Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Dress

We are moving to another city in just over a week. I have been feverishly sewing and drawing patterns for the last couple weeks, trying to get all my current projects done. One of these patterns was for a very cute drop waisted dress. I first designed this dress as a birthday present for a friend's daughter.
I made it up as a size 12-18 months in a very cute pale blue fabric with white spots. It looked fabulous.

So I drew a size 2 as well. And got carried away with Christmas ideas. This is the amazing result. (I love it!)

Red satin and glittery tulle...
Buttons down the back...
A cute Peter Pan collar...
A printed Christmas print for the bodice...

How Christmas-y and cute is that? This dress design would have to be one of my absolute favourites now. Easy to sew and so cute on a little girl.

The Christmas dress comes in two sizes, 12-18 months and size 2. You can find this pattern on my Etsy shop by following the link below!

Christmas Dress PDF Pattern

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

McCalls 6304... More Overalls

I wasn't just talking when I said that overalls are one of my favourite clothing items for little boys. I feel like I need to make the most of them in the next few months because they won't be much good for my son once we start toilet training! I made up the McCalls 6304 pattern overalls the other day.

I made the size 2 up but forgot to measure the shoulder to crotch length. So I ended up with overalls that were rather fat but too short. With some tricky manoeuvring I managed to squeeze an extra inch out of them to make them fit.

This is a great pattern but will probably need some work in the fitting stage. I took the width in by some 4 or more cm and it is still on the large and loose side. But isn't my boy cute?

Keep an eye out for my new overalls pattern for babies aged 3-6 months in the next weeks.

Monday, 23 November 2015

My recent crochet activities

I keep finding more fun little crochet projects to keep me busy in the evenings. Here are two of my latest... this crochet obsession shows no signs of abating!

A sweet little beanie for a brand new baby. In the future I hope to have some opportunities to photograph new babies, so this one is a prop for that dream! Too impractical for everyday use but so very cute!

A little bag for my crochet hooks. I keep losing them amongst my bags of wool, so this is a fun way of keeping them safe. It also gave me a chance to practice my flowers.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Short Playsuit or Romper?

Regardless of whether you call it a play suit or a romper, this item of clothing is one of my favourites in the range of clothing for babies and toddlers. Girl or boy, all kids look cute in these all-in-one style clothes. You can make them warm, you can make them cool, you can make them fancy or plain. I love them. Of all the items that I make for Jeremy, the ones I like most have always been the rompers, play suits and overalls.

This latest design of mine is for a girls sleeveless play suit or romper. It could be altered to make it more suitable for boys by removing the elastic waist.

My short play suit pattern is sized to fit children aged 6-12 months.
You can find this PDF pattern for sale on my Etsy shop by clicking on the link below.

Short Playsuit PDF Pattern

It was an easy design job and should have been a very simple sew... but I made some mistakes. Sigh. Though you can not tell now, I accidentally cut off the shoulder section of the play suit back. Don't ask me what I was doing. Accidents happen. After much careful mending, I managed to get it back on track!
This is a very versatile pattern when it comes to finding a good fit. The body of the play suit is quite loose which allows the waist elastic to be tighter or looser depending on the size of the baby. You could also adjust the tightness of the elastic in the legs to create a better fit. The first model pictured below is fairly petite and the leg elastic could be tightened to provide a better fit for her. The second model was more solidly built and filled out the play suit more.