Monday, 30 March 2015

Handmade Baby Gifts

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Sorry for my unscheduled blog break, it’s unintentional I assure you! Life has just been pretty busy. Busy with just the day to day stuff that comes with keeping 3 little people (and one husband) fed, watered and happy and healthy, oh, and I watched a lot of the Cricket World Cup. (Well done Black Caps we’re proud of you even though you didn’t take home the title!)

Also, there are a couple of other exciting things going on behind the scenes here at M&MN HQ which are keeping me busy (and no I’m not pregnant! haha!) Hopefully I’ll be able to share these behind the scenes developments with you soon, but until then I’ll just have to leave you hanging!

Despite not blogging much in the month of March, I have still been sewing things… although not as much as I have planned, but I’ve still been taking time to potter away on my machine when I get a spare minute or two. This outgoing month has pretty much been the month of sewing baby gifts. The top gift was actually an order that one of Isabelle’s kindy teachers asked (and paid) me to make for a baby shower she was attending and the bottom two are for two friends that have recently had babies. All the patterns I used were (co-incidentally) Little Kiwi's Closet patterns. I made 3 pairs of hip hop harems (all 0-3 month size) and a long sleeved top using the 4 seasons tank and tee pattern (top picture, also 0-3 months size) and a polar bear peekaboopocket mix and match outerwear vest (3-6 months).

I also have two more baby gifts in the works – one is almost finished and another is only in concept form in my head (but that counts right?) I was intending on waiting to finish and photograph these before I wrote this post, but I think that will have to be ‘Handmade Baby Gifts, Part 2’ … or else this post might never get written! 

What are sewing? Are you joining in with Kids Clothes Week in a few weeks time?

Jenny x

Monday, 9 March 2015

‘Wild Things’: KCW Inspiration

I was extremely gutted to miss the last Kids Clothes Week challenge, we were busy and had family visiting. I think the reason I was most gutted; (apart from the fact that I think it was the first KCW I hadn’t joined in with to some degree in 3(?) years) was because the theme was so cool! It was upcycling, and we all know how much I love upcycling!!

So, just when I thought that theme couldn’t be topped, the good people at Kids Clothes Week announced the theme for the up-coming season: “Wild Things” … um are they picking the themes tailor made for me???


A cursory glance at my Pinterest boards, particularly 'Little Girl Style' and 'Noah Style' will show you that I have a penchant for: yellow, grey, pastels, a touch of monochrome, stripes and polka dots, floral (especially Liberty) …. AND quirky animal-themed clothing!

Here’s just a small selection of the animal themed clothing from those 2 Pinterest boards (see the boards for source links.)

Sewing Inspiration

I realise now that about 80% of the animal themed clothing I’ve pinned has cats on it, so I guess I have a subconscious obsession with all things feline! (#closetcatlady) … also, I guess cats aren’t exactly ‘wild’ animals … so I’m not sure if domestic animals come within the theme – but who cares… I’d claim it!

There are so many ways this theme could be interpreted. On the most basic level you could use fabric with an animals printed on it (like Pipi's Bambi vest or Isabelle's Budgie Dress), leopard print, you could applique or embroider an animal on your garment (similar to the rabbit on the yellow pinafore above); OR you could go all out and make your child actually look like an animal! There are varying degrees of that last option as well – ranging from something subtle  like Isabelle's Owl Sweatshit (below) to full blow animal costume!











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Speaking of full costume, it just so happens that not too long ago I purchased a copy of Molly Goodall’s book  'Wild Things' to Sew and Wear  from Book Depository. I haven’t sewn anything in it yet, but I am tempted to make something in it for KCW… maybe the racoon vest or bumblebee rain jacket!

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See, I told you this theme was tailor made for me!

Are you sewing along this time? (You’ve got time to plan, it’s not until 20 April) How would you interpret the theme?

Jen x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Monochrome Fabric Baskets

My poor boy-child shares his room with his little sister. He loves sharing a room with her for the most part (I often find them snuggled in on the same bed together); but I do feel for him in that the room is quite girly. The colour pink is like food colouring, a little bit goes a long way!

Noah doesn’t seem to care (yet), but I have tried recently to add some more boyish touches to the room. The eventual plan is that the two girls will share and he will likely have his own room in the future, I’m not sure how exactly he’ll want to decorate that, so for now I’m embracing the monochrome theme; because monochrome goes with anything!

A couple of weeks ago I made him these 2 fabric storage baskets. The fabric is a thicker weight cotton duck from Spotlight and is lined with with white, coated curtain fabric remnants. I didn’t follow a tutorial per sae, but drew on a bit of high school maths to work out the circumference of the circles bases and therefore the width of fabric I needed. Who knew ‘Circumference = Pi x diameter’ would come in handy in the ‘real’ world?

Because both the lining and the outer fabrics are quite thick combined with the fact that I’d run out; I decided to forgo interfacing – which was perhaps a bit of a mistake. The baskets are definitely on the ‘slouchy’ side! However, that doesn’t seem to matter – they seem to hold bats and balls and other boyish paraphernalia quite well!


Other boyish things I have collected include: Maiko Nagao Print found at Collected, Needle & Nail Wooden Fishing Rod (a birthday gift from Nana & Grandad) and Tinch Restickable Drawer Organisers (which I like to morph into one word ‘draworganisers’)

I have a few other things in mind to sew for Noah’s room so watch this space!

What have you been sewing lately? Have you found yourself using Math in sewing much before?

Jen x