Sunday, 23 March 2014

More shorts... optimism reigns!

Following last week's shorts sewing success (and ignoring the icy temps), I decided to plough on with the summer sewing and make a couple more pairs of KID shorts.

First up, some flat fronted navy stretch-twill with a floral pattern woven into the fabric. This fabric came from my refashion pile and was once a pair of poorly fitting skinny jeans that I picked up for less than a fiver in a sale, then never wore. With some clever cutting, I managed to incorporate the original back pockets to add a little detail. Super simple shorts,  but hopefully very versatile.

Next up, something for the boy...

Using upcycled denim from the refashion pile, these are flat fronted with bias-bound pockets. I made the binding myself from some scraps of cotton and added a band of the same fabric to the reverse, instead of hemming.

And here's a sneaky peak at those gorgeous, 'just started walking', squishy baby legs!...

Monday, 17 March 2014

Quilting for Emily's Star

Fancying a change from cardi knitting, I decided to make some quilts for the Emily's Gift neonatal boxes. A quilt was one of the first gifts that I made for both my niece and nephew, and they still enjoyand cherish them everyday. So I was sure that tiny preemie quilts would bring some comfort to tiny babies and their new parents.

I chose the friendship star quilting block because it seemed apt (and is relatively simple to piece together... precision is not my strong point!). I am very proud of the purple with kites quilt, but may have shot beyond my reach with the orange and pink quilt... be kind and ignore the blocks that didn't line up so well. I guess practice makes perfect...

Here comes the sun, dada-da-da...

I've had the Beatles song in my head all weekend and been enjoying, what appears to be, the start of spring. We had our first BBQ on Saturday and I finally walked to my parents and into town for the first time since moving here (the recent deluge if rain has had me giving in and jumping in the car).

So whilst the sun is shining I decided to get going on my neice and nephew's summer faves... SHORTS!

I used my favourite pattern, the KID shorts by Dana at MADE (available here). For the little guy I made the flat fronted version with pockets, in a bright and breezy seersucker. For my favourite girlie I refashioned an old skirt which was some kind of stretchy cotton-mix. Again I went for the flat front (reusing the orinal waistband with a layered trim on it), in the shorter girl's length and added some big white buttons to the front.

Fingers crossed the sun sticks around!


We did have some sun today, but accompanied by clear blue skies and freezing winds! So the Little Miss modelled her new shorts with pink tights; when you are a three-year-old girl, pink goes with everything!

And our super-slim little guy has finally grown into his seersucker shorts...