Tuesday, 8 April 2014

KCW Day 1: September Tunic

It's my first Kids Clothes Week in a while! It's a little bit exciting although there is no way I am at the level I used to be of churning  out multiple garments a day! I know, I know even that was a bit extreme, but it's hard to just sew for one hour when you're surrounded GLOBALLY by mamas doing the same thing.

However, on Monday I managed to sew up a September Tunic for Edison! I finished the buttonholes this morning and she wore it to the movies with her Burned Velvet Black Milk Clothing leggings. Okay, I promise they really are Black Milk! I resized them down to Eddie size and I think she really rocks them, even though the feel of velvet freaks me out.

I used a pretty teal-coloured fabric I scored for $1 at the op shop. I'm not sure what it is exactly, it's like a thick broadcloth but it frays worse than tartan - yikes! The buttons down the back are still from my winnings from Project Run & Play, a nice little haul of black buttons I chose from Lots of Buttons. I think I'm pretty much ready to make another order there because these bad boys have been so rad to have in my stash! Unfortunately this is the only photo I took of the back! We were rushing out the door to see the Lego Movie and I wanted to get photos before she got it dirty (inevitable!)

Ever since I saw my girl Sarah's September Tunic she made for sweet little Emmy, it's become stuck in my head that it's a pattern I wanted to do! Hell if I have similar fabric I probably would have made one identical to Sarah's! Ha! The September Tunic is a really good-looking pattern that I was really drawn to because it looked sort of classy? I know, I know it's me but I really did like the look of it! So when I was contacted by Perfect Pattern Parcel to do a round #2 I was pretty stoked to find what was inside (seriously I plan on making them ALL this week for KCW! Stay tuned yeh?). You can check out what I made from the first Perfect Pattern Parcel as well as more details on it! Or you can wait until next week when I will be promoting the PPP again! (this is an unofficial one hahha).

She was being a rocketship... The pattern is so easy, with just two actual pattern pieces!! I highly recommend this for a beginner sewist and is great for conquering fears you may have on gathering, buttons and buttonholes and...

My absolute favourite part about this pattern? It gave me the nads to do a blind hem! At first I wasn't so sure even though the instructions are beautiful and clear on how to handsew a blind hem! I grabbed my manual for my sewing machine, wondering if I had a blind hem foot and you know what? I DID.

I was so excited and scared to give it a while, and seriously it took about ten minutes to prepare the hem and sew it. I posted it up on Instagram and my sewing and non-sewing friends alike were impressed! I'm SO STOKED. I am going to blind hem everything now! It's such a neat and professional-looking finish don't you think?

What have you accomplished for KCW so far? What do you hope to sew up this week? Have you ever sewed a blind hem before?

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

kid's clothes week

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Straight Lines and Angles: Heart of Gold Origami Bimaa

Good morning or afternoon to you! So lately I've been trying really hard (like harder than I normally do) to make stuff that makes people go WOW. Or at least go "Woah did you see that awesome thing that Max made?" I feel it's a good goal to have, there's enough eh in the world you know? I don't know if I got WOW status with this little outfit in the online sewing community, but in the town I live in people were like "Woah go eddie!" But then again, I've only just moved here and they haven't seen half the stuff I have made!

Jess from If They Would Only Nap is hosting a fun series called Straight Lines and Angles. I had a few ideas for this, but in the end decided that although I LOVE sewing for my little dude, Eddie deserved a little love and I tweaked my original idea for her.

I'm also starting to sew the kids winter gear (starting with Vincent's motorcycle jeans last week) for this year...


Ha that never gets old. Anyway, so I have given myself a challenge (i love challenges!) and I will go into more detail about it in another blog post, but this little outfit is counting toward Eddie's winter wardrobe.

For the t-shirt dress, I used the Bimaa Sweater pattern by LouBeeClothing. I just made a regular t-shirt neck for it, instead of the cowl, shawl or hood options the pattern provides. I sewed this up in a size 2 because really, my children do not NEED any more clothes, so I'm trying to be smart and sew them clothes they will grow into. I'm not looking forward to photos of them where everything is too big though, ha!

I lengthened the shirt to be just above her knee, but I forgot it was size 2 so it ended up being longer than I wanted it. I still love it though, and again, lots of room for growing! The stripey fabric is leftovers from the Run Around Shorts I made last year. It's from Riley Blake's knit basics range and I just love how soft it is! And stretchy! If you're looking for a good striped jersey, I highly recommend this stuff!

For the heart, I searched for origami patterns. After failing about six of them, I found one that worked in the fabric I was using. Yes. I came up with the brilliant idea of using gold lycra for origami.

It was fiddly, I used iron-on interfacing to stop it from stretching out too much, and I used A LOT of pins. To sew it I put some greaseproof paper between the heart and my presser foot and used a longer stitch length than normal and it was actually quite easy to stitch down!

The original origami pattern calls for pleated wings, and although the paper version I made up did have cute fan-folded wings, it was just way too bulky doing the same in the lycra! I think it still worked out pretty cute, and I love how the front opens when Eddie moves to make it look more origmai-esque!

Her gold leggings are equal parts C3PO, Kylie Minogue and See Kate Sew inspired! (everytime I think of gold anything I think of all the gold things she has made!). Oh I just remembered that Shauna from Shwin & Shwin made some gold leggings too!

I use my own pattern for the leggings. I thought this lycra would be awful to sew with but it's thicker than normal lycra that I've sewn with in the past. I've made costumes and swimsuits but this is just lovely. The rest of the gold is set aside for a costume for a special lady in my life ^_^

Both patterns I used are patterns I have used over and over. I love trying new patterns and finding new favourites, but it's really good to have an arsenal of basic patterns in your stash so that you can do what you like with them!


Oh so Eddie is turning into quite the little model like her older brother. This is her "Eddie give me a smile!" face...

Her bandanna is just a strip of lycra tied around her head, but I really think that accessories are really important with styling an outfit!

Check out the other guests on the tour!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel" Dixie DIY's Summer Concert Tee

So unless you've been living under a rock you will have heard of the Perfect Pattern Parcel by now. Not to worry if you haven't because I also live under a rock and I miss things all of the time, but at least the rock I live under is in contact with Jill from Made with Moxie and Rachael from Imagine Gnats and so I am in the know with this PPP business!


 Basically, the Perfect Pattern Parcel is a bundle of 5 patterns you can buy for one price. It's limited time only sort of thing, and there is a nifty countdown on their website if you need to work out how much time you have left. Here's a handy tip from me, DO NOT leave it until the last minute because you will miss out.

Parcel 1 Collage

This first pattern parcel is aimed for the mamas who sew, or you know, just women in general really! I sewed up the Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY which is a lovely quick and easy sew! I think I deserved this after the jeans I made Vincent earlier this week! 

I made a size S, and even though I am a small person, I got a new bra recently which has made the ladies very much HELLO! No more sad little breastfeeding boobies, but I think that perhaps I should have chucked the maternity bra back on for these photos or made the size M! 

It fits pretty well, but since I have a mummy belly still I paired it with my waisted denim shorts to cover up the cropped part. Of course you could make a longer style if you're a little self-conscious like me, or you could rock out with your tummy out or layer it over a plain coloured singlet (even wearing regular shorts you could barely see much skin! I've just been a littler conservative of late! I know, I know, look at my hair...lol)

The Summer Concert Tee is a comfortable top, easy to throw on and really easy to customise as you want it! I was going to make a lace-backed one but all I had in my stash was curtain lace, which would have looked really obviously curtainy! I also wanted to stencil something across the chest and I probably still will!

It features a hi-lo hem, and I really love the natural curve it takes without being so obviously here is the front and WOAH here is the back. It's a nice curve and I really like it! I don't know if I'm making any sense but I mean there are some shirts I've seen where the curve just doesn't flow.

The pattern has four pieces, and after printing out all your pages I can honestly say I have never put together a faster pattern! It was EASY sticking the printed out pages together, there wasn't as much cutting of excess paper that I usually have to do. Stoked! The hem has this sweet fluttery, waterfall effect to it

The fabric is this stretchy terry towelling like a beach towel but stretchy! I bought it from a fabric store years and years ago because look at these beach shorts I made tiny Vincent! I seriously thought it was an opshop buy, until I read that post just now! I have no idea why I would have bought so much of it!

I'm not sure if it could be made up in a woven fabric (not stretchy), but I bet if I made the neckline a bit deeper I could. It seems like it could be a nice flowy top from some pretty fabric in my stash!

So this is just one pattern from the first Perfect Pattern Parcel. There are 5 different patterns for women and I think they cater to all kinds of styles and sewing levels that you ladies may have! Can I tell you the really awesome part about the PPP? Okay there's two awesome parts. The first is: you get to choose how much you spend on the parcel.

Yeh. That is correct! You can spend a lot or a little, however much you can afford but most importantly, however much you feel you should be spending on it!

Here's a little incentive that may help you decide how much to spend on it

And if you are like me and kind of freak out at such a responsible decision (can't my mum make all my decisions for me?) Moxie & Gnatsy have decided to help out a charity of their choice with every Perfect Pattern Parcel release. To help little kids that don't get the same advantages that my kids have.

Yeh I hope that got you right in the feels! Haha!

 Oh yeh and the part where you get 5 patterns and get to do good in the world at the same time? Admirable!

That was supposed to be a coy look, but from sideways it just looks like I have no neck. Why is it so much easier to pose my children than it is myself? (95% of the time they pose themselves so I probably shouldn't take credit lol)

Want to know more about the Perfect Pattern Parcel?
About PPP:Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker with an "if you build it, they will come" mentality, and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting children's education.
About Donors Choose:Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education.
About Parcel #1:Pattern Parcel #1 includes sewing patterns for women that are modern classics, featuring both flattering silhouettes and garments that are comfortable to wear. From a new little black dress to weekend play wear, the patterns in Parcel #1 have got you covered.
Support Indie DesignersIndependent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they're thoroughly tested by real people. With detailed and well-explained instructions, these patterns often teach as you sew. Independent designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small, mostly women owned, businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping to making dream come true. 

If you want tio know even more, you can check out their website and buy the Perfect Pattern Parcel right here!

Perfect Pattern Parcel Buy Now

Watch this space for more sewn for me items from the first Perfect Pattern Parcel! Have you made something from the PPP #1? Details on how to share your stuff here

Shirt: Summer Concert Tee pattern by Dixie DIY
Shorts: JayJays
Shoes: Moccasins, eBay
Accessories: Anklet from Esk, Blink 182 silicone lyric bracelets & Black Milk silicone bracelet
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