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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baby's First O+S

Do you remember the Lullaby Layette I made?
It is getting a lot of wear.
Here the shirt is being worn with Puppet Show shorts.
The bodysuit is very sweet, just on its own!
And the shirt with the pants, a month later.
The little jacket is the cherry-on-the-top!
So cute!
It works perfectly with her Puppet Show 
My baby girl is growing too fast!

xx N

Monday, October 20, 2014

Jed Shorts for Hugo

Jedediah shorts, that is.
Screen shot from the Thread Theory site.
Hugo's turn on the 'rota.
He needed some new school shorts.
So, I figured, why not make three pair, get them out of the way.
Why not?
Because sewing three pairs of mens shorts is full on without throwing a gorgeous 9 week old into the mix.
Thus, I got the three pair up to the zipper installed stage ..... and then finished one pair.
I used the last of some mercerised cotton I picked up on one of my Melbourne jaunts.
Pure cotton but the fabric needs just the sniff of an iron to look good.
The shorts (and indeed trousers) have a 'chino' style cut with a pieced back yoke and pockets.
The legs are a longer 'clam digger' style that can be worn rolled up.
I suggested shortening them but Hugo (and The Twins) were adamant not!
Thread Theory make seriously nice patterns.
Great details such as a professional looking zipper fly.
Very neat angled pockets.
With sturdy pocket facings.
And an awesome cut.
This is my second time sewing with Thread Theory.
I had previously made Hugo the Newcastle cardigan.
In the future I plan to make the Strathcona henley tee, the Goldstream peacoat, the Finlayson jumper and the Comox underpants (watch your eye doesn't get poked out with the last link)

I did purchase the PDF patterns for these garments and I won't fib, it is a big sheet to put together.
It matches up nicely enough but it is quite cumbersome to work with.
That said, once it is together, it makes a good stiff pattern to trace and I found it folded up just fine and will store in a large zip lock bag.
The instructions are good.
I did get a little confused a few times but I don't know if that was just my sleep deprived brain.
The fit is quite slim.
Hugo measured up for the smallest size with his waist and they are border line too slim in the leg (in my opinion, not his).
Otherwise, no extra fitting required. I could make these, again, without trying them on my gorgeous son even once.

Modelled shots soon!

xx N

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thank you!

I had some wonderful people care for me when I gave birth to Trixie.
And a week later when we had to go back for a few days.
I wanted to say thank you.
Normally I make biscuits, but it was pointed out to me that they may be thrown away!
So I wanted something else for the lovely folk that helped us.
For my gorgeous OB, I made a Stitch Society jewellery pouch and a wee head phones purse.
Liddy offered to make a card.
Very proud mummy moment.
I had planned to embroider each one but I ended up having some labels woven with Love Trixie.
I was very happy with the result.
For Trixie's very groovy Paediatrician, a headphone purse in Liberty.
And another of Sweet Liddy's cards.
And for the wonderful Midwives?
Little Liberty purses.

To say 'thank you' for our sweet baby girl.
I hope they like them!

xx N