Straightgrain Bubble Dress

Late to blog this number but here is a Straightgrain Bubble Dress (with alterations) I made 2 years ago. I was inspired by Shirley Temple and that Era of dresses to come up with my own version. Here is what I came up with: My inspiration: The details: Pattern: Bubble Dress by Straightgrain patterns (no longer available). I chose this pattern because of the short bodice. The bodice is fully lined with a pointed collar buttoned down. The skirt is the from the sewing pattern – only instead of sewing together the outer and inner skirts to create a bubble I left them separate to create a skirt and a lining. I also added the full back opening to incorporate the fully functional buttons. Ps. Thanks to Bec for the great photos <3 Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

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...

Improvisational Pleating and a baby geranium dress.

I was pretty excited to sew up this dress for An from Straight Grains competition, admittedly I was more excited to get squishy cuddles from this one and her big sister!   I used the Geranium Dress  pattern in size 0-3m for my little 6 week old niece. As this is an improv pleating exercise I used the method Faux Seams – you can find the tutorial here. I love how this turned out and will definitely be using it more! I already have 3 more in the pipeline for the next size up.   The rest of the information: Very sweet tiny mother of pearl buttons down the back. Top of the bodice is a quilting cotton in a pumpkin colour – lined in some orange floral that I am not sure of a name. Skirt piece is Cloud 9 organic floral from their Garden range.  The pants are organic jersey knit in ‘Gelato’. Pattern found here. And now for some other cute baby photos!  Her squishy cheeks are coming in.     Behind the scenes: Spit up and a big yawn.    But seriously, this face?   I mean seriously!    And a kiss from the big sister.   Thanks for stopping by! Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Pinafore binge

This past week I have been getting into the Roly Poly Pinafore . I have not finished my binge and imagine this will be a great way to work through my stash.    Complete with a sweet little set with some bloomers from Shwin Designs baby basics bloomers. I am sneaking this in as my signature style as it features my favourite elements of the now; organic fabric, wooden buttons, metallic gold polka dots and the right amount of whimsy.    Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Baby Sleep sack/sleeping bag tutorial

The last baby born into my family was my niece nearly 3 years ago. Now her new little brother or sister (we won’t know till they enter the world) is due in 6-9 weeks. Everyone is very excited and I really wanted to make some nice things that will be useful for baby. (Sofia 5 days old) This tutorial and making this in one evening was really brought on by the fact that I wanted to do some embroidery… But anyway on with the tutorial!! To begin find a sleepsuit or long sleeve onesie that fits your baby and fold it in half to draft your pattern like this: You should end up with a shape like this: You will either need a layer of fleece or quilting batting to make it warm enough for winter. I used cotton quilting batting between my two layers that show. Proceed to cut out a front piece in the main and lining (quilting batting too if using) before cutting out the back piece. The back piece will need to be higher in the neckline and have the straps approx 2″ longer. Cut out the back pieces the same way as the front (main, lining and optional quilting batting). Sew main to main and lining to lining as shown below. I pinned the batting to the back of the main fabric when I sewed this and it worked. Leave a gap at the bottom to attach the zipper for easy changing. To sew the straps, arms and neck fold the main and lining in to face each other like this: To finish sew...

The last month in photos.

 Sale happening on babies goods here.   Some size 4/5 harem shorts. Geo the puppy keeping me company while I sew.   Testing out this pattern. Love the baby bloomers and leggings!  The leggings using this pattern in size 3-6m in my own design of fabric printed by Spoonflower.  Attempting to master button holes.   He doesn’t like to let me work.  Current family photo.   Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

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