30 June 2015

Baby Shoes - Simplicity 2278

I made these baby shoes using Simplicity pattern 2278. They were quite fiddly, which is to be expected because they're so small. I'm really happy with how they turned out and they're pretty damn cute.

Pattern: Simplicity 2278 - View B, C & D
Size: Small 
Alterations: None
Would I make these again? Yes

Puperita's Two Strawberries Romper

After my disappointment with Butterick 5624 pattern I really wanted to find another pattern that was similar and after my success using Puperita's Jungle Baby Pants I thought I'd give her Two Strawberries Pattern a go. I'm so glad I did because I love how this turned out and it was so much quicker than the Butterick pattern.

It comes in two variations; tie shoulder straps and button straps. I used bias tape around the raw edge instead of a narrow hem because I hate doing narrow hems! Next time I use this pattern I might use thinner bias tape to reduce some of the bulk in the straps. I added some 'fake' pipping using bias tape when I attached the bodice to the pants and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Once again I used snaps instead of buttons for the crotch and side seams, I just can't get enough of them!

Pattern: Puperita's Two Strawberries, View B
Size: Newborn
Alterations: Snaps instead of buttons and bias tape to finish raw edges instead of a narrow hem.
Would I use this pattern again? Definitely! I will also be making the other version as well.

Butterick 5624 Romper

I made this romper using Butterick pattern 5624. In all honesty I really didn't like the pattern or the process of putting it together, but the end result is nice. This should have been really simple, easy and quick to put together but it took my ages. There were so many overly fiddly and unnecessary things to do and I thought to myself the whole way through 'Why did you do it this way?'.

Instead of using buttons for the back and crotch I used my new KAM snaps. I'm absolutely in love with snaps now! I wish I had found them early; they are so easy to put on and come in so many fun colours.

Pattern: Butterick 5624 - View C
Size: Newborn
Alterations: Used snaps instead of buttons
Would I use this pattern again? Unfortunately not; which is disappointing

Puperita's Jungle Baby Pants

I'm so in love with these little pants! I used Puperita's Jungle Baby Pants pattern that I bought off Etsy. I have been searching high and low for baby harem pants that use woven fabric and not knit fabric and I found it; although you can use either with this pattern. The yellow floral pair is my favourite; I just can't enough of the flowers! I bought fabric as a vintage pillow case at an antiques fair ages ago and have been saving it for something special.

They came together super quickly and using the ribbing fabric wasn't as hard as I had anticipated. I haven't used ribbing since I made a jumper in year 7 textiles class! The pattern and instructions are really clear and it has heaps of tips for sewing with knit and ribbing fabric. I'll definitely be trying this pattern with some knit fabric soon as well.

The ankle and waist bands are quite long so you can turned them up or leave them as they are which is really handy.

Pattern: Puperita's Jungle Baby Pants
Size: Newborn
Alterations: None
Would I use this pattern again? Definitely!

Purl Bee Newborn Kimono Shirts

These little baby kimono shirts using Purl Bee's free pattern and tutorial were so quick and easy to put together. Instead of concealed press studs I used snaps to add a little bit of colour and I also used my own bias tape for the edging.

Pattern: Purl Bee Newborn Kimono Shirt
Size: Newborn
Alterations: Snaps used instead of press studs
Would I use this pattern again? Yes

8 June 2015

Mr Basil Fox

I made Miss Maggie Rabbit a friend; Mr Basil Fox! I used Alicia Paulson's pattern for Mr Fox and I drafted my own clothes patterns for him.

I'm a bit disappointed with myself because I didn't check that I had selected 'Actual Size' when printing so Mr Basil is a bit smaller than Miss Maggie. Oh well, I suppose everyone's different!

Pattern: Mr Basil Fox by Alicia Paulson
Alterations: Used own clothes pattern
Would I use this pattern again? Absolutely!

Baby Romper & Shoes - Simplicity 1600

I love how this romper turned out, it's my favourite so far. I sewed view B, size XXS using Simplicity 1600 pattern. I also made some matching shoes using PooPockets Three Seam Baby Footies pattern, interesting name I know! All up the romper and shoes only took an afternoon to come together.

The romper pattern is a reprint of a vintage pattern and this is quite evident through the construction. I much prefer the 'old' way of doing things when it comes to sewing.  The waist and leg castings use bias tape which adds a cute pop of colour.

I recently bought some snaps pliers so I used these for the straps instead of velcro. Next time I sew this I'll add some snaps to the inner leg seams instead of just sewing them closed for convenience.

Pattern: Simplicity 1600 - View B
Size: XXS
Alterations: Added snaps to the straps instead of velcro
Would I use this pattern again? Absolutely!

Pattern: PooPockets Three Seam Baby Footies
Size: 0-3 months
Alterations: Non
Would I use this pattern again? Maybe

Purl Bee Lamb's Ear Bonnet

I made two sizes of Purl Bee's Lamb Bonnet, one for a friends daughter and one for myself. They came together in an afternoon an were super easy to sew. I used a walking foot like suggested and had no problem sewing the fleece. The main part of the bonnet is the Winter Baby Bonnet with added lamb's ears. I will definitely be sewing more of these in the future and I'll give the Winter Baby Bonnet a try as well. 

Size: 0-3 months and 3-6 months
Alterations: None
Would I use this pattern again? Definitely 

7 June 2015

Herbal Bath Teas

I made myself some herbal bath teas recently. They were really easy to make and are a lovely addition to a nice warm bath. All you have to do is place the bag in a glass bowl and pour hot water over it and let steep for 10 minuets before adding to the bath. I like to keep the bag in the bath as well, occasionally squeezing it release more tea. I made the rectangular bags out of muslin that I picked up from Spotlight and placed 25g of herbs inside.

I used these the following herbs in equal parts for my bath teas:

Relaxing Blend
Calendula Petals
Rose Buds

Anti-Inflammatory Blend
Calendula Petals
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