I have been a busy
little BIG bee the last couple of weeks. Trying to make the most of the time and little bit of energy I have! With Christmas coming fast I decided to sew gifts for some lovely little girls. Many of my friends have daughters so it’s the perfect excuse to make some cute skirts or outfits.
These cupcake skirts are super easy and I can now complete one in under 45 minutes (including pressing time). I made two of the same for sisters who are 2.5 and 4. I used this cute cupcake cotton fabric from Lincraft and the Easy-Peasy Skirt tutorial from Punkin Patterns .
I used the french seam option as it looks tidy and without an overlocker (serger), it is a great option to stop fraying mess.
The next little outfit is also a skirt using the above tutorial but I have added a little fun applique to the spotted cotton fabric – a ladybird and flowers, cut from some cute corduroy fabric scraps. I am still working on my applique technique but I think it looks pretty good. To add to the outfit I made white leggings, from a lightweight stretch knit, to wear with the skirt. I used the legging pattern from Simplicity New Look 6016 (I have made 3 pairs so far and plan on more!)
Ladybird skirt with leggings.
Last night I completed another Christmas outfit for Lucy using the Let’s Go Fly a Kite tutorial from Jess, at Craftiness is Not Optional (She is amazing). It’s my second attempt and first success! The shoulder straps are too wide but it fits perfectly otherwise. I used self covered buttons for the front bodice, using the same cord fabric from my ladybird applique. Adds a nice pop of colour don’t you think? The main fabric is cotton and the dress trim is a Christmas themed quilters cotton.
“Let’s Fly a Kite”
Haha, don’t look at my toes peeking out in the photo!
Lucy wouldn’t model for me today so I will try to get some photos of her wearing this dress as soon as I am able.
Edited to add this:
My little model showing off her new dress.
It’s been a few weeks since my last post but I promise I have been busy! I have had lots of fun sewing little items for children. Some for mine and some for others.
The first item I made was a little tummy time mat for our new addition, due in March. I had The Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt squares already in my stash so it seemed the perfect time to use them. This is not a traditional quilt. I have never made a quilt in my life but I love the sewn squares and patterns that can be created. There’s something quite therapeutic about sewing all the little squares together! As it is a floor mat I chose to back the squares with fleece. Rather cheaply I might add. We have at least a dozen fleece blankets hanging around our house so I chose a lovely green one (originally bought from Ikea) that I thought went well with TVHC colour scheme. As you can see I didn’t add a border to the mat and I rather like it without one. I think bubs will love to have tummy time on this comfy mat.
The Very Hungry Catterpillar squares
I also made one for a friend who is having a little boy. The only issue with this one is the pattern got a bit wobbly and I will blame baby brain for that haha! I used a cotton batting with calico backing already sewn on to back this little blanket. It’s very comfy and warm.
Lastly, to show is this cute little toddler dress – Simplicity New Look 6016. I made this for a friend’s daughter and although I had to redo the yoke due to me misinterpreting the patterns instructions (baby brain ).
I did machine sew buttons on for the first time for this dress which is a bit exciting, as I normally just hand sew them on. I was pleased with how neat the button holes turned out too. It’s nice to see proof of my skills slowly improving.
Simplicity New Look 6016
Up close yoke and buttons.
I completed my daughter’s pinafore last night and I am really happy with how it turned out. I tried it on her this morning and it is a little big but I’d rather it be too big, than too small. Lucy loved trying it on, which is unusual for her. She even posed properly for me so I didn’t have to chase her around, madly clicking the camera button. She wanted to wear it for the rest of the day but unfortunately it’s a bit too delicate for everyday wear. I can’t wait for her to wear it on Christmas Day!
Last night’s tasks were fairly straight forward. The back left and right pieces had to be folded over 1cm, then another 2cm and stitched.
Sewing the back sides.
Next, I added two button holes – 12cm apart (still a bit dodgy with button holes).
and hand stitched the buttons on…
All finished and worn by my little model at 7am this morning (before her hair was brushed!)
It is a little big but I am very happy with the results.
I just love Christmas, as it is the time the Mr, Lucy and I go back to Tasmania to visit our families. It’s always a nice long visit, where we spend time between the two families and meet up with old friends. Christmas Day is divided between both sides, with Christmas Eve and Christmas morning spent with my family and then Christmas lunch/night spent with the in-laws. It’s a lovely day, made even more special now there are little ones again. As it is a special occasion, I have decided to make Lucy a special dress to wear on the day.
The pattern I have chosen is a simple pinafore from “Making Children’s Clothes”, a lovely book which has 25 sewing projects for young children 0-5 years old.
Making Children’s Clothes
I have made this pinafore before with corduroy but this time I am using a brocade, with cotton as the lining (I’m not too worried about it being too hot to wear, as Tasmania doesn’t quite reach the same temperatures as here in New South Wales).
I have decided to take my time with this project so I have only cut out the main fabric and lining fabric tonight.
Main fabric for Pinafore
Tomorrow I can get started putting it all together.
I have decided to concentrate on sewing for Lucy for the next few months, until after I have had the baby and can fit into non maternity clothes again!
As it is heading towards Summer (and with the already hot weather) here in Australia, I am building up Lucy’s Summer wardrobe with some cute little pieces. I started with the birdie circle skirt and I have just completed a sleeveless pleated toddler top, using a tutorial from Craftiness is Not Optional.
It was pretty simple to follow: using an existing top in Lucy’s wardrobe as my pattern, I traced around it on to some paper and making it into a more A-line shape. I also made sure I had my front and back necklines too.
The fabric is a gorgeous pink cotton with deep pink roses. Technically it’s a quilting cotton but I don’t let that worry me. It was too lovely to leave in the shop!
The front’s main features are the pleats but I wanted to add something to the back so I used the same fabric to cover the buttons.
I still need to work on my button placing skills but it looks ok. I was most disappointed with the right side (back) turned out longer than the left. I’m not sure how it happened but I attempted to shorten the length by just rolling up the hem and re sewing but it’s still a little long. I’m not going to play around with it anymore and I think, whilst being worn, it won’t be so noticeable (I hope ).
Here are some photos of the finished top:
On my little model.
The Craftiness is Not Optional tutorial can be found here.
I love circle skirts. They’re very simple to make and always look gorgeous. I have made a few now but the one I made yesterday is a little different, as this time I added a cute sparkly net ruffle to the hem.
Hem and gathers
Hem close up
I have had the sparkly netting for years, ever since I bought it ro make a costume for Book Week at a school I used to teach at. The bird fabric is from Spotlight and I bought that a quite a few months ago, when they had a big sale. All in all a very cheap skirt to make.
My 2-year-old daughter loves to wear skirts (she calls them “girts”) and this one was no exception. I took her to a local park for a bit of a photo session.
Miss L in her circle skirt.
Little Miss Cool
Playing is easy in a cute skirt!
This is a great circle skirt tutorial to use if you’ve never made one before.
I decided to share more photos of the sundress I have made for my sister. I am quite pleased with how it has turned out. This is only the second zipper I have sewn in a garment and I can see it doesn’t look the best but not too bad for a novice .
I love how neat and tidy the inside looks when lined. Makes it look really “finished”. Fingers crossed it fits my sister! (She lives in a different state to me so I have sewed by measurements only.)
Bodice – front
Bodice – back
Side – wonky zipper
Halter neck – side view
Inside viewing – lining
Side view – lining/zipper
Side view – lining/boning
Back and boning view
It’s been quite awhile since I have written on here but I have a good reason, I promise! I had a couple of months off, as I found out I am expecting my second child. I was so sick/tired that it is only the last couple of weeks that I have finally got my energy and mojo back.
I have worked on a few different projects lately but this one has been the most fun and important (please ignore the mess in the picture!):
It’s so easy Simplicity 2884 is such a cute pattern. I made view B, which is the shorter version with a button up halter neck (A is longer and has a tie up halter neck). This lovely dress is for my sister, Jess. She chose the cotton cherry fabric and I have loved every part of the construction – even when I had to unpick the skirt from the bodice to redo the gathers more evenly.
I have also been working on a few maternity items for myself. My favourite and most successful so far has been this circle skirt, with a black belly band fashioned from a pair of old leggings. It is super comfy and will stretch to accommodate my growing belly. I love the taffeta fabric as it’s all swishy when I wear it and the little black flower details are made of velvet.
Maternity circle skirt
I am going to make a few nice summer dresses and skirts for Lucy soon. It’s getting so hot already here in Sydney!
I’m so happy I finally have my own little space to do my sewing. No more setting up on the dining table, eating around my sewing machine and the painful process of moving it on and off.
I hate putting flat pack furniture together. I always put something on backwards. I did manage to build it successfully in a couple of hours. I really like it because it can fold down to a more compact size. Since it is situated in our spare bedroom, when guests stay, we can can make more room.
Here’s a few pictures:
New sewing space and table.
Folded and compact.
My machine’s new home.