Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas Eoin

I love sewing for little girls.
But sewing for baby boys is nice too.
A teeny Sketchbook shirt for my favourite cousins sweet baby boy.
Sewn up in Liberty Capel who can resist it?
I love this pattern, it is such a quick sew for a baby boy shirt but the neck and collar can cause a few problems.
If you get the seam allowance even a tiny bit out on each seam, the collar won't fit!
May I be so bold as to recommend my tutorial for sewing the shirt.
A wee collar stand is so bonnie on a little man.

I hope it fits!

xx N

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Too Small for Schooldays

But she has worn it!
We had a Christmas party last night and it was chilly!
(Chilly for us, 15 celsius, 59 fahrenheit)
A little time back the Oliver+S Blog hosted a sew along for the School Days coat.
I have not joined a sew along for an age and as my baby coat is 17 years old I figured a new one was in order.
I used so oh-so-soft woollen coating that I picked up for under $10/m at a fabric store in Melbourne.
The lining was another bargain. Some silky Lecien cotton sateen I picked up in a bulk buy on eBay.
As always, the coat is another  excellent O+S pattern with all the pieces fitting together nicely.
However, I cannot recommend Deb's finishing techniques strongly enough.
Her ingenious hemming method saved me hours of hand sewing and gave a flawless finish.
Here is Trixie wearing the size 6-12 months at three months of age.
Plenty of room to grow.
Faux timber buttons sewed with red thread funky up the sweetness overload.
That's enough photos Mummy.

Thank you Deb, Carol and Amanda for running a great sew along.

xx N

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Too Busy to Blog.

I won't apologise as I know most of you are in the same boat.
Life is busy but I am still having a ball!.
Isn't she gorgeous?
I am sewing, slowly but surely.
I made myself a Liesl+Co Weekend Getaway blouse.
I used hanky linen (ramie) which sews (and irons) like a dream.
I went with a size 12, like last time but I must make the effort to FBA this baby and make the size 8.
It fits just fine but is a bit pouffy.


I used a very special MoP butterfly button for the pockets.
Sent to me by my special friend Claire.
And I trimmed the neck with my special speckily voile.
Now for Miss Trixie......
A divine little Bubble dress made with the scraps from my Long Lunch tunic
We have a wedding this weekend and is predicted to be over 40 degrees.
Hopefully linen lined with voile will be cool enough.
I used delicate MoP flower buttons and hand stitched the bodice in place instead of my usual top stitching.
Finally, a quick black tee for Matilda.
The Oliver+S Field Trip t-shirt with the cutest little pocket.
Believe it or not this is all Tildy needed for Presentation Night.
As per her measurements, we made the size 2T with the length of a 4.
The fabric is a thick super stretchy cotton lycra.
The sleeve cuffs look a bit dodgy but I had to use a different finishing technique as my cover stitch machine is a bit unwell.
They have already settled down.

So, a bit of a catch up post.

See you later alligator!

xx N

Sunday, November 23, 2014

From Black Tie to Beach Wear

They skipped to the head of the queue, again!
Last time it was formal wear, this time, clothes for the Aquatics Camp.
First up, some tee's for Elsa
Gimlet top by SBCC patterns.
She chose a grey marl knit with a self fabric neck band and we cropped it a fair amount.
Elsa found the dream catcher image and stylised it to make a freezer paper stencil.
 This one is her favourite piece.
Another SBCC Gimlet, this time in a thick stretchy cotton/lycra.
We left the length and added a gorgeous transfer from Van Ikke.
And yet another Gimlet, this time in white, with another freezer paper stencil.
The shorts are from Purl Soho, they are the free City Gym shorts pattern that is taking the sewing world by storm.
These are super quick to sew.
They also look great!
Zara chose a Kwiksew pattern for an oversize tee in stretchy cotton lycra with  more fabulous Van Ikke transfers.
One white.
One black.
A pair of grey track pants, the same as Hugo's.
Another pair of City Gym shorts, these in taslon for drip dry swim shorts.
I also made her a dark denim pair which I literally snipped the threads on before she headed out the door, thus, no piccies.
Elsa modelled for her.
Zara was a bit busy.
These bottoms work well on the girls too.
The Twins turn on the rota, tick!

I hope they have a blast.

xx N

Friday, November 14, 2014

Late Lunch-Yes Please!

Ooooh Liesl, you clever clever girl.
How much do I love this tunic?
T H I S much!
My smile says it all Baby.
I still have a solid 9 kg (20 lbs) to lose but, my goodness, I feel pulled together and elegant in this outfit.
The skirt is full but so well shaped it is definitely not baggy.
The back has a beautiful shape.
I love the crispness of the linen compared with the flow-y wool/modal I used for my last one.
It just feels dressier.
And when you are a busy mum of six fabulous people you can't ask for much more.

More details blogged here

xx N

PS My trousers are Portfolio's, sadly no longer available and Tildy is wearing a Oliver+S Garden Party dress 

Fancy a Late Lunch?

I do.
The Liesl+Co Late Lunch tunic that is.
Another lovely pattern from the lovely Liesl.
I made this pattern up when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with Beatrix, from a wool/modal knit.
It was lovely if a little voluminous, which I put down to the fabric 'growing'.
So I decided to make another, the same size, but in a woven.
 Size 8 with a DD FBA.
I ran through the process here.
What a difference some firmness makes.
(Works with my children too- snigger)
The fabric is a silvery sheen coated linen, it sewed up beautifully!
I topstitched all the seam for a casual look and went with my signature MOP buttons.
As well as my signature speckley voile trim.

With the FBA it fits like a glove, I am so pleased.
Modelled pictures soon.

Check out who is growing fast....

xx N