Sunday, 27 November 2011

Boys Big Bum Baby Pants


My son's Kindy teacher asked the other day if I could make her something for her little grandson. 
I didn't have many baby boys patterns to choose from.  I decided to make her a pair of pants using my

This is a great pattern that can be used for boys & girls.

I made a couple of matching bibs to complete the outfit :-)

Loveheart Dress


I wanted to share this dress I made for my daughter yesterday.

It was the first time using the Lily Bird Studio pattern Sasha Jumper Dress.
I just love it! The patterns are so easy to follow.

I purchased this pattern because my daughter is starting Kindy next year
and I thought it would make the cutest little school dress.

This little dress was made from quilting cotton that has a natural calico look to it.
I picked it up on special at Spotlight for only $4 p/m.

I love a bargain!

I used little pink loveheart buttons on the back. They are not an exact match for colour,
but they are close enough to be ok.

I have a little bit of fabric left so I will see if I can made a little matching piece for my baby.
I'll be sure to post it when I do :-)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Ben & Mia Pants


I bought 3 PDF patterns from Lily Bird Studio, including the "Ben & Mia Pants".
I made a pair for my 4 year old son.

Front with Pockets


This is such a great pattern, as are all I purchase from
Lily Bird Studio. They are so comprehensive. The pattern was emailed so quickly and has detailed instructions of every step. This pattern actually had 49 pages so I just printed out the pattern pieces and just referenced from the computer. Saved heaps of paper and ink this way :-)

I decided they were quite a dressy style pant and they would look great with a little tie so I made one using this tutorial from See Kate Sew.

I slightly altered the design and made it adjustable using 4 press studs on the back. I actually don't think I followed the directions/pattern properly because my tie was not long enough
to fold over the neck piece as the tutorial explains.
I just folded the top of the tie over the neck piece and stitched it closed and added a piece around the top to give the illusion it had been tied.

Now I just need a special occasion for him to wear them :-)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Green Pleated Bag - Free Pattern & Tutorial


I made this little bag up the other day.

I used the free pattern and tutorial I found here.

I like the way this bag turned out but next time I will make a few changes.
I don't like such a stiff bag so I will use a lighter weight interfacing and
I will move the straps a little closer to the middle.

It was supposed to close with a magnetic stud but I decided not to use one.
I figured the bag was deep enough that nothing was going to fall out.

I like having the pocket on the inside so I can easily find my phone.
I wanted to sew a little fob for my keys in the lining but I forgot. Grrrr...

I made my own navy piping which I am pleased with.
It is actually really easy and I'm going to use it much more often.  

Urban Girl Wrap Skirt


Well I was so excited to receive my pattern and fabric I ordered with my $25 voucher I won from Shabby Fabrics. I really have not made that much for myself so this time I was thinking about me :-)

I used to wear alot of wrap skirts in years gone by. They are really comfy and quite flattering.
This is what I ended up with.

The pattern is called Urban Girl Wrap. It has the option of having a ruffle all the way around it. I prefer it a little less frilly. I also shortened the pattern by a few inches as I'm not very tall.

I used the Michael Miller fabric Antiquity Quatrefoils. It is not too bold. I nearly had a major disaster though. I was supposed to cut 3 pieces for the tie and silly me only cut 1. I then used ALL of the rest of the fabric to make the bias binding. When I discovered my mistake I called my local Spotlight store to see if they had any.

They didn't.

I ended up cutting the 1 piece I had in half which gave me 2 pieces 1/2 the width I needed. This was enough to get the job done but it was only just wide enough to put in the buttonhole to thread the tie through.

I am still really happy with the result and have worn the skirt a few times already.
I will definately make another one for myself down the track.

Liebster Award


I want to say thanks to Cass from Cass Can Sew for acknowledging my blog with the

Liebster Award

I feel I have let you down a little bit lately because I really haven't blogged about my sewing projects.
I have been sewing alot, getting myself ready for the Baby & Childrens Markets next weekend.

I am going to blog about my win from Shabby Fabrics once I have finished with this post.

But first I must pass the honour of The Liebster Award to
5 of my favourite blogs that have less than 200 followers.

This is going to be tough because I love reading about
Cass's sewing exploits but I can't give one back to her.
I also love reading Pam's blog - Theading My Way
and Roslyn at - Sew Delicious
but these 2 blogs have also already been awarded one,
so my choice for the Liebster Award goes to

So to all of you that I have nominated,  pass it on to 5 of your favorite blogs with
under 200 followers and keep spreading the love.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Fabric Traders Giveaway


I would just like to let all you Aussies out there in blog land who love to sew that Fabric Traders online store have a super giveaway. Check out their website for the Super offer, but be quick.

The offer is only available for the first 50 who blog about this special.

Good Luck!


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