Voile Bubble Romper

ImageI made this little playsuit for my daughter a few weeks ago. The weather was incredibly hot at the time and I thought the voile would make a beautiful, lightweight garment that would keep her cool. By the time it was finished though, the the sun had disappeared entirely and has only just come out again! I made a 9-12 month size which is a bit roomy but not so big she can’t wear it.  The fabrics  are both cotton voiles by Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry.  I used pearl press studs for the crotch closure. 

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I used the Sis Boom Carly Reversible Bubble Romper pattern to make the playsuit. This is a great PDF printable pattern, which comes with several options for sleeves. I must admit to being a bit intimidated when I realised the PDF was 30+ pages long! However, this is mainly because she provides highly detailed instructions and illustrations for each step. An added advantage is that you could use the pattern to make a dress instead by simply lengthening the pattern and cutting straight acoss the bottom edge, which makes it even more versatile. 

Here are a few photos of the playsuit in action:

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Serendipity Baby Coat

ImageI decided to get ahead this year and make a winter coat for my daughter now rather than running out of time and buying one at the last minute! I bought this beautiful Anna Maria Horner Velveteen last year with the intention of making a baby coat, but didn’t have a pattern. I found the Serendipity Coat pattern by Make it Perfect which looked like a great match, and then discovered that Gail at Probably Actually had made a gorgeous one in this fabric already!

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The coat pattern was more straightforward than it looks, you basically cut out every piece in the lining fabric, main fabric and wadding and then tack the wadding to the main fabric. You then sew the lining and main fabrics to make two separate ‘coats’ and then sew together and turn inside out at the last minute. Unfortunately my ‘voila’ moment didn’t quite work out as the sleeves ended up sewn together incorrectly somehow! I managed to fix it by unpicking the sleeves and then sewing the lining and main fabric together from the outside instead. 

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I made a size 2 with size 3 sleeves, after reading Gail’s blog as well as other reviews suggesting the sleeves come out a tad tight. The velveteen definitely makes things more snug but as she will only be around 9-12 months this winter it should fit ok. It looks huge at the moment but she has still worn it a couple of times. 

The buttons were from Ebay and are a perfect match. I decided to go slightly smaller than recommended (30mm instead of 35mm) which works well with the size of the coat. 

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She’s a bit young to appreciate the pockets but it was a useful new skill to learn and not difficult at all. The pattern instructions were very clear and easy to follow. 

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I am now working on some other clothes which are more in keeping with the season! It’s good to have a head start though 🙂

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Kids Clothes Week : Geranium Dress

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I made this little dress as part of Kids Clothes Week 2013, hosted over on this blog. As I mentioned previously, I always miss out on KCW but this time I was ready and prepared and have got off to a flying start!

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The pattern is the beautiful Geranium dress by Made by Rae. The construction is simple, with only 3 pattern pieces, so it is a great pattern for an advanced beginner. Rae gives lots of detail (and plenty of photos) in the instructions so its very easy to follow. I didn’t make any changes (I made Dress B) but in order to get a neat finish on the waist, I basted my lining after pinning so I could take the pins out before sewing in the ditch on the outside. I also basted a line of stitching to mark the hemline so I could make sure I had a neat and straight hem.

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These buttons are simple but have a nice art deco shell detail. Buttonholes are not my strong point but they turned out ok. My Pfaff machine has a really simple method of doing the buttonholes so its just a matter of ensuring they are all the same size (which they nearly are!).

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The fabric makes it really special – its an Indian block printed fabric from Lulu and Nat. The colours and details in the print are wonderful, it looks so summery! They have a great selection of ready made bedding and other items too.

I have lots of other projects to get through, the weather is lovely though so I’m not sure I’ll manage them all!

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!

Handmade Baby

The blog was on the blink for a few months due to the general apathy of late pregnancy. I did manage to muster up the energy to sew and knit some pretty things for the baby, so here they all are:

 

The Sewing:

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Here’s our little Rosie wrapped up in her Anna Maria Horner voile receiving blanket. The reverse is made with cozy  flannel in the yellow diamond mine print from Folksy flannels, and the bias tape is made with pink voile. The headband is made using this tutorial. I made several more as gifts for family members with baby girls, they are really cute!

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The shoes were made with a Joy Folie pattern and I embellished them using a silk scarf from a charity shop (for the flowers), some beautiful organza ribbon from this shop on Ebay, and green felt for the leaves. The fabric is from a piece of Ikat silk handwoven fabric I bought from Uzbekistan on Ebay and the lining is felt. I also made a smaller pair in grey which need to be finished before she grows out of them!

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These flannels were made for my sister, but I made 8 of these for myself, and they are incredibly useful! The reverse is bamboo fleece and very soft and absorbent. They also wash very well and are made with all my favourite prints from a variety of designers.  It’s handy to have enough to keep one in each room as they’re always needed!

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The Itty Bitty baby dress – I sized this up slightly by enlarging the pieces on the photocopier, it still only just fit at 3 days old! Sadly she didn’t wear it again, but it was a very easy and satisfying project so I will probably make her another one in a bigger size soon. I think the main problem was that the sides were too narrow, so increasing the width by an inch on the bodice piece would probably have made it fit for longer.

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The Ice cream dress using an Oliver + S pattern. This is made with Nani Iro double gauze and is very light and soft. Again, the pattern is straightforward, but this is sized quite large (its a 6-12m size). I hemmed about 2 inches up after finishing it as it seemed very long.

The Knitting:

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The piece de resistance – a Purl Super Easy Baby Blanket made with Dream in Color Classy and Malabrigo Rios – very soft and cozy, and BRIGHT! I knew the acres of garter stitch would take forever, so I started it 6 months before she was due, and finished 2 weeks before she was born.

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December baby booties  in a peach angora blend fabric. I think I’m allergic to angora as it made me sneeze a lot, but the finished product is fluffy and very sweet!

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Newborn baby hat – she wore this in the hospital and it still fits now (she’s 4 weeks old). Its made with Rowan Purelife Organic cotton DK.  I don’t enjoy working with cotton but this was quite soft.

There are a few more projects to show but this is already a mammoth post so I’ll save those for later. I’m now enjoying doing some selfish knitting for a change 🙂

Lilac Baby Dress

This dress, from Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings book, amazingly only took one day to cut out and make. It would have taken even less time if I hadn’t messed up and cut out a smaller pattern piece for the skirt thus running out of fabric and having to patch together pieces the right size for the back!

The fabric is Little Folks, the line I used for this quilt (which is basically finished, I will photograph soon!). It’s ideal for making baby clothes, as its so light and silky, but at the same time machine washable. I thought about lining the skirt too but I’m happy with the unlined original version too. It would be cute with a tulle lining too.

I learned how to do French seams which I had been needlessly worried about – I think I had been mixing them up with Hong Kong seams (where bias tape is used to cover the raw edges) and also attaching elastic to the waist using zigzag stitch.

Sorbet Top

I managed to finally whip up a baby top using the Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Pastry Line and Square Dance fabrics:

I modified a pattern from a Japanese sewing book I had, so that the main body pieces  could be made with the large squares from the Square Dance panel. This one is a size 3-6 months roughly. Wouldn’t it look sweet on a hot summer’s day? I’m also planning on a little pair of shorts, with a turn-up in the pastry line fabric. Not quite sure how I’ll be able to do it, but I’ll have a go!

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Made this little jacket for my niece:

It is from the Little Sublime Handknit book (or something) and it’s made of their gorgeous but wordily named Cashmere Merino Silk DK. The yarn is beautiful, comes in lovely muted colours and so far seems to wear quite well without going all pill-y in about twenty seconds.

I am especially proud of my collar finishing, and the vintage buttons I used (from my Rochester stash):

The pattern is very sweet and old-fashioned, but practical. The moss stitch, although a pain to do, looks beautiful, and cos its only on the yoke, doesn’t take as long as you’d think.  I’m not sure I’ll be rushing to do this one again though, unless it’s a special baby, as the finishing is a killer!

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So I finished nights yesterday morning (amazingly got to sleep most of the night too) so I decided to make a little something for my cousin’s new baby daughter. First up is a pair of faux suede Mary Janes – made from some Designers Guild fabric I picked up to make cushions ages ago:

I have to say, these were not much fun to make. I found the pattern a bit frustrating and fiddly, which is not good when you’re a bit sleep-deprived. There’s also the stress of making sure both look nearly exactly the same. The fabric is beautiful though and the red is a perfect, pillar box red. The straps are made from linen bias binding which you can find here.

I lined the shoes in the same Heather Bailey fabric I used for the dress:

I edged the dress in the linen bias binding too. Now I need to find some pretty buttons!