Sunday, 27 April 2014

More little Emily Cardis - Preemi cardi charity knits

Having got to grips with the scottie dog knit pattern for Little Miss' latest cardi (here), I tried it out on a little Emily Cardigan and I just love it!

When I designed the Emily Cardi, I thought very carefully about the needs of tiny babies and what would be most comfortable for them. The flat stocking stitch and minimal seams are a must for such fragile babies; any tiny lumps and bumps in the cardi would be felt and likely be uncomfortable.  So I have been reluctant to fancy  these cardis up with different/textured stitches. Colourwork didn't cross my mind until the scottie dog cardi, but it is perfect! So here are a few more scottie dog Emily Cardis.

These are knit in 3-ply or 4-ply on 3mm neddles. They measure 9.5-10" around the chest and Katie at the Emily's Star charity has assured me that they will be the perfect size for their Emily's Gift Neonatal Boxes put together for the smallest preemies.

You can find the free Emily Cardi pattern here. And why not visit the Emily's Star website to find out about all the wonderful things that this great charity does to support children with complex needs, and their families.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Milestone GIVEAWAY

Ribbons and Bibbons has seen its 20,000th pageview so, as promised,  it's giveaway time!

To celebrate almost two years of blogging fun at Ribbons and Bibbons, I am giving away two 50g balls of Sirdar Click yarn (shade 0106).

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Approaching a milestone and a *giveaway*...

Next month it will be 2 years since I joined the blogging community and by then, I expect to have reached the 20, 000 'views' milestone.

When that happens, I will be running my very first giveaway in celebration.

So... keep an eye on the blog and don't miss out. Even better, follow the blog and be one of the first to know when the giveaway goes up (*hint* use the bloglovin', facebook or google friends connect buttons on the right).

See you again soon!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A scottie dog cardi for the Little Miss and a teeny tiny Emily Cardi

A little while back I indulged in the Sirdar pattern book 'Little Brits in Spiffing Knits'. The little lady is now wearing aged 4 clothes and many of my baby pattern books don't go up past age 3. This book has a mixture of boys' and girls' patterns from newborn to 7 years in DK, so its perfect for my two favourite little people (Little Miss' brother is 16 months old).

Little Miss flicked through the book and announced "I like this, but pink and white', and so this version of Scottie Dogs (design A, round neck) was born.

I used Debbie Bliss EcoBaby in shade 12047. It's 100% cotton, so perfect for wearing over spring and summer dresses. Its also machine washable, making it perfect for kidswear.

The little lady was overjoyed with her new cardi and insisted on wearing it immediately, despite the extraordinary early spring sunshine at the weekend.


These little doggies are so cute, although I suspect that they are actually Westies, not Scotties (being white, not black). So I couldn't resist incorporating the design into a preemie Emily Cardi for the charity Emily's Star.

This Emily Cardi is an extra small one, to fit a 1-3lb baby (up to 10" chest). I used a fine grey yarn from my stash and used 3mm needles. I have no idea what the yarn is but I suspect it's a 3 or 4ply, instead of the DK I advise in the pattern (for a 3-5lb baby).
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

KCW - September Tunic and Hosh Pants

This is my last KCW sewing project - a September Tunic from the Perfect Pattern Parcel.

The fabric came from an old men's oxford shirt that was in my refashion pile. I was a little short of fabric, so I made each sleeve out of two panels. Rather than have a plain seam down the sleeve, I made it into a feature with contrasting piping. I used the same fabric to line the bodice; the oxford fabric was quite thin and flimsy so I felt it needed the added structure of lining. I used the same floral fabric as I had used on the Hosh capris that I made earlier in the week, so they could be easily paired up.

As I had lined the bodice (and don't have a serger), I opted for a concealed seam. This altered my construction slightly and I only added buttons to the bodice part. The jury is still out on whether this was a good decision...

In all these photos, the capris look a little long... they are I fact the perfect length, but needed the waistband adjusting to stop them sliding down (loving the adjustable waist on the Hosh Pants!)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

More Hosh Pants

Feeling a little guilty that my KCW sewing has mostly been girly,  I decided to whizz up some Hosh Pants for the Little Dude.

Even with a nappy on, this little guy has absolutely no butt, so the adjustable waist on these pants is perfect.

I had to raid my refashion pile again and this time came up with some brown stretch cord.

I liked the pink topstitching on my last pair of Hosh Pants, so I decided to add some baby blue topstitching.

Hopefully Little Guy's mummy and daddy will also be on board with the boy-skinny-pants look!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

KCW - Hosh Pants

As I have previously mentioned, KCW has been the perfect excuse to buy some new patterns. This morning was the turn of the Hosh Pants by Sarah at EmmylouBeeDoo.

I didn't have any stretch woven fabrics in my stash so I raided my refashion pile and found a pair of my old stretch skinny jeans with worn out knees.

I had to get a bit creative with pattern placement, so these Hosh Pants have (slightly twisted) side seams.

I also had to cut the length short (due to the worn knees), so I decided to make these as cropped pants with cuffs. I cut the 4T size but with the 12-18 month length. The cuffs are about 2" long and I used pink floral fabric for the waistband and cuff facings.

I made some piping from the pink fabric and added this to the cuff seams and the front waistband. I also used some bright pink topstitching As a finishing touch.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

KCW Days 3 & 4 - A Hanami Top

This week I invested in the Perfect Pattern Parcel. I have had my eye on a few of the patterns for a while and this package presents so many outfit opportunities that I just couldn't resist!

I spent day 3 of KCW printing out and filing patterns.  I also traced out the size 4 Hanami top pattern. I had planned to be adventurous and go for the crossed back and tulip sleeves, two things I've not tried before, but I only had half a metre of apprpriate fabric in my stash, so I settled on the fluttter sleeves and zipper back.


However, lacking the right length zipper (and the local store being out of stock) I had to get creative with the back closure... rouleau loops and buttons.

Although the bodice is very similar to a lot of the dresses I have made recently, I really like the finished top. I'm thinking that I may pair it with some plum coloured Hosh Pants... I just need to find the right fabric!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Kid's Clothes Week - Day 1

Here is project one for KCW... a bubble-skirt dress with flutter sleeves.

I used my niece's measurements to draft a basic bodice, added flutter sleeves and a (knee-length-ish) bubble skirt. The fabric is a nice light cotton, I think maybe double gauze, from my stash and the bodice and skirt are both lined with white cotton. For back closures I used plain pearly buttons.

I tried to get some photos of the little miss modelling her dress but she flipped between hyper and super-shy so these are the best of the bunch...

And a few months on, it's still a firm favourite...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

It's all about the fondant!

Thanks to my lovely cousin Caoimhe for spitting the bargain, I am now the proud owner of lots and lots of fondant cutters and punchers. These things cost about £5 fir a set of three in places like Hobbycraft, but I picked up this set of over thirty for less than £10 on Amazon.

This weekend, being Mother's Day, was the perfect opportunity to try some out, and this was the result...