Thursday, 18 September 2014

Cool hooded vest

Spring has come to Australia. While the sun is nice and warm, the wind can still be chilly. Days are getting longer and warmer, but nights are still cool.

Little Monkey and I love going to playgrounds and parks. Her denim Little Red Riding Hood jacket still fits just fine, but I wanted to make her something else. She is an adventurous little girl, and her clothes needs to be washed often. She needed something that could be layered, something that would shield her from the wind but would not be too hot to wear in the sun. I loved the vests that Suz and Jen made for their daughters. They both used The Woolen Vest, a free pattern by Little Kiwis Closet. I thought a little vest like that would be perfect for our early spring!

So, While she was sleeping, I made a hooded vest for my Little Monkey.

Gotta love a garment that can be sewn in one night and warn the next day!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Father's Day dress

In the beginning of last winter I bought fabric to make curtains for Little Monkey's room. I thought I would quickly put them together and move on to more exciting projects, but no! I would start and stop working on them, looking for any excuse to make anything other than the curtains. A few weeks ago I got so frustrated with myself that I decided I would not make anything until I finished the curtains... so for a little while I made nothing. A couple of weeks ago I started missing sewing and finally finished the curtains. I am not sure if I am going to blog about them. If you want to see what they look like, there is a photo on my Facebook page.

Now the curtains were finished I could sew fun things again! My self-imposed curfew was over. Hooray! I thought there was no better way to reward myself than to make something for my daughter.

While she was sleeping, I made a new Louisa dress for Little Monkey.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative challenge by Clare's Craftroom

A month ago I heard about a Crafting Challenge hosted by Clare from Clare's Craftroom and I could not resist the urge to join in!

Clare sent all the participants two clues that they had to incorporate in a project. We could use any medium: paint, paper, fabric, glue - you name it! My clues were:

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Guest posting... But where?

Hi guys,

Just quickly popping over to let you know that I have made something new for my daughter... But what is it? Visit HERE to find out!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Around the world blog hop

Lovely Jane from Lil Pip invited me to participate in the Around the World Blog Tour, and I was happy to jump on board! So, let's get to it! Feel free to click on photos if you want to read about projects.

What am I working on?
I am currently working on curtains for my daughter's room. Four months ago we bought a new house (literally). It is beautiful, light, airy. I love it. When we first saw it I felt at home. Now we are slowly but surely making it our home. I have been looking for ready made curtains to put in Little Monkey's room for a long time, but I could not see a design or a price tag that I liked, so decided to make them myself. I have been working on this project for almost two months. I start and stop, then start and stop again. I like to start and finish a project, so I am getting annoyed at myself for progressing so slowly this time. I am nearly there though!

How does my work differ from others in my genre? 
I don't think what I do is different from anyone else. I just make things that make my daughter and I happy. It really is that simple.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Sunny top - winter edition

Recently Veronica from SewVery released her first pattern - the Sunny Dress and Top pattern. I have been following Veronica's sewing adventures for a while, so naturally I was happy for her! Seeing testers versions of this dress and top made me realise just how much I miss summer!

But just because it is cold in my corner of the world it does not mean I cannot sew a summer pattern. Of course I can! In fact, I did.

While she was sleeping, I made a winter version of the Sunny Top for Little Monkey, and she loved it!

I used lightweight denim for this top and corduroy for the pocket and the straps. The pocket is lined with lightweight white cotton.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Serendipity pants

Recently I posted about a vintage inspired blouse. Both Little Monkey and I loved it. I was just going to pair it up with jeans and call it a day. But it just didn't look right.

This is the first blouse I have made. See how short it was? Since I decided to make an exact replica of the blouse (but longer) I thought I might try and whip up a pair of more appropriate pants to go with it. But what pattern to use?

I remembered that Sara and Ruth posted about the Serendipity trousers and capris pattern a few weeks ago. Flat front, cute yoke, comfy fit - what not to like? So While she was sleeping I made a pair of pants that I thought were a better match for Little Monkey's vintage inspired blouse.

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