Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Zara's Choice

It is Zara's turn again.
(Zara and Elsa jumped quite a few turns at the end of last year and they have been waiting patiently for their 'go' on the rota).
Zara wanted a nice smart shirt and, quite by chance, chose a shirt pattern that I had sewed many many times for my self when she was a baby.
I remember the shoulders were a little wide for my liking, I think I may have added a shoulder pad? (It was the late 90's)
After fitting the side seams ( and tapering the waist quite a bit) it was looking the same on her.
I trimmed the shoulders, front 
and back.
I also pinched an inch from the width of the sleeve.
Zara picked some ombre woven cotton gingham from the stash.
MoP buttons, of course.
A double narrow hem looks neat when the shirt is left undone.
 We flipped the yoke and cut it on the bias.
Just a little bit Country.
Just a little bit snappy.
Perfect for work experience.
Miss Keller had a placement in a primary school.
We added some ease over her hips but may add a little more next time.
She loves it!
I totally love her!

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Elsa has wanted a red trench coat f o r e v e r!
Finally, it was her turn on the rota.
So I made her one.
After trawling through my vintage patterns she decided she really liked the look of this little number.
But with straight sleeves and epaulettes.
We used a beautiful heavy textured red wool and lined it with heavy de-lustered with the two-as-one method used in the instructions.
In retrospect, a bagged lining would have been so much easier and less bulk.
The collar was very well cut, a two piece bias under collar, interfaced on the bias with a straight grain section cut for the neck roll.
After sewing the collar facing in place and trimming, turning and pressing, the garment is tried on, the collar roll is established and safety pinned in position and then hand basted to keep it there!
It sits so nicely!  
At Elsa's request, I hand sewed all the facings in place.
It certainly kept me warm as I stitched it.
The centre back is cut in two pieces but I decided to cut the lining as one and added a generous vent.
I was completely won over by the back neck darts. Such an elegant detail.
The buttons are vintage, silver filagree. I didn't like them but I am very pleasantly surprised with how well they work.
I ran out of cloth and had to piece the tie in three. Elsa did not want a buckle and the joins don't bother her a jot.
They do bother me, exceedingly.
It also bothers me that I over pressed the hem creating a crease.
I want to steam that out but I need to pry the coat off of her.
Because she loves it.
The pockets are fully lined with the purple satin.
Elsa was away on work experience when I sewed this up.

Yes, that is a big a#se python and a cute monkey.
And I completely forgot to add the epaulettes in construction.
Elsa really wanted them so I made up four 'arrows' and hand sewed them in place.
I think we got away with it.
Thanks for popping by!

xx N

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Puppet Show Poppet

More Trixie sweetness.
An old favourite, the Puppet Show by O+S.
This time I made the dress with the hope that Beatrix will follow her siblings in growing 'up' rather the 'out' and possibly getting a good years wear from it.
Soft and silky Liberty Wiltshire.
Trixie's signature Liberty.
Her special flower shaped MoP buttons.
Stitched in black.
Plenty of length.
(size 6-12 months)
I love how the sweet collar frames her face.
I have a step-by-step cute for a sturdy version here.
'Cause this is too pretty to save for best.
Free bonnet pattern here
Remember the vintage dungarees and the pairing blouse?
The blouse I added the neck ruffle to and then realised it would cover the square neck line.....
Well, is looks cute with the Puppet Show shorts.
In pearly pink linen with black cotton lace.
And another pair in charcoal ramie.
Thanks for popping by!
xx N

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

So Grown Up.

Back to Tilly,
My big brother lent me his posh lens for 6 months and it is time to send it back.
Better get some photos done.
Part two of Matilda's sewing. More pretty but practical clothes.
The Oliver+S Music Class blouse and skirt.
The blouse I sewed up in beautiful Liberty Capel. It is a fine silky lawn, a dream to sew.
Tildy's signature Liberty.
The skirt in cotton velvet, with the nap reversed for extra lushness.
I trimmed the pocket edge with some linen tape.
I chose the gathered insert option, I just couldn't face the thought of trying to get the thick fabric to hold a pleat.
I also added several inches to the size 5 skirt.
I made the blouse in a size 5 too. It is a tad big but as I was using such a nice fabric I wanted some growth.
An extra 3 inches to the hem means she can tuck it in.
Matilda's signature heart shaped buttons in MoP stitched with charcoal thread. Just to keep the prissiness in check.
Matilda chose pin-tucks, I think she chose well.
The pockets proved very popular.
Worn with Aunty Ana Sofia's special socks.
Just a tad long but she will grow.
Far too soon.

xx N

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Small Things

I still haven't blogged the last lot of sewing I did for Beatrix.
Too busy enjoying her.
The Lullaby Layette is a great little pattern. I made Trixie another bodysuit, with long sleeves.
I used the size 6-12 months but added an inch to the body to accommodate her cloth nappy.
I was slightly horrified at how much of my precious Liberty this used, I think I will stick to less expensive fabrics in future, as being a bodysuit, it is going to have a short shelf life.
I used poppers for the leg openings but Trixie's 'signature' flower MoP buttons for the front.
Just a little more dressy.
It is a sweet little romper but I think I could have added a bit more length.
Luckily, it will usually be worn as 'best' therefore over a disposable which will give her some  breathing room.
Another item I wish I had sized up.
The Purl Soho Winter baby hat. I made Trixie the 6-12 month but it is very snug.
The secret to this hat is this gorgeous organic cotton fleece. I really thought long and hard before ordering it but it was worth it.
I lined a LTTS Cosy Bear hat for Tildy, with it,as well.
I will be using every little scrap I can!
Back to Trixie.
Another beautiful pattern from Purl Soho the Sunbonnet, this time.
In a scrap of the finest Irish linen and lined with more Wiltshire.
This time the 6-12 months is perfect!
Next, a sweet little vintage number.
Based loosely on this pin.
I found some gorgeous fine merino suiting in my stash. So light and silky but incredibly warm.
I added a Hailspot muslin neck ruffle and embroidered cross stitches with coral embroidery silk as a wee high light.
I decided to line it with cotton poplin, just in case it was scritchy, by making a second dress and putting the two together.
I applied the facing over the top.
I used some scraps of Liberty, silky and smooth.
And how does it look?
Super dooper cute!
I adore her in this.
I just adore her.

xx N