Friday, 21 December 2012

The matching hat and mittens

So having questioned if I would find time to make a hat and mittens to go with Peewee's Christmas coat, I decided to just bite the bullet and get on with it this evening. The hat and mittens are made using the same lime green fleece as the coat lining, but the colours in the photos below are a bit out as I used my phone to take them.
My favourite go-to pattern and tutorial for baby/toddler hats is by Jessica at Sewing Our Life Together and I used this to whizz up the hat.

Instead of the pompom on top I created a flower shape. I did this by cutting the strips shorter and with a curved edge. I then gathered across the width of each strip at the middle and layered them up with a button on top.

I embellished the hat with a few little pink flowers and buttons on the front just to make it a little girlier and to break up the lime green-ness.
To make the mittens I started out with a pattern I found over at ikatbag, making just a couple of changes as I went along. The mittens are reversible so Peewee will be able to wear them either as lime green or pale pink. In the past I have always put mittens on a ribbon, and may still end up doing this. But having already wrapped the coat up and put it under the tree I don't know how much ribbon to cut. I'll see how she gets on with loose mittens, but have a  feeling I will be getting the ribbon out in the new year.

A Christmas Coat

Although I haven't had much time for blogging lately, I have found some snippets of time for a Christmas project for my niece - A winter coat. I drafted up the pattern using Peewee's measurement and a basic bodice pattern, making a few changes along the way as I went. Maybe one day I will find some time to draft it out properly and share it here...


The fabric is a black cotton with pale yellow, pink, blue, orange and green polka dots (just in case that's not clear from the photos). Once upon a time this fabric was a skirt, but it never looked quite right on me so I have never actually worn it out. As always, I forgot to take a photo of the original skirt, so you will just have to imagine what it may have looked like.
The coat is lined in lime green fleece, a bit of a change from the usual girlie pinks and purples. I also made pockets using the same lime green fleece which will hopefully keep her little hands nice a snug.  I'm hoping to find some time before Christmas to whizz up a fleece hat and mittens to go with it, but we will have to wait and see if that actually happens. I managed to find some  flower buttons in a similar colour to the fleece. In my head I was imaginging big square buttons but couldnt find any. But I like how the flower buttons look, and they do add a bit more of a girlie feel. Since Peewee is wanting to be more independent now (and will need to be once her little brother arrives), the buttons are actually just for show - the coat fastens with snap fastenings/ poppers.


Peewee is 2!

December is a crazy month for my family, with both my Mum and niece having birthdays and of course Christmas. This year we also have the much anticipated arrival of my first nephew thrown into the mix, so I haven't had much time for blogging.
Last weekend we had a birthday party for my niece. Since my sister-in-law is heavily pregnant we kept it low key, but Peewee had a great time playing with her friends and eating lots of yummy treats.
This year I made the birthday cake and after much deliberation decided to have a go at decorating it with a favourite of hers... birds. I used flower-paste to make the birds and cut them out freehand. For the wings I cut little hearts and for the legs I used spaghetti covered in yellow flower-paste. And here it is...

The cake was a vanilla sponge sandwich with three layers. Between each layer was vanilla butter cream and jam. The sponges needed trimming to get them to sit well so I had some pieces of cake that were just calling out to be made into cakepops. I was a little short of time so decided on some quick and easy flower cakepops to tie-in with the flowers around the cake's edge. I used a double cake stand to lift the cake up higher than all the surrounding presents on the table, so I also made a few girlie cupcakes for the lower cake stand.