Monthly Archives: August 2020

astoria pinafore

I wonder if all this sewing for bub, in sizes so far in the future, is classed as nesting?

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I found this beautiful scrap of cotton in my stash and I thought it would be perfect to test out the Astoria Pinafore from Little Lizard King.

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I only just managed to squeeze this out of the fabric I had. The skirt isn’t as full as written in the pattern, and I had to piece together one side of the back waistband, and a small portion of the strap. Luckily, the printed design is rather busy, so it’s not too noticeable.

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I added some white grosgrain ribbon to the bodice, and along the bottom of the skirt. I tried to sew it on as straight as possible, and I think the overall effect is quite nice.

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The pattern calls for buttons at the closures, but I decided to use my KAM snap press instead (I didn’t like my chances of sewing neat buttonholes over the join in the waistband). The press is so easy to use, if you are going to be making a lot of children’s clothes, I highly recommend that you invest in one. I got mine from Greenbeans Australia.

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Astoria by Little Lizard King
  • Style, size: Simple Pinafore, size 18 months
  • Fabric: Printed cotton and white cotton for lining from my stash
  • Notions: KAM snaps from Greenbeans Australia, white grosgrain ribbon, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: 
    • Used KAM snaps instead of buttons

Overall, I am very happy with this pattern. I’d like to make the ruffle version too, it looks very cute!

Mitty x

andover hack

I’m currently 32w + 6d into my pregnancy, and possibly planning too far ahead because I just made a dress to fit an 18-month-old!

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I used the Andover Tee pattern to make this little dress, and I think it worked out really well. It was a very simple modification; first I had to cut the front and back pattern pieces straight across (mirroring the hemline) a few centimetres below the armholes.

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The skirt pattern is a simple rectangle. I wanted a bit of a gathered effect, so I made the width of the skirt 1.5 times the length of the adjoining bodice seam, and 30cm long. I also added an extra inch for the hem, to give the bottom of the skirt a bit of weight.

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The finishing touch was this little woven label from Kylie and the Machine, it says “One Of A Kind”, which I’m sure my little girl will be!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Andover Tee by Little Lizard King
  • Style/size: Short-sleeve tee with regular neckband, size 18 months
  • Fabric: Printed jersey and pink ribbing from Spotlight (same fabric as this project)
  • Notions: Woven label from Kylie and the Machine, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: 
    • Turned the tee into a dress pattern as described above
    • Added a strip of jersey to cover and reinforce the back neckband

This was a very quick and satisfying project! I’ve already redrawn the bodice pattern to add a cute ruffle, I hope to show you that next week.

Mitty x

baby sheets and my first quilt

With baby’s expected arrival only a few weeks away, I had a sudden urge to sew some bassinette sheets.

MBM_Sheet Pattern

I made a simple pattern by measuring the bassinette mattress, then I added 9cm to each side of the rectangle to go down the walls of the mattress and wrap under it. Once cut out of the fabric, I sewed the side walls together, right sides facing.

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I finished the edge of the sheets with some fold over elastic. This was so easy to do, and I think it gives a very clean finish.

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When picking the fabric for these sheets, I started by selecting this printed cotton, then chose colours and prints that matched it.

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This yellow print is especially cute.

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This green fabric has a mottled polka dot print, and it was actually the most expensive fabric of the lot. I think once bub is out of the bassinette I’ll repurpose these sheets into something she can wear (I want to get as much mileage out of this fabric as possible!).

I had an idea to use the small square offcuts made from cutting the sheets, and turn them into a matching quilt. I bought more fabric than I needed for the sheets with the quilt in mind (1 meter of each print, plus some solid colour fat quarters).

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I decided on a simple pattern, using a half-square-triangle design. It’s just the right size for the bassinette, so pretty small when it comes to quilts, but I feel this is a great beginner size.

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I managed to get some points matching up really well!

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Others, not so much! Haha! But I really don’t mind, I think little quirks like this add to the personality of the piece.

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For the actual quilting step, I kept it very simple and just highlighted the design. I did this, not only because I have a standard sewing machine, but I really wasn’t confident in quilting a free-hand pattern. I used a white thread in the top of my machine, and a pink/maroon thread in the bobbin.

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I cut a very small straight-grain binding, only 1 inch wide. I used my machine to sew the binding rights sides facing to the front, then turned it under and hand-stitched it to the back of the quilt. This gave me a lot of control over the mitred corners, and I really love a bit of hand finishing.

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I’m thrilled with this little set and I had such a great time making the quilt. I have so many half-square-triangles left over, I’m having a hard time deciding what to make from them. Clearly another quilt, but I think I can also make a cushion cover to match this set.

As I mentioned, this was my first attempt at making a quilt, and while I had a vague idea of what to do, I found Youtube to be a wonderful learning resource. I especially enjoyed watching The Midnight Quilt Show (while quilting, of course), and this video by Fons & Porter really helped with getting a clean finish on the binding corners.

GARMENT DETAILS

I loved sewing this project, and I think you will agree that the finished result is pretty cute! I’ll be back soon to show you what I made from all the left-over quilting bits.

Mitty x

a few andover tees

August is my sons birthday month, and with all the sewing I’ve been doing for bub recently, I thought I should probably make something for him too.

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I wanted a pattern that was simple, practical, and easy to customise. I decided on the Andover Tee from Little Lizard King. It has two different sleeve and neckline options, and cute additional details like a pocket and sleeve tabs. Plus, it comes in a huge size range, from 12 months right up to 14 years!

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For the fabric, I purchased 3 meters of cotton jersey from Maaidesign, 1 meter each of white, navy and paprika. This stuff is absolutely glorious! It’s by far the best quality jersey I have ever worked with. It is thick and buttery and beautiful, I want to make all my t-shirts from it now!

They also stock matching ribbing (for some colours), which is incredible! The colour match is so perfect, and you can buy it in small quantities for neckbands or cuffs.

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I knew I wanted to use the fabrics together to create some really unique shirts, so I jumped into Procreate on the iPad and spent much more time than I’m willing to admit playing around with all the colour combinations.

I chose three navy body mock-ups, and tried to select shirts with different features. I did this for the white and paprika colours too.

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Here are the white designs I picked…

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… and the paprika.

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Even after all these shirts, I still had some fabric left! I wanted to use as much of it as possible, so I managed to patch together the following two shirts.

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This last one happens to be my favourite out of the whole lot! I love how all the colours work together, and the patchwork is very striking.

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As you can see, I really liked adding these little pockets. They are the perfect size for holding rocks and matchbox cars. I also covered the back neckline of each of the shirts with matching jersey. I find this really elevates the overall look of the shirt, while also providing a bit of stability to an area that gets a lot of wear and tear.

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The sleeve tabs are a great way to add a bit of personality to the shirt. None of my tabs actually open though, I just used the buttons to hold the tab in place.

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My attempts at inserting the henley placket were… interesting. I clearly need more practice but I actually found it rather difficult to keep everything in place, and not have it all become too bulky. You can see in my colour sketches that I planned on using the henley placket quite a bit, but after I did two, I decided against doing the rest.

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The last little thing I added to the shirts was a small folded piece of grosgrain ribbon, to act as a tag. It’s completely useless, but I think it makes the shirt look much more professional.

They all need a bit of an iron (they’ve only just come off my sewing machine), but I am so happy with how they turned out! My son is going to have a very cohesive Spring/Summer wardrobe this year!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Andover Tee by Little Lizard King
  • Style/size: Size 3
  • Fabric: Cotton jersey and matching ribbing in the colours navy, white and paprika from Maaidesign
  • Notions: Buttons from my stash, press studs for the henley plackets from my stash, grosgrain ribbon from E&M Greenfields, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Added the back neck binding cover to all shirts
    • Sewed the side seams at 5mm to add a tiny bit more ease
    • Didn’t make the sleeve tabs functional
    • Added in small grosgrain tags

Now to wrap them all for my son to open on his birthday! I hope he likes them as much as I do.

Mitty x