Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Ballerina swimmers

I enjoyed a lot of selfish sewing during summer, but I also managed to make a few things for my daughter.

At the end of last year Little Monkey went through a significant growth spurt. It felt like overnight at least half of her wardrobe got too small! One of the things that needed to be replaced was her swimsuit. Little Monkeys goes to swimming lessons every week, so a new swimsuit was a top priority.

So, While she was sleeping, I made a new Cosi swimsuit by Sewpony Vintage for my daughter.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

They made me do it!

It was not my fault! They made me do it!

I was going to be a good girl and stick to my sewing plan for summer which included a dress, a pair of shorts and a couple of tops. However I gave in to sewing peer pressure, bought a new pattern and made this top.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Daffodil skirt and a ruffle T-shirt

I am usually the one who needs a good enough excise to put aside children's patterns and sew for myself, however over the past couple of months I developed such taste for selfish sewing I needed an excuse to put grown ups patterns aside and make something for my daughter!

February's twist in the Flip This Pattern series provided me with a great excuse to do just that. I usually follow the series, and last winter I had a chance to participate in this competition. I was more than happy to be a part of Free for All event.

Choosing what to make for my daughter was almost exhausting! In the end I decided to make her a skirt and a top.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A comfy top and a helpful photographer

Don't you hate it when you have to repeat a photo shoot? I made myself a new top a few weeks ago, but had to wait before I could share it.

This is my new top - the Foxglove top by Selvage Designs.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A dress for Mrs Claus

Just before Christmas I made myself a new Staple dress. When I finished the dress I showed it to my husband. He said that if I added some fur I would have looked like Mrs Claus.

Please allow me to disagree!

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.

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