Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Too Busy to Blog.

I won't apologise as I know most of you are in the same boat.
Life is busy but I am still having a ball!.
Isn't she gorgeous?
I am sewing, slowly but surely.
I made myself a Liesl+Co Weekend Getaway blouse.
I used hanky linen (ramie) which sews (and irons) like a dream.
I went with a size 12, like last time but I must make the effort to FBA this baby and make the size 8.
It fits just fine but is a bit pouffy.


I used a very special MoP butterfly button for the pockets.
Sent to me by my special friend Claire.
And I trimmed the neck with my special speckily voile.
Now for Miss Trixie......
A divine little Bubble dress made with the scraps from my Long Lunch tunic
We have a wedding this weekend and is predicted to be over 40 degrees.
Hopefully linen lined with voile will be cool enough.
I used delicate MoP flower buttons and hand stitched the bodice in place instead of my usual top stitching.
Finally, a quick black tee for Matilda.
The Oliver+S Field Trip t-shirt with the cutest little pocket.
Believe it or not this is all Tildy needed for Presentation Night.
As per her measurements, we made the size 2T with the length of a 4.
The fabric is a thick super stretchy cotton lycra.
The sleeve cuffs look a bit dodgy but I had to use a different finishing technique as my cover stitch machine is a bit unwell.
They have already settled down.

So, a bit of a catch up post.

See you later alligator!

xx N

Sunday, November 23, 2014

From Black Tie to Beach Wear

They skipped to the head of the queue, again!
Last time it was formal wear, this time, clothes for the Aquatics Camp.
First up, some tee's for Elsa
Gimlet top by SBCC patterns.
She chose a grey marl knit with a self fabric neck band and we cropped it a fair amount.
Elsa found the dream catcher image and stylised it to make a freezer paper stencil.
 This one is her favourite piece.
Another SBCC Gimlet, this time in a thick stretchy cotton/lycra.
We left the length and added a gorgeous transfer from Van Ikke.
And yet another Gimlet, this time in white, with another freezer paper stencil.
The shorts are from Purl Soho, they are the free City Gym shorts pattern that is taking the sewing world by storm.
These are super quick to sew.
They also look great!
Zara chose a Kwiksew pattern for an oversize tee in stretchy cotton lycra with  more fabulous Van Ikke transfers.
One white.
One black.
A pair of grey track pants, the same as Hugo's.
Another pair of City Gym shorts, these in taslon for drip dry swim shorts.
I also made her a dark denim pair which I literally snipped the threads on before she headed out the door, thus, no piccies.
Elsa modelled for her.
Zara was a bit busy.
These bottoms work well on the girls too.
The Twins turn on the rota, tick!

I hope they have a blast.

xx N

Friday, November 14, 2014

Late Lunch-Yes Please!

Ooooh Liesl, you clever clever girl.
How much do I love this tunic?
T H I S much!
My smile says it all Baby.
I still have a solid 9 kg (20 lbs) to lose but, my goodness, I feel pulled together and elegant in this outfit.
The skirt is full but so well shaped it is definitely not baggy.
The back has a beautiful shape.
I love the crispness of the linen compared with the flow-y wool/modal I used for my last one.
It just feels dressier.
And when you are a busy mum of six fabulous people you can't ask for much more.

More details blogged here

xx N

PS My trousers are Portfolio's, sadly no longer available and Tildy is wearing a Oliver+S Garden Party dress 

Fancy a Late Lunch?

I do.
The Liesl+Co Late Lunch tunic that is.
Another lovely pattern from the lovely Liesl.
I made this pattern up when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with Beatrix, from a wool/modal knit.
It was lovely if a little voluminous, which I put down to the fabric 'growing'.
So I decided to make another, the same size, but in a woven.
 Size 8 with a DD FBA.
I ran through the process here.
What a difference some firmness makes.
(Works with my children too- snigger)
The fabric is a silvery sheen coated linen, it sewed up beautifully!
I topstitched all the seam for a casual look and went with my signature MOP buttons.
As well as my signature speckley voile trim.

With the FBA it fits like a glove, I am so pleased.
Modelled pictures soon.

Check out who is growing fast....

xx N

Friday, October 24, 2014

Too cool for Dad, Jedediah Shorts

I had wondered about making a pair for Jed.

But Tildy said they were a bit too cool for Daddy.....
The Jedediah shorts by Thread Theory.
A slim fitting, groovy, seriously-nice-to-sew pair of shorts.
Hugo fit into the smallest sizing and I made them, no mods.
They look quite dressy with a nice shirt.
Details here.
Decent size belt loops.
Wear them casual
Wear them dressy.
Or somewhere in between.
The Nitty-gritty-kitty!
Jebediah shorts by Thread Theory.
I purchased the PDF pattern which is considerably cheaper then the paper pattern ($11 compared to $20).
It goes together quite well with only a few dodgy joins but it does make a huge sheet. I found folding it like a commercial pattern and storing it in ziplock bag works best.
As for sewing, all the pieces sew up well. I found the instructions good but confusing at times.
There are good diagrams but they are not always directly next to to corresponding text.
But remember, I sewed these with a nine week old baby for company, sleep deprivation anyone?

I think they are slim enough through the leg but Hugo (and the girls at school) think they look great!
(And Hugo does have muscular thighs)
It would be fairly easy to do a narrower seam allowance to add some ease.

Over all, I thoroughly recommend them.
Navy is jolly hard to photograph.

xx N