Monday, April 29, 2013

KCW Day 7/Something I prepared earlier

So on the final night of Kids Clothes Week, I didn't sew anything.  I did spend some time (hours?) laying out fabric and patterns, but was crippled by indecision, and fatigue perhaps.

But I have this top which was made late last year I think, that never got blogged.  And it fits my Liberty theme.

Liberty/HK swingset tunic

Oliver + S Swingset tunic, Size 3 for Miss S.  My second time with this pattern; I made a dress version when S was a baby, which has recently been worn lots by her little sister.

Liberty/HK swingset tunic

Liberty Hello Kitty Strawberry Fields.  It took only 50cm of 115cm wide fabric, plus some plain lawn from Spotlight for bodice lining.

Liberty/HK swingset tunic back

Again, easy as I'd done it all before, and it's an Oliver + S pattern.

climbing in swingset tunic

S loves it, although wishes it were a dress. It does make for easy climbing, though.  

So glad to have done KCW again.  It definitely helps me to get stuff done, and to blog.  I will be at it again next time, in a just a few months (now it's four times a year!).  Thank you Meg from elsie marley and everyone else involved.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

KCW, Days 5 & 6

Day 5: Slept early without sewing (again!).

Day 6: Another late night to make Miss S's new favourite dress, worn today. A pretty, pastel dream of a dress for our girlie girl.

Ice Cream Dress

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress.  Size 4 to fit well next summer.  Great pattern which I have made once before here- that version was very well loved.

Liberty Tana Lawn for mid section- it took 40cm (of wide width, 135cm or so).  From Gardams a few years ago; I think the print is Poppy and Daisy.

Pink gingham from The Fabric Store- beautiful shirting similar in feel to the Liberty.  S loves this one- she has been taking this fabric from the stash and using it for dolls' picnics for some time.

Liberty Ice Cream back

Straightforward the second time around.  After putting on the pockets, I said to my husband 'I've lost my mojo' (no response as he was asleep!), but I decided to do just a bit more, and then it seemed so close to finished, I just kept going.  Soon (well at 3am), I had this pretty little dress!

Liberty Ice Cream front

I do love being able to go out as a family on the weekend and having one of the kids in something I just made the previous night.

Posing in Ice Cream dress

I also love that she loves it as much as I do!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

KCW, Days 2-4

Day 2:  Slept early and didn't sew!
Days 3 & 4: Another Class Picnic Blouse, this time for Baby Girl D.

Hello Kitty/Liberty blouse

Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse in Size 12-18m for 11 month old Miss D.

Liberty Tana Lawn in Hello Kitty London print (Japanese release).  Had 75cm of 115cm wide fabric.

Lovely, as per last project in this pattern.  Sleeve hems even harder in this smaller size! This pattern is great for Liberty Tana Lawn.

Slightly big at neck- tighter elastic next time maybe.

Baby Girl in Liberty blouse

Adorable on and received lots of compliments when out today!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KCW, Day 1


Stayed up late to get this top done in one night.

Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse, Size 4 for 4 year old Miss S.

Liberty Jubilee paisley. This is old stuff. I don't think they make Jubilee anymore; it's a cotton/wool blend (mostly cotton). I made a skirt out of this in the mid '90s, but the fabric may be much older as it came from my Mum's stash back then. Got the Size 4 out of my remaining 95cm of 90cm wide fabric. Very soft fabric that frays easily and is a bit jumpy.

Paisley top back

First use of this pattern, usual reliable Oliver + S instructions, cute result. Again I struggled with going over multiple thicknesses with my machine so the elastic ends were sewn in by hand. Sleeve hems were a little fiddly as too small to go around my machine's free arm.

Paisley top on

So cute on. Slightly big on S who is really a Size 3.

Yay! This fabric owes me nothing now.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Kids Clothes/Liberty Week

So I'm interrupting my autumn knitting to do Kids Clothes Week again.  And after looking at my fabrics it seemed a good opportunity to use up some Liberty.  I don't think I've mentioned it here before, but I have heaps that I have collected since the '90s.  And I've made a total of two items out of this huge collection so far (and neither was blogged).  And now I have two little girls it seems silly to not actually use it while the girls are still little.  So KCW for me will be involving my Liberty stash in every project. Yes I will really cut up and use this beautiful fabric!

pretty Liberty prints

Just a small fraction of what I have to choose from!

Friday, April 5, 2013


chevron cowl

Chevron cowl (for me?).

doll Kina

tea and reading

A nice quick read! And numerous pots of tea.