Thursday, 5 March 2015

It's not pink nor a dress...

Eep. Edison still loves Star Wars, she still has a crush on Darth Vader and she still fills her pockets with rocks.

One thing has changed though, and that's her little miss independent sense of style. I went through it with her brother, I still am, and you know the story. He'll only wear pants if they're skinny and tight. Or leggings. Miss Eddie? It has to be a pretty dress. Or Pink. Sometimes Purple. But she legit will not put something on without a fight if it's none of the above.

Guess how many pink pretty dresses she owns?

Nada.

I mean it's not like I never bought her any! I didn't deprive my child of a princess ballerina wardrobe but she has more sneakers than pretty ballet flats, and since she grew two inches suddenly this year all her pretty dresses are super inappropriate to wear without leggings. Oh and those leggings? They're like capris now.

Vincent NEVER grew this rapidly. He's just slow and steady and it's pretty rad (watch me eat my words when he shoots up in a few months). Eddie was my Short Round. Her younger cousins are taller than her, her friends are taller than her, our four month old puppy is taller than her. Everyone on the planet is taller than her.

She's still short but the girl has legs for days and I've found myself plunged into Frozen fabric and pretty dresses I never in a million years thought I would ever ever sew. It's not something I am UNWILLING to do, it's just something I am not familiar or confident with. I guess it's how some people view boy sewing!

Either way, when I sewed up this shirt for my review on Pattern Revolution she instantly dissed it. I mean hello, it is neither pink nor a dress. THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU MUM? Head on over to find out how I changed her mind!


Oh and this seems to be a thing now when taking photos...



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

30 days of Shirley Temple

Evening!

So a few months ago I thought how cute it would be to do a Shirley Temple inspired series, just people making Shirley Temple dresses because fashion from the 30s and 40s was so adorable for little girls. It's hard though when you think you're the only one that would really care about such a thing so it just sort of went away because then there the hectic holiday period and lots of silly real life crap to wade through. That was until I randomly started looking at cute Shirley Temple dresses again a few days ago, and then suddenly I realised I'd seen that mass of curls and chubby cheeks, thoselitlte rosebud lips and that cute button nose somewhere else...


I don't think it's just me, but I really think that the older Edison gets the more she looks like Shirley Temple! That was it for me, it was all over, Eddie MUST have some Shirley Temple dresses and since she has become a dress-only, twirly princess ballerina I know that she is going to be pretty pleased with some new pouffy dresses to add to her wardrobe. Although once I get an idea it sort of snowballs and I felt that maybe she should have one for each day of the month. So that;s thirty, thirty Shirley Temple dresses and then I figured, hey, I'm going to blog about it right? May as well make it a THING!

not edison
I mentioned my idea to a few and then put it up on Instagram just to see what other people might think and to my surprise I am not alone! I'm pretty excited and I have no idea what I'm doing but right now I am announcing that for April we will be celebrating 30 days of Shirley Temple!



I don't want this to be a stressful sewing event, you certainly don't have to be as daft as I am and sew 30 dresses but if you would like to sew just one, or more, please do! At this stage I'm not sure if I will be putting a linky party here or a big round up post later of everyone's dresses or feature them along with my posts whenever someone makes one! The plan is still forming but if you have any ideas or would like to participate in any way please leave a comment or send me an email (max@max-california.com). Even if you just want to spectate you're more than welcome ^_^

If you do want to sew along feel free to do your thing! I'm going to making a few replicas, a few 'inspired by' dresses, maybe I'll do a giveaway with a few of the dresses too! So yeh, what do you think?


Follow Max California's board 30 days of Shirley Temple on Pinterest.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Haven Acres Mini Collection! ie PONY HAT!

Check out my review (and the cute photos of Edison!) of the Haven Acres Mini Collection over at Pattern Revolution! It was my d├ębut review so leave me loads of comment love and cheerleading support over there please :B




Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Dressage Leggings for a Boy


Dudes. I got the choice to review the Haven Acres mini collection (something I have been stalking and obsessing about since I realised it was even going to become a thing) by Jennuine Design for either my blog or as my debut post on Pattern Revolution.

In the wise words of those guys from El Dorado...


So this week just past I sewed up quite a few Dressage Leggings, and some little Sweet Pea Caps, and a Haven Acres blouse (which is over on PR). I really wanted to sew some of the stuff up for Vin, namely the Dressage Leggings and the Sweet Pea Cap. This whole collection had me excited, especially if you google Haven Acres Mini Collection like i kept doing (i told you, obsessed) and kept seeing things like this, this and this!? I don't even like horses, like at all, but this? THIS I LIKE!


The Dressage Leggings comes with this riding-inspired leggings where you can do some excellent colour blocking or mix up some contrast fabrics, but it also comes with a basic leggings pattern as well. I really love that idea, because while I have several leggings patterns I didn't have any printed out for vin in his size (and the dude loves and rocks leggings like no other!). The fit on these is 10 out of 10. I didn't even realise that I could get his little booty into anything that fit any better until these bad boys! I sewed up the size 5 for him, with a size 4 waistband and he



Finally I invested in a couple of meters of good quality black stretchknit, I find it hard to spend money on basic fabrics but lets be real, I use black solids more than any other colour so it's time to just man up to it. It's four way stretch, which is perfect, and it's quite sturdy which totally counterbalanced the slinky slippery stretch that I used for the contrast panels. If you remember I used the same fabric for Eddie's first Alley Cat Romper here. It's so lightweight and soft. Also I think the flag print really is cool too!


The little guy does yoga now. He has this incredible balance and it's definitely something he needed mentally. He's always so mellow after his classes, it's fantastic!

I wasn't sure if he'd dig the pony ears on the Sweet Pea Cap so I jived it up just a little. I made them skinnier and longer and turned them into BAT EARS. However I really should have interfaced them because they just flop around. He really doesn't mind though, he loves it! I really love that tiny little brim, so cute!



I also made the complete Haven Acres mini collection for Edison, you can check out my brief review of the patterns over on Pattern Revolution. You can grab each pattern individually in Jenn's shop, or the all three as a little bundle for a lower price than buying them individually.


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Aviator Pants aka I want a pair!



I've had the Aviator Pants by Winterwear Designs for a really long time, but never had the time to stitch them up. Oh man, I don't know what is WRONG with me because these are the cutest, most comfy-looking pants I've ever stitched up. Now the little guy is super fussy with his clothes, which makes him lucky that I can sew and custom fit stuff for him; he's obsessed with skinny jeans and leggings, so I wasn't sure if he'd be the least bit keen on wearing these however the dude's verdict? "These will be perfect for New Zealand!" (We went to New Zealand one winter when he was younger, so now Winter is synonymous with New Zealand, heehee)

This pattern is for beginners, it's not too difficult although if you've made pants before or sewn clothes before it would be an advantage. Each step is illustrated and the instructions are simplified and shouldn't cause you too much trouble. I did have problems with the triangles at the ankles, but this was my personal fault because it had been a very long, long weekend :,) I'm not sure when I will learn from experience and sew projects I've never attempted before with a nice fresh mind!


  These pants feature cool contrast triangles at the ankles, soft knit cuffs and an elasticated knit waistband too. They have back welt pockets (not as scary as you might think, trust me on this one!) front pockets and cargo pockets although I am not a fan of cargo pockets ever so I didn't add them to these pants. I've seen other aviators with the pockets and they do look pretty rad AND the boy is  big fan of 'lego' pockets so who knows, i'll probably cave next pair. The instructions for the cargo pockets were VERY detailed so I'm 100% sure I won't have any trouble with them!


They're basically glorified sweatpants, which is so rad because... I mean LOOK at them. I'm so glad that Suzanne made a women's pattern available for these because I'm crossing my fingers and hoping like hell that I have enough of this blue knit to make myself a pair! Do you think Vin will be embarrassed we have matching pants?

I sewed up a standard size 5 for the dude, he's pretty average when it comes to his size for his age which is convenient (let's not get started on his short round sister), and they fit beautifully on him. They're not overly baggy, which he likes.


The pattern is available in sizes 18months (yay a pair for little sister!) all the way up to 14 years. I remember when Suzanne released them I was looking skeptically at the size chart and wondering if I could squeeze into the size 14. I couldn't. It was a fun moment to pretend like I could though.

There's not an obscene amount of pages to print out, which is awesome, and the measurements for the waistband, cargo pocket, welt pocket bag and cuffs are in the instructions (and on the pattern pieces) so you're not printing out useless rectangles. I personally don't mind either way when designers give you the measurements or give you actual pattern pieces, but when you're running low on printer ink and pay day is a week away and you want to make the pants NOW it's a virtual lifesaver.


It didn't take me too long to sew them up. I cut them out and constructed the front pockets in an evening (an evening where my brain wasn't switched on) and then sewed the rest up in about an hour and a half the next morning. I'm really satisfied and pleased with the result, and will definitely be sewing them up again (I already have a floral pair cut out for little sister Eddie).


Highly recommend these as a good base pattern for any pants and shorts you will need to make your little dudes in the future! You can keep them basic, or embellish the heck out of them. I really wish I had black knit in my stash because that will be my next pair for the guy.

I also made his singlet from a t-shirt that used to be mine. He loves it :,) It's probably slightly inappropriate...

Have an awesome day!

look at that cheeky little face omg. he's so cute and his teeth are so tiny

Oh hey you might be wondering what that Pattern Revolution watermark is doing on the title photo? Or did you miss it? Yeh go scroll up and check again, I'll wait here for you!



You back? Okay good. So here's the thing. 2015 is my year of taking leaps of faith again and just learning how to focusing (also watch me conquer my ADD! that's on the list!) and so when I saw the auditions for Pattern Revolution reviewers I was like "imma do it" even though I was really like "lol they would NOT want me because I am wild and they're all relatively well-behaved" so anyway I sent in my audition and totally talked myself up and sold myself (I actually think I did a REALLY good job of that) since I've not had a proper job interview in like... seven years? So somehow that worked and then I got put into this secret group on facebook where we all had to review a pattern and basically like do a mock trial of what we'd be doing on Pattern Rev. So I'm not a pro photographer clearly (another thing to learn this year! watch me get better!) so I was like "yeh here we go. i'm a tree that's about to slowly fall" because the competition was pretty fierce I have to say.

And well. I guess you probably figured it out. This was my trial post and they liked me and chose me and I'm the 7th because I am Australian and found out after everyone else hah. (I'm a little slow). SO you'll be seeing me do some cool stuff over on Pattern Revolution! I'm going to rock your ruffles!

OH and I made his shirt. I resized it from a shirt I used to wear but he really needed something to go with these pants so I cut it up and made him this rad singlet. I actually want to make him like 10 more of these. It reminds me of these bad boys.

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