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KCW – May 2016 – Day 3


Day 3

Pattern: My new pattern that will be FREE

Size: 6 width with 7 length

Fabric: stash that was some unknown knit I was gifted.

Its getting cooler in New Zealand and Brylie is growing like a WEED, I discovered that she is growing out of all her pants and so this is what has prompted my newest pattern.

A bootleg pant that fits like a looser legging at the top with a flare at the bottom.  They are uber cute on all my testers and I just know that you are going to adore this one….even more cause it will be free (but only with a code that will be released in my fb group)


I don’t know how many pairs I have made for Brylie so far, I am thinking that this is pair number 4 I think, and Portia has a few aswell.  They are a very quick sew.


And as you can see the kitten top from day 1 is a favourite, its been worn every day after school since I made it.



Have you sewn anything yet?


KCW – May 2016 – Day 1



Pattern: Street smart sweatshirt collection

Size: 7

Material: kmart tshirt and stash

Well, what would you know, I’m actually sewing and posting on DAY 1 of kids clothes week this season!!! shock horror, I’m usually so behind that I sew up 4 days in one day and post them all at the same time.


Well I got a little warning – well 1 day – but that’s enough and I did have a few things that I was planning to sew so they are getting done in the name of KCW.

Today was a streetsmart sweatshirt in hi-low for Brylie using a kmart tshirt that was in a size 10 or something like that, anyway size doesn’t matter, in the up-cycling world “bigger is better” is always true.  I got the front and back cut from the tshirt and I used some stash material for the sleeves, it just went together perfectly and Brylie just loved it.


Are you sewing along this season?  I’d love to see what you are sewing too.


Kids Clothes Week – Day 1 – Matching sister dresses


Day 1

Pattern: New LKC pattern (just about to go into testing)

Sizes: 18 months for Portia and a 5 width with 8 length for Brylie (she really must stop growing)

Fabric: from my stash.

So Kids clothes week has crept up on me once again, and I’m really excited to sew some summer clothing for my kids.  The girls both need some nice church dresses as well as some simple summer beach ones.  Elijah really does need some new shorts, poor boy is still wearing ones I made him over 2 years ago!!

So to start with I thought I’d share these two I made (I didn’t make them today but I finished them two days ago so I thought I’d share them anyway as they are just so gorgeous.

The pattern is the latest that I’ve been designing, its a party dress with many options (as usual)

the fabric I was given by my husband’s Aunty and amazingly I had enough to make both the girls dresses from it.


I sewed puff sleeves for the girls as our sun in New Zealand can be really hot and burns, but also because it just give such a classic look to the dress.  This photo is also my attempt to make these dresses fit the theme (I never fit the theme) the girls are blending in with the flowers!!!!

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I also did the pleated skirt, which is such a different look to a gather skirt, I really like the simplicity of it.

I just had to include some of the funny faces Portia was pulling. She is such a character.


The whole dress is fully lined (except the skirt) but I did a woopsie when I was sewing the button holes and put them on the wrong side!! ah well. it still looks lovely.

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KCW – June 2015 – Day 4


Day 4

Pattern: skirt in the design process (take 2)

Size 7 for Brylie

Fabric: random pieces of wale cord in my stash and home made bias binding.

So as per usual when I join in with Kid Clothes Week, the things I make generally follow the pattern or patterns that are in development.  Well at the moment it is a wee denim skirt with multiple options, one of which you saw yesterday.  Portia’s one was a very simple hi-low with no pockets and a simple as waistband.

Brylie’s skirt is a bit more complicated.  It has a tickle pocket and a flat front!!! (i know wow, I never thought I’d get good enough to do one of those!!)


Once again I did the hidden accent hem which I love, but kept it thin as when I made Portia another one with pockets and a non hi at the front, but still a low at the back.  I did a wider accent and it was a bit tricky going around the side with the height change.

But hers still looks super cute, and was actually the one that prompted my idea for the pocket…  The skirt I up-cycled had a double layer at the top and I cut the front piece without thinking, then I was like, oh, what do I do with this flappy bit and was going to cut it off!!!! but thankfully, sense prevailed and the tickle pocket came into existence.

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As you can see the back is nice and long with a dramatic hi in the front, accentuated by Brylie majorly lone legs!!! jealous much?


I used a wale cord that I had in my stash, it actually was all pieces when I pulled it out to cut so I had to do some creative piecing so the front and back both have seams down the middle.  But you can hardly see it, especially in the front where it is covered by the pocket.



sewing along with KCW are you?


Kids Clothes Week ~ Day 7 ~ Zebra BBB


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.


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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Kids Clothes Week ~ Day 4 ~ Hi-low Horses


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.

  • Day 4
  • 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.



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.


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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KCW – Day 7 – Matching Leggings

And day 7 is yet more leggings.
(I’m so sorry if you are sick of seeing leggings by now)
Size: 12m for Portia and 4 width with 6 length for Brylie
Fabric: Scuba knit
I had left over fabric from Alyssa’s leggings and so I made Portia 2 pairs (long and short) and Brylie pair (long)
One way to get Portia to co-operate during a ‘shoot’ is to get her to do peek-a-boo so you will usually see a shot like that in each of my posts!
She has a lovely natural look when she is gazing off into the distance!!!
This knit is quite a sturdy knit, and therefore I needed to make the elastic a bit tighter than my pattern calls fore.  With a thinner knit the 44 cm worked perfectly for Portia but this knit needed it to be about 40 cm to pull it in tighter.

 Brylie on the other hand is loving “modeling” for me and tries he hardest to give me as many ‘poses’ as she can :-)
 Picking flowers always help to keep her looking natural!
It was getting a bit cold by the time we finished, but she did so well.
Well, I made it to the end of another Kids Clothes Week
Did you join in?
What did you sew?

KCW Day 3 – Sparkly Leggings.

PAttern: Leggings again!!
Size: 4 width with 6 length for Brylie and 12m for Portia.
Fabric: Some stretch velur with sparkly stars from Spotlight…it was on special!!
Ok, so I’m sorry about all the leggings, but when I start a pattern I really make a lot of pairs, and these are just too cute to not share!!!

I mean, who wouldn’t want sparkly tights??? 

They passed the climb the fence tests, and the climb the tree test without seeing butt crack so that is a major bonus.  
The only thing I would say is I needed to make the elastic a bit tighter, the girls are both thin and so they could do with 2cm less in the waist elastic. *makes mental note for next pairs*

Portia is starting to get to the point now where she isn’t so interested in taking photos.  I have to take about 50 to get a few good ones of her, and luckly the good ones I do get are stunners.  Such a pensive, quiet little thing….HA!!!  I just said what? Those words don’t really describe Portia at all!!
Sisterly love, its so nice seeing them playing together and helping each other.  It’s a change from ….well you know….I’m not going to explain it!! 
And Brylie is trying so hard with her “poses” haha I love this one, the attitude!!
And apparently she HAD to be a starfish and I couldn’t get any other photos until I’d taken this one!!
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KCW DAY 1 & 2

So I haven’t been so on the ball for this Kids Clothes Weeks, and am already running behind.  Here are my day 1 and 2 items.  I’m working on a legging pattern at the moment so quite a lot of what I’m sewing is related to that.  I’ll tell you that day 3 is also leggings, but another version…
The first pair I made, I made for Brylie.  She is a very tall and skinny 6 year old and so because of this I made her the size 4 width with a 6 length.
  They fit perfectly.  A nice firm fit which is a must in a good legging pattern as they get worn under lots of tops and tunics.  This particular one she was wearing is the Tara pattern.

The owl fabric I used is from Ixat and is lovely and soft, cotton lycra which is my preferred fabric for leggings and it has a good stretch and recover.  So no baggy knees.

She asked me to take some photos of her twirling, it was hard to capture it properly, but you get the idea.
For day 2 ~  I made a different variation of the legging pattern.
This time I made a size 12month for Portia, and I used stretch denim from Nutex Textiles. 
It has a nice stretch to it but I don’t think it would work to make full leggings out of it.  
This pair worked though as I added a ruched side panel from some cotton/lycra (again from Ixat).
I didn’t get the gathers to line up perfectly on one of the legs therefore it keeps twisting around to the side.  I will be way more careful next time I make some.
The leggings also have two waist options.  Elastic or yoga, these ones have the yoga waist.
I wonder what else I’ll come up with…
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