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Baby girl’s dress – Burda 9750

June 22, 2018

I have used this Burda 9750 sooooooooo many times to make little girl dresses that I have lost count. I mean, it’s probably something like 20 times! Here are a few photos I have dug out of some of them.

My first version of the dress, made with ready-prepared patchwork fabric from John Lewis

Red Polka Dot cotton with patch packets and broderie anglaise trim on waistband and hem

I’ve made two, almost identical versions of this dress (one for my daughter and one for someone else)

Piped on waistline seam and raw edges bias bound

Similar bodice but with a fully gathered, ankle length skirt

This is made with a light cotton voile

I used a contrast fabric for the bodice for this version

I used ready-made bias binding for this version and black velvet ribbon trim on the waistband

Dress made with Linton Tweed and fully lined

Burda 9750 – Age 18-24 months

So that’s 12 different versions I could find pictures of easily, but I’ve a feeling there are others I’ve made! Quite a handy little dress pattern, eh?!

Here’s my latest, for the extra cute and beautiful Rosalie.

And here she is wearing it:

Isn’t she a cutie? Here’s a picture of another of my friend’s babies wearing the dress I made for her daughter:

Soooooo cuuuuuuuuute!!

And one more:

Awwww. It’s lovely to make special dresses for special girlies 🙂

Hoodie dresses

June 19, 2018

A whole year ago I made my first hoodie dress, and it has proved to be an absolute wardrobe staple. My original dress was made with the ‘Hide Away Hoodie’ pattern from an Ottobre magazine, which became my starting point for making a similar dress for my friend Jody.

Burgundy hoodie dress in quilted ponte fabric

She liked her first dress so much, she asked me for another in black!

Another hoodie dress, this time in black

I had enough leftovers of fabric to make her a mini pencil skirt, too!

Simple mini pencil skirt

And then I made another hoodie dress for my friend Carrie, for her birthday, this one in a lightweight loop-backed sweater knit.

It’s the ultimate cosy dress! I would like to add a contrast hood lining to my next version, inspired by the Stella Hoodie by Tilly and the Buttons.

Tilly and the Buttons Stella hoodie

Pirate outfit

June 17, 2018

Ahoy thar mateys!  I made my daughter a pirate outfit when she was three.  Once it no longer fit, she passed it on to my son, who wore it up until very recently.  He is five now, and not only is it too small, but it’s also falling to bits!  I used the Simplicity kids pyjama pattern 6932 for the original outfit, and self drafted a waistcoat.

Pirate Tweedie! Finished costume with skull and crossbones applique motif

Daughter in pirate dress with my son in the pirate outfit I made for my daughter three years ago. CUTIES!

We have a pirate themed party coming up in a few weeks, so I thought it was high time for an updated costume for my son.  I found a second-hand shirt lurking in his drawers that had been passed on to us by a friend, but which my son hadn’t worn yet.  Rather than waste fabric making something new, and leave this shirt languishing in the drawer, I decided to revamp the shirt by adding on some applique patches.  I’ve used a fair few pirate and nautical themed fabrics over the years, and I usually save the scraps, so I had plenty of options.

For the shorts, I had a small scrap of striped fabric left over.  Ideally I would have made the shorts a bit longer, but they’re fine, and it is satisfying to use up every last bit of a scrap of fabric.  I used the pyjama pattern again – this time in age 6.  In order to preserve as much length as possible, I didn’t hem the shorts, and I pinked the raw edges to prevent fraying.

Looking at the photos of him wearing the outfit, I think the shirt won’t fit for much longer, so I may have to make a different top next year, should the need arise.

This’ll do nicely for now though!

McCall’s M5791 – Toddler dress

June 4, 2018

I’ve got a bit of a backlog of projects to write about – this one is from October!  I was asked to recreate a special dress that had been made for an older sibling, for the younger sibling’s 1st birthday.

Birthday Dress

Dress from the back

The dress is basically the cutest little girl’s dress you could ever get, with loads of options to customise, such as adding a peter pan collar, puffed sleeves, a belt, contrast sections, bows, lace, flowers, ric-rac, matching headband, and even matching pants!

The fabric is a cute fruit print poplin in pale yellow, and plain green to co-ordinate like the original dress.  I also made the matching pants/nappy cover, because they’re SO CUTE!

Matching pants!

The birthday girl looked utterly adorable in the dress, but then I’m biased, because she’s one of my most favourite babies 🙂  Here are three photos which are essentially the same, but whatevs: she is soooo cute!

Beautiful birthday girly!

Starry Stella!

May 23, 2018

For my May Minerva Crafts project, I made a seasonally-inappropriate hoodie! It’s very warm and cosy, which means it will be handy 99% of the year. I used the Stella Hoodie pattern which is from Tilly’s new book ‘Stretch’, and some lovely sweatshirt fabric from Minerva.

If you want to know more about how I made the hoodie, head on over to my post on Minerva’s blog where you will find more information, more photos, and links to the supplies I used!

Sew Your Own Activewear

May 4, 2018

Sewing clothes to exercise in is not something I ever thought I’d really do, but seeing as RTW sportswear always disappoints me in one way or another – fit, quality, price – I decided to give it a whirl.  I was reluctant to splash out on sportswear patterns, so Melissa’s book seemed perfect because it contains lots of different patterns, making it good value.  I’ve also been following Melissa on social media for some time, admiring both her running and her sewing, so I knew that any sportswear designed and worn by her was bound to be well designed, as she will definitely have put it through more rigorous training than I’ll probably ever do!

I started with the simplest leggings in the book – the ‘yoga bottoms’.  I made these with fabric and notions kindly provided by Minerva, for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.  You can read about the making of the leggings here.  I had a few scraps of that fabric left over, so I bought some plain navy 4-way stretch to make the vest top from the book, and used the scraps for the waistband and the side panels, which I had to cut on the crosswise grain.  Stupidly, I only ordered 2m of FOE, which was not enough, so the neckline is bound with a slightly lighter shade, but probably no one else would notice!

When I made the leggings, they ended up too big and I had to take them in a few inches.  I cut the top in the same size, and it’s quite loose, but I like it for yoga.  If I wanted compression, I would definitely need a size or even two smaller.  I quite fancy the idea of making the crop top with some power mesh lining – maybe I’ll get around to that one day – stranger things have happened.

The only problem I have with the top currently is that I need a racer back sports bra to wear under it.  I’m wearing a racer back crop top here, which is fine for yoga, but there’s no way I’d want to run in it for fear of causing an earthquake!!!

The back of the top

Overall I’m pleased with my new matching set of activewear, and keen to make more in the future.  I’d really like to make a swimming costume at some point, and once I’ve got a good mix of scraps, I’d like to make more jazzy designs of mix and match scraps, for a truly unique sportswear wardrobe!

Personalised handbag

April 17, 2018

I recently made a handbag as a gift for a friend, using a pattern from a book ‘Carry Me: 20 Boutique Bags to Sew’ by Yuka Koshizen.  The pattern is called ‘Left Bank Granny Bag’, and is the one shown on the front cover.  I’ve had the book for several years – it was a gift from my friend Aileen – and I’m glad I finally used it!

I chose some navy butcher stripe canvas for the outer fabric, and lined it with red gaberchino.  The result is a hard-wearing but soft bag, very much like a Cath Kidston cotton duck handbag, in a nautical style.  I added an inside pocket to the lining (but omitted the zip) and I appliqued the recipient’s name on the front of the bag to make it stand out.  I also added some red ric-rac along the handle.

Although some patterns in the book are included at the back, this bag was one you can draft yourself using the measurements suggested, which was fairly straightforward (I actually changed the measurements to my own specifications).  The instructions, although clear, were accompanied by diagrams over the page, so it did involve a bit of flicking back and forth between the instructions and the diagrams, but it wasn’t a major problem.  The bag came together in an afternoon.

I used my Simflex gauge to help with the pleats

I have never really been into making bags, but I must admit I could be tempted to make one for myself as I really like how this turned out.  It’s a practical style that slings easily over the shoulder and is surprisingly roomy.  It opens out nice and wide so you could fit loads in, but it hangs nicely and holds its shape when it’s empty, too.

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