Saturday, 27 April 2013

warm and clothes week

with a few delays and absent days i have caught up on my commited hours to make a jacket each for master and miss pitter from more of those old woollen blankets.  after recently being inspired by the lovely Wendy from small forest shop i finally took the plunge into sewing with blankets i have had stockpiled for the past six months.

what can i say...i feared for my fingers almost every stitch and was ultimately surprised my efforts only resulted in one broken sewing machine needle and a few machine alarms.  the overlocker pulled through unscathed even when asked to do its thing with 4 layers of blanket sandwich!

this is one of the first things i have sewn for master pitter, which considering he recently turned 2 is probably lax of me but the new jacket has had to be photographed stains and all as he has been so proud and possessive since i told him it was was very good for my moral and likely to spurn more boy sewing!

this is a from a pattern i drafted a couple of years ago and have made in a bundle of different fabrics, i find the cropped sleeve and waist work well for offering some warmth or sun coverage during busy play.  my generosity with sizing means both jacket should see at least 3 years wear which is part of the reason i was so happy to finish miss pitters jacket with some of my late nans floral embellishments.

i was think this might be a good first pattern release for me...i will work away during the winter, let me know if your keen to whip one up yourself.

now i will have to ignore the new fabric on my table and go back to my list

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

3 in the hand...a quick sew

it was very late in the night before the house settled and i could pay some attention to the pile of good intentions i had for the kids clothes week.  in the end i decided to start at the end with something simple to get back in the zone and not tax myself more than necessary. 

i managed to pop together 3 winter collars for the little pitters, two for miss and one for the master.  a lovely old woollen blanket, a few vintage cottons, and a few tidbits from the depths of the draws pulled together nicely i think.

for the little pitters i have found this style works well, it sits straight against the back of the neck and around the ears but rolls nicely over the collar bone and cheeks at the front

and just as well we are still burdened with easter chocolate to pay for the required modelling services.

i was considering making my pattern up as a pattern tutorial if there was any interest do let me know.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

preparing to rug clothing week

we have jumped from a balmy and comfortable autumn headlong into ''where are my sock, those big thick socks''.

so this round of kids clothing week is all about lovely soft, cuddley and warm layers to wear when we are stuck inside this coming winter. not especailly pinworthy i am sure but i will be happy to cuddle and pat the wearers for warmth.

i have had the oliver + s sailboat pattern for about 2 years and am finally breaking it out.  after reading thought the insructions as a late night pleasure i am at a loss why i have not made the top earlier.  i will be hitting my vintage flannel sheet stash for two tops. a hopeful two tops for miss pitter.

i am also planning to successfully convert my 20 minutes pants pattern into a size 2 and 3 for the little pitters.  with the plan being i can make some heavy cord, denim and brushed cotton pants without to much bulk at the waist. two pairs for each, mmmmmm!

if all goes well who know where the mood will take me....

if things go swimmingly then you might see some woollen coats and collars to fend off the bitingly cold breeze.....drawings tomorrow for anyone who wants to see pants magic planning..

Sunday, 14 April 2013

When the glass is completely empty...

just popping in to say there is lots to say but we have had a family round of illness that has sapped me completely, i have had no will to pin or browse, my reader is clogged, instagram has been vastly ignored and my camera has not emerged from its case in two weeks.

i think a few more days and i will have my glass filling up with goodness again - there is much ahead
kids clothing week, the umbrella prints trimmings comp and the goodies from the hand made fabric swap to show off...

sorry for the picture-less words nobody needs to see reality at the moment....back soon and thank you for stopping by.