Elimination Communication (EC), what’s next?

Elimination Communication (EC), what’s next?

First of all, what is Elimination Communication (EC)? Well, it is not potty training. It is a gentle process by which a baby, often from very early stages, learns with the help of parents and caregivers to communicate and become aware of his or her elimination needs. Practicing EC removes the need to ‘potty train’ your kids as they already understand when they need to use the toilet and can do so on their own. For support and resources check out this page. Having seen this first hand this whole process can be amazing! I have seen my sweet little baby nieces happily holding their ‘eliminations’ until they are being held over a toilet. Happily lying there without a nappy on and having no accidents. *I myself am not a parent, but I have every intention of becoming one someday so want to be fully informed and understand how to parent my children. I also understand that what works for one family does not necessarily work for everyone else. So here you are, your baby understands their elimination abilities and have become physically able to get themselves onto a potty or toilet. This is a very exciting step as finally you are free of changing/washing (if you cloth) nappies! Get yourself a good baby accessible toilet. Here is a pretty comprehensive write up on some of your options and what to look out for that will work for you. Baby will need some sort of underwear that they can easily undo/take off. Get yourself some cloth nappies with velcro so tiny hands can start to help themselves. What to wear: shirts...
How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

If anyone has been following along with my Instagram (@morningstardesigns) you will know I have made a number of Archer Shirts. You can check out some I blogged here and here. I have been looking for a sleeveless shirtless dress to wear over leggings or jeans in Autumn/Winter for a while and could not find any in the shops… I would also like something I can sell in my shop that is actually good. Now for the photos (follow to the end for the how).         Now for the part that all the sewing people out there might find interesting… Here is the short of it: I have altered the bodice part of the Grainline Studios Archer in the past to fit me well and now I have a pretty well fitting set up. So what I did with this one: Add 6″ in length and made the skirt more A-line. Omitted the sleeves. Angled the top of the arm hole in. Added bodice darts to wherever they worked the best. Finished the arm holes with bias tape. Extended the button placket all the way to the bottom (the buttons are fake after the top 5).   *** What I will do different next time, make it an extra inch longer. Use a bit less interfacing. Hopefully work it so I don’t need a bust dart at all.   Happy Sewing! Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

What I have been sewing lately : Changing up the Archer Button Up

Personally, I do not find the Grainline Archer shirt to have the ideal fit. I am slowly working out the best way to alter the pattern. First of all – it needs to be an inch longer through the bodies and in the arms. Secondly I do not like the look of the back with the pleat so I have gotten rid of it entirely.   In this version (and all subsequent versions) instead of the two big rectangle pockets I opted for a single pocket with a triangular bottom. In this case the pocket has a batman comic on it.  Here is how the back looks without the back pleat – much nicer!! I do need to remember add a bit of width through the hips though as my shirts always seem to be too tight in the hips DESPITE the fact that I am sewing sizes bigger then my hip measurement would point to.  I have completely disregarded the button placement in the pattern and come up with my own – so far my placement has resulted in far less boob gape… For other ladies with this problem you know what I mean! Ultimately it means I have to use 10 buttons every time instead of 8.   I started sewing these shirts because I wanted to be able to make my girlfriend (who has a small bust and big hips) shirts that she would like and that would fit. The Archer is too loose and a bit boxy so I think my changes are helping.  I think I am figuring out the details of the pattern and...

Sewing for my nieces Winter wardrobe

The last few weeks I have been sewing up lots of new Winter items for my nieces (3 and 3m). Check below for the information regarding each item and pattern information.  Sofia loved her Mara blouse pattern by Compagnie-M. I was lucky enough to win this pattern for free. The pattern is amazing and comes in A1 printing option or regular A4 printing. I went to Officeworks and had the A1 print done. I have never done this before but it really made everything easier. I sewed up the size 4 so she can get plenty of wear out of it. She loved both of her Mara blouses – I am pretty sure I will just be making her these in the future as it is hard to please her.    Her other ‘woodland animals’ Mara blouse was so loved we nearly had to quit the photo shoot because she really did not want to take this off.  I got this gorgeous organic cotton knit from Remnant Warehouse online and it is perfect – ridiculously soft and silky. I made Sofia a size 3 Raglan Tee pattern by Peekaboo patternshop. The neckband is some really stretchy grey ribbing – I didnt really like this so won’t be using it for this again. This is a self drafted size 3/4 cotton long sleeve tee. The fabric is a bit thinner then the organic cotton but is still very soft. I got it from the Remnant Warehouse as well and previously made Sofia some leggings out of it – It would make a great Skater dress! Sof also scored some organic jammies. The...

I used to do more then just sew..

Before I began my obsessive sewing journey I was studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts. Art and creating, making, imagining has always been a part of my day to day life. It has been a while for most of these activities… But I used to sculpt;   Make dolls; Paint (sometimes with a politically geared agenda);  And come up with unique, sweet characters to brighten up desks.  I will do some more posts on more of my work as none of this is current or in my preferred style of fine lines, delicate features and water colours. I hope to find some more time to create not sew.  Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

The Caroline Dress by Welcome to the mouse house

This week I sewed up the Caroline dress  by Welcome to the Mouse House after seeing a few and making a split second decision.   This gorgeous pattern easily sews up professional and well finished dresses complete with princess seams on the front and back. Bonus: it is designed for someone 5’5″ (my size). It is not at all a fast sew but it is a rewarding one that you can get plenty of wear out of. I cannot wait to sew more but cannot decide on fabrics. There is also an option for 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves which I really want to sew up. The pictured dress is a quilting weight cotton and sits beautifully and holds well and is lined in cotton lawn which is lovely against the skin. Go get yours here OR buy this dress here.* *After sewing this dress up I had hoped my other half might like it but unfortunately it was a miss. Which is okay – but if she doesn’t like it I decided I won’t wear it enough. So someone please take it off my hands and give it lots of love.  Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
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