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Sewing Boys Shorts – again

Once again I find myself at my sewing table with a need to add to my youngest son’s wardrobe. Shorts, again…. Well his wardrobe wasn’t completely lacking in this department, it’s just that the last batch of shorts I made – 6 in all for this toilet training boy – didn’t have pockets. What a terrible oversight made by this Mummy. I thought I’d just quickly run up some simple shorts so I had a few spare pairs, nothing fancy, just using whatever fabric I had on hand (not really ‘photo worthy’). But… this two year old of mine has his own sense of style, obviously. The first time he put these shorts on, he looked and looked but couldn’t find the pockets. After much convincing he did leave them on but, had to wear a jumper with pockets. And this has continued, he wears these shorts only with one specific jumper – the jumper with pockets. All well and good if the weather suited wearing a jumper. But in our sweltering, hot, summer weather this causes all sorts of issues. What an oversight, this Mummy not putting pockets in the shorts.

So this time I’ve gone back to my tried and trusty pattern (which you can see here and here and here) and made him two pairs of shorts – complete with plenty of pockets!! These are very similar to the shorts I have in my shop.

But, oh dear, I am struggling with these shorts, I cut out the wrong size … late at night, not thinking and all that. So he now has these two pairs sitting in the cupboard waiting for next year and I’m back to the sewing room today for another instalment of making boys shorts.

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A New Smocked Play Dress

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This dress has been a regular visitor to my sewing basket for over a year now. I bought the material on a whim simply because I like the colour and the softness of it. I brought it home and promptly pleated it up – the same time as this dress actually. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, what pattern to use, what smocking design to stitch. But I did love the colour: smile.

The fabric is so light and flimsy that is was not easy to smock. So I shelved it many times, deciding to forget the whole process. But the colour kept calling me back and I would attempt smocking once again: smile. We moved house and it nearly didn’t get packed, in fact is was in the ‘throw out’ pile, but somehow it moved itself – that colour, I tell you…..

Then the year was getting later, December had arrived and our hot, Australian summer was in full swing and I decided it was now or never. I had to either make this up or forget it for good – after all this girl of mine was growing and it wouldn’t fit her forever. A week long holiday by the beach was just what I needed. This dress has memories of waves, sand, beach, pool and family holiday fun smocked into each stitch.

I made up the smocking design as I went. Doing all that green, lattice smocking without any real idea of what I would do next to brighten it up, but thinking of Susan O’Connor’s beautiful designs all the time. In my basket was a selection of bright, flower garden coloured, threads which I kept looking at, trying to get inspiration on just how to use them. But after several attempts I couldn’t get my ideas to work. The flimsy fabric limited what I could do (lots of bullion loops covering the bodice just wasn’t going to hold). After so many attempts, I’m finally very happy with the outcome.

But I still had to decide on a pattern and make it up. Light, green, summer, flowy fabric just needed a summer, sundress. Digging through my rather large (almost complete), collection of Australian Smocking and Embroidery Magazines I spotted the sundress here. Decided.

Then Christmas Eve I was totally organised for going away, bags packed, cooking done, children all occupied and still about 4 hours till my husband would be home from work and we were to leave. So I sewed it up. Such a quick and easy pattern to sew, no sleeves to fit, no bodices to line etc. I even had plenty of time to hand stitch the hem and do a (very quick) photo shoot and still be well and truly ready to go visiting our families. And Holly had a new, cool, sundress to wear on Christmas Day.

Ahhh….. That’s the way I like a sewing project like this to end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess What I’m Dreaming of…

 

Guess What I'm Dreaming of

The weather has grown warmer and it’s been such quite a pleasant surprise to have at least one of my children appear with nice-looking, good-fitting pyjamas to wear on these warmer spring nights. Earlier in the year I shared the first pair of pyjamas I made here. But what I didn’t tell you at the time, was that while the machine was buzzing in a pj making mode, I whipped up a second pair out of all sorts of mismatched, leftover fabrics and stowed them away till the warmer weather hit once again. So it was with quite a surprise that my now 6 year old discovered these in his drawer this past week. And I’ve enjoyed the fact that a new, hand made outfit was discovered and given it’s seal of approval by the recipient – these pj’s have been worn every night he’s been at home since their discovery. After all when you are six and have the option of sleeping surrounded by bright, fun cars, mismatched buttons, newspaper advertisements and funky tags – why wouldn’t you choose them?

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Details:

Pattern - Kwik Sew 3945: I found this to be true Kwik Sew style, very simple with easy instructions. The nice thick paper the pattern is printed on makes it easy to trace out and I like that I can make winter and summer pj’s for all the children out of this one pattern. The sizes are a bit confusing as XS, S, M, L, XL could really be any size from newborn to adult. I have a size guide on my shop which I used to compare and used size S for my 5 year old, height 115 cm.

Fabric – My newest favourite fabric company whom I’ve only just discovered is Riley Blake designs. So many of their fabrics are just begging to be made into children’s clothes and I’ve used quite a few already. The ribbon trim is also Riley Blake spot grosgrain.

Sewing Boys Pyjamas

They grow, these children of mine. Daily it seems. I look at my big, grown up, five year old one evening and decide that things were quite a disgrace. His pyjama selection was rather short and tight and simply too small or worn out. How did this happen? I wonder… With a Mummy who sews and thinks pyjamas are a fun way to ‘play’ with fabric which I wouldn’t necessarily use for other clothing. But look at him – no decent bed time attire.

A trip to my local fabric store resulted in this ‘grandpa’ looking fabric found on sale. I thought it would work just perfectly. This time I even splurged out and bought a pattern (on half price sale of course) since I figured I’d be more inclined to run up a simple pair of pj’s if it was easy. And a simple Kwik Sew pattern seemed easy, rather than my previous style of pulling together half a pattern piece from here there and everywhere and partially drafting my own – now that seems the hard way of going about a simply sewing project, I do concede.

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An hour or so later with a bit of creativity added into the details and my big boy had himself much better fitting set of clothes to wear to bed that evening.

Ahhhhh for the simplicity of going out and buying a pattern and buying fabric specifically for a project.

Details:

Pattern - Kwik Sew 3945: I found this to be true Kwik Sew style, very simple with easy instructions. The nice thick paper the pattern is printed on makes it easy to trace out and I like that I can make winter and summer pj’s for all the children out of this one pattern. The sizes are a bit confusing as XS, S, M, L, XL could really be any size from newborn to adult. I have a size guide on my shop which I used to compare and used size S for my 5 year old, height 115 cm.

Fabric – My newest favourite fabric company whom I’ve only just discovered is Riley Blake designs. So many of their fabrics are just begging to be made into children’s clothes and I’ve used quite a few already. The ribbon trim is also Riley Blake spot grosgrain. The diamond fabric is from the story ‘Fox Trails’ by Doohikey Designs by Riley Blake. The trim fabric is from the story ‘Dress Up Days’ by Doohikey Designs by Riley Blake.