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).
I’ve made a few matchy matchy oufits for my girls and I over the years. Not usually intentionally, I might add, but more as a way of using up leftover fabric. This time I thought it might be time to make some daddy daughter matching outfits, so with that, I hereby announce the end of dull menswear and quite possibly the end of good taste too. Continue reading
As the weather gets colder, I’m continuing with my efforts to sew clothes that will actually coordinate rather than just individual items that might not work together. Filling the long cardigan (or not-so-secret dressing gown) gap are these Esme Cardigans by Named Clothing. Continue reading
Finally I got round to making the onesies I’ve been promising them (for most of this year). Custom printed to their tastes with golden stars and prehistoric creatures…
My youngest had her heart set on an underwater birthday party so she could ‘dress up like a shark and scare the parents’. With ambitions like that I found it hard to refuse. We discussed a full shark costume, but decided it might be a little impractical/hot/uncomfortable for playing party games/doing crafts so settled on a shark hoodie with some other mix and match sea-themed items. Continue reading
I really enjoyed the 3-piece set I made last month as part of The Refashioner’s challenge, but I wasn’t necessarily going to have another go. Then fate intervened in the form of a suit in a charity shop on sale for £2.50… Continue reading
Today I’m joining a group of international sewists posting makes that are inspired by the talented ray-of-sunshine that is Portuguese blogger Ines of La Folie Sewing Booth.
Both daughters were in desperate need of new winter coats – and not just the pretty woollen kind. They need warm, waterproof coats that could be worn all through the British winter. Continue reading
The Refashioners is an annual series and competition organized by Portia (blogger at Makery) celebrating and offering inspiration for the art of refashioning. If you haven’t come across it before, it’s definitely worth checking out as there are always a wealth of ideas and some of them are down-right incredible. Last year’s challenge was to work with jeans and this year the attention falls on suits. Continue reading