Kid’s Clothes Week Plans

Thanks to Bloglovin, I am managing to stay more up to date with my favourite blogs and am more ‘in the loop’ with the group challenges and sew-alongs. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Kid’s Clothes Week, starting April 22nd. It looks like it will be bigger than ever, with 150+ bloggers signed up already! 

I already have a lot of plans to make things for my children, but here are a few notes to start with: 

1) Classic Boy’s Summer Shirt in Ed Emberley lions and tigers print for my son. I love this striking print and think it would look great as a shirt. 

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2) Ice cream top in Nani Iro Little Letters gauze 

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3) Geranium dress using this gorgeous hand blocked print from Lulu and Nat 

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4) A baby skirt in Liberty Pepper with a neon trim. I bought this fabric from the Fabrics Galore stall at the Spring Knitting and Stitch Show. I’m also planning a Wiksten Tank for myself in this as well. 

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I have so many more plans but don’t want to get carried away! I’ll have to make sure I keep my diary free so I have plenty of time for sewing. 

Brand New Knitting Group in Penge

I am really excited about our brand new knitting group in Penge! The idea came about after I enquired about local groups, and although there are several in the vicinity (Bromley, Croydon, Crystal Palace), there were a few knitters in Penge who were interested in setting something up closer to home. I had recently looked at the Alexandra Nurseries website and thought it sounded like a lovely venue, and another Raveller kindly offered to go down and have a chat with Sarah who runs it.

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Alexandra Nurseries is a beautiful independent garden centre, gift shop and cafe in Penge

Thankfully, Sarah was enthusiastic about the idea so I visited myself soon after, and thought it was wonderful – beautiful vintage china, quirky gifts and of course, an amazing selection of plants! The upstairs space is a relaxed setting which will be great for informal knitting, tea-drinking and cake-eating.  We have decided to start off the group on Sunday mornings every fortnight and see what happens. So if you are a knitter, please join us for the first meeting this Sunday (17th March) at 10.15am! If you’d like to join the mailing list, please email se20knitters@gmail.com for updates.

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Even if you’re not a knitter, if you are in the area its a great place for a gift or a leisurely lunch.

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I love the furniture and vintage tins, and have my eye on these little packets of seeds below!

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As an aside, it’s really great to see so many new independent shops and cafes in Penge, as well as interesting events like the SE20 Craft Fair on 7th April. I would love to have been there but will unfortunately be away that week. It sounds really good, and is a 5 minute walk from me! I hope I can make the next one, and perhaps even have a stall there.

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New dress

I wanted to make Rosie a new baby dress as she outgrew her Itty Bitty Dress instantly. She only wore it once when she was three days old! I decided on making an infant peasant dress using this pattern, but she barely fit into that at six weeks, so I decided to enlarge the pattern on the printer and used that instead to make a 3-6 month size. I’m also thinking of buying the pattern as it is a really simple yet satisfying project!

I decided to use this beautiful print from the Andalusia range by Patty Young as it is girly without being pink. By a happy coincidence, her vest matched perfectly. 

It used about half a yard of fabric, but I had to sew two scraps together to make the second sleeve. I don’t think it’s too noticeable though. Using the overlocker made this project incredibly quick – it took 45 mins max!