Monday, 30 November 2015

Vinties Overalls

As my house is currently being hammered within in an inch of it's life to remove the Asbestos sections, I thought I would write another blog post.

One of my favorite patterns for babies and toddlers is Vinties by Tadah Patterns (formally Fresh Patterns). A lady based on Australia who has gorgeous pattern designs but the best part is the fully detailed instructions, making them perfect for a novice. 

Short Length Age 0-3 Months

It is a very versatile pattern available as a PDF or by paper. I have made it several times for the same customers. Including this pair of alternative ones -

Alexander Henry Fabric - Short Length 6-12m

I am yet to make any super girly ones but they are on my agenda for a sample make to gain some orders. I have also made some rocket print ones, country pheasant print and Peter Rabbit print!

I love the country look and when I had the opportunity I used faux leather button on the straps from recycled tweed jackets

Here are some my other favourite pairs of Vintie overalls -

The pattern runs from sizes newborn to 3 - as you can tell, I highly recommend Vinties! 

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Minecraft Costume

I am in danger now of sounding old..but I do not understand children's attraction to playing Minecraft. It really has stumped me but none the less my oldest daughter was after a costume for a party she had been invited. The theme Minecraft Vs Minions.

There was 'No way' she said, would she wear denim overalls and look like I quote a yellow tic tac - it had to be a Minecraft outfit. The game which she has been itching to own but as parents we are reluctant to let our children have too many games or devices (that could be a whole post on it's own haha)

This week the electric work our house was due to be started and was stalled (no surprise there, I think I have more chance of Olly Mur's popping in for a cup of tea than these people getting their act together), I then made time for her costume.

I didn't want to make anything to involved in case I ran out of time. Plus I have also been invited to test a new pattern.

I chose fabric from my stash (high five another de-stash mission complete), its a medium weight fabric a bit like suiting with some one way stretch and a textured look.

I used these 2 vintage patterns. The bodice from one and the circular skirt from the other. As she has the measurements of a size 6 but the height of a 9 year old, I made some quick alterations by sight in chalk

I made a quick applique using a pattern I traced straight from Google. Green cotton square with black felt face. Here is the result

She is posing rather awkwardly down to the super windy weather haha! It went down a treat at the party and I think I have finally made something she won't be protesting about wearing again. Typical really, the one thing I've made out of everything it was the one with the least amount of planning. I am glad I took the time to over lock the seams at least. It has been finished inside with bias binding, when usually I would have half lined a dress for a smoother finish.

The back was fastened with green kam snaps.

Next week hopefully I can share photos of the test pattern I am working on and start the cute little fox romper

Saturday, 21 November 2015


So this week I got my little fox playsuit cut out from the 1950s Butterick pattern and have been patiently waiting for other supplies to arrive to finish a couple more UFOs. Currently my house has been tipped upside down in order for an electrical re-wire to be completed, so there for not much sewing has been going on boooo!

I did finish the last of my Xmas orders which was lovely because now I can concentrate on my little one's outfits and get started on my ideas for smocking

I was lucky enough to find a few patterns in my stash, which meant I didn't need to buy any news ones and I have some thread to get me started as well

Actually from my shop but I love the 3 borders of smocking!

This the pattern I intend to get started with -

I plan to make the Peter Pan collar view though rather than the nautical collar

I was also lucky enough to pick these magazines up and they are full of inspiration 

and finally I found this one which is great because I really would like to make something for the boys as they are often over looked in favour of pretty girly things :)

I do plan to sneak a bit of my own sewing in around the work men if I can and will start my little fox romper/playsuit!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Simplicity 9338 Baby Jiffy Suit

It is fair to say most dressmakers have a pile of UFOs (unfinished objects) I do have my fair share and it is not because of getting bored or stuck, it is usually work or life matters that stall the end of the project!

I said in my last post I wanted to crack on with this and I am glad I have. It is very quick and the perfect pattern for a novice or for a more experienced dressmaker to make quickly and easily. The most tricky part was making the leg casings and that was it!

I don't usually make things for my children from the 1970s but this one caught my eye on Facebook and a couple more from the same era since.

The rainbow shark fabric is Alexander Henry and I hadn't seen before I spotted it on Fondant Fabrics . It is a fantastic site for designer fabrics and they have a few really unusual ones including gorgeous high detail bird prints. 

I loved how it turned out. I decided to also have a try at the girls version for the shop and another boys one too in a more classic print. As I was destashing I lined it in a cream coloured cotton, that I already had, rather than buying another colour. For the next time I will match the colours better

I love it and think this one should be dug out from the Simplicity archive for a reprint!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Cooking with Gas

So following my previous I was determined to get my head down sewing! I asked my children what they would like making following a month or so of neglect with me being busy with other peoples clothes and they both said shorts??! Crazy kids it is November! Sure enough I made them both some bottoms for bed time which felt so nice, especially as my boy put his on straight away when he got home from school, It certainly helped with the destash and eased my guilt.

I also order some threads to make a start on smocking projects again. I have decided to start with a modern Simplicity pattern and this week I went to the fabric shop. I thought cheer myself up and buy some polka dots. I was having a good browse and then this gorgeous red with tiny polka dots stared back - lovely I thought..then it hit me..I had a whopping 1.5m of it already at home. I cringed and put it back then bought 4 other things I didn't need. 

I have the Simplicity 1970s romper cut out ready to go tomorrow from my previous post. It looks easy enough but that is famous last words.

I also made the boys version of the 1940s New York pattern today and I loved how it turned, A firm favourite now I have made both versions of it

The fabric is Peter Rabbit. I have 2 other Peter Rabbit prints I am eager to use and really glad I bit the bullet and made this one up finally

The H bar back

It is fair to say I always have more than one project on the go! I have a couple of orders in process but fingers crossed tomorrow I can find the time for the shark romper too

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Not being able to sew as often is.....

Not being able to sew as often is.....quite literally getting me down! For a few years now sewing has been salvation for me. Even when I was getting annoyed or stuck, in the end a finished garment was the best pick me up when life got a bit rough.

I have been increasingly busy with children and housework. For the past 6 weeks we have been having the lergy aka virus doing the rounds and it has left so little free time, not to mention completely drained. I kid you not when I say I have been going to bed on average at 8.30 - I update my Etsy shop and then lights out! 

My sewing room or the divided end of the front room has served as my 'man den'. I could hide in there when it all got too much and stroke my fabrics haha 

I have made a few rushed things for my own children and wished I hadn't, as rushing is never good!

I thought as sewing for them has been difficult time wise, I would start thinking about hitting some of the things on my long to do list. This includes smocking and Heirloom clothing! I have a few nice patterns and fully intend to dig deep in my stash as not keep buying more fabric (cackles with laughter I stress the word intend) 

I have though cut out this little treasure! A long time ISO pattern for me and I finally got my hands on one 

If it turns out well I may offer it as a style to order for next Spring 

Also you can see the free pattern for a dribble bandana I created for my Etsy team blog -