Saturday, July 16, 2016

Winter Play Clothes

Apologies for the photo heavy post.
It wasn't her turn...
But somebody has grown!
Instagram can be hazardous to one's bank balance.
The lovely Jane and Fiona popped up this gorgeous fabric on insta and I snapped up 2m.
We have been tempted by The Drapery before.
I sewed this cute little Playtime in 2014.
Another Playtime by O+S  was long needed.
I made Tildy the size 6 with the length of an 8.
Tildy measures 4 but she is average height for a 7 year old.
Matilda's signature heart shaped buttons, coconut shell sewn with pink silk.
And for some sparkle... bugle beads hand stitched to one of the clouds.
''I will have to get undressed sensibly Mummy or they will scratch me'' #tildyspeak 
I used a scrap of stretch poplin for the pocket bags as I was eking out the fabric.
It has plenty of room for growth.
It is layering perfectly on our Winter holiday.
~Matilda's Verdict~
I like the sequins on the cloud. The dress is very warm, even when I go outside to play.
I like wearing it with stockings and my fluffy boots.
I really like the bit where Mum has sewn two different clouds together.
I think this is even better then my sheep-y dress.
I like the 'crinkles' (gathers) around here (gestures waist).

With the leftovers...
I made some After School trousers.
Tildy's pair from Summer still fit just fine so I went with the size 4 with the length of a size 7.
I had to use velvet for the pocket bag and some lawn for the pocket lining as I had nothing but tidbits for mice leftover.
I topstitched the pocket bags in place.
I love all the details on these trousers.
And they are an awesome fit on a skinny child.
~Matilda's Verdict~
They are nice and warm (worn over stockings in chilly Bendigo).
I like the colours, I like the patterns on the clouds, they are good colours.
I like the frills, they are tricky. They make me think the back pocket is at the side.
I like them being tricky.
I think these would be good school trousers in blue. It has to be blue to wear to school.

And the top?
More leftovers, more gorgeous fabric from The Drapery
Hugo purchased me 1.5m of the luscious Merino knit for my birthday.
I made myself a Plantain tee  (which I have not blogged yet) and had enough to get this School Bus tee and I *think* I may get a tee for Trixie too.
The cloth is very fine but very warm and not scratchy at all!
After sewing in the sleeve I noticed I had snipped a hole in the shoulder.
I darned it but it still looked like a hole, just a darned hole.
As I had the vinyl out for the groovy elbow patches a la Plantain, I cut a wee heart, held it in place with some double folded sticky tape and stitched it in place.
I originally cut ovals for the sleeve patches but they looked too big.
It is a child's top so I went with the simple circle shape.
I used the placement of the Plantain sleeve to get the position right and placed the sleeve on Matilda to make sure I had it at her elbow.
It was then I realised the sleeve would be a bit short so I added a cuff.
Tildy has flogged this on our holiday. She has worn it four times and it still doesn't needs washing.
Wool is a wonderful fibre for repelling dirt. An air before the next wear and a sponge down of any stains and it is good to go!
I love hand-me-downs.
The tee and trousers look awesome with a jumper I made for Hugo, from some wool mix knit, 15 years ago!
It had a huge hem that I let down so it is like a tunic on her.
~Tildy's Verdict~
I love my matching t-shirt to Mum. It is not itchy at all. I like the heart, I like the elbow patches.
I am glad Mum made a mistake.
It is very warm and sand brushed right off.

They are getting a good work out on hols.

Thanks for reading xx N


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18 comments:

  1. She is so big!! The dress is great; I love that pattern. The fabric is so nice for trousers, too, I never would have thought to use it for that pattern but it works very nicely. My favorite is the tee with the vinyl patches, though - it is tres chic. (Also I love that Tildy likes the "tricky" pockets, LOL!)

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  2. Thank you Masha.
    I wasn't sure how much fabric to order and it was cheap so I was determined to use it all up.
    The After-school's make up with long strips, so the leftovers were perfect. The fact that the fabric worked out so well was a bonus.
    I love the Plantain elbow patches so wanted to repeat it. Who would have thought they would make such a difference.
    Thank you Lovely.
    xx N

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  3. Such fantastic cold weather sewing here, Nicole. I love that dreamy cloud fabric, it is perfect for warm and cozy play clothes. And the little heart patch - what a lovely mistake! I absolutely love reading Tildy's thoughts, too. Tricky pocket!

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    1. Thank you Inder. She is a trickster too!
      Where we live, SA, our weather is changeable, for example NYE could be 42 d or 12 d, so clothing that layers well is the best option. You never pack away your coat and our guys swam until May!
      xx N

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  4. WOW! Everything's awesome! Having MANY siblings myself, not to mention 4 children of my own, I know all about hand-me-downs, but you've taken it to a new dimension with Hugo's jumper/sweater. Love the "happy accident" heat patch!

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    1. Thank you!
      Nothing wrong with a good hand-me-down. I do try and swop out buttons if they need updating and because we have so many, I donate anything that they really don't fancy.
      xx N

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  5. Oh my goodness I just love reading Tildy's own comments on the clothes! Such beautiful makes Nicole. And I love the 'accidental' heart patch too! Such sweetness :)

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    1. Thank YOU Jane (and Fiona) for stocking such beautiful fabrics. I need to get back in store.
      xx N

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  6. LOVE every one of these! They all look warm and cozy and cute. Well done, mama.

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    1. Thank you Sandi, she was happy and I used up ALL the fabric, winner!
      xx N

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  7. Very cute playclothes indeed!

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    1. Thank you for you kind comment.
      xx N

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  8. Love these clothes Nicole. After seeing this I need to make the Playtime and After School patterns again right now!
    (also Tildy's hairstyle is divine!)

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    1. Thank you Mc Stitch, she wants to grow it again now (pooh bum)

      I need to sew some of these up in navy, for school. I feel a 'Lightning school uniform marathon, coming on'.
      xx N

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  9. Such gorgeous clothes. So useful win this rather wet and chilly winter we are having ( not that I am complaining about the rain ...)

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    1. Thank you!
      No, we never complain about the rain (unless we want to bale hay)
      xx N

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  10. It never occurred to me to use anything but plain thread to sew buttons on. The pink contrast of the silk against the heart buttons is lovely!

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    1. Thank you!
      I just don't have the sewing time I used to so I try and make every garment as special as I can. Embroidery silk is a lot stronger too, less lost buttons.
      xx N

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