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BBB Blog Hop ~ Day 4

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Welcome along to day 4 ~ This blog hop is positively hopping along.  Today we have 3 bloggers to check out

Jenny from Mend and Make New,  Alyna from Thrify Gifty and Ronda from Wining wife

I always enjoy seeing what Jenny makes, her selection of fabrics is just incredible and she has a knack of putting just the right fabrics together.

Read her full blog post here

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Alyna has recently started testing for me and does an incredible job, Isn’t that headband just to die for, I wish my kids would wear headbands like that!!!

Read Alyna’s post here

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Now we see Ronda’s version, can I just say, I love stripes.

see her post here

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BBB Blog Hop ~ Day 3

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Welcome to day 3.

Today we get to hear from Gemia from Phat Quarters and Rachel from Handcrafted by RED

I really love the colours of the top that Gemia made, the little arrows are so delicate and that contrast print just matches perfectly.

Read her post here

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I’m really looking forward to seeing what Rachel from Handcrafted by RED has done with my pattern.

Check out her post here

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Dont forget to enter the giveaway found on any of the bloggers posts or HERE.

and just for good measure here is the list of participants again


BBB Blog Hop ~ day 2

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Welcome to day 2 of the blog hop.  With 3 bloggers to look at today you are bound to get some more looks a the different options available in this amazing pattern.

First up is Kimberlee from Harper Creek Boutique

I love following along with the photos and things Kimberlee makes for her gorgeous daughter, and this is no exception.  Now why didn’t I think of bubbles.  Genious.

See her full blog post here

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Next is Roxanne from Pensebrox

Look at this little delightful creature, that image of innocence is just beautiful and almost (please note I said almost) makes me wish for another baby.

See the full blog post here

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 and finally, Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Essence has been testing for me since just about the beginning and I always love what she makes her kids, and I’m sure that this is no exception.

See her full write up here

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BBB Blog Hop ~ Day 1

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Welcome along to the Bow Back Beauty Blog Hop.  You are in for a treat with all the bloggers involved and I can not wait to see what they all do with this pattern.

 And for all of you who are following along, I have a little treat.  For the duration of the blog hop the BBB is on special for $8 (thats $2 off) so head on over to craftsy to check it out.

And a rafflecoper giveaway, make sure you enter it, its at the bottom of the page.

First up we have Heather Turner from Boutique Birdie

I’m loving this fabric. those little dolls are uber cute and that pop of pink edging is gorgeous.

Check out her full blog post here

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Next we have another Heather, Heather Jones from All things Katy

I’m feeling jelous of all of you who are moving into a warmer season, to be able to make the bow back and not worry about your child getting cold would be wonderful, but we are heading into winter.  This pink is a perfect match for the flowers.  I can not wait to see the rest of this one.

Check out the full blog post here

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Be sure to pop along and check out these fabulous bloggers during the tour.


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Kids Clothes Week ~ Day 7 ~ Zebra BBB

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Well I’ve reach the end of the KCW season. Yay, after a slow start I caught up quickly and even made some within the theme.  Especially todays one.   I think this may be my favourite item from the week, though the horse hi-low comes in close second.

The pattern I used was my Bow Back Beauty, and I made Brylie the size 6 width with a 7 length as she’s thin and tall.

I used pink cotton Lycra from Levana and the zebras are once gain from Ixat.  These fabrics are perfect for this pattern as its a firm fitting pattern it needs to have a good stretch.

The version I made is the bow back with the hip length bodice with the double peplum.

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I know its coming up to winter and so Brylie is be getting a cold back, but I just couldn’t close it in.  And anyway, Tauranga isn’t as cold as some places in New Zealand.

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I’m off to make some black and white leggings to match now, I’ll edit tomorrow with some modeled photos, so be sure to check back.  Also, be sure to check back each day next week as I’ve got a blog hop happening with the BBB starting tomorrow.

Edit to include some modeled photos as well as the legging that I made  to match using lace printed cotton lycra from Ixat.

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Designers Pattern Swap ~ Spoxxy Top by SUAT

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As you know there are many many designers in the PDF world.    And it may surprise you to hear that we actually like each other, help and encourage, and bounce ideas off each other.

We don’t copy each others designs (as it is sometimes thought by our loyal customers – and we do thank you for that support and loyalty) however if a similar design is released by 2 designers it is most likely because of the demand for a “Pattern like this” that we see so often in the big PDF promotions group.  They see the wanted design, and run with it, not knowing that another designer is also doing the same thing.  The thing is, this shouldn’t matter as designers have their own way of doing things, such as the way they write their tutorial, the style of their pattern pieces, and most important, their ‘fit’ of their patterns.  On designers patterns may not work for your children, however the other one does.

There was a lovely little post that covered a bit about this by Pattern Revolution here.

To show you, our lovely customers, that we, the designers, love each other.  We devised a plan to prove our love.  A group of us signed up to participate in a blog tour of sorts which we called the “Designers Pattern Swap.”  Each designer was assigned a designer who donated a pattern to us to sew, and in turn we donated to a different designer.  A round robin style swap.

I was lucky to get Stitch Upon A Time and I chose to sew up the Spoxxy Top.

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Ever since I saw it released I knew that I wanted to try it out.  so when this opportunity arose I jumped with glee.

According to the size chart I measured for the straight medium, so for the first top I made (out of 2) I made no adjustments.  I loved it, I can’t feel the straps and every thing fit perfectly around my arms.  I did however want it to be a bit more tight fitting around my belly  so I took it in a bit at the sides.  The pattern is designed to be a bit baggy around the belly and so please realise that this is just my view, and no fault of the designer or pattern at all, just me being picky with how I like my clothes to fit.

I also found it a little long…but that was also my fault for not reading the part about shortening if you are shorter than  5’6 which I am.  The instructions on shortening is on page 22 and is very easy to understand on how to adjust for your particular height.  and when I made the necessary modifications it fit PERFECTLY.

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To adjust the first top I made and make the lengthening modification I omitted to do because I didn’t read the whole pattern first.  Which I recommend that you do so that you don’t miss some vital information like I did and make an idiot of your self.  I cut off the band and shorted the length required.  Then I trimmed off at the waist. I think that if I hadn’t printed just the medium layer the waist might have mashed down to the small size line.

This is what I did to the side seam.

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Now that I had sorted out the minor changes I wanted to make I made another and this is how long it took me.  Pretty cool huh?

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So enough of my waffling, here are some photos.

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I went for a walk up Mt Maunganui, in Tauranga where I live.  It took me 30 minutes to get up and 10 minutes to RUN down.

The top held up very well, the waistband didn’t move at all, and the straps are situated in the most perfect position so as not to be a nuisance.  Nothing worse than doing exercise and having to pull up straps that are slipping down or pulling at an ill fitting garment.  I felt like a million dollars wearing it, and was secretly disappointed when no one asked me where I got it from!!! how sad is that right?

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That’s where I’m heading ^^^^

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The first half of going up is pretty much all steps like this, with a few flat parts in between.    I had great plans of running up!!!!! HAHA, no way, well, not yet anyway.  But I’m happy to say that I made it up the whole way without stopping, except for taking a photo or 4.

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At the top.

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I just love the view out over Mt Maunganui (town) and all the way down to Papamoa.

Make sure you check out all the other designer swaps Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 (link coming) and enter the giveaway

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Kids Clothes Week ~ Day 6 ~ Bunny Leggings

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Day 6 has come around and today I made Portia a pair of bunny leggings using my skinny legs pattern.  Portia still fits the size 12 months size (even though she turns 3 in 7 weeks and 1 day) and for the length I cut at mid way between the 3/4 length and full length as her inseam is 28cm.  See the chart is for a 31cm inseam so taking off those extra cms makes them fit perfectly.

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Cutting and sewing time all together probably took around 30 minutes, I love how fast they are to make.  I actually needed to refill my bobbin when I got to the hem, and that took about half the time it takes to sew!!!

The fabric I used was some from Ixat (again) which I have been hoarding and not wanting to cut.  I love little leggings as they take hardly any fabric but still look awesome.

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What better prop to use but a left over easter egg!  I paired the leggings with my leila’s everyday blouse, and I’m glad it was a nice day today so Portia wasn’t too cold.  This is the flutter sleeve version.

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This print is just gorgeous isn’t it, and look its available here on Gina’s website right now.

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Of course my easter egg is a telescope mum!! I’m a pirate! (don’t mind the bruised knuckles, she fell off a spinny thing at preschool a few days ago)

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Have you been sewing along?  Want to see what else I made?  see days 1,2,3 4 & 5

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Kids Clothes Week ~ Day 5 ~ Lined Motorbike Trackpants

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Day 5 has come around super fast.

Today I sewed for the boy.  Who incidentally is turning 5 in 18!!!! sleeps, Yikes, that happened fast.

Mr “I have no long pants” has been asking for some more warm pants for a while so I though, right, KCW is the perfect excuse to make him some, and what better way than to try out another option of the Tamariki Trackpants.   See another option of this pant here.

With winter fast approaching, I made these ones fully lined with microfleece (as its thinner than polar fleece but still as warm) and the main outer is Drill.  Hopefully these will be sturdy enough to last Elijah the whole winter with no holes.  He is terrible as getting holes in his knees, and yesterday I found out why.  When I picked him up from Preschool he was zooming around, on the floor, pushing a car.  His teachers said that he spends his whole day on his knees, outside on the deck, with a car, inside on the carpet, with the train track.  I think I may need to add knee patches in LEATHER!!!

Oh, I just had another thought…These would make great outdoors pants if made in a waterproof outer fabric.

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The pants are fully lined, and a bonus, they are reversible also.  The ankle elastic is a little fiddly to put in but well worth the work.  With two casings of elastic and a tie in the middle the waistband is a comfy fit and trendy all in one.

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The ankles are pulled up in this photo because of being on his bike, they do actually sit on his ankle.

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I think he likes them!!!

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Close up of the ankle, perfect for keeping them out of the way when running around and climbing or riding a bike.

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  Sewing along with KCW

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Kids Clothes Week ~ Day 4 ~ Hi-low Horses

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While planning (using this word very loosely here!) what I was going to make for KCW this season, I discovered that Brylie lacks long sleeved t-shirts, well she has a few, but they are getting a wee bit short in the arms and body, ok, ok, they are just too small all together.  So L/S t-shirts are on my list to make Brylie this Kids Clothes Week.

Today I made a hi-low long sleeve t-shirt using my very versatile pattern the street smart sweatshirt.  I’ve made plenty of these (though only blogged about 1) you can see it here, and if you are part of my facebook group you can see matching ones I made the girls here.

Anyway. lets look at the one I made today.

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  • Pattern: Street Smart Sweatshirt Collection
  • Size: 5 width 7 length ( Brylie is growing up, but not out!!)
  • Fabric: from my stash, Horses is once again from Ixat and the light pink cotton lycra from Levana – I think these have to be my two favourite fabric shops.

The horses fabric is really thin so I cut 2 of the front piece, one from the horses and one from the light pink.  Not only will this keep the horses from stretching horribly out of shape it adds another layer for warmth.  I love how quick a sew this pattern is.  I would hazard a guess it was less than an hour including cutting time.

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I only changed thing, I changed the way that I did the neck line, I wanted it to be a little lower down than the pattern calls for so I cut the neck binding a bit longer and thinner and added it as a binding rather than the way it calls for in the instructions.  I really like this finish, though the one in the pattern is just as good, I just wanted to mix it up a little.

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Somehow I cannot keep to a pattern, even my own, I just HAVE to change something, even if it’s ever so small a thing like a neck band or way of hemming.

And I’ll leave you with some funny photos.

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Sewing along with KCW

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Kids Clothes Week ~ Playing Catch up.

I’m rather overwhelmed this season, and coupled with my internet being down due to transitioning to a new provider I have got off on the wrong foot for Kids Clothes Week this season.

From Sunday to Tuesday night I had no internet…its ok, I survived and didn’t try to break into houses to use theirs, my children are safe and didn’t suffer any adverse reactions to my withdrawal symptoms, I think they actually benefited from my lack of distraction.

Anyway I digress, even though I wasn’t on line, didn’t mean I wasn’t sewing. I did sew, and here are my days 1, 2, and 3 all in one post.

Yes I know, I’ve failed dreadfully at the Wild Things Theme but I am promising myself I’ll make at least 1 thing within the theme.

DAY 1 & 2 Combined

First up are some gorgeous little hip hop harems for a couple of friends babies who was born this week.

Here’s to you little Zoe Hope and Mila Cossette.  Arent those names just drool worthy.

I used Ixat fabrics for both these, they are so beautiful and soft.

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Day 3

Next up is a trial on a new pattern that I’m working on.  We are coming into winter very fast here in New Zealand and I realised that Elijah is rather lacking in long, warm pants.  So here is introducing a basic trackpant which will have (in LittleKiwisCloset fashion) many options.

~ Cuff

~Hemmed

~ Pocket or not

~ Fully Lined or not

~ I’m still deciding on whether to add a yoga waistband aswell as the elastic with tie.

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Do robots count towards “Wild things”?  Please say they do!!!

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Are you sewing along? Please post a link if you are.

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