Sunday, 26 April 2015

wrapping up kids clothes week

Wow, it's been a big week. I am t.i.r.e.d. I've never done a Kids Clothes Week before, but it's actually been a lot of fun. I even managed to get quite a bit done.

These are the last things I made in the week. Two little pairs of corduroy overalls for my baby boy. I love overalls on little toddling boys. Especially as they pick up their toy cars and their building blocks. They're just so cute.

I've made this pattern so many times now I've actually lost count. It's Burda 9772, although I do change it up a bit. Pockets are always fun to add (to put trains and other goodies in) along with some cute trim up the top.

I tend to get a bit snap happy with it, with my mega industrial snap press. I reckon the more snaps the merrier! So they're all the way up the legs, to make nappy changes easier. There are also some adjustable snaps on the braces, so you can let them down as they grow.

They're really soft and warm for wintertime and my little boy loves to point to the "choo choos" on the front.

It's been a fun week, although I did sew for more than an hour a day. Sometimes when I start doing something I find it hard to put down. I really didn't manage to follow along with the "Wild" theme of the week, but I did get things made that my children needed. What's not to be happy about that?

So that's my KCW done and dusted. Yawwwwn! 

I am really looking forward to an early night to bed tonight, to get a bit of shut eye!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

oliver + s puppet show dress

Oh the puppet show, quite possibly my very favourite Oliver + S pattern ever!

The one that started my love affair with O+S patterns. I spent a few months trying to track down this paper pattern when my little girl was first born, and I am so pleased I did. I really adore this design so much. It looks so cute on little girls and on little babies.

I loved this one I made a few years ago, so much.

This new puppet show has been a labour of love. I'm not going to lie, it took a bit of time. I have been working on it throughout the whole of Kids Clothes Week, while working on other things. I definitely sewed for more than the recommended 1 hour per day! I'm really pleased to have it finished. It's a special occasion puppet show for an upcoming party.

This is made in a size 4 and is a perfect fit for her at the moment. I did lengthen it by about 2 inches. She's a tall one my girl.

I was pretty inspired by the Frances Suzanne version I spotted here. I swoon over everything they make. Ahh the piping and liberty. So, so pretty!

My version was made up using some broderie anglaise (eyelet style) fabric that I bought years ago. I made my own piping, with some Sarah Jane fabric. I even made my own piping cord (a total first for me), out of some cotton string I had on hand and I was amazed when it actually worked out OK. I used this method here, and I would totally do it again if I was making piping. I always have cheap $1 balls of cotton string on hand, so it's pretty much perfect.

The broderie anglaise was a bit of a bear to work with. Totally sheer and needed to be underlined. I used a cotton voile in an ivory colour to underline the whole dress. I basted the two fabrics together before sewing and sewed them as one fabric. It was pretty slippery and the fabrics moved a bit, but I got there in the end.  I used the Sarah Jane fabric again for the bodice lining and hem facings.  

The pink buttons were added as a pretty pop of colour, so my daughter would actually want to wear the dress. She was a little uncertain until the buttons went on, but once she saw those, she was completely won over. Thank goodness for pink buttons. It was looking a little hairy there for a while.

So what's in the inside of the dress like?

Previously when I've made this pattern, I machine stitched and top stitched the whole thing. This time I took the opposite approach. All of the linings and hem facing were sewn in by hand.

I'm pleased with the end result, although I expect it to stay clean for exactly 2 seconds. Hopefully I'll get at least one photo of her in it before it's covered in cake!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

just keep sewing... just keep sewing...

If you don't hear from me soon, someone might need to send in the search party. I'm up to my neck in fabric... sew, sew, sewing.

Must come up for air soon.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Kids Clothes Week- DAYS 2 and 3

Second verse, same as the first.

OK it might not be the most exciting thing to see, but I've been sewing more of the same. My daughter really likes this style of dress, and they're so cute on, so it was easy to sew a couple more up. These are just some warm, every day dresses for her to wear.

I didn't get much time for pictures of these, because she couldn't wait to put one on. So far a sewing success!

All of these are made from corduroy bought from spotlight. The patterned cords are a few years old- the red bird print one ran dye like crazy when I prewashed it. It's so pretty though that I might just forgive it. I really hope it doesn't run too much more though.

I love the little bird print too. I've been sitting on these cords for a while, so it feels nice to finally sew them up.

I really wish spotlight had some new patterned corduroys coming out. My spottie was absolutely bare last time I was in! It made me quite sad. I go through corduroy so fast for winter clothes it's a bit crazy. If you see any new stock or great ones please let me know. I'll be keeping my eye out.

Sheesh, I am having a bit of trouble stringing words together today. Truth is I'm already tired. Yep, only day 3 and I'm starting to feel those late nights sewing already. But I have so much more planned. Can't stop just yet...

Oh, and just one last shot of my camellia hedge. It's going off at the moment. Isn't it lovely?

Monday, 20 April 2015

Kids Clothes Week sewing- DAY 1

So I've finally done it. I signed up to KCW (Kids Clothes Week)!

Thanks McStitch (aka Shelley) for inspiring me to get my butt into gear and finally join up. I've never done one of these before, but the whole idea is that you spend an hour a day for a week sewing some clothing for your children. I'm hoping I can manage that. Perhaps you'll find me at midnight buried under a pile of fabric, trying to wade my way to freedom. Or perhaps I'll breeze through. Well it's a nice thought anyway.

Usually my clothing sewing is done in a mad rush right before the kids need it. What's so different about a mad rush of a week. Let's get this party started!

I thought I'd take the week as an opportunity to get some more of the winter clothes sorted out. My little girl has asked for "More dresses please Mummy". I couldn't resist pulling this pattern out again. New Look 6016.

If you've been following my flickr stream for a while, you might have a bit of deja vu with this dress. It was such a favourite, when my girl was little. I made it a lot of times!

It's just perfect over a long sleeved top and leggings/tights for the colder months.

Sadly, this will probably be the last time my little girl can wear this pattern. This dress is made in the size 4, the largest sizing in the packet. Why do they grow so quickly?

I love the round neck on this pattern, and I adore the pleats. I sew them further than the pattern tells you to because I just love pleats. Pleats and corduroy must be two of my favourite things.

The little matryoshka doll is just appliqued on with a blanket stitch.

I may have to make a couple more of these before we adieu this pattern. It would only be right to send it out the way it came in!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

a duet

Are the school holidays really over? I'm feeling a bit sad about that really.

These holidays I've been teaching my 6 year old son to play a duet on the piano. This is just a small section of it. We've had such a lot of fun.

Ahh, I guess it's time to go iron those uniforms and get back to the grind. At least it's raining on my garden tonight!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

having fun with eggs

Oh we've been having a lot of fun with eggs this week!

I know I'm a little late to the egg decorating party, but luckily enough my kids don't seem to mind. We got there eventually.

These were some egg kits we were gifted for easter and they gave us quite a few hours worth of fun.

From the boiling to the dyeing, to the decorating and, of course, the all important admiring it was loads of entertainment for the school holidays.

I think we'll definitely have another go at them next year!

Don't they look a bit like jewels?

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

new winter jammies

Autumn has officially landed in these parts. The nights are getting a bit chilly, although still not cold enough to light the fire just yet. Which is quite fortunate really, because the firewood task is still sitting on the to do list!

But definitely cold enough to bring out the flannel pyjamas. I started to dig out last years pjs when I realised my littlest boy was in baby jumpsuits last winter. He's outgrown everything! Which means new winter jammies were in order.

I found the gorgeous little fox print in spotlight when they had 30% off printed flannelettes. I bought the last 80cm or so that was on the bolt, which was just enough for these little cuties. Look at that little fella, isn't he just too sweet?

For the the top pattern, I busted out the Oliver + S field trip raglan t-shirt. I think this is it in a size 2. I had a bit of an oopsie and accidentally made the neckband a tad generous. I'd definitely tighten it up a bit next time. The ribbing I used was super stretchy and I should have narrowed it down, before sewing it in. It's not too bad though, still completely wearable. Other than that I was pretty happy with how it turned out. 

As for the pants, well they are just a really basic pattern that I've tweaked and have been making for years. It's a roomy and comfy fit, which the kids tend to love.

Confession time: I always get a bit annoyed with the hem finish on knits. I've tried lots of different techniques, but nothing quite comes up looking like a bought t-shirt. Or it looks OK, but the stitching busts out after a few wears. I dream of a coverstitch machine, but honestly, that's not going to going to happen any time soon.

So I've been experimenting. This is a new stitch I've been using on my bernina and I kinda like it. It stretches out nicely and has quite a nice finish along the bottom. I used a bit of matchy matchy orange thread to dress it up a bit. These haven't been washed since I made them, but the stitch tends to shrink up neatly after a wash too. You can get a better look at it here, over on my flickr stream if you're interested.

There are a couple of other stitches I'm still playing with on my machine, but I'm quite taken with this one at the moment!

So my little boy should be toasty warm for winter now. Just need to get onto that firewood!

Monday, 13 April 2015

would you like a piece of pie?

Well hello there! It's been a little while.

I didn't mean to go silent for quite so long, but life got crazy there for a while. Things are still super busy, but I really wanted to pop back in here and say a huge thank you!

Thank you to all those lovely people who've been checking up on me to make sure I am OK. I am doing fine. Busy, but fine. Thank you!

Apart from the crazy few months that have passed by, things have been ticking along here. I'm still sewing. Quite a bit actually, most of it has gone un-photographed. I must remedy that. I really like having a record of some of the things I have made. Winter clothes are getting sorted out at the moment. So many things I'd still love to make, if I ever get a few spare hours! I'm digging through some of my old favourite patterns and sorting through my precious stash of Oliver + S patterns. So many things, so little time.

I'm still pottering around in my garden. It's been a slow start, after some neglect over summer. It's almost replanted for the cold season, although some bugs are giving me a hard time this year. I feel like I might be fighting a losing battle with the spinach. I'm up to my third replant. I'm not sure what keeps demolishing them, but I'm determined to have another shot at it. Those little critters don't know who they're dealing with! (What's that you say? An extremely generous replanter who keeps feeding them? Shhh, I'm fierce I tell you, FIERCE.)

It was also a massive summer for preserving. We had three sauce days! More than 60 kgs of tomatoes in bottles. A double lot of tomato sauce (ketchup), a double lot of pasta (spaghetti) sauce and tomato relish. Also some sweet chilli sauce (we had a huge crop of chillies this year) and spicy mango chutney. I'm enjoying having that in the pantry!

There's now a years worth of pesto in the freezer and 63 bottles of ginger beer brewing in the shed. I might have got a little carried away on the ginger beer front, but I wanted to have plenty stashed away ahead of some upcoming celebrations. It keeps so well in the cold over winter, that I just couldn't help myself. Goodness, I'm sure there was more, but preserving season went by in a blur.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you, and what better way to say thank you than with pie?

Warm apple pie with a sugary crust. Have a slice on me OK!

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