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andover dress with ruffles

Following on from my Andover Dress hack, I decided to make another but with an added ruffle. This was a really simple design change, and I’m sure it could be used on a number of patterns.

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I took my modified bodice front and back pieces and found the halfway point of the shoulder seam. From there, I drew a straight line down to the waistline seam.

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This split the bodice piece so there was a center panel that would be cut on the fold, and two side panels (if you try this, don’t forget to add seam allowance back into your pattern!). In between these panels, I added a cute little ruffle. I was going to make it one layer of fabric and turn the raw edge under, but it looked a bit scrappy. Instead, I sewed two ruffle pieces together, right sides facing along the curved edge, turned it right sides out, and topstitched along the curved edge.

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The ruffle extends over to the back of the dress as well, making a really nice wing detail at the top of the shoulder.

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GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Originally the Andover Tee by Little Lizard King, which I hacked into a dress
  • Style/size: Ruffle bodice, short sleeve version, size 18 months
  • Fabric: Cotton jersey and ribbing for neckband from Spotlight
  • Notions: Matching thread, my personal label at the bottom of the skirt
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Slashed the bodice pieces to add in a ruffle that starts at the front and extends to the back over the shoulder
    • Covered the back neckline ribbing with a strip of matching jersey

Little Miss certainly has a nice handmade wardrobe in the making, and I’m not about to stop sewing now!

Mitty x

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!

MBM_Andover Dress 01

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.

MBM_Andover 01

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

little wrap suit

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I’m having a great time slowly adding handmade items to my soon-to-be-born daughters’ wardrobe. I hacked the Brindille & Twig bodysuit pattern to make this cute little wrap style suit, and I love the way it turned out.

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I’m really hoping that the tie closure on this little tummy flap will be sturdy enough. I had to use some cheap ribbon from my stash (I really didn’t feel like heading to the shops), but I guess if it comes apart it won’t be too hard to replace.

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I had a total brainfart and didn’t reinforce the jersey in the areas that the press studs would go. Of course, the stud got ripped out of the fabric the first time I tried to open it, so I had to do a bit of a patch repair job. I backed the hole with some iron-on interfacing, then another layer of the jersey, then I stitched over it before replacing the stud.

ALWAYS. REINFORCE.

Lesson learnt!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: I hacked the Brindille & Twig bodysuit pattern to this wrap style
  • Style/size: 3 – 6 months
  • Fabric: Cotton jersey and ribbed binding from Spotlight
  • Notions: Brass press studs from my stash (I think they were from Etsy), cheap ribbon, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: I had to draw two new front pieces to make the wrap style, which included changing the neckline and the shoulder seams

I really hope this fits bub well, I’m loving the rust/pink/yellow colourway of this fabric. I have a heap of it leftover, so I’m on the lookout for more cute patterns to make.

Mitty x

t-shirt & bummies

Here’s another little outfit to add to the slowly growing pile for bub!

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I hacked the Brindille & Twig bodysuit pattern into this really cute t-shirt, using a RTW shirt to get the right width and length for the 0 – 3 month size range.

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Instead of binding the neckline and sleeves, I used fold-over elastic for a different look. Then I pulled out my twin needle to finish off the hem.

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The little shorts are called “bummies” and the pattern is free from Brindille & Twig. I finished off the leg openings with the same fold-over elastic (which is different from what the pattern recommends), and I also did an alternate elastic waist insertion. The pattern calls to make a casing and feed the elastic through. I know, from experience, that the elastic can sometimes twist and be rather uncomfortable, so first I zigzag stitched the elastic to the cut edge of the fabric on the wrong side, then flipped it over and zigzag stitched from the right side, catching the bottom of the elastic as I went.

I’m finding these small projects great for stash busting, as they use hardly any fabric. This jersey was some scrap leftover from one of my mums sewing projects, and it’s lovely and super soft.

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: T-shirt hacked from the Brindille & Twig Bodysuit; Brindille & Twig Bummies
  • Style/size: 0 – 3 month old size
  • Fabric: Jersey scraps from my mums stash
  • Notions: White fold-over elastic, elastic for the waist, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: 
    • Used fold-over elastic to finish off the neckline, sleeve and leg opening edges
    • Inserted the waist elastic differently from what the pattern suggested

I can see bub wearing this outfit on a warm summers day, the jersey is nice and light, and the bummies are a really cute nappy cover. I can’t wait!

Mitty x

sewing for baby

I’ve finally started sewing a few little things for the new baby! Sewing tiny clothing items is so quick, and I’ve found it to be very rewarding.

MBM_Bodysuit 01

First up, a little long-sleeved bodysuit by Brindille & Twig. I love how the neckline is in the wrap over style, I find it makes getting babies head through much easier.

I found this beautiful printed jersey at Spotlight, and managed to find some perfectly matching ribbing to complete the look.

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To make a whole outfit, I also made a pair of footie tights using a pattern from Lowland Kids. I really love tights with feet attached, because baby socks just never seem to stay put!

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I think this is a really sweet pattern combo. I can’t get over how well the ribbing and jersey match, it’s like they were meant to be paired together! So looking forward to dressing bub in these for our trip home from the hospital.

GARMENT DETAILS

More baby sewing to come!

Mitty x

molly dress

Winter has just begun, and I seem to be on a dress-making spree. I’m not sure what it is, but tights and stretchy dresses feel like the most comfortable items at the moment!

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This is my new Molly Dress by Sew Over It. I’ve made the top version a few times, but this was the first time I’d made the dress. I thought it would be a great dress to wear during pregnancy, as it’s a pretty straight forward design made for stretchy fabrics.

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However, I’m not sure this fabric is quite right for this pattern. I bought it online, so I had to rely on the product description to gauge the amount of stretch. With 4% spandex, there really isn’t much give in the fabric. I’m not too sure for how much longer I’ll be able to wear this dress.

That being said, I really enjoy the large scale print of the floral design and the overall colour palette. The deep, navy background is perfect to make the flowers pop.

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I made the pattern as is, but I did add a center back seam, mostly to conserve a bit of fabric. I almost wish I’d cut it in a full piece though, the doubling design can be a bit weird to look at.

GARMENT DETAILS

Even if this dress only gets a few weeks of wear, I think it’s really pretty and a great pattern for pregnancy. I have learnt a lesson in buying fabric online, however!

Mitty x

ebony dress

In my quest to sew items of clothing that I can wear during and after pregnancy, I think I may have found the perfect non-maternity pattern.

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This is the Ebony Dress by Closet Case Patterns. It’s a loose-fitting dress with loads of swing! I made a size 14, just for a bit of extra room for the coming months. You might be able to see that the sleeves look a little too large, I’m not overly fussed about it now, but after bub arrives I think I’ll bring them in for a closer fit.

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This is such a great dress for layering! I am wearing it with stockings, a thermal undershirt from Uniqlo, and a slip. I also think it would look great with a denim jacket.

MBM_Ebony Dress 01

My fabric is a drapey, rayon spandex knit from Spotlight. It is lovely and soft, quite easy to work with, and I think it’s the perfect choice for this pattern. It’s the weirdest thing, in my pictures you can see the tiling repeat of the pattern quite easily, although, in real life, it’s hardly noticeable!

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GARMENT DETAILS

My ‘normal’ size in this pattern would be a 10, so I think the dress will need to be altered in a few places for post-pregnancy wear, but I love it for now.

Mitty x