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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.

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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.

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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

another elliot sweater

With a goal in mind of sewing items of clothing that will fit during my pregnancy, and also after my pregnancy, I couldn’t go past sewing up a cosy Elliot Sweater.

I have a few versions of this pattern already (see here and here), but I wanted to try it out in a fabric that had a bit more body.

I had some 100% organic cotton fleece-backed jersey leftover from my White Russian Jumper a few years ago. There really wasn’t much of it left, but I had to believe that I could make it work.

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I was going to have to piece together the tops of the sleeves, and I had to settle on a rather short collar.

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I had just enough fabric! The collar turned out a bit like a funnel-neck, which I really enjoy! To make the patch job on the sleeves stand out, I added some gold holographic thread in a diamond pattern. It looks beautiful in real life but is absolutely impossible to capture on my iPhone.

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I’m just over 20 weeks pregnant at the moment, and this jumper fits like a dream. It’s oversized enough to fit my growing belly without looking like a sack.

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This is such a versatile pattern, I’m certain that it will get a lot of wear now, and also after the baby comes.

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Elliot Sweater by Helen’s Closet
  • Style/size: View A, size large
  • Fabric: 100% organic cotton fleece-backed jersey from my stash, originally from The Remnant Warehouse
  • Notions: Gütermann thread 310 (navy), Gütermann Sulky CA 02776 (gold holographic)
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Pieced the fabric together so I had enough to cut the sleeves
    • Used a much shorter collar than written, due to the lack of fabric

As much as I love the detailing on the shoulders, I managed to snap three of the gold threads when I was taking it off. There is no give with that thread, and to save the overall look being a bit scruffy, I may have to remove all the stitching.

Do you have any pattern suggestions for maternity wear? Let me know in a comment!

Mitty x

mothers day aprons

Tessuti recently released a free apron pattern, and I instantly knew that it would make a great Mother’s Day present for two very special Mums in my life.

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I made this apron for my Mum. I managed to use the very last bits of fabric I had leftover from my Yanta overalls and the floor pouf.

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I love the way the apron crosses over in the back. It’s very simple to get on and off, once you’ve done it a few times.

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This “HEAR ME ROAR” label from Kylie & The Machine was the perfect addition to the roomy front pocket.

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And here’s my Mum, wearing her new apron! She loved it so much, she said she didn’t want to get it dirty!

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The second apron I made was for my Mother In Law. Red is very much her colour, and I knew this would really suit her.

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About 2 years ago, I hemmed one of her dresses, and I kept the lace scrap that was cut off. It was the perfect shade of red for the apron, so I hand stitched it to the front.

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There was a decent amount of patching needed for this apron. I didn’t have enough fabric to cut it all at once, so I had to join bits together as I went. As you can see, I didn’t have enough for the straps, so I ended up using a red checked fabric that actually came from the shirt my now-husband was wearing when we first met!

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Patched pocket and “DREAM BIG” label from KATM.

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My Mother In Law loves her new apron, she didn’t take it off all day and insisted she would only wear it when cooking for special dinner parties!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Tessuti Apron Pattern by Tessuti Fabrics
  • Style/size: One size
  • Fabric: Blue and white striped cotton which was once a pair of curtains, purchased from my local op-shop. Red drill-like fabric that has been in my stash for years, lace from my Mother In Law’s dress, and red check cotton fabric cut from my husbands’ old shirt
  • Notions: Labels from Kylie & The Machine, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: 
    • None, other than patching together the red fabric

Now I think it’s time to make one of these aprons for myself!

Mitty x

 

scrap busting platter

Hi, it’s been a while. I’m writing this in a very different world from my last post a few weeks ago. I would have imagined that with all this time we are now spending at home, I would have been able to get a lot of sewing done.

In fact, it’s the complete opposite.

Using fabric scissors, pins, and a sewing machine in the presence of a 2 year old, is (for me at least), totally unmanageable. He is at the stage where he wants to copy everything I do, so he wants to play with the scissors and cut stuff and touch ALL THE THINGS.

I’ve found that it’s much easier for me to be creative when he goes to bed at night. Which means much more knitting and crochet; tasks that can easily be done sitting on the lounge.

The inspiration for this project came from a wonderful Australian company called The Raffia Connection. They teach you how to weave your own baskets using raffia, and there are some really lovely examples over on their Instagram. I wanted to learn this craft straight away, so I purchased the online course and watched it in one night.

I really wanted to get started making something, but I didn’t have any raffia on hand. I did, however, have a heap of bits of rope left over from when I made my wall hanging.

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I started hand sewing the lengths of rope together, and covering the join with some canvas for added strength.

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Once I was finished, I was quite surprised how much rope I actually had! It measured just over 15 meters!

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Finally, I could start crocheting my platter. I used some cream coloured cotton yarn I had in my stash (originally from Bendigo Woollen Mills), and the techniques I learnt in the online class to slowly build up a base.

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After three nights work, my platter was finished, and I love how it turned out!

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The base is 35cm in diameter and the walls stand about 4cm high. The most difficult part about this project (other than my hands cramping) was keeping the base flat while I worked. It started to get a bit wavy at one point, but I managed to flatten it out.

PROJECT DETAILS

This was such a great scrap busting project! I knew I hung onto those rope offcuts for a reason! I’ve also ordered some raffia to make a few baskets, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing them soon.

Stay safe,

Mitty x

 

peplum dress hack

The idea for this dress has been floating around in my head for a while now, and it wasn’t until the perfect fabric presented itself that I was inspired to make it.

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I’ve used the free Peplum Top pattern from Peppermint Magazine before (see here), and I thought it would make a great base for a dress. All I had to do was lengthen the peplum piece to be 80cm long (plus seam and hem allowance).

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The only bit I’m unhappy with is how low the armhole is, I should have raised it about 3 or 4 cm. I’m not too worried about showing my bra though, maybe I just need to make a super fancy bra and wear this dress to show it off!

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I also decided to add some inseam pockets. As you can see here, I had to sew the pocket bag from white cotton, as my fabric ran a bit short. I had enough to add a little facing, so when I slip my hand into my pocket, you can’t see the white cotton.

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The fabric is a beautiful, soft double gauze from Tessuti. I was so drawn to the colour, although this dress would have been really lovely in any of the colours they had in stock (a brick red, saffron yellow, white, silver, and black).

MBM_PepDress 01

This was my first time sewing with double gauze, and I found it very different from what I’m used to. The weave is very loose, which meant my neckline and armholes relaxed and stretched out quite a bit. I had to use tear-a-way to get them back into shape, then I bound them with some bias-binding. I also sewed the entire dress using my walking foot.

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I also had some concerns about pressing this fabric. It has a natural wrinkle which is very appealing and I didn’t want to press it out, but I always press my seams as I’m sewing. I decided to only lightly press the binding as I went and leave everything else alone. After a wash, the wrinkles all came back! Yay!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Peplum Top by In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine
  • Style/size: Size D
  • Fabric: Cotton double gauze from Tessuti
  • Notions: Self-made bias binding
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • I made the peplum pieces 80cm long, plus 1cm seam allowance at the top and a 4cm single turn-up hem
    • Added pockets to the skirt side seams
    •  Used bias binding for the neckline and armholes

This dress is very comfortable to wear, I think I’ll need to get my hands on some more double gauze soon!

Mitty x

shelby dress

When I sat down to think about which patterns to include on my Make Nine 2020 list, I knew that I wanted to start wearing more ‘day dresses’. I searched for the perfect style, and I found it in the Shelby dress by True Bias.

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The V neckline; the button-up front; the princess seams; the tie at the back! All these features lean heavily into 90’s fashion styles and I’m totally loving it!

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The skirt has a substantial amount of flare, which, when made in a fabric with a lot of drape, makes for a very swishy event!

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The ties at the back are probably my favourite feature. They can be tied tighter to bring the waist in a little, or tied with a bit of slack, for a looser look.

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I made my dress in a printed rayon from Spotlight, and while I think this is a great match for the pattern, I’d also like to make it in something with a bit more structure, such as linen (hint: coming soon!).

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I adore this dress, I’m so pleased I settled on the Shelby pattern. I’ve already worn it 3 times since I finished it, I love it so much!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Shelby Dress by True Bias
  • Style/size: View A with the smaller cap sleeves, size 8 (I picked this size based off the finished garment measurements)
  • Fabric: Pebble patch printed rayon “Marsala & Black” from Spotlight
  • Notions: 7 metallic look buttons from my stash, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: 
    • After making a toile, I lowered the bust point about 3cm

Stay tuned, because I’ll be making another one of these very soon!

Mitty x

sorrento bucket hat

I love bucket hats on kids. The style is so good for protecting their little faces, ears and necks from the sun. My son had outgrown his last bucket hat and was in desperate need of a new one.

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Enter, the Sorrento Bucket Hat. This is a free pattern from Elbe Textiles, and it is exactly what I wanted. Both the hat sides and the brim are nice and deep, so they provide excellent sun protection.

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My little boy is like me, he doesn’t deal well with the heat and humidity. To try and add a bit of ventilation, I made four eyelets in the hat, one on either side of the side seam. I hand-stitched these eyelets, and I think they turned out very neat.

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As I was using a medium weight cotton fabric for this hat, I decided to reinforce the brim by adding some heavyweight interfacing (like the stuff they use in the collars of mens’ shirts). For a personal touch, I embroidered my sons’ name on some ribbon, to act as a name label.

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This hat has already been to the zoo, daycare and the back yard, and I honestly can’t recommend it enough. He really likes it too, I guess I made the right decision by using fabric with cars printed on it!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Sorrento Bucket Hat by Elbe Textiles
  • Style, size: XS
  • Fabric: Medium weight cotton (almost like quilting cotton) from my Mums fabric stash
  • Notions: Heavyweight interfacing, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: Added an eyelet to either side of the side seams to add ventilation

I’m so impressed with this pattern that I think I might make one for myself, although, maybe not in matching fabric..!

Mitty x