Sunday, 30 September 2012

Pinafore dress for Isabel

For Isabel's second birthday I made this

The pinafore dress from Emma Hardy's making children's clothes. An oh-so-simple pattern with buttoned back. Sweet.

It does look rather wide though for a 2 year old, but maybe I've forgotten the dimensions of a toddler. It actually does look quite wide on the child modelling it in the book. Hopefully it won't swamp Isabel!

I made size 2-3 years with a floral cord from my pile(s)... I think it came from Ditto Fabrics in Brighton and we haven't lived there for seven years. I lined the pinafore in a blue gingham and buttons from Great Gran's button box. This pattern really is simple though I made a few alterations - I finished all seams even though they are in fact hidden, but I didn't want any fraying in the wash. I added some top stitching around the neck and arm holes and I tucked the lining behind the hem of the main fabric rather than hem them separately. Does that last bit make sense?

Do so hope it fits! Happy birthday, Isabel.

Shall we blame Betty for the slowness of makes at the moment?

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A Pom Pom scarf

Still catching up with makes completed over the past few weeks... though at least this one was made in September. Unlike the holiday bag I keep forgetting to photograph which was made in August.

Purl Bee's Pom Pom scarf

without pom poms. Of course.

Instead I used some lace trim found in drawer. Fabrics are a lovely Swiss dot and the blue floral is moda's blueberry, both from the eternal maker. Linda (Mr R's Mum) has a fondness for blue and white. This pattern is a traditional shawl style and is oh-so-lovely. Yet again I would most happily have kept this for myself. Another make to add to my oh I would so like one of those list. Happy Birthday Linda!

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Number seven for Bertie

This may look as it was made rather last minute due to photo taking in the dark, but such a quick make was done in plenty of time. I just forgot to take a photo...

I put the number on the back of the long sleeve t this time as it felt a little more grown up. Well, as grown up as that alien fabric can be. Wrapped up with a Bob the Man on the Moon book - oh my, Patch found this one difficult to let go with a smile! Hope you had a jolly birthday, Bertie.

And look who is coming to join us on Friday

We decided last week that we maybe could bear to start looking for another kit to adopt. Quietly looking and then we saw this face. Betty is so very teeny and so so sweet. I am missing Albert even more though...

Oh my poor curtains.

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Little baby sweater and bloomers for baby Cecilia

Hmmm... these were meant to be put together but really, bloomers in late September? I did start these in the summer when bloomers were maybe a more appropriate item of clothing. Do hope the mild weather lasts for a little while longer so Cecilia gets to wear them. Though I would dress baby in these with some tights underneath in chilly weather. The top is easily cosied up too with a long sleeve vest. But now for the next problem - the bloomers have made up rather small and the knit rather large...

I used a bloomers pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby for babies newborn to six months. Let's hope! The only change to the pattern was to use a contrast fabric for the leg bindings - not that these will be seen but looks sweet.

Both gingham and floral are from my fabric pile. An oh-so-simple pattern.

As is Purl Bee's Little Baby Sweater

The tension sample knitted up as should but the finished make is a little wider than the pattern. Hmmm. Sweet though but hope it looks sweet still with a baby inside. The knit is for newborn to six months, but I think rather large. I used some red bamboo wool from my basket and white buttons from Great Gran's button tin. Hope you like your makes baby Cecilia.

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Monday, 10 September 2012

Sweet dreams, Linda!

So the last days of the summer holidays were oh so gentle. Days spent scooting, popping to one of the nearby beaches, bouncing on the giant pillow... and watching Cars 2. Many times.

A few makes were completed, including a please-could-you-make-one-of-these requests from Linda. Nurse Linda was needing something more substantial than the freebie airline eye mask (eye mask? Sleep mask? Do I know what they are called?) and so this was made

The request was made just as I was tidying up the scraps of fabric from making Patch's curtains which was rather fortunate as I held a suitably sized piece of blackout lining. No sunshine is shining through this mask. I added some wadding for comfort but was then worried that the rather plasticky blackout lining may cause unpleasant overheating of the eyes, so used some lovely snugly organic cotton on the outside. The navy and white gingham and navy dotty fabrics seem just right for Linda and were taken from the pile of fabrics waiting to be made into a Herb patchwork quilt for Patch. Which I need to start before I use up all the fabrics for other makes. Oh, please don't feel guilty Linda - there are plenty of both fabrics left for the quilt. And a Herb quilt because Patch has requested one just like the little boys in the story 'Beware of the storybook wolves'. Patch's friend Barney gave this book by Lauren Child as a birthday present last year and it is well loved. Patch also likes that he has stripey blue and white pyjamas just like Herb. Maybe I should get on with this quilt whilst those pyjamas still fit our little weed...

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