Friday, 21 February 2020

Mermaid toddler raincoat

I'm absolutely loving all the new fabrics that Rico Designs have brought out recently. Naturally I couldn't resist this quirky mermaid coated cotton, and wanted to make Freya a little raincoat. I turned to the tried and tested Ikatee Grand'ourse pattern again - see my last version here
Ikatee Grand'Ourse Raincoat Mermaid
This is another project as a Minerva Maker, and I'm so happy to be a part of the team! Read all about the project, including tips on working with coated cotton fabric here!

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Season's greetings with matching outfits

Merry Christmas, my lovely readers! I hope you have an amazing festive break wherever you are. We came back from a short break in Portugal last week, where these pictures were taken. 

It's been a while, but I'm back to share some more mummy and daughter twinning outfits with you ;) 

Remember the Cheyenne tunic that made me feel like a cool, chic artist? I was lucky enough to have some of this amazing chambray leftover, so naturally I had to make something matching for Freya. 
I was kindly given this super cute vintage pattern during the Pattern Swap 2019, which was perfect for what I had in mind. It's loose fitting, comfortable, flexible, and not to mention so, so adorable. 
The pattern is from the 80s, and includes a pair of dungarees as well as a blouse with different sleeve lengths. It only comes in one size though, so I had to crack on and make those dungarees before Freya outgrows it.  
I particularly love the front patch pocket and the princess seams for the legs. The crossover back straps are great, too, though I've altered the front such that it is knotted rather than buttons, as a nice grow-with-me option. I also added elastic to the leg hems, for the same purpose. 

A well drafted pattern without too many pattern pieces, together with good instructions, made it a pretty easy and satisfying sew. I really love twinning with my little girl, and hope that it will be many years before she resists my twinning attempts. 
Let me stop here and wish you all an early Happy New Year! May 2020 bring you lots of joy, happiness, and wonderful health! See you in the New Year. 

Monday, 25 November 2019

DIY Teepee tutorial

Who wants a little teepee? Sorry, let me rephrase that - who doesn't want a little teepee? I made one for Freya's first birthday, and seriously wanted to steal it and call it my own. 

Now you can make your own, too! 
DIY teepee tutorial cotton canvas-1

DIY teepee tutorial cotton canvas-2

DIY teepee tutorial cotton canvas-3
Check out my step-by-step tutorial with pattern template on the Minerva blog - can't wait to see your own versions! 

P.S. I can confirm that it fits a petite adult (me) with room to spare. 

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Embroidered lace dress

embroidered lace dress vogue 8766 back
In advance of the festive season, I've made a little party number! How amazing is this embroidered lace? 
embroidered lace dress vogue 8766 back
My thoughts on the fabric and the pattern (Vogue 8766) are discussed here in detail, on the Minerva blog. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Summer romper

Do you ever see fabrics that you just have to have? This ice lolly print was certainly one of them for me. Sorry, I mean, for Freya. Freya needs this! Who am I to argue? 
peekaboo doodlebug romper ice lolly jersey
I knew that it would be perfect for a little summer romper. I have been on the hunt for the perfect romper pattern, which even involved self drafting one (it worked well, and even had ruffles, but I have not managed to blog about it). Until I came across the Doodlebug Romper by Peek-a-Boo patterns -- all my romper prayers have been answered! 
peekaboo doodlebug romper ice lolly jersey
It's a simple design that has an envelope neck, snap crotch closures, and comes in 2 lengths for both the sleeves and legs. There's even an option for a kangaroo pocket! 
The instructions were informative and professional, and the romper sewed up a treat with no issues. It was quite a satisfying project -- I found a matching ribbing easily, my machine was happy twin stitching the hem, and even the snap closures didn't give me any trouble. What more could I ask for? 

That's it for now - just a short post to show off the little summer romper. Time to enjoy the mini heat wave! 
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