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KCW – May 2016 – Day 5


Day 5

Pattern: Bow Back Beauty

Size: 2

Fabric: cotton lycra


Today’s sew was a winter bow back beauty for Portia, I realised that she had grown out of her test one, and doesn’t have many long sleeve dresses.  actually this will bring it to two!

I also realized that my phone does not take very good moving photos and with a very active nearly 4 year old that is a must…time to get a good new camera I think.


I still love this back.
mlpdress1Portia was very pleased with her pony dress, and preceded to tell me all their names.

KCW – May 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 and I’m off to a good start…well I thought I was, I somehow managed to delete almost all of my photos from today’s wee shoot.  As I was uploading to dropbox I thought I’d delete from my camera, not realising that duh I needed to wait till they had finished uploading…well anyway I managed to save 17 of which you see a little collection now.  the rest were all too fuzzy. Portia is really becoming harder to photograph.


What you say?????

Day 2

Pattern: Streetsmart sweatshirt again

size: 2 (even though Portia is nearly 4!!)

Fabric: kmart tshirt and cotton lycra from my stash


As you can see Portia rather loves ponies so this kmart tshirt for $3 was perfect.


She really did love it, it was just really cold!




as you can tell, I’m not really into writing today, still a bit upset at myself for deleting all those cute photos.

Sewing along with KCW


Kids Clothes Week Day 3 – Every day party dress for Portia

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Day 3

Pattern: The Party Dress I’m designing at the moment

Size: 18month with knee length skirt,

Fabric: quilting cotton from my stash, buttons from my stash.

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So as you know, my tutorials have photos scattered through the instructions, and the only way of getting these is for me to make an item in each of the options!!! and take photos along the way.  this usually means that my children end up with multiple items when I’m designing a new pattern, its lucky I have 2 girls and I’ve already made 5 dresses from this pattern, 3 for Portia and 2 for Brylie.  Elijah even asked for one, but yeah I can’t really bring myself to make him one!!! I think he just feels left out, I must make him something tomorrow!

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This dress has beautiful flutter sleeves and I managed to squeeze it out of the tiniest little piece of fabric ever.  I did have to chop 1cm off the bottom of the bodice and line the sleeves to do it, but I did it and I love the result.

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My button jar came to the rescue with buttons to match, it was lucky that I had 3 of the same, as my jar is a bit of a hodgepodge of choice.  Please notice that this time I got the button holes on the right side and it looks so much nicer!!

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Kids Clothes Week Day 2 – Harem Shorts


Day 2 was a bit of a fail, I sewed these in the evening hence no modeled photos.

Day 2

Pattern: Peekaboopocket pants

Size: 18m

Fabric: nursery knit and ribbing from my stash, a little piece of batik dyed woven and a transfer.

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I love this pattern, it is my staple for my kids when they are in nappies, and all so past nappies, though my husband doesn’t want me to make them for Elijah or Brylie as they are not really the style he likes on his kids.  I still make them for Portia as she can pass for a baby!!!

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I adore the round pocket and how it can be sewn in a woven fabric, it just gives that little pop of colour.

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My mum gave me a sheet of transfers years ago and this little flower one matched perfectly, it was so nice to finally use one.

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I cut the legs about 2cm above the 0-3month length to create a short length, and added a shorter wider cuff.  I cant wait for real summer weather so Portia can wear these.

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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 3

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So today I consciously decided to make my KCW item, I have had some denim wrap skirts sitting in my “to make into something else” pile for a heck of a long time and this new pattern (new as in its pretty much still in my head) was perfect for them.  It is a light weight denim with no stretch which makes it perfect for this simple little girls skirt.

Day 3

Pattern: skirt in the design process

Size 12m for Portia

Fabric: upcycled denim wrap skirt and home made bias binding

I love the fact that this skirt doesn’t use up very much fabric at all, out of the skirt I will get another skirt for Portia and some left over pieces for accents on other things.

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Even though its winter, I think its perfect to wear with tights and long t-shirt (which incidentally is this top I’m amazed that Portia fits it still)

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I love the little pop of colour that the bias binding creates on the hem, it also takes away the “I can see the hem on the high low” problem.  I made this bias binding using my FREE tutorial, and you can too, its really easy and adds a lovely little “extra” to a garment.

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A little pop of colour for the waistband and the skirt was complete.  I only used 1cm elastic, which is perfect for a littlely but I’m not sure how it will hold up for a bigger child.  But hey, that’s what testing is for isn’t it.

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I can’t wait to get the bigger sizes graded so that I can make one for Brylie.




Kids Clothes Week ~ Day 6 ~ Bunny Leggings


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.


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.



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.



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


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)



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 4

Day 4
I really don’t know if I will ever catch up…I wonder if I can cheat and call these day 4 and 5, as there are 2 pairs!
These are my kiwiana undies pattern for Portia (lucky girl is getting all the goods this season)
I made her the size 47cm hip size, a perfect fit.
I used two little size 1 sundresses which were the same pattern but a different colour way.
The crotch is nice and thick as it is two layers of cotton lycra, which is good for little potty training ladies, these two pairs are consequently in the washing machine as they were tested to see if they would hold!!! haha.
Sewing along frantically trying to catch up, with KCW.
are you sewing along too?

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 5 – White top for Portia

Today I’ve just done a quick simple top.  I’ve got family up fro the weekend so sewing time is scarce.

For this little white top I used my Rock Star Raglan t-shirt pattern but didn’t do the side panels.
Portia needed another white top to wear under dresses, or by itself so I dug through my stash and found some white cotton lycra which was perfect.

Peek – a – BOO!!

 It is easy to transform the rock star raglan into a normal slim fitting t-shirt, but just cutting straight down from the under arm point, instead of cutting the curve.

Then sew the t-shirt as per the instructions.

Portia wasn’t into photos today, and it was really hard to get a decent one of her, so I’m sorry, you are stuck with some duds today!!

Oh Mum, not more photos!!!