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Issy's Oliver + S Seashore Sundress

I must be getting ready for summer, as this is yet another dress for Issy finished off and happily received :)


Sadly it's a bit creased, though that kind of made me happy as it was that way because she wore it all day and didn't want to take it off.  Not only is that great because it means she liked it, but also super because it was nice and warm here today; so it's a happy situation both ways!

I cut a size 7, which is by measurement too large for her in length and hips, about right in the chest and slightly small on the tummy.  The issue with having ginormous kids like mine is that she still has the characteristics of almost the toddler shape (like the sticky out tummy) a bit, but clothes aren't cut that way for 7 year olds.  I guess that's where making your own comes in!!!  Anyway, I didn't alter it in the end as the length seems nice and there is plenty of room to move in it, without it seeming overly large, as evidenced by all the running around:


Happiness i…

Issy's Dress - a made up pattern...

This last month has seen me achieve my holy grail of sewing not once, but twice!  One was the modified Vogue 1250 to make a top out of a dress pattern and other is Issy's dress which was made up completely by me (based on an existing dress but still...).  It's starting to feel like I have control in sewing and can understand where a pattern is taking me, or how to make a particular thing I would like.  As a non-standard size and shape this has been my nirvana for a while, so am quite pleased with myself even though these are baby steps!
Without further ado...this is Issy's dress (and Issy in it...)

Apologies for the terribly awful blinds backdrop - it was late and so outside wasn't an option...
It is an extremely simple T-shirt type of dress (made in a woven from Prints Charming I think) with elastic in a channel around the waist and also around the neckline.  I loved the dress this was based on (not pictured, will try and snap one next time it's on her) for it's …

Bunnies!

As previously posts attest, I have a bit of a weakness for Amigurumi.  Specifically I seem to be working my way through the Amigurumi (Cozy) book by Lan-Anh Bui and Josephine Wan.  My friend's little girl (and my little girl's bestie) was visiting recently and I told her she could choose something from it and I would make it for her.  I was 100% sure she would pick the Ballerina Bunny (and she did) but she also came up with the fabulous idea that I should make three of them - one for her, one for her newborn little sister and one for my little girl.  The fabulous bit of that sentence is only half sarcastic - it is a lovely thing to do and these toys look super cute in bunches (or bundles?) as evidenced by the monkeys...So as demanded, I made three:



As you can see I haven't quite got the hang of faces - they are totally the hardest bit!  The first one I made is (obviously) in the middle, so at least I can say I got better with practice!  Here is a close up of the one with t…

Little Cell Phone Wallet

I love the idea of the Valori Wells sewing cards - so simple and cute.  I got the Birds Eye View Quilt one which I haven't made yet and also the Little Cell Phone Wallet which I whipped up the other day.


I love it!  I made it from a Duckcloth linen (I think...its certainly heavier than the normal quilting cotton I use) piece which I picked up at the craft fair this year.  They had a basket of remnants and offcuts which were all $4 or $8 depending on size.  I also got the webbing for the strap at the fair - we don't get a big range of that sort thing down here and am now seriously wishing I had bought a lot more...


The sewing card picture uses various different fabrics inside and out, but I wanted to keep it simple and just use the (lovely) one I had.  
I absolutely love the final product.  Am thinking of sending it to my sister for her birthday but I kind of don't want to (I want to keep it for me!!!).  However, I should probably be a bit more objective and review the pattern…

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

When my daughter (now 4) and her friend Jonas from Mother's Group turned two I made them both a SB quilt from the Hungry Caterpillar Range (Eric Carle for Andover).  They both liked the book and the fabric range was gorgeous.

Fast forward a few years and my son is about to turn two and his friend Reuben (Jonas' little brother) is also hitting the big 0-2 (good timing for my friend and I!).  I saw the Brown Bear fabric range (more Eric Carle) and decided to use that for their quilt.  That way the quilts are complementary rather than matchy matchy - they would look great on bunk beds I think.  Reuben turned two a few weeks ago so I gave him this:


When I made the HC versions I made a single bed size, according to the old fashioned measuring scale where the quilt hangs down virtually to the floor on both sides (or gets tucked in) and covers the pillow and tucks under the end.  This time I decided to go much smaller (as when they are still quite little like this the bigger SB quilts…