Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Shortest Lady Skater

Oh yes, yes I was lucky to snag a spot in the Lady Skater tour and let me tell you it has been QUITE the tour!

Oh this? My Lady Skater. Super cute? Definitely. Too short? You bet. We'll get to that in a moment! First let's talk about the PATTERN!

I love it. It's simple, it's easy, it was fast to sew up just like the Little Girls Skater Dress (for girls) and the Little Skater (for babies). I used the tester pattern I was sent agggges ago (um.. oops!)and it worked totally perfect for me! As you can see, I used the same fabric I used as my Steampunk Shorts. At first I was a little embarrassed about using the same fabric. In the blogging world there are so man talented seamstresses that seem to spend A LOT on fabric. I spend hardly anything, and never on anything *designer*, and since PR&P I have barely set foot inside a fabric store! I make do with what I have (the whole reason I started to DIY!), so when the only fabric I had with enough yardage that I could work with was the same as my last for-me project I felt a bit... inferior.

And then I remembered, it's okay!

And, as it turns out which you will read later, that it was a blessing in disguise! So I stitched this baby up. At first I was just going to keep it plain, but then I was looking at all the other Lady Skaters on the tour and realised, "Girl you need to up your game!" So I upped it a smidge! I added a plain black band (fabric salvaged from a t-shirt) around the neck, and stitched a metal trouser-fly zipper to the front. It zips up and down, sure, but it doesn't actually unzip anything. It's decorative! Hah.

I also added pockets!

Yeh man, Vincent's clothes aren't the only things to get Lego pockets put in! Mama needed something to carry her Lego in too (I kind of am kidding. I don't just exclusively carry Lego. Sometimes I carry flowers he has picked me).

So the dress was all done and looked pretty cute. Hit me above my knee which is a good length for me now I'm a mama of two and need to bend & pick stuff up all the time. I don't do mini skirts anymore, so this was a good length!


I decided it should be shorter.

And I measured it and eyeballed it and cut it and then hemmed and then tried it on.

Well, my husband is a fan!

Seriously. One day I will blog about why I don't smile.  Sometimes I try. Or sometimes (like today) I don't even attempt lol. *SULTRY STARE*
However, there is no way I could wear that as a dress without showing everyone what colour knickers I was wearing every time I took a step.

Here is the rad part!

My steampunk shorts are the perfect length for underneath!


The rad thing about Kitschy Coo Patterns is that Amanda often has extra content on her blog. She releases a pattern, then blogs about little adjustment tutorials for adding to your pattern or altering it into something different!

Check out the previous & next stops on the pattern tour!

Oh if you ever want to make yourself feel less pale, go stand in a white corridor! I swear I glow-in-the-dark I am so white ahha!


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Winter Sun Pants

Hey guys!

When Heather emailed me asking if I wanted to be a part of the tour I hesitated for only a moment because I am SO busy trying to move house & plan for our New Zealand adventure! However when I saw the patterns, it was a no brainer!

I fell in love instantly, for serious, I could just see both the patterns on my kids and I was excited to get going!

For the Perfect Playtime Pants, I used some AWESOME STARLION fabric I bought from Kitschycoo just recently. I was so scared to cut into it, but I'm glad I did because the moment Vincent saw them he wanted to put them on RIGHT AWAY (something he hasn't wanted to do since PR&P!)

The fabric is super soft, and for the cuffs I used the bottoms of some leggings that I didn't wear anymore.

They really are the Perfect Playtime Pants! I had a hard time getting photos of Vinnie standing still in them!

I normally go for a more slimmer fit with pants for Vincent, but lets face it, no kid wants to play rough in skinny jeans. I can see myself making a whole pile of these for him to wear to kindy!

For Edison I made the Harem Pants. They are a size 18months, and she is still in 6-12months, but I love them SO MUCH. They are so cute, and look super super comfy. She can't walk just yet, but she is fond of standing and holding people's hands.

Again I had a really hard time keeping her still, and had to enlist Tim to help hold her hands because she wanted to get going!

Yep you have seen this fabric before! I still have HEAPS of the grey quilt cover left over, and pretty much every thing I have used it for has been for edison, IE one of her first dresses and the lining for this capelet.

The cuffs are scraps from the leggings I used for Vince's pants, so overall I did well with the recycling thing!

Both the patterns are a super quick sew! I didn't use pockets on either of them, although in future I will definitely give Vincent's pants pockets (LEGO, GUYS. THE KID NEEDS LEGO POCKETS. Focus!). The patterns come with variations on length and also they have pockets. I think next time I make the playtime pants they will be for Eddie (there is an ADORABLE bloomer option)

Each pattern is $7 but you can buy the two of them as a deal for $10!

She is 1 tomorrow... ONE. Year. Old.

Want to win your choice of either pattern? Leave a comment here letting me know your current inspiration/muse/next project you are excited about! My muse has been AWOL lately, so I want to live vicariously through you!

Winner will be determined by random generator & is open to all on planet earth & jupiter. 

Check out my co-hosts on the tour!

 July 1: Suzanne from Winter Wonderings, Wanderings, & Whatnot
July 2: Rachel from Once Upon a Sewing Machine
July 3: RaeAnna from Sewing Mama RaeAnna
July 4: Heather from Feathers Flights
July 5: Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
July 8: ME!
July 9: Magda from House of Estrela
July 10: Sophie from The Sisters 4
July 11: Toni from Sugar Tart Crafts
July 12: Celina from Petit a Petit


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Tutorial: Wanderlust Shirt

This was originally posted over at Project Run & Play when I won the Men's Shirt week for Season 6


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Refashioning Roses

Today I am over at House of Estrela for Refashion July. I'll be talking about refashioning clothes and how I turned these...

Into this:

You can check out other things I have recycled and refashioned by checking out my Recycling Clothes tag.