Christmas gifts 2017

monochrome pyjamas for twins in nosh organics

After calling a gifting truce with most of my family (who luckily all feel the same about an overly consumerist Christmas) I was left with just a few enjoyable gifts to make for my daughters, nephew and nieces. Just as well, as November and December often end up being two of the busiest months of the year workwise and I ended up leaving gift making right to the last minute again (yes, I was still stitching on Christmas Eve).

Pyjamas x2

Twin pyjamas in nosh organicsMy twin nieces are a delight to sew for, but in a bid to make things in time I decided on a quicker project making these mix and match monochrome pyjamas using Nosh Organics Jersey. The tops were sewn using the Rowan Tee pattern by Titchy Threads and I used a free leggings pattern from Love Notions for the bottoms. To add a bit of colour I used Nosh ribbing in maple sugar and some stretch sweatshirting in blue/grey for the wrist, ankle and neck bands.

Dinosaur Grr


My nephew requested a dinosaur costume. By his design drawings it was clear he was after a realistic (and quite possibly animatronic) affair, and whilst I was tempted to take on the challenge, after talking it through with my sister I decided to take a route that compromised his vision a little in order to make something more wearable and comfortable that could be easily incorporated into his wardrobe.


With a plan in mind I set about cutting out the necessary pieces using green organic cotton fleece-backed sweatshirting from Fabworks. Again, I used the Rowan Tee pattern, this time adding the hood (which I redrafted into a two piece hood with an additional ‘nose piece’ and sizing up for a baggier fit.



Before assembling the pieces I screenprinted them with eyes, nostrils and graduated spots for a more reptilian effect.

dinosaur hoodie and tracksuitI struggled a little to work out the best order of assembly in order to add a continuous line of spikes down the centre of the hood, back and tail made from interfaced dark green sweatshirt fabric. I also added teeth in interfaced white cotton between the main hood and lining at the front.dinosaur hoodie and tracksuit

The trousers, by comparison, were very simple to make using a self drafted pattern and simply adding a line of spikes down each side seam.dinosaur hoodie and tracksuitIn the end I think it makes a good compromise between comfort and costume, but just don’t ask me to make another…

Men’s contrast sweatshirtMens contrast sweatshirt

The only adult who made it onto the gift list this year was Mr. MadebyToya. The girls had a few gifts to open on Christmas morning so I wanted him to have something too. That said, I was fairly reluctant to give up this beautiful textured sweatshirting from Nosh that I had earmarked for myself. (I had in mind a bomber jacket inspired by the one Eva made herself).Mens contrast sweatshirt in nosh organicsI used an adapted Finlayson sweater pattern as before and used a plain black ribbing at the waist with yellow, green and orange at the neck and wrists respectively.Mens contrast sweatshirt in nosh organicsEven now it’s finished I’m a bit jealous.

And finally…

For my daughters I made some dolls with a couple of outfits, which I will share later as they are from a yet-to-be-released pattern.


They also received some vest and pants sets using lovely lemon jersey from Stoff & Stil. The vests were self drafted (and I cut the fabric up side down- arrggghh!! the perils of late night sewing!) and the pants were adapted from the Play pants pattern from Madeit patterns.


And finally… I made a Christmas outfit for my eldest using plum stretch velvet for the tee and plaid wool for a full circle skirt.

party outfit with velvet tee and plaid circle skirt

Until next year….

Nosh fabrics kindly gifted as part of a blogger collaboration

4 thoughts on “Christmas gifts 2017

    1. Thanks Kate – another bonus of circle skirts is how easy they are. I took a piece of fabric folded it in quarters and cut! Only waistband and hem sewing needed…

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