Monday, 23 February 2015

Snippets of Summer

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We enjoyed some great Summer holidays, got away for a fun family camp, have had a few visits from family, and now we’re firmly back in the grasp of the school (and Kindy) routine. In true Jenny style I managed to forgo photographing our holiday, family visits and pretty much anything else really of note, but I did manage to pull my camera out on those quiet / ‘ordinary’ at home moments – moments of sibling love, backyard paddling, a back-to-school-Mum-done hair cut, Lego play, and some special Mother-daughter cookie baking and eating time. I just love those ordinarily extra-ordinary moments with my kids, and my childhood memories consist of many of the same things.

As this blog has grown it’s become more and more of a place to share ‘things I’ve sewn’; but I always love sharing snippets of everyday life with my kids. It’s great to reflect back on my sewing projects and developing skills but I love to use this blog to document the growth of my kids too! So, you can expect more ‘Snippets of the Everyday’ here in 2015.

I just have to remember to wipe off that cookie dough and grab the camera!

x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

LKC Fancy Flounce Skirt

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OK, true confession time; I’m not normally overly into frills and ruffles. Normally, I’m more of a less is more kinda girl. But I really do have to make an exception for Lydia of Little Kiwi's Closet’s latest triumph in pattern design – the Fancy Flounce Skirt.

I’ve just finished testing this newly launched pattern and despite the fact that it is very fancy and flouncy, it isn’t OTT. It’s perfect. Perfect for a tea party or a good bounce on the tramp, as demonstrated by my very active model!

This pattern ranges from 6-12 months size all the way through to 12 years and looks great on all. I love how the 2 year old size I made for Pipi looks so darling with it’s lace and light pink knit flounces and vintage floral lining; yet on a tween in different fabrics it almost looks like a different skirt, with the cascade of the flounces even more obvious. I really enjoyed seeing some of the other testers photos, everyone did such a great job – click through to the pattern to see what I mean!

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As Lydia puts it, this skirt definitely is a ‘labour of love’ – (well mainly just the cutting out and rolling the hems of the flounces); but it is most definitely worth it. I found the construction of it fascinating and unlike anything I’ve made before. So quite enjoyable really. Because of the rolled hems this is a pattern that you do need a serger/ overlocker in order to make it.

Apart from the end result, which I’m just so happy with, probably my other favourite part of the pattern was that I didn’t have to print too many pages off! I LOVE PDF patterns, but one thing I like least about them is printing screeds of paper (grrrr expensive printer ink) and all the taping and cutting of pattern pieces! However with this pattern and making the size 2 I only had to print 4 pages (I don’t print the tutorial out to save paper). Lydia also helpfully includes a little guide near the beginning of the tutorial telling which pattern piece pages you need to print out depending on which size you are doing! So helpful! This might not sound like a big thing, but if you’re experienced with PDF patterns, I know you understand where I’m coming from!

So, yeah I love my little fancy flounce skirt… in fact I would go so far to say that I’m frilled with it (sorry couldn’t help myself!) Make sure you grab your own copy of this pattern while it is on sale! (An already applied 15% discount is available for a limited time!)

Happy Sewing!

Jen x

Monday, 16 February 2015

Flower Boots–a new pattern by Big Little

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I’ve recently tested another pattern for Lisa of Big Little. This time it was Lisa’s beautifully cosy Flower boots pattern (available in both Baby and Children-Youth sizes). The size I made was children’s size 8 (for Isabelle) in grey wool with Liberty of London lining. The sole is a black swede and they have elastic around the back of the ankle to stay on little wiggly feet.

The Baby sized pattern includes 5 sizes from 0-3 months through to 12-18+ months and the Children-Youth sized pattern includes 12 (!) sizes; Children's sizes 6-13 and Youth 1-4. Both of these patterns are currently 30% off at the special price of $5 (USD) each for a limited time, so get in quick!

These are a pretty easy sew and as always Lisa does a great job of simplifying each step with her clear instructions. I enjoyed making the flowers especially and have plans to embellish a few other things with them – maybe I’ll make the girls some hair clips, brooches with them. My flowers look a little different than Lisa’s and some of the other testers, I think because I used a very lightweight wool. I still like them, but next time I make this pattern I think I’ll try a thicker wool! Good thing I have a few woollen blankets to recycle!

Thanks Lisa, for producing another quality sewing pattern!

Jen x

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