Thursday, June 14, 2012

Finally something for Amelia!

Poor Amelia, she isn't exactly lacking in the clothes department but has seen many a cord skirt being made for this friend and those sisters and lots of other things being completed that weren't for her I couldn't help but think she might be feeling a bit left out.

When I bought the pinwale all those months ago I had always intended making her a tiered skirt. She is growing so fast now (in a size 10 almost) I am reluctant to make anything off her measurements and am turning to patterns. It's hard to find girlie patterns but I have had this Butterick pattern in the pattern box for a few months now... Taking a few basic measurements they were trying to tell me she was in a size 16 girls... using a skirt she has been wearing the week I settled on the size 10 thinking it still might be a bit big. She was desperate for a View C skirt (blue or yellow) but there wasn't enough fabric! That's one thing about tiered, gathered skirts... they EAT fabric!

So, knowing she likes frills, I decided that view E (the green skirt) might satisfy the girlie girl in her, and I had enough material, it relaly seemed like the best option really!

The instructions were, to put it mildly, crap. They might have started life in a different language and been translated into English (badly) for all the sense they made. I made it up as I went along and am reasonably happy with the results, as is Miss Fussy Pants.

The white thing hanging off the side is elastic and she is looking mightly colourful in her singlet... A slightly modified skirt with the frill just above the keen and a panel of fabric below it.

She has a mufti day next week at school, no guessing what she will want to wear!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Miss Margaret

One of Amelia's besties, Maggie, turned 6 today and as luck would have it I had the pleasure of taking her home from school today as her mum had parent teacher interviews after school. Her party is on Sunday but there is something quite special about giving a child their gift on their actual birthday.

I had been playing with the zip on this skirt for a few days as I wasn't happy with the finish of it. I had also managed to, over the past few weeks, managed to overlock the seams because it was leaving me looking like a lamington everytime I touched it, I hated to think of what it would do in the wash!

I wanted to pop some of the dolls on a shirt to wear with the skirt but trying to find the right coloured shirt was prooving to be impossible! I bought 8, one was perfect! So I popped 3 dolls on one shirt and one birthday present made and one very happy girl and VERY very happy mum!

I also gave her this (her favourite colour is rainbow)

 And a Rainbow Magic Fairy 2012 Annual and a drawing box which has been super popular amongst 6 year old girls!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Baby Boys x2

I spied this gorgeous Peter Rabbit fabric at Spotlight weeks ago in their 40% off when you buy the bolt quilting fabric sale and there was just over a metre on the bolt, it made perfect sense that it came home with me! I wasn't sure what I was going to make with it, I had initially thought a cot quilt backed with minky but I am concerned about overheating. So I decided on a cushion and for a bit of fun I thought I would have a go at making a  'taggie' blanket as well.

I thought the cushion might be a bit plain and wanted to try my hand at some trim around the edge of the cushion. At my sewing class on Saturday I saw this gorgeous trim in blue (and pink for another pregnant friend!) and guesstimated how much I would need. Square pillows are so 'normal' I thought an oblong one would be interesting. Once I had found and ordered the inserts I set about making a cover...

I had a few goes, especially with the zip and the trim. Zips in dresses are a piece of cake, can do them with my eyes closed but trying to put one in these cushions, how many attempts did I have??! The trim was also tricky. I tried to sew it in as a sandwich but stuffed it up in a few places so sewed the trim to the cotton then the minky to that, long way round but it worked...

As for the taggie, that was pretty easy but some of the ribbons don't look straight... but that's okay...

So these are gifts, one cushion and taggie for Zeke and the same for baby Little.

There will be a pink one for Baby Rhiani and maybe another for Baby Poulton, see how sick of making them I am!