Monday, 28 July 2014

Kid’s Clothes Week Wrap up

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So… I’m milking the Kid's Clothes Week thing with another blog post! But seriously, I’ve really enjoyed this one. I sewed 13 items this time, I think!

I really enjoyed seeing what everyone else made too! While I didn’t really follow the ‘Kid’s Art’ theme, some of my favourite projects from other makers did … Here are 3 of my faves (the links to their blog posts are below the images.)

Watercolour dress by You & Mie  /  You are my Sunshine Skirt by Little Indie Tribe  /  Seersucker Skinnies by Brienne

Thank you once again for following along and encouraging me with my sewing.

Now I’m simultaneously destashing and cleaning my sewing space, while planning and dreaming of new fabric for a spot of long overdue ‘selfish sewing’ for me!

For the rest of my makings this KCW, go here

Jenny x

Back tomorrow to catch up on the portrait project!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

KCW Day 7: (More) Cat Sweatshirts

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Well here we are, it’s the end of another Kid's Clothes Week. I’ve really enjoyed it but I’m glad it’s come to an end.

Now that it’s all over I plan to clean my sewing space, have a wee bit a of a de-stash – and then, when the dust settles, embark on some sewing for me!

Thank you for all your support during this KCW. I’ve had some lovely comments and messages from friends, other sewers and bloggers and other KCW participants. I’ve felt quite proud of what I’ve achieved – but also a little embarrassed of my sewing geekery/ obsession! It’s a weird combination.

My husband was away for the first half of the week, and I felt like I needed to apologise to him every time I stepped away to sew… “It’s the second to last day” … “I don’t normally sew this much” … But he seemed unfazed and very supportive -  even yesterday saying: “Do you need some more fabric? Shall we go to Spotlight?” “You don’t want all your projects to look the same because you’re using the same fabric!” – He obviously hasn’t seen the exploding stash in my sewing room!

On the topic of using the same fabric – this is exactly what I’ve done today. But when it’s gorgeous cat fabric (bought from here); exceptions can be made, right? Besides, these sweatshirts aren’t for my kids they are for a little friend of ours. (I sewed 2 days each for my kids, I thought it fitting the last day be for someone else).


Once again the pattern I used the brilliant The Street smart Sweatshirt Collection by Little Kiwi's Closet. This time in a size 2years.

And once again (like yesterday) I was racing daylight to get it finished in time and photographed … The actual sewing took 1 hour total but the tracing the pattern, cutting them out and general phaffing about took a little longer! Due to the hurried taking of these pics please excuse the loose thread hanging out of the sleeve in that last pic – you can’t take your eyes off it now, right?

For the cat pocket sweatshirt, the grey fabric is from a whole pile of grey sweat shirting I picked from the op shop the other day for next to nothing and the red check is from Spotlight.

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m going have a nice cup of tea and a lie down now (and some dark Ghana peppermint chocolate).

For the rest of my makings this KCW, go here

Jenny x

Friday, 25 July 2014

KCW Day 6: Budgie Dress

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As much as I have enjoyed making my little girls little floaty tops and shorts made out of beautiful woven fabrics such as double gauze and chambray, there really is nothing better for little girls in Summer than a simple knit dress. Well that’s my opinion, anyway.

It’s no secret that I have a love with knit fabric in general – it’s fast to sew, the fit is forgiving and it’s so easy to wash and wear, so when you take that fabric, add a quirky budgie print and use it to make a little knit dress – it’s perfection in my books!

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For a pattern I had a flash of genius/ laziness when I looked at the The Blank Tank pattern pieces that I still had out from yesterday … I decided to make this dress using that pattern but adapted it by obviously lengthening it, adding the elastic casing around the middle and also adding ruffle sleeves by following this tutorial . Speaking of that blog (You & Mie) did you see what Cherie made for KCW? Um WOW! (Definitely check it out if you haven’t already!)

I’m very happy with how my pattern adaptation worked out. I will definitely make more dresses like this and perhaps also make the girls tanks with ruffle/ flutter sleeves.


I faced a bit of a race against daylight to get my sewing finished and photos done in time, but I managed just… My poor little tired model co-operated in the end too after the bribe of cheese was offered (her favourite thing.) She’d been at a birthday party all afternoon and was all tuckered out!


Phew… I have to say, I’m feeling wee bit tuckered out myself! One last day of sewing tomorrow!

For the rest of my makings this KCW, go here

Jenny x

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.


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!


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.


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!

Pipi and her hair tie

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


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