Kids Sewing – Silver Lame Pillowcase

It did not take toooo long. The shop that we bought was pretty new so not much people went there. The cutting was not super hard, It was just that I couldn’t get it to be in line with the the case. I made the mistake of cutting the joint that connected the two squares but was easy. Luckily, there were not a single thing like an omega sign  like these ones:⊗ ‰ ℵ ω ψ χ φ υ, e.g.

                                                                                 O – The Pillowcase Maker

This isn’t kids sewing as in I sewed something for the kids. This is kids sewing as in the child creates the item with my assistance where adult supervision is necessary – in this case; the overlocker.

My second son came with me to Fabrics for All on Sunday (I needed more of the red birds Christmas fabric) and the stretch silver lame fabric caught his eye. He said he liked the smooth surface and that he’d make a pillowcase out of it. I stopped myself from inserting my opinion about his vision (it was hard – a new habit for me). 

As soon as we got home he started on the project. He got his favourite pillowcase, laid it over the folded fabric and cut around it. I forgot to tell him about seam allowances but since the fabric is stretch it was fine.

We bought a half meter for the pillowcase. The fabric cost £6/m

He then went on to the overlocker. He has used it several times before but never with jersey fabric. It was quite a learning curve for him and by the end, he had figured out how to keep the seam straight. Some of the seams are wobbly and wavy but the half of the last seam he did is perfect!

Its a simple pillowcase but does the job!
It very good at reflecting light too :-).

Though silver lame is not what I would use for a pillowcase myself, I can see why he liked it. Needless to say, he loves his DIY pillowcase and the other 3 younger kids want their own silver pillows! I am so proud of him because he wanted to sew it straight away and he did. 

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

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Kids Sewing – Skater Dress

Earlier in the year I made some Skater dresses for my twins which they loved. Unfortunately, the pink and white dots did not survive very long. The material was not the best. I had made a promise to make a replacement.

Luckily for me, the fabric was already available that she had selected herself when I took them with me to Fabworks. You see, they have developed their own unique tastes and I can no longer get away with picking what I believe will be “cute” for them. I have learnt the painful lesson of lovingly sewing a garment that had a luke warm reception from one and outright rejection from the other. They are very involved in the process now – much less heartbreak on my part. 

On their side – they absolutely love the garments sewn with their input. SO much so that getting them to change out of the garments is a challenge. 

Cotton jersey from Fabworks Mill Shop.
The dress has been washed several times and the fabric has held up exceptionally well for the £4/m price range.
Always nice when I manage to get the neckband flat like this.
Replacement Skater Dress in purple jersey fabric. Leggings are pattern from Ottobre Kids Design.

I don’t know why its taken me so long to realise that of course, they love the things they are involved in more. Its the same with food – my kids will eat anything they have had a hand in making or growing at the allotment. In the past, I have indulged them when they happened to be with me while I was fabric shopping or when I made birthday dresses. But now I see an opportunity to do an activity together – wherein I help them to create the visions they have in their heads. I will try to be open to what may otherwise seem like odd combos to me and I am excited to see where that will take us. Should be fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila

Kitchy Coo Skater Dress

The girls’ skater dress is described as funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, high neckline and a curved flared skirt. With a generous cut, the dress is designed to be worn for up to two years per size, here the skirt hits at the knee in the first year and just above the knee in year two. There are options for a sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve version, with bodice pieces drafted specifically for either sleeved for sleeveless.

Its only available as a PDF on the Kitchy Coo website. The size range is from 18months to 8 years. I traced the size that corresponds to 4 years age (4T) and the fit was spot on. The instructions are easy to follow and well supported with pictures. Just like the Lady Skater dress its also easy to sew up.

 

Kids Sewing – Ottobre Kids Design Magazine

Rocking bunnies! I loved this sweatshirt jersey the moment I laid eyes on it in B&M Fabrics, Leeds Market.

Obviously, it was going to be an Ottobre design make. If are familiar with the magazine, you’ll know that they use really quirky print fabrics and this fit the bill.

The pattern is a simple hooded vest top from the Summer 2015 issue.  I bought a half meter at £14/m which was enough for this top.

Ottobre 3/2015 #20 Sleeveless Hooded Top

It’s a unisex design that has quickly passed from my son in the picture to his younger sister (the perils of sewing for kids is that they grow so fast!)

Unfortunately, the sweater fabric doesn’t have a lot of stretch hence its short residence with the original owner. For fabric like this next time, I will make an oversized jumper like this one here which is still being worn by said son even though it was made in December 2016.

Ottobre 3/2015 

Those cheeky bunnies!

Ottobre Kids Design 3/2015 Hooded Top

Even tried coverstitching the hem.

The cover for your head known as a hood or hoody lining is a cotton jersey that had fortuitously been hanging around waiting for a project. Glad to see it used up!

A quick easy project that gets my thumbs up. Could be easily turned into a dress by simply lengthening it. Ottobre Kids design sizes are always spot on and the instructions excellent. It is my first port of call when I am making sewing plans for the kids.

Thanks for stopping by this little corner of the interwebs.

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

Girl’s Seersucker Dresses 11/2017 #130A #burdachallenge2018

As it happens, the twins were going to a wedding in June with their dad in the USA. Since it was term time and we didn’t want the school going kids to miss school, we sent a delegation to represent us at the wedding so to speak. And so began the wedding guest dresses project.

It all started with the seersucker fabric that I picked up when I was at Fletchers Fabrics in Leeds Market with my friend Eleanor. There was something about the crisp delicate lightness of the pastel colours that caught my eye. Eleanor has had experience with seersucker and she advised me to not press it – its supposed to have the raised texture. Wikipedia explains it “……..giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating heat dissipation and air circulation. It also means that pressing is not necessary.

There is a joy to working with a woven fabric that does not need pressing! It made me realise just how much time is taken up with pressing when sewing up a garment. There were times when I forgot though and found myself pressing a seam out of a deeply ingrained habit.

Girl’s Dress 11/2017 #130A

As for the pattern, I went with a cute but simple dress from BurdaStyle 11/2017. Here is the line drawing:

BurdaStyle 11/2017 #130

 

And here is the style picture – 

Its a relatively simple dress to sew up especially since the skirt is a rectangle gathered to fit the bodice. I traced out the size 110cm though they are about 100cm tall – and the fit is just right for something I want them to wear for at least another year. They are at the stage where they are growing rather fast so I am finding that I have to size up so I don’t blink and they can’t fit into it. It’s not so much of an issue with knit fabrics.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough fabric to cut both front and back bodice pieces on the bias so only the front had to do. The neckline is finished with a facing. I added patch pockets to the skirt fronts. Still, they love their dresses and the seersucker was perfect for a hot and humid Saturday in Annapolis. Pictures..

Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!

If you’d like to see the fabric texture and drape you can check out this quick video where I talk about my plan for it.

Peace and love,

Hila

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Girl’s Jersey Dresses 04/2018 #128 #burdachallenge2018

 

There’s something about bright highly contrasting colours that I find attractive. During the last SEWDOWNDEWSBURY I bought 1 meter of such psychedelic swirling colours at Fabworks. Its not the best quality jersey – the pattern is printed – but it is not the worst either. It washed well and kept its brightness well for the quality of jersey it is. That is to say, it lost about 20% of the colour.

The pattern was one of my #burdachallenge2018 planned makes for April 2018. Its style number 128, here is the line drawing:

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128

I think this particular issue of Burda has a lot of great kids patterns and I will be making more from it.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

I traced the 110cm. They are 104cm currently, so they can grow into these. The pattern is a super fast sew. For the neckline, I just turned under and sewed with zigzag stitches. The contrast yoke is a scrap fabric that I picked up at a swap.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

The fit is just as I have come to expect from Burda – spot on for them. Up next I’d like to make these in a better quality jersey like maybe AGF.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

They love the dresses and they have been worn  A LOT since I sewed them up:-).

Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

#burdachallenge2018

Kids Sewing – Ottobre Kids Design Magazine and Skater Dress

I have been on a roll of making clothes for my kids lately. These were made earlier in the year and were well received by the wearers.

Kitchy Coo Skater Dress

The girls’ skater dress is described as funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, high neckline and a curved flared skirt. With a generous cut, the dress is designed to be worn for up to two years per size, here the skirt hits at the knee in the first year and just above the knee in year two. There are options for a sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve version, with bodice pieces drafted specifically for either sleeved for sleeveless.

Its only available as a PDF on the Kitchy Coo website. The size range is from 18months to 8 years. I traced the size that corresponds to 4 years age (4T) and the fit was spot on. The instructions are easy to follow and well supported with pictures. Just like the Lady Skater dress its also easy to sew up.

I used fabric that I bought online from Girl Charlee during a half-price Christmas sale. The orange and black fabric held up well and is still going strong even after several washes. The pink spotty one didn’t hold up well, unfortunately. We have had to throw it out as the fabric got ever more distorted with each wash.

Despite this – they love their dresses and I am currently making another one to replace the pink dress.

Ottobre Kids Design Summer 2015 T Shirt

This was a fun t-shirt to make because of the very interesting sleeve style. I had never come across a sleeve that’s half raglan and half normal sleeve. The sizing is just as expected for Ottobre – perfect. The fabric is a cotton jersey that he chose for himself when we were in New York last year.

He cut out the fabric but I sewed it up since the sleeve detail was more complex.

Verdict – he is a happy boy!

Ottobre Design Kids Summer 4/2015 T Shirt – Raglan sleeve at back

Partition seam where raglan sleeve ends.

I think my son has great taste in fabric because I love this!

 

BurdaStyle drop Crotch leggings –

They vaguely resemble Hammer pants for those of us old enough to remember MC Hammer. We weren’t very keen on them – whether its the fabric or the crotch, we don’t know. I used leftovers from my Aurora dress and cut the fabric on the cross grain to get the pattern pieces to fit. The attraction for these was that they would be easy to sew up (they were) but I am beginning to think that they need a different fabric so I am curious to try with a different fabric when time allows.

The leggings don’t have a center front or center back seam.

 

Simplicity 1473 refashion – The sweater dresses I made over 18 months ago had become too tight on the chest. The fabric was in still in very good condition so I had an idea to refashion into a skirt by chopping off the bit above the pocket and sewing on an elastic. Voila! The twins love their ‘new’ skirts.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

 PS. If you’d like to see them in action they are after the menswear section of this Youtube video.

SWAP2017 Pt 5: Ansterick Holsten Sweater and an Experiment in pre washing yarn

Last year I was working full steam on a SWAP2017 wardrobe. You can read some of the previous SWAP2017 posts here <link here>:

For one of my uppers – I opted for a  knitted item. The inspiration was based on a Bella Freud 1970 Jumper . This jumper retails at £300.

The pattern I used was the Holsten jumper by Anstrick

Once I had selected the pattern the next challenge was finding the bright red yarn colour. Someone on Ravelry recommended Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton DK yarn. The yarn has a lovely lustre to it and it had a lipstick red shade that looked promising. I ordered several balls of different reds from various brands but this was the one that nailed it. Luckily they also had the black and white of the same yarn.

The next challenge was how to prevent bleeding. From the many posts that I read where people had knitted with red and white or black and white – there was a bleeding issue when the garment was washed. After ruminating on the issue for a while I thought that maybe I could try pre-washing the yarn before knitting to reduce any bleeding potential in the same way we prewash fabric for sewing.

Luckily the yarn comes in skeins. My first attempt was a bit of a travesty because I didnt do anything to prevent the yarn from tangling. On my second attempt, I loosely tied the skein at 4 different points so that I could easily reconstitute the skein.

The prewashing process involved filling the sink with hot water and soaking for about an hour, gently wringing the water out and repeating until the water ran clear. For the red this took approximately 4 soakings, the black took 6 soakings to run clear. I also did the white twice because I needed it to have a similar texture to the black and red.

After drying out the skeins I then had to wind them into yarn balls. There were a lot of online tutorials to help. I used a kitchen roll tube and spent several hours balling up the skein. It was tedious but I think it was worth it in the end. 

Dryng the prewashed yarn

Pre washed and un washed side by side

Prewashed on left. Has a ‘fuller’ look and feel. Unwashed on right.

 

I swatched with 3.75, then 3,5 but it was 3,25 that got the correct stitch gauge. I should have done some mods since the pattern calls for fingering 4 ply but my yarn was DK. However, I still do not understand these things so I went on ahead with the proviso that I would be trying it along the way to see what I need to change. On the whole this worked, I think I managed to get away with it :-).

This pattern knits up quite quick since it all stokinette stitch. It was also a great opportunity for me improve my Portuguese knitting skills. I think the fit is quite good. Yarn feels comfy against my skin.

The prewashing seems to have worked. When I washed this there was no bleeding.

And here I am wearing it last year.

The pattern instructions were very clear and well written. I learnt some new techniques like the saddle stitch for the raglan sleeve. It may not be the best but I had a great time knitting this. I’d have liked to do add in a HILA motif on the white section but my skills are not yet there. I am still very happy with this jumper.

Finally, I used just under 5 skeins of red and less than 1 skein each of black and white. The total cost of the yarn was £50.48. Not bad considering the inspiration retails at £300. Win!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internets. Until next time, happy knitting!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by this corner of the interwebs.

Peace and love,

Hila

Girl’s Turtleneck Sweater 11/2017 131B #burdachallenge2018

A random #burdachallenge2018 post on IG made me aware of this BurdaStyle kids sweater pattern.

BurdaStyle 11/2017 #131B

Surprisingly I haven’t paid too much attention to kids sewing patterns in BurdaStyle Magazine.

I decided to give this a go because of the simplicity of the pattern.

No neck seam but just the shoulder and side seams only.

I used a fleece lined scuba fabric that I bought last year from B&M Fabrics (Leeds Market). This was one (pair) of my January #burdachallenge2018 makes and I was happy with how they turned out.

I used hot pink cuffing for the sleeve band and green jersey for the hem band. The other alteration was to omit the zip. My fabric had more than enough stretch to easily go over the head. With the zip this pattern would work with wovens.

They got the seal of approval from the twins and they love their sweaters. The sizing was spot on. I traced size 110 for their 104cms height. They will be wearing these for at least a couple of more years yet.

I am now going through my collection of magazines with a view to finding more kids patterns that I can try out. Have you sewn with the kids patterns from Burda?

 

Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

Kids Sewing – Ottobre Kids Design Magazine and New Look

Over the past year I have been doing a lot of sewing for my kids. They love choosing fabrics whenever they come fabric shopping with me. Unfortunately I don’t always have time to write the individual blog posts for them so I have collected all the pictures I could find of some of the kids clothes.

New Look 6423 – this is the second time I have made these. The fabric was bought from B&M Fabrics and it is a great quality that has stood the test of many washes whilst still maintaining brightness.

This is a set from Ottobre Kids design Magazine Summer 2016 Issue. The leggings are capri length which I thought was cute for summer. The fabric was also from B&M Fabrics in Leeds Market. They do great quality jerseys there.

This dress is the same pattern as the T shirt above from Ottobre Kids but I just lengthened it. Ali akaThimberlina kindly gave us this fabric and it was enough to make a much loved dress.

These capri length leggings are great scrapbusters and made many more.

Neckline detail of another of the Ottobre T shirt

The fabric was also from Ali. Sewing buddies rock!

The T shirt has a side panel which gives it a bit of interest.

I love this rainbow cuffing that I bought from B&M Fabrics

Contrasting side panel

Ali used her coversticth machine to do the hems for me and I was smitten – so much that I decided to buy my own coverstitch machine.

I truly love sewing for them. This year I am aiming to do more kids sewing too.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Sewing everyone!

Peace and love,

Hila

Vogue 9259 Tropical Jumpsuit: Pattern Review

This is a long wide legged jumpsuit that I absolutely loved wearing last summer. Pardon me for posting such an obviously summery make in winter but bear with me, please. Spring is on the way and I am very excited about moving on to sewing with lightweight fabrics so this is whetting my appetite.

I knew that I was getting Vogue 9259 the moment I saw it. Unfortunately, I had to wait months before collecting my patterns while we visited the USA. It was worth the wait though.

It has a criss-cross halter neck front. Here is the line drawing:

The line drawing looks like the band is at the waist but I found that for me it was a smidge higher than my natural waist. I looked at the model pic and it also looks a bit higher than the waist. It is not uncomfortable or anything but it does make me look like I have very long legs.

Although we only had a few days where it was hot enough to wear this on its own I cant tell you how lovely it was! I loved the feel of the sun on my back and the breeze against my skin.

My initial worry about making it had been than my breasts wouldn’t be secured and that I would constantly be tucking them in. But this was not the case at all. I found that there was no gaping (to be fair I am not very endowed in that area when I am braless so I might not be best placed to recommend this if you are a larger cup size than B). On other days I wore it with a lightweight black elbow length cardigan.

I took my son to a birthday party that had a bouncy castle which I snuck into while everyone was singing Happy Birthday and had a go. No escapees. They were safe and secure. 

These days I am trying to qualify myself when I say that something was easy to make. As an intermediate seamstress, I found this to be a straightforward make that was easy to sew and get a good fit on. I cut my usual size 12 for Vogue patterns and made no alterations.

I do like the lightness of viscose. It was a swish factor that I love.

Verdict: Its a winner! Deep pockets and comfortable while making me look like I made an effort.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

xox

4th Birthday Dresses: Ottobre Summer 3/2016 #19

When my twins turned 3 years old in 2016 I left it until the very last minute to make them birthday outfits which turned out ok, but I knew they should have been so much better. You can read about it all here <link>. In 2017, armed with the determination that is bourne out of a desire to learn from a past mistake, I set out to make them the most awesome birthday dresses I could.

They love fabric shopping as much as I do and so I thought I’d let them choose the fabrics and the pattern. They flipped through my Ottobre Kids Design Magazines and they choose this fancy looking shirtdress. I heard them say things like twirly swirly.

Ottobre Kids Design Summer 3/2016

 

Though they are identical twins they actually have very different personalities. The floral print is a Liberty craft cotton and the multicolour geometric is a cotton lawn. Both were purchased from Leeds Market. I was really proud of myself for cutting into the Liberty as I had been precious about that for over 2 years :-).

Once the dresses were sewn up, they went through my buttons collection and made their choices.

The twins love their dresses and they love twirling in them.

I really enjoyed making these dresses with them. In future, I will take that co-creative approach as opposed to me just making something without their input. In theory, it should mean they are more likely to wear it.

I rate Ottobre Kids patterns as they are so true to size. I sewed size 110cms and my girls are about 102cm tall. The instructions are excellent. The armhole is finished with bias binding.

Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, Happy Sewing!!!!

Peace and love,

Hila

xoxo

 

 

Butterick B6097 – Pattern Review

The story with this top is that it started as a Pinterest pin on my Clothes I Think I Can Make board.

Sometime later, I randomly stumbled upon a McCall Pattern Company all brand sale wherein I made the acquaintance of  Butterick B6097.

Butterick B6097

Butterick B6097 is described as a fitted shirt, has collar and peplum variations, princess seams, front button-down closure and button band. Technically speaking, this is a toile which turned out to be very wearable.

I used quilting cottons that I bought from Leeds Market. There was point in my early sewing life when I would buy 1m pieces of quilting cottons <why?> /sigh. Anyway, I had just enough to make this top in the short peplum style with box pleats. I can’t recall why I went for the peter pan collar but I think I wanted to practice finishing a peter pan collar with bias binding.

I cut a size 8 based on the finished bust measurement. I made no alterations at all. The fit is pretty spot on. It could do with a small swayback adjustment if I was being all perfectionist about it. But I’m not, so I won’t and that’s okay.

Butterick B6097

Butterick B6097 Box pleat detail

Armhole fininshed with bias tape.

Butterick B6097

I do like the peter pan collar 🙂

 

The style is ……..sassy. I feel quite sassy when I am wearing it. Now I just need to find some nice white cotton lawn fabric and finally realise the inspiration image.

Verdict – I will make again in solid neutral colour. Recommended with the caveat that I used finished garment measurement to select my size.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Sewing!!

Peace and love,

Hila

PS. I am nearly caught up blogging my 2017 items 🙂 That makes me happy.