/ styling of the photos themselves. Gotta love the tongues!

The last couple of photos show a baby shower present that I made. The harems pictured here are size 0-3months and I made the little bunny using this free tutorial I found on Pinterest.

… Next up on the sewing front is KCW and I have HEAPS of stuff planned – perhaps on the slightly over ambitious side of things, but I’m going to have a lot of fun! You can expect to see a lot of stripes, spots, chambray and florals from me!

Are you joining in? Comment with a link and I’ll follow/ blog stalk you!

Jen x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Fun with Glow Paint

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Way back ages ago (end of April/beginning of May), my lovely sister Holly visited us and being the super fun Auntie that she is, she bought a few treats for the kids, including this glow paint. Holly said “I’d rather bring things I can do with the kids, rather than just presents” – so she brought this glow paint (which she’d actually shipped from America for this very purpose!) And we had a fun day painting firefly jars and other glow in the dark things.

Holly left the rest of the paint with us and the other morning Noah came into our room when it was still dark and had dressed in a T-shirt that he’d worn when painting that day. It must have gotten some teeny tiny paint splatters on it because he was glowing! I checked the paint and said it was fabric paint too … so this gave me an idea …

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I picked up this woollen top from the op shop for Noah recently, and with the help of a freezer paper stencil and some yellow glow paint, he now has a glow in the dark top!

The kids and I also made a good night sign in the holidays which now resides by Noah’s bed … I also have plans to make him some glow in the dark PJs!

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Thanks for the glow paint, Auntie Holly!

Have you done anything with glow paint? Got any ideas on how I can use what I have left?

Jen x