Saturday, 26 July 2014

KCW: Adventure Tee

I love Kid's Clothes Week, but time has been squeezed for me this time around. I am manically trying to finish decorating the lounge before my new sofa arrives so time is limited, energy levels are low and my workspace (my lounge) is just a little chaotic!

All that said, I have one project finished: an adventure tee for my niece.

I opted for gathered sleeves, the high neckline and a high-low hem. I also added a pocket (minus the zipper).

The fabric is upcycled from a thrift store t-shirt that I picked up for £1 - Bargain! It was a layered tee so I got contrasting plain and striped fabric. I decided to add a striped yoke to the back to tie it all together... what do you all think about the the yoke?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Favourites: KID shorts

Ever since purchasing this pattern, KID shorts have been a firm favourite in our family. This week I topped up the little guy's wardrobe with a couple more pairs to wear in this crazy heat... we've had temps of 30+ degrees in England this week!

The pattern is pretty simple and so quick to sew up. Dana gives heaps of ideas for variations,  including elasticated or flat front, boy's and girl's lengths and racer style, and the option of front pockets.  And because these shorts have such clean lines, it's easy to customise and add your own twist. Here are boy's shorts in herringbone twill, with some simple cargo style pockets that I drafted.

And to these red brushed-denim shorts I added back pockets, with a letter 'A' topstitched on each. I kept it subtle and used matching thread,  so you may not be able to see in the picture. But take my word for it, they are such a cute finishing touch!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The joys of an adjustable waistband

This morning I had the pleasure of my nephew's company and was overjoyed to see his gorgeous toddler legs poking out of these cropped trousers...

The last time I saw Little Man in these was over a year ago when he was wearing them as trousers.  These were one of my very first baby boy projects, sewn up in 0-3 months size, ready for the arrival of my first nephew. You can read all about that here.

This little guy is a total beanpole... even with a nappy on, it looks as though he has no butt at all. So although he is now eighteen-months old, these 0-3 month trousers still fit on the waist and rise, making light and cool seersucker cropped trousers. Boy am I glad I went to the effort of an adjustable waistband!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Here Comes The Sundress

A little while back I won this awesome giveaway over at StraightGrain.

I used some of this softer-than-soft cotton (Valley in Azure) to make a top for myself (maybe one day I will be brave enough to share it here), and have since been waiting for the perfect pattern to finish it up with.

Here enters the Here Comes the Sundress pattern from The Mother Huddle.

Although my niece is only three-and-a-half, she is tall, so I didn't hesitate to go for the FREE 4-5 year pattern. There is plenty of growing room, but I wouldn't say its TOO big. And the little lady loves her new dress so much that she insisted on keeping it on all afternoon after trying it on for size - always a good sign!

I'm now wondering how the shoulder straps would work in knit as the cut of this dress looks like it would be perfect for a cotton knit/jersey nightdress...

Friday, 11 July 2014

Summer break is finally here!... and a few more itty bitty Emily Cardigans

It's been a while!

The last few weeks of any school year are always busy for teachers, but I I hadn't anticipated how extraordinarily crazy-busy life in an independent school gets as the summer break approaches! The weeks have flown by with very little time for crafting, but I am now one week into a two-month break so there are lots of projects on the cards. In the meantime,  here are some teeny tiny Emily Cardigans I've been working on.

Knit in 4-ply on 3mm needles, these are perfectly sized for the tiniest babies in the nicu/scbu.

To find out more about Emily's Gift Neonatal Boxes or the charity, visit the Emily's Star website.

You can download the free Emily Cardigan knitting pattern from the pattern page.