Spring sewing

Hello everyone,

This is a bit of a bonza blog entry because I have been making loads of things and entirely failing to blog about them. I do put lots of stuff up on my instagram, so do follow me there if you are so inclined. I’m sparkleface100.

So what have I made? Loads more stuff for others. I need to stop doing it and be more selfish! I need some warm weather clothes. And some more work clothes. However, I love all the things I have made. Especially things for babies. Babies really do get all the good stuff don’t they?

First up, not for babies, but also kind of for babies is a breastfeeding top for a dear friend. I used the Golden Rippy Cinnabar Sky pattern in a suitably baby sick coloured jersey. Its a very cute and easy to make pattern and though I am not breastfeeding, I think I will make a maxi dress version for myself. You can just sew up the gaps, and the ballerina style wrap top is very cute. Here is is, suitably functionally modelled!

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Next up, a VERY jazzy outfit for the baby himself. This is in the same fabric I made husband’s t-shirt in: a super soft (and horrendous to sew) jersey. It’s a Simplicity Pattern I think,  I will check the number if anyone needs it. I made a babygro and matching hat (not pictured). I think he is going to look very fancy. As as his grandfather said to me at his christening: no one will question who made it for him!

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Finally I made the cutest T-shirt ever (if I do say so myself) for a second birthday present for an April (showers) born little boy. I used half a metre of amazing Kitschy Coo organic jersey, and I want to be able to fit into it myself. It’s dreamy, and was lovely to sew. Here we go!

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In other news, as well as sewing things for Other People, I’ve been helping Other People sew things for themselves. My awesome friend Anna came round yesterday and made a very cute nautical woven t-shirt (New Look 6217: highly recommended as a beginner pattern) from scratch in three hours including tracing and cutting. I was so impressed. Anna can use a sewing machine and has done some alterations before, but had never made an item of clothing herself. And here she is sewing and modelling. I’m definitely going to make a few of these T-shirts myself.

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Time to stop appearing saintly.

Confession time: I have ENTIRELY failed to stick to my pledge to not buy any more fabrics. I decided I did not have nearly enough summery fabrics and have used this for justifying buying many more fabrics. I’m not buying at the same rate as I was last year, and I have been making some good inroads into my stash, but there is no denying it, I have entirely FAILED at my New Year’s resolution. But oh, oh oh, look at the pretty things I have bought of late.

Swoon (shamefacedly)

Swoon (shamefacedly)

Right. On that embarrassed note I shall love you and leave you. I have also made some lovely things for myself (using stash fabrics, yes!) that I shall post very soon. Until then, happy sewing xxx

Sewing for other people 1: tiny ones

Saintly me

Saintly me

I have been doing some VERY PHILANTHROPIC AND GENEROUS AND MAGNANIMOUS sewing of late. Yes, that’s right, saint that I am, I took a pause from sewing pretty/comfy/weird things for me and sewed things for boys. Three different boys in fact. I shall write about the thing I made for a husband-shaped boy in a future post. Today’s post is about things I made for small-shaped boys.

I made dungarees. When I have children they will live in dungarees. I wish I could live in dungarees. They are the finest item of clothing known to humanity. One day, when I learn how to grade up this pattern for two year olds into adult sizes I will be the happiest woman alive. So will all my friends who saw these and demanded their own pair. For now though, I will content myself with making awesome dungarees for children.

Felix and his crazy crocodile and crab dungarees

Felix and his crazy crocodile and crab dungarees

The pattern was a freebie from the wonderful Toya. This pattern is so good, and so clear I could not believe it was free and I am so so grateful that the free pattern came in pretty much exactly the right size for the two boys of friends that I was sewing for. It’s brilliant. Toya is a genius and her daughter is the cutest thing alive. Apart from these boys.

The pattern is for two year olds and the boys I was making for are both 18 months. Conveniently they are quite big for their age and I forgot to add any seam allowance onto the pattern so it fits perfectly! Being a plus size sewist who has to regularly struggle to fit her pattern pieces onto a table, sewing these tiny miniature pieces was such a joy. I laughed out loud at the size of the tiny bum pockets and cooed and aahed at the tiny measurements of my ‘models’. These boys have 50CM chests, and I have a 50INCH one. LOLZ!

So SMALL!!

So SMALL!!

Sewing for kids is a real joy. Things come together really quickly, cutting out is a breeze and you use a lot less thread and barely any fabric (less than a metre for each pair of dungarees). And the final product is too cute for words. I think I will be making a lot more kids clothes for anyone I even vaguely know who has a child because it is so fun, and ideal for doing on a quiet evening where you can’t be bothered to start a big project but want to sew and want instant results.

 

Two pins for the pockets!

Two pins for the pockets!

The only slight downside of sewing for other people’s kids is that I feel uber responsible about making sure the clothes are ‘safe’ so got a bit cautious and nervous when sewing the buttons on to make sure that they will not come off and get swallowed. I doubt a tank could rip them off!

Though I used the same pattern for both pairs, the results are very different. For the first pair I used an excellent solid ‘Crocodiles Balls and Crabs 100% Polyester Jersey’ from Oh So Crafty with a soft black ribbed jersey lining.

I was pleased with my pockets

I was pleased with my pockets

The second pair came about when my friend saw my post about my Peter Rabbit pyjamas and told me her little boy Joseph absolutely loved ‘Peter Bit’. I realised I probably had enough fabric to knock up a pair for him and ta da! These happened:

JoJo and Peter Rabbit

JoJo and Peter Rabbit

There wasn’t much fabric left and so the bunnies and stripes on the legs are a bit off kilter, but I don’t think it matters. The lining was made from an old bed sheet finished with some nice bias binding. I was quite pleased with how posh they looked!

The innards of Peter Rabbit

The innards of Peter Rabbit

Both parents and boys seem pretty pleased with their new dungarees and it made me super happy to get pictures of the little lads looking so dapper in them. I’ll leave you with a few more just to demonstrate they they seem to be fairly robust and can stand up to all the scamperings of very cute small people. Also, to demonstrate that a boy can look FIERCE in Peter Rabbit dungarees and a tube of toothpaste…..

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