Saturday, 30 March 2013

Top to Toes

Being a teacher I love any excuse to buy my niece and nephew books, so for Easter this year they got a new book each. But like most toddlers, my niece is a big chocolate fan so I have also bought her a little chocolate treat. The little guy is still too young for chocolate and not wanting to leave him out, I have made him some cute little shoes (using the fab pattern and tutorial over at Shwin and Shwin). I used some left-over leopard print fleece for the lining to make them super snuggly for this awful freezing weather. The main fabric is a grey-brown corduroy... I just love little guys in corduroy!
I have used this pattern a couple of times and am a little bit in love with the shoes. So are a lot of my friends, so whilst I was whizzing up the boy shoes (in 6-12 month size), I also made a pair of cute bright pink girlie ones (in 0-3 months) for a friend. For the girly ones I used hot pink fleece and some left-over scraps of Happy Dots from Midwest Modern by Amy Butler. I used the fleece for the outer uppers and for the sole lining, and used the cotton print for the upper linings and outer soles. I added some bright yellow coordinating snaps to break up the block of hot pink uppers.
And since the weather looks to stay frosty for a while yet, I also made a little coordinating hat for the baby girl to make sure she is toasty and warm from top to toes.


Sunday, 24 March 2013

Oliver's Lovey

As I have mentioned in my last couple of posts, my friend has just had a gorgeous baby boy, Oliver. So here is the last of this weekend's projects to welcome him into the world - A blue, green, grey and yellow 'lovey'.

All the fabrics came from my scrap bag. The majority are jerseys and fleeces for snuggly comfort, but there are also a couple of quilting cotton fabrics to add contrasting texture. I also used a variety of ribbons, ricrac, twill tape and cords for the grabby bits, so hopefully he will find it comforting but also interesting to explore.
I added a strap with snap fasteners to one corner so that the lovey can be attached to the car-seat/ pram handles so it doesn't get lost. I used two snaps on the strap (for a choice of two hanging lengths), that close onto one on the corner of the lovey.
Fingers crossed the little guy likes it.

Baby Boy Romper

Last week I blogged about a gift I had made for my friend who was awaiting the arrival of her first baby. I had to make the hat and little shoes in neutral colours because she did not know the sex of the baby. Since then, the gorgeous little Oliver has arrived and so I have been busy creating a few things that are all boy!

For a long while I have had my eye on a beautiful girl's romper pattern by Shauna at Shwin and Shwin. But ever since she offered this pattern and tutorial up for free, all the new babies in my life have been boys. As this pattern is so fab I decided to try and make it in a boyish blue checked seersucker and see how it turned out. And to my delight (minus the cuffs at the ankle) the romper has come out looking reasonably boyish and perfectly acceptable for a newborn boy to wear.

Since the weather out is crazily cold for this time of year (snow at the end of March!) I decided to use fleece for the front and back facings and for the backs of the shoulder straps. I used interfacing between the layers as I was using snaps and find that fleece needs a little stability with these fastenings.
I used the same seersuckers fabric for the facings along the inside legs (where the poppers fasten), with interfacing (the seersucker is quite a lightweight fabric so needs the stability). I used white KAM snaps at the inside leg seams and also for the shoulder fastenings. I added two snaps to each strap to allow for some growth.


Monday, 18 March 2013

Awaiting the arrival of a precious little bundle

A friend of mine is due to deliver her baby this week and since she is a long-time fan of my crafting, has requested some one-of-kind baby bits. Since she doesn't know what she is having, I have held off making a whole outfit (not that I go in massively for gender stereotypes, but it is way more fun to make a whole outfit if you know what gender the baby is!). But I couldn't let her go off to hospital without something special packed in her baby bag, so I made her this little set...

The main fabric is a super soft fleece in a grey leopard print. The lining of the shoes is the very last left-overs of the lime green fleece I used in the Junebug Remix and Christmas Coat  (unfortunately I didn't have enough of it to line the hat too). I wanted to make this set gender-neutral, but figured that my friend will probably have quite a few bits in the usual whites and creams. So these are a little different.

For the hat I used my favourite go-to hat tutorial (which I also used here and here).

And for the little shoes I used a fantastic free pattern from Shwin&Shwin. It was such an easy pattern and tutorial to follow and I am in love with the finished product! I have already had a few requests for these from other friends with babies (or family who are expecting). Shauna at Shwin&Shwin also offers up a free pattern for baby 'mary janes' which I think I will have to try too.

Toddler Girl Cardigan

As promised (quite a while ago) here is a photo of the cardi I made for my favourite little lady. It was made to her mummy's request, which was that it be very simple and v-necked so that she can wear it over her long and short sleeved t-shirts during the cool spring weather.
I went for a deep colour because my niece is very fair and tends to look washed out in pastels. I used the rainbow effect yarn for most of the rib to fancy it up, as stocking stitch in one colour can be very boring. I didn't use the rainbow yarn for the button band though, as I felt it would be too much... instead I used the yarn to stitch a trim along the edge. As an extra fun little detail I used four different coloured buttons, picking up the tones from the rainbow yarn.

The pattern is a Bergere de France cardigan from booklet no 156. It is actually a boy's style, but I switched the buttonholes over to make it for a girl. I used Paton Smoothie yarn (Deep Magenta and Lilac Mix) because I love the way it knits ups (and it was on offer in HobbyCraft a little while back!).

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Hearts for the little girl in my life

Since the arrival of my nephew I have been busy rustling up some bits and pieces for him. But not wanting my gorgeous niece to feel left out, this weekend is dedicated to crafting for her. My sister-in-law has requested a new cardigan for her, so that knitting project is in the making - Watch this space...

I also decided to get on with a quick refashion project I have had in mind for a while. The fabric came from a top that I bought a couple of years back because I loved the heart print and coordinating piping. Unfortunately, the fit just isn't quite right for me, so I have never worn it out.
Although the weather here is still pretty chilly, this fabric just screams summer to me, so the top has now become a dress. I did my best to incoroprate as much of the original coordinating green piping as possible as I think it really makes the fabric pattern pop!
The front bodice has some gathering and a pleat at each side, to add some texture (and as is often the case with refashioning, I had to get creative to make the parts I wanted to use fit together well).

Since we are a little way off summer dress weather, and this style doesn't really lend itself to being worn over a long sleeved tee, I have made the dress with plenty of room to grow into. Hopefully the little lady will like it, despite the unusual colour combination... Luckily she is not quite at the phase where she is asserting preferences about clothes (other than that she would often prefer to run around in just a nappy!).