Saturday, 24 January 2015

A tiny dress for my tiny niece

Believe it or not, I only made one Christmas present last year. A little dress. And it wasn't even for my daughter!

My sister in law had her first baby on her 30th Birthday. Now that's a little special! This dress was for my sweet tiny niece. She is simply perfect. Really. I am not only saying this because I am her aunty. She really IS perfect. She is three months old and she already has a huge personality! Of course she deserve only the best! So...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Let it go! Let it go!

Let it go! Let it go!
Can't hold it back anymore!

So many girls and boys sing this song. My daughter is one of them. She loves songs from Frozen, and Let It Go is her favourite. The funny thing is that she actually did not like the movie at all. We were probably the last family on the planet to see Frozen. It was soon after we moved house. We though it would be a nice treat. Little Monkey has already been to the movies once and loved it. However on this occasion as soon as the movie finished she burst into tears and asked if we could go home. She was horrified of a snow monster! Poor thing was so distressed. I felt like the worst mother in the world.

Despite disliking the movie she still enjoyed watching songs from in on YouTube. One day after we finished singing Let It Go for the fifth time in a row I asked her if she wanted a dress like the one Queen Elsa was wearing. Of course Little Monkey said yes!

At about the same I got to test the Desert Rose Dress and Tunic pattern by Caila Made. When I made the dress and showed it to my daughter her eyes widened with excitement and she said, "Let it go dress!"

This was the dress.

I seriously have no idea why my daughter thought this dress looked like Queen Elsa's. When I shared her reaction with other testers we had a giggle. But hey, I was not going to convince Little Monkey otherwise. She loved this dress and wore it until it got too small.

Caila has made a few changes after receiving feedback from testers. It was my first time testing and I was amazed by how much work went into perfecting a sewing pattern! To say that Caila did a great job would be an understatement. Of course I could not wait to sew a dress using the final version of the pattern.

A few weeks ago I finally did it! While she was sleeping I made a new Let It Go dress for Little Monkey using the final version of the pattern.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

But I don't want to!

A few weeks ago I made a pair of Clover shorts for Little Monkey. Then it happened... the growth spurt! Righto, no worries. While she was sleeping, I made another pair of Clover shorts, one size bigger. I showed them to Little Monkey, and she replied that they were still too small before even trying them on. We had a little chat and Little Monkey explained that she did not want to wear shorts because she wanted to wear dresses and skirts. I said that maybe sometimes she could wear shorts, to which she replied, "But I don't want to."

Oh dear! I made a pair of shorts that were destined to remain in Little Monkey's chest of drawers forever! I haven't sewed the buttons on yet, and I thought if I could get her to pick the buttons she might like the shorts, to which she again replied, "But I don't want to." I managed to get her interested enough in buttons and she picked three shiny buttons with love hearts on them. Phew!

Later that day when it was not as hot I suggested we could go to a park for a play. You guessed it. "But I don't want to." Eventually I convinced her to go see if there were any puddles in the botanical gardens, so she could jump in them just like Peppa pig. To my surprise she agreed. Somehow I managed to convince her that jumping in muddy puddles would be easier in shorts rather than a dress. I really wanted her to give them a go.

So, we went to the botanical gardens hoping there would be muddy puddles to jump in. Guess what...

Monday, 1 December 2014

Sweeter than lollipops

A few months ago I had a privilege to participate in Compagnie M's blog tour promoting the Lotta dress. You can read my guest post here. We were heading towards winter then, and I was jealous seeing beautiful summer versions other tour participants were making.

It is finally hot in my corner of the world. While she was sleeping, I stitched up a summer version of the Lotta dress. My husband says Little Monkey looks like a lollipop in it. Oh that's so sweet!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Pretty woman

Ever since I made a knee length Syrah skirt I have been dreaming about a maxi version. During the tour I loved maxi skirts that Abby, Abbey, Teresa and Pienkel have made.

While she was sleeping, I made myself a maxi Syrah skirt.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Constant CHANGE: finale

This is it friends. The Constant CHANGE series has come to an end.

I would like to thank our wonderful guests for sharing their thoughts about changes in their lives and beautiful projects they have created. It was great to get to know you all a little better.

I would also like to thank my  friend Renee. Renee, it's been fun planning and hosting this series with you. Thank you for your encouragement and support leading up and during the series.

And last but not least I would like to thank our readers for such a warm response to the series, encouraging comments and great company.

Let's have another look at all the projects. Please click on blog names to be re-directed to corresponding posts if you missed them or would like to read them again.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Constant CHANGE: House of Estrela

Today I welcome Magda from House of Estrela. Magda lives in Portugal. She is a mum two children, a girl and a boy. She sews for herself and her little ones.

Magda is a real inspiration. She practically taught herself how to sew, and she is unstoppable. She is into refashioning, and just like myself, Magda is very practical. Just look at this outfit Magda made for her daughter from her sister's dress. I bet Magda's son was the best dressed boy at her niece's wedding.

Here is a little peek at Magda's project for this series.

Head over to House of Estrela to read more! See you there!
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