Sunday, 10 May 2015

KCW - Wild Things

I know that Kids Clothes Week was a while back, but life has been busy and this is the first chance I have had to post about my projects.

With spring well and truly arrived, my niece had requested a new a Hanami top and a dress, asking me to try and find some pink butterfly, hearts or flowers fabric. And as if by magic, the first fabric to catch my eye in the shop was a cerise fabric with pink and orange butterflies.

I don't tend to go for fabrics with animals on. However, when I spotted this lovebirds fabric, I was reminded of the KCW theme of 'Wild Things' and decided to be brave and give it a go with a Caroline Party Dress.

My niece adores this dress and could not contain her excitement when she tried it on for size, before hemming. She was so excited that I had to promise to finish the hem after work, one evening, so that she wouldn't have to wait until the next weekend to wear it!

And to finish off, I couldn't forget the Little Guy. Lack of fabric options (and time) meant that I moved away from the 'Wild Things' theme and made some firm favourites: The Bookworm Button-Up and KID shorts.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Imagine Jackets

I've had the Imagine Jacket (Shwin) pattern for what seems like forever! I have been desperate to make a boy and a girl version for my niece and nephew, but have really struggled to find suitable fabrics at a reasonable price. Finally, last month, when visiting my boyfriend's family on the south coast, we popped into FabricLand. I had seen the company's website and ummed and aahed about ordering some fabric; the prices seemed too good to be true and I didn't really want to spend money on fabric that turned out to be poor quality. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that the fabric was good quality, but at a quarter of the price of most retailers.

So I purchased a linen-look 100% cotton in deep purple for my niece and a grey for my nephew. For the lining, I purchased cotton poplins in a bear print and and owl print.

There wasn't much choice of colours for the ribbing so I opted for black (cuffs get dirty quickly so black seemed sensible). For my nephew's jacket I added back colour-blocking to the shoulders and a chest pocket.

For my niece I made the gathered sleeves and added shoulder pads.

Both kids adore their jackets; they kept them on all day, indoors, when I asked them to try-on. The jackets are ready just in time for spring, but with enough growing room that I expect to see them again come autumn.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Two Geraniums for new sisters

Last week a colleague gave birth to her second daughter. To celebrate the new arrival and pomotion of their firstborn to 'Big Sis', I made a couple of Geraniums.

For Baby Sis I opted for a dress with basic bodice with gathered skirt. For back closures I settled on small blue snaps.

Big Sis gets a top with faux-cap sleeves and a pleated skirt (in size 3 T).  This time the (slightly larger) snaps are orange.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Birthday Cakes

It's now become a tradition that I make my niece and nephew's birthday cakes. Their birthdays fall a week either side of Christmas and this year, Little Miss started sharing cake ideas with me in August!

First it was 101 dalmations, then Tarzan. Finally though, she settled on Teddy Bears Picnic.  I thought I would get away with a green iced cake with bears in top, but she had bigger plans... a 3D bear that looks fluffy and looks like her beloved 'Teddy'. I think I did ok...

It was a bit of a mammoth construction job with multiple stacked cakes and cake-truffle, with dowels and spaghetti for support.

Luckily my 2-year-old nephew's only request was "goats", so he got the simple green cake with picnicing goats to go with their picnic party theme.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Christmas tree skirt

This year I had big plans for a traditional Christmas tree skirt.

Unfortunately I left it a bit too late, and by the time I got to the fabric store at the start of December,  they were all out of Christmassy fabric.

So my plan went on hold for a bit, until, the week before Christmas, I found a single fat-quarter pack of Kirsty Allsopp's Cranberry Cream.

I didn't quite make it in time for Christmas, but the project was completed just on time for Twelth Night, making it into the decorations box before it was stored away for next year!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Itty bitty cardi for a special little girl

A friend of mine asked me to make a cardi for her friend's newest foster child... an itty bitty baby girl who wasn't quite 4lb when they brought her home. She is such a pretty little dot that I wanted something really special, so I worked hard on sizing down a cute ballerina style cardigan from 'Cool Knits for Kids' (Gunn & Macdonald). The pattern was for 3-6m, in a worsted-weight yarn. I knit it up in lilac 4-ply, on 3.25 needles.

I finished it with a little pink butterfly button; ribbons look beautiful but not really practical on a teeny tiby baby.