Thursday, 31 May 2012

Curtain shorts

When the sudden hot weather arrived I realised that Bea doesn't yet have many very summery clothes this year so I whipped up a quick pair of shorts while she was in bed. 

I made them from an off cut of a too long Ikea linen curtain Sound of Music style and added the floral turn ups to make them a bit less plain.  a successful quick sewing project cobbled together from whatever I had available!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Stripy summer top

I pinned this lovely top ages ago on my kids clothes board as I loved the horizontal stripes and the wide white bands on the sleeves.  I had it in my mind to make something similar for Bea for the summer.

So last week I finally got round to it.  I adapted a simple pattern from Making children's clothes by Emma Hardy - basically just chopping off the sleeves and adding the white bands.

Obviously its quite different from the original inspiration but I'm pretty happy with it.  The only thing I found with the pattern is that it came up quite short - I would definitely add a couple of inches next time.

This week I hope to make a matching dress for the baby (yes, I plan to be that mother!)

Friday, 18 May 2012

Bella the ballerina

I have just added a new one of a kind cat to my shop.  This latest one is Bella and comes complete with a yellow tutu. See here for more details.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


I have finally started my first project for the new baby - although with only 8 weeks to go I'm cutting it fine!  I am making a lovely ripply blanket in bright rainbow stripes (as Bea insists her little sister is called Maka paka Rainbow it seems appropriate!) using the neat ripple tutorial from Attic24.

The pattern is easy to follow and a nice simple repeat that doesn't require much concentration.  I'm choosing the colour order as I'm going along so the stripes are random.  I'm about halfway through now  so fingers crossed I can get it finished!  Along with all the other things I wanted to make!


Thursday, 3 May 2012

Little bow shoes

These little shoes were a quick crochet project for a new baby gift (not for our own baby, although I have at last started making something for her).  The pattern is the French baby booties pdf from Luz crochet patterns on Etsy.  As a self taught crochetist (crocheter?) I generally wing it a bit and hope the finished item turns out ok but the pattern was pretty easy to follow and I think my shoes look enough like the originals to call them a success!