Sunday, November 27, 2011

Retro shorts

When I saw these shorts back in April they screamed 'retro' to me. All they needed was some sweat bands and some long knee high socks and they would make the perfect outfit. Little did I know that they would make the perfect outfit for a 70-80's party.

I have already blogged about Harry's outfit, I have been meaning to post about Ella's - it was way too cute.

It started with the O+S Class Picnic Shorts. This pattern calls for woven fabric, but I had knit fabric in my mind from the beginning. I had not seen it done before with that pattern.

The first pair I made, size 12-18 months. Without the nappy, I think Ella's shorts size is going down, not up. They were a little too big - my idea, put them in the dryer and shrink them. Yes they shrunk a little bit, but the dye came out of the cheap spotlight fabric and ran.  So time for a second pair, this time 6-12 months to get the look I was after.

This pattern worked really well in the knit, the only thing that I had to change were the front facings. I cut them out as per the pattern, but in order for them to fold over the front piece, I had to double fold them, so they are half the width of the original - which I like.

The fabric for the shorts - the stripe is from Spotlight. My machine usually does not like Spotlight knit fabric and chews it up, but with this it had no trouble at all.  The red - that is Patty Young from last year. This is lovely soft knit and I wished I bought more of it.

I am really happy with these shorts - I can see more pairs in my future - too bad they dont go down to 3-6 months as I am sure Ella could get away with a smaller pair. 

What do you think of Ella's costume - way too cute if you ask me. She loved the pigtails and has requested to have this hairstyle more often.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Swing when your winning

My lack of posting has not been due to a lack of sewing. The last two weeks Mat has been on nights, so I have been sewing up a storm.  My lack of posting is due to a nearly four year old giving me every excuse under the sun why she cannot try anything on that I have made.

Now, this is not due to her not liking or wanting anything that I have made, as I threatened not to make anything else for her and this was met with tantrums and floods of tears.

The top is another O+S, this one the Swingset Tunic. I finally bought this pattern a couple of weeks ago. I don't know why I resisted it for so long. It is too sweet. It is out of print now, but I was lucky enough to get a copy from Earthgirl Fabrics.

It is really easy to put together.  I made the size 3T - it is a little big for Ella and should fit her next year. The only thing I had to do was shorten each strap by 2.5" or it would have been just slightly too revealing.  Fabric is seersucker from Spotlight - $4.00 a metre and this top uses less than half a metre.

The shorts - they are the O+S Sailboat shorts. I have owned the pattern for a couple of years, but never made them.  I will do another blog post on them, as they are way too cute and really easy to put together

Ella ordered only one photo to be taken in her outfit - I took about 20, but could only salvage one on her own and one with her friends.


What it is with these figurines. I don't know. Ella and Harry are obsessed with them. The only time they stay at the front door (where they are supposed to be) is when they are asleep!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Crossing over to the darkside

I have never really understood the Liberty obsession.  OK start flaming me now.  It is seriously expensive fabric. Tt is expensive online, but in Australia it is even more so.

I have a serious fabric obsession, but even I thought it was too much to pay until.......

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

What more can I say than 'oh my goodness! I now understand'    I have since found the above fabric and have bought only 1/2 a metre (at $50 per metre) to make a replica of this top for Ella.  Would I buy this fabric for myself - no, it is too expensive.  Would I buy it for my nearly 4 year old - yes.
Why as mums do we do this?  Somehow we can't justify the expense for ourselves, but can for our kids. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Livin' in the 70's

My boss missed out on Cold Chisel tickets, so he decided to hold and 70's and 80's party instead.  Fancy dress was required to fit the theme.

First up was Harry. I dont think that there would be too much 70's or 80's clothing around for him in his size, so I needed to be creative.  A quick look on Google (how did we ever survive before Google was invented) and I found this photo

I knew it was perfect for what I wanted.  I just needed some plaid.   A trip to the local Vinnies and a kilt for 50 cents and BINGO.

I am sorry, I know I am biased, but can this little boy get any cuter!!!!  The pants are just perfection!!!!

The pattern is...... O+S Sketchbook shorts. I have just lengthened them - added a bit of width to them and I have made the waistband double the height - so he is totally rocking Harry high pants!

The belt - thanks to the local Salvo's for that, an adult belt cut down to about 20cm long.  

Everyone at the party thought he was very cute - straight out of Caddyshack.  Ella and Harry were the only kids (out of about 20 that came) that dressed up, which was a shame. I will show you her outfit next post as she was way too cute as well.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I've Got a Crush

An innocent crush!!!

It was my mums birthday on Halloween and so far I have not given her a present. I have an excuse though - she lives nearly 2 hours away and was on a cruise on her birthday.

I have been debating what to give my mum - I usually get her a handbag, I worry about giving handmade gifts, but I know she is one person that will really appreciate it.

It is a table runner. My mum has a HUGE country table in her kitchen. It seats ten people. Mat reminded me when I made it that it was not long enough for her table.  It was not meant to be. It is currently 62" long, it would have to have been double that to cover the length of her table. 

Fabric is Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner. I love this fabric and have had a half yard bundle forever. I love the solids in this as well - the white is Kona Cotton in white - my old faithful and the other colours are from the fat quarter pack of Art Gallery Pure Elements that I won a couple of weeks ago. Those solids are so lovely, and really soft. I think I might have to get some more of them.

I hope my mum likes it. Mat has given his nod of approval. Usually he looks at the things I made all glassy eyed, but this time he said I should make one for our table - now there is a compliment if I ever heard one.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Here's One I Prepared Earlier

I made these shorts yonks ago. It was over two years ago. I started making them and basically finished them except for sewing the waistband closed and cutting off the threads.  I tried them on Ella, and they were too small!!!

She was chubbier then, and had a big nappy bum. I was so put off, that they were put in my WIP basket and that is where they sat for two years.

My little girl, she has grown (she is still quite short for her age) and her hair has grown, but she has not put on any weight.  She has also lost the nappy bum and still can fit into her 00 sized shorts, so these shorts were pulled out in the hope that they might fit. 

I actually think that they are a little bit big for her. They are sized 18-24 months. She could probably do with the 12-18 months size. Gasp!!! She will be four next month!

The pattern is another O+S staple, the Puppet Show Shorts. I am lucky that I have the pattern in both sizes. They went out of print and were in high demand, but now you can get it in digital download from the Oliver and S website

Thought I would add one more photo of Ella's hair at her request. She is loving her hair today in all in fluffy glory.  I have been making her wear her hair in a plait when she goes to daycare as I am petrified that she will get headlice - the benefit for her the day after two days at daycare - FLUFFY HAIR!!!