Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Baby Shower Gifts Galore


My best friends daughter is having a baby. I thought about what I could get her and it was obvious that it was going to be something I made.
This is what I ended up with.

The pattern I used for the top was Kwik Sew 3035.
Here and here are some other things I have made with this pattern.

I tried out a new technique - reverse applique.
I'm not sure if that is the technical term, but I think the result turned out how it should.
The top is made from poplin, cool for the summer.

Even with such thin fabric I couldn't manage a decent buttonhole with my machine.
I thought I'd stuffed up the top on the first buttonhole but I managed to unpick it without too much of a mess and decided to use press studs instead.

The pants are Rae's Big butt baby pants. I love this pattern.
Check out some other pants I made here and here.

We know a baby girl is on it's way so I just had to make a hair bow to match.
Let's hope she has enough hair to hold it :)

I also made up a dummy clip to match.

Then I made a couple of bibs,

and a travel wipe and nappy pouch.
I used this pattern and tutorial from Melissa Esplin.
Here is another one I made for myself.

And here is it all wrapped and ready to be given.

I hope she likes it ♥

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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Vintage Overalls


My friend Laura picked me up a super cute vintage pattern for Size 1 overalls for 50c from our local swapmeet a while ago. I have been waiting for my little baby to grow enough to fit this pattern. By the time Winter arrives I'm sure these will fit her just fine.

I made these overalls from a lightweight stretchy denim and lined it with pink linen.

I used the buttons I salvaged from a Winter coat my 3 year old daughter used last year.

Don't mind my chalk markings around the buttons.
I forgot to wipe it off before I took the picture.
I changed my tactic when dealing with the buttonholes on my machine.
You may have read this post that explained my sadness over my machine failing it's buttonhole task.
This time around I used my regular presser foot and just manually zigzagged the buttonhole.
This worked effectively.

I made some changes to the pattern by using 2 pieces for each strap. This allowed me to match the underside to the lining.
I also added a pink cuff to make it more girly.

So cute, hey?

Fabric Flower Headband


I spent quite a while today looking through blog land,
focusing on lots of headbands and fabric flowers.
I gave it a go and came up with this one.

I am so pleased with the result.
I used this tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets.
I think it turned out exactly as it should have.

I added 3 matching buttons to the center and attached some beads over the flower. 

I then hot glued it to some elastic lace to complete the headband.

This flower headband is a very easy project and is something you can get your kids to help with.

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Friday, 17 February 2012

Awesome op shop find & transformation


Yesterday I went to the op shop and spent too much money on heaps of bargains. As I was almost at the counter I spotted a beautiful ladies white lace skirt and I had visions of making something just like this.

I only thought to take a before shot after I had already cut out some of the pieces. I still managed to get this shot which gives you an idea of what I started with.

I was so pleased with the results that I wanted to take some great pictures of my beautiful daughter wearing her beautiful new dress. Here are some of the shots.

I made some changes but used this New Look pattern as the basis for the dress.

I couldn't bare the idea of wasting any of this fabric so I decided to make my little baby a skirt to match. I just love matching outfits.

I decided to add a nappy cover under the skirt and I used this tutorial from Dana Made It and just added a little lace ruffle in case the skirt flies up.

Who needs Spotlight when you have a 50% off special at the Op Shop.
No offence Spotlight...I still love you.
But how could you possible go past these two gorgeous outfit for the grand total of $2.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Lemon broderie anglaise top with cargo pants


I made this little outfit up the other day.
I'm getting ready for the cooler weather with this little Burda pattern.

I really like this pattern, especially with this lovely lemon broderie anglaise fabric.
Using such a light weight material makes this top suitable for warm or cooler weather.

For the top I had to make the buttonloops by hand (as the pattern specifies) using a couple of loops of cotton covered with lots of little knots. This is easy enough except I found it a little hard to judge the size. I made them a little too big and the buttons keep popping open.

The pants are super cute. I love the little pockets, although you can't really see them using this fabric. A plain material would work better to notice the detail on the pants a little more. For the elastic casing at the cuff I firstly made it a little too tight, then I made it a little too loose. I am yet to fix it up to make it perfect, so i am just rolling the cuff up once to stop them from falling down over her feet.

I can't wait to try this pattern out again soon.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

How much do I love this pattern?....A Lot!


I made up a couple more of these little dresses using the same pattern I used in this post.
It's from my Japanese Pattern Book "Heart Warming Life Series".
That is 3 and I'm already planning a fourth.
Too many already???

This dress I made as a school dress. It's not exactly uniform but I figured that my little girl could get away with just wearing the right colours for Kindy. They are not too strict at our school.

I love the dress, but HATE my machine (at the moment).
After all my effort to get this dress finished all I needed to add was the buttonholes.
This shouldn't be that hard except my machine is DUMB.

This is the result of my machine doing buttonholes on medium thickness fabric.

I ended up having to try to sew it by hand because my sewing machine was incapable.
I know that you can't really tell when the button is done up but it just makes me a little sad to ruin it right at the end :(

She still looks pretty cute for her first day of Kindy.

For my next attempt I tried my hand at another refashion.
I took my Omas (Nan) old skirt.

And turned it into this.

This time I used press stubs instead of buttons.

The fabric was quite sheer so I added the lining of the original skirt to the skirt part of the dress.

I seem to have a little obsession with spots too.
Have you noticed that all 3 of these dresses are made with spotty fabric?

The next one I have planned does not involve any spots, only leaves that are dotted all over the fabric.
Stay tuned for the results.


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