Saturday, 26 October 2013

Baby Boy Waistcoat

I generally find it quite hard to think of/find sewing projects for boys and so my nephew tends to get a little left out when it comes to hand-stitched clothes... I tend to knit for him instead. But today when I was browsing for inspiration I came across a smart and simple baby boy waistcoat on Prudent Baby.

I had some left over brown cord from another project and a pair of stretchy cotton mix tweedy trousers that I knew would be perfect, so I set to it. And here's the result...

Seersucker autumn tunic dress

Seersucker is one if my all time favourite fabrics and a few weeks ago John Lewis had a selection if bright seersuckers on offer; I couldn't resist!

Whilst I was there I also browsed the patterns and came across burda kids 9503 dress and tunic pattern. It seemed like the perfect project for my new seersucker as a long sleeved tunic in light seersucker can be layered with leggings and long sleeved tees for the cooler weather.

I was pretty excited and got going straight away... but only just finished this wekend. I'm pretty happy with how its come out, but there were a few hiccups along the way...

After two unsuccessful attempts at following the instructions for the button placket, I gave up and did it 'my' way... the delicate seersucker would not have survived a third seam ripping!

I'm also not so keen on the instruction to sew the sleeve seams, hem and then set in... on the hanger the underarms seem a little bulky. Hopefully it will look better once it's on a wriggly almost-three-year-old body.

And my final complaint is that the 5/8" (1.5cm) seam allowances look rather excessive to me... I trimmed some down after sewing, which felt a bit wasteful.

Other than that, I like to top/dress. I love the fabric and used some bright green snap fasteners for the front that pick up on the fine green lines in the fabric and finish it off beautifully (plus snaps make for easy toddler self-dressing abd mean I don't have to make buttonholes!).

The Little Grey (Pink) Dress

I have had my eye on the free Little Grey Dress pattern over at unpetitdesign for ages and the little lady is finally big enough for me to use it. I have a ridiculous amount of pink fleece so rather than a Little Grey Dress, she got a Little Hot Pink Dress instead.  It was so quick and easy to run up, I will definitely be making more! And here it is (photos of her wearing it to follow once the temps drop here)...

Emily's Gift - Neonatal Boxes

In the past I have blogged about a very special charity Emily's Star and a free preemie knitting pattern for the 'Emily Cardigan' can be found on the patterns page.

I love knitting for Emily's Star, but decided recently to try something new... teeny tiny ragdolls for teeny tiny girls.  I used the Tilly pattern from Sewn Toy Tales (Quinlan & Hurlston), but instead of photocopying the pattern to 200%, I used it as it is.  And the result is a cute doll that is the size of a dessert spoon.

I love the finished product, and it was a great way to use up all the bitty fabric scraps that I can't bring myself to throw out, but they were incredibly fiddly and took a lot longer to make than I anticipated. Definitely worth the effort though!

Long time, no blog!

Well it has been a while since I last blogged. A combination of no laptop, a new job and selling my house and buying a new one has hijacked both crafting and blogging time. But...

It is half-term and there is a lull in the moving tasks so I plan to catch up blogging (I have downloaded the blogger phone app so we will see how that goes) and have my very own belated KCW.

So watch this space!