Monday, October 20, 2014

Jed Shorts for Hugo

Jedediah shorts, that is.
Screen shot from the Thread Theory site.
Hugo's turn on the 'rota.
He needed some new school shorts.
So, I figured, why not make three pair, get them out of the way.
Why not?
Because sewing three pairs of mens shorts is full on without throwing a gorgeous 9 week old into the mix.
Thus, I got the three pair up to the zipper installed stage ..... and then finished one pair.
I used the last of some mercerised cotton I picked up on one of my Melbourne jaunts.
Pure cotton but the fabric needs just the sniff of an iron to look good.
The shorts (and indeed trousers) have a 'chino' style cut with a pieced back yoke and pockets.
The legs are a longer 'clam digger' style that can be worn rolled up.
I suggested shortening them but Hugo (and The Twins) were adamant not!
Thread Theory make seriously nice patterns.
Great details such as a professional looking zipper fly.
Very neat angled pockets.
With sturdy pocket facings.
And an awesome cut.
This is my second time sewing with Thread Theory.
I had previously made Hugo the Newcastle cardigan.
In the future I plan to make the Strathcona henley tee, the Goldstream peacoat, the Finlayson jumper and the Comox underpants (watch your eye doesn't get poked out with the last link)

I did purchase the PDF patterns for these garments and I won't fib, it is a big sheet to put together.
It matches up nicely enough but it is quite cumbersome to work with.
That said, once it is together, it makes a good stiff pattern to trace and I found it folded up just fine and will store in a large zip lock bag.
The instructions are good.
I did get a little confused a few times but I don't know if that was just my sleep deprived brain.
The fit is quite slim.
Hugo measured up for the smallest size with his waist and they are border line too slim in the leg (in my opinion, not his).
Otherwise, no extra fitting required. I could make these, again, without trying them on my gorgeous son even once.

Modelled shots soon!

xx N

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thank you!

I had some wonderful people care for me when I gave birth to Trixie.
And a week later when we had to go back for a few days.
I wanted to say thank you.
Normally I make biscuits, but it was pointed out to me that they may be thrown away!
So I wanted something else for the lovely folk that helped us.
For my gorgeous OB, I made a Stitch Society jewellery pouch and a wee head phones purse.
Liddy offered to make a card.
Very proud mummy moment.
I had planned to embroider each one but I ended up having some labels woven with Love Trixie.
I was very happy with the result.
For Trixie's very groovy Paediatrician, a headphone purse in Liberty.
And another of Sweet Liddy's cards.
And for the wonderful Midwives?
Little Liberty purses.

To say 'thank you' for our sweet baby girl.
I hope they like them!

xx N

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Don't Just Pin It!

How did we do?
Image from Pinterest 
Sweet Liddy is growing up and becoming very keen on creating her own look.
Oliver+S Music Class blouse and Art Museum trousers
I am really enjoying her.
She knows what she likes.
She knows what suits her.
But she likes to be practical and be able to play.
Nailed it!

Blouse blogged  here
Trousers blogged here

xx N

Monday, September 29, 2014

Art&Music

Back to sweet Lidia.
I had made her Music Class blouse .
But then took a break to make Zara and Elsa's posh frocks.
Time to finish her turn!
The Oliver+S Art Museum trousers
But as jeans.
Distressed jeans!
After a little research we decided on the 'tailors chalk and sand paper method'.
The cheese grater seemed a bit too aggressive.
Lidia popped on the 'jeans' and did some 'burpee's' (an exercise) to crease them up nicely and then I marked the creases with the chalk.
Time for the sandpaper. 
I used a plastic container as a support inside the jeans leg and gently rubbed with 180 grade paper.
Evidently, less is more as the effect will increase with laundering.
I am not convinced and was really cross when I accidentally  rubbed a hole!
Liddy was delighted, soooo trendy.
Finished!
Heavy red denim, distressed, size 7 with the length of a size 12.
Jeans topstitching, metal jeans button.
Super soft Japanese lawn from Spotlight peeking out from the pocket bags.
And the waist band.
Nice long legs for my long legged beauty.
A snappy little outfit
I hope it lives up to her inspiration......

xx N

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Posh Frock

Elsa's turn....
We saw Zara's.
Same request from me, something easy to make.
 Busy days.....
Elsa chose a simple halter neck style.
But in very un-simple fabrics.
Dupion silk from my stash, with a layer of black lace over the bodice.
An invisible zip to keep the clean lines.
A self tie makes a sweet bow.
Fully lined with bemsilk.
And how did it look?
Fabulous Dahling!
Perfectly Elsa.
Sophisticated but not too much.
A fabulous colour on her.
Sigh, so grown up.
They had a great night!
(Hugo purchased his suit but I did make his shirt)

xx N