Ah, that time of the year when the sun comes out and I realise how much they’ve grown, again.
This week’s theme over on the Project Run & Play Challenge is celebrations around the world which seemed to me like a great excuse to make some party outfits. We celebrated my youngest daughter’s birthday this weekend so that seemed like the perfect (and most practical) choice of celebration. I tend to make a birthday outfit of her choice every year anyway and more often than not she chooses a costume, which I interpret to make as wearable as possible (last year’s was a shark hoodie and mermaid leggings!). This year she requested a hawk dress which I did my best to interpret into something that could have multi-purpose wear but also the flamboyant make-believe fun factor I know she appreciates. I decided to go with a simple dress that could be paired with a cape that serve as wings (or a simple jacket or jumper on other occasions) and chose a colour scheme that drew inspiration from a hawk but was also aesthetically pleasing. Continue reading
This little pattern has had so much use over the years in many different guises, so it seemed like a good one to finally get together as a proper pattern. As usual it took much longer than I’d have expected when I started but after seeing all the wonderful test versions, I’ll be sharing later this week, I fell for the simple but versatile style all over again. Continue reading
I was quite overwhelmed by the response to my request for volunteers to test The Collage Sweater pattern – there are so many talented and enthusiastic sewists out there around the world. I picked a couple from each size and loved seeing all the different versions being made up by a brilliant group. A big thank you to all the volunteers and testers for helping me get the pattern ready! 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…
This skater style dress is a new ‘no frills’ pattern from Madeit Patterns. The pattern is to the same standard but the instructions are more basic (not for beginners) as the pattern is simple enough to make for a more experienced home sewer, and it is sold at a ‘no frills’ sort of price. Continue reading
My youngest daughter and I have been doing lots of space themed drawing and painting recently so I got her involved coming up with ideas for the space dress she’d dreamt up. Continue reading
Not so much Christmas pyjamas as pyjamas made and gifted at Christmas ( I have yet to find a Christmas novelty print that has won me over!). My eldest daughter got well and truly hooked on the Harry Potter series this year after a generous friend gave her the box set. Much as I love an excuse to make a costume I wanted to make something that would get a bit more wear so decided on a pyjama set with cosy cloak/dressing gown.