Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{Kids Clothes Week} ~ Day 2 ~ Woolen vest for Portia

Day 2
Pattern: Drafted myself
Size 12m for Portia
Fabrics: From my stash, a woolen blanket and some knit from a random bag!! you know you have those too!!

Its been really cold lately in Tauranga, New Zealand, so I decided it was about time I made Portia a wee recycled woolen vest that I've been wanting to make one for a while. KCW is a perfect opportunity to make these little projects that have been "on the to make list"

This woolen blanket that I had was just crying out to be used as a vest.  And I really do think that I have done it well (though I say it myself,  haha modest aren't I?)

 I didn't have a pattern so I drafted my own, to start with I just lay Portia down on a piece of paper and drew around her, it took 3 goes to get it to "look right"  once I had the back piece I drew the front piece.  I knew I wanted a large overlap and a square neckline so I factored this in.

Porita loves playing PEEK-A-BOO

The front is held together with 2 BIG buttons from my stash, I managed to find 2 that were the say. AMAZING. The button holes were the most difficult part of the vest as my automatic buttonhole feature was having a hissy...so I had to do them manually...(firstworldproblem)

I also wanted a high low look to the vest, so the back is lower than the front and I just love the silhouette this gives.
It is so easy for Portia to move around in, and keeps her core nice and warm...We are off horse riding in 30mins so I will try take some photos of her riding a horse while wearing it.  super cute I bet.

I will also take some up close photos of the constructions, it is fully lined, but Portia will not take it off.

Joining in with KCW
I'd love to see what you've made, feel free to leave your blog posts in the comments so I can look.

Monday, July 21, 2014

{Kids Clothes Week} ~ DAY 1

Well, it's that time again, how does it come around so quickly.  it only seem like last week that I finished my last kcw item some rock star raglan tees for Elijah which is loves, and wears everywhere.

I told my husband yesterday "Kids clothes week starts tomorrow and his response was "oh no, what does that mean for me?"

Well...it means that I will be more focused on what I'm sewing, AS WELL as photographing nicely and blogging every day.  It means that the house will be messy (messier than usual), dishes will only get done when there is no more bench space and the washing will only get folded when the pile looks like this and I can't fit any more in the basket!!
But, the children will have nice new clothes to wear and I will feel proud that I can dress them in items that no one else has.  there is something very satisfying about when someone says to your child "what a pretty dress" and your child answer "my mummy made it".

Well on to my TO DO list for KCW this season.  
My plan is 

(in no particular order)
Panel Pants for Elijah
Romper dress (new design) for Brylie
Wool Vests for Brylie and Portia
a few more rock star raglans for Elijah
Romper for Portia
Hip hop harems for Elijah
Portia and Brylie Pettiskirts.

There is a theme this season
KCW July 2014 theme: KID ART
I haven't worked out how to incorporate this into my items as of yet, it may just be that I allow them to choose their fabrics...I'm not very good at giving up that control.

So today is DAY 1:
Pattern: Hip Hop Harems
Size: 4 for Elijah
Fabric: Cotton knit and cotton lycra.

So Elijah has been wearing only a few different pairs of pants over this winter and so I thought it would be good to make him a few more pairs.  I wanted to make them thicker for winter, but I only had plain fabric and merino and he was complaining the merino I used last time was scratchy, and I wanted him to actually wear them, so I opted for some cute little knits I had, one with cars and one with dinosaurs.

This is my newest pattern, released a few days ago, and goes from 0-6years.  It can be made in knit or woven and they look super cute on cloth nappy bottoms.
They are a very quick sew, I made these two in less than an hour.

I was excited to see how they looked on Elijah, but when I got him home he would only try on the car ones, apparently the dinosaurs were going to eat him up...lol

On the other hand he LOVED the car ones and wore them the rest of the day..

I think he was pretty chuffed that I'd made something for him for a change.

He's getting quite good at modelling for me now.

and where would a blog post from me be without a little photo bomber.

So anyone else joining in with KCW this week?  What are you planning on making?  

Friday, July 11, 2014

{Pattern Release} Street Smart Sweatshirt Collection

In all the hubub and excitment of the scalloped princess dress blog tour I totally forgot to share about the newest pattern in my shop.

It is the STREET SMART SWEATSHIRT COLLECTION, and by collection I really do mean collection.  The amount of different items you can make using this pattern is endless.  

From a traditional hoodie...
To a Sweatshirt...
To a Sweatshirt with a difference, perfect for girls...
A hi-low with or without a hood, this one is perfect in a light knit fabric...
Or a dress length with or without a hood...This one is also perfect in a light knit or merino fabric...
And not to mention the with or without a pocket... 

It comes in sizes nb-12years and is perfect for boys and girls alike.  
Here are some of my gorgeous tester photos to get you inspired.

 Perfect for an inspired hoodie.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Scalloped Princess Dress Blog tour WRAP UP

Thank you so much for following along with my first blog tour.

I've had so much fun seeing the different dresses made from my pattern.
Which was your favourite?

And the winner of their choice of two (2) of my patterns is Lisa Sanders
Congratulations and I'll be hearing from you soon as to which patterns you want.

Also it is our last chance to get the pattern for $2 off HERE.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Scalloped Princess Dress Blog tour DAY 6

I feel sad that today is our last day of the tour, however we have 3 more amazing dresses before we finish.

And make sure you make the most of the pattern being on special.  Its the last day of the tour.
Purchase it HERE. its $2 off still.

First up is Rebekah from RebekahSews
Rebekah has also been a valued tester for me over the last 6  months, her wee girl is a varied collection of my clothes now and features i a few of my listings.  My Estrella Pattern is actually named after her.
She is below the sizing of this pattern but Rebekah is a talented sewer and has obviously make this to fit her darling.  The colours in this dress are amazing  and you have to read the http://rebekahsews.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/my-little-country-princess-little-kiwi-blog-tour/

Next up is Jenny from Mend and Make New 
Jenny cut into some very precious and treasured fabric to make this dress.
I feel honoured that she would trust me enough to do that, and as you can see from this photo, the finished dress is gorgeous.  But don't take my word for it, read her full post http://www.mendandmakenew.co.nz/2014/07/scalloped-princess-dress-blog-tour.html?m=1to find out more and see more photos.

and lucky lucky last we have Terra from Mama Says Sew
Such a sweet print for a sweet sundress.
Read the full blog here

And the giveaway,  enter now if you haven't because I will be announcing the winner tomorrow.
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Scalloped Princess Dress Blog tour DAY 5

Day 5 and first up today we have Joanna from  Gal Originals Creations

I just adore this colour and the sparkles that have been carefully placed on the bodice...AND there is a special surprise that you just have to see, so pop on over and read the full post.

Next up is Kerry from Sutures and Sand Paper
Isn't this little princess dress just adorable?  Everything about it is so sweet and perfect.  When I see photos and items like this it makes me amazed that I designed the pattern!!
I really need to stop second guessing myself now.
Now off you run to read the full blog post.

Dont forget the pattern is 20% off during the tour.  Get it here

Friday, July 4, 2014

Scalloped Princess Dress Blog tour DAY 4

Today we have three beautiful dresses to look at and read about and drool over.

If you want to make your own dress, then make the most of the pattern being on special HERE. its $2 off for the duration of the blog tour.

Ula from Lulu and Celeste is up first
This photo showcases the beautiful shape of the back.
read her full blog post

Next up is Michelle from Fairy Kisses
Now this looks like a certain Disney Princess I've seen quite a lot of lately.  Its wonderful to think people will use my dress to create Elsa and other princesses.
Full blog post

and last but not least, we have Deb from SproutingJubeJube
Classic simplicity, This dress shows off the scalloped hem beautifully.
read about her dress here

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