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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 4


Day 4

Pattern: Choose your Adventure Tee and Dress

Size: 5 with added length

Fabric: 3 upcycled adult tshirts

So today’s item is a upcycled t-shirt for Elijah.  He always seems to miss out during these sorts of things as making for the girls is just so much easier.

I made him a CYATAD using a transformers tshirt that I bought from a second hand store for .20c!


See, even the back is kind of pieced together like it could transform into something else….I won’t tell you that the real reason is because I couldn’t get the whole back out of the t-shirt as I’d used it to cut some capris for Portia a week ago.




Have you sewn anything yet?


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 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


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.

kid's clothes week

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?


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.

KCW day 3b

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)

KCW day 3a

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.

KCW day 3c


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.

KCW day 3d


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




KCW – 2015 – Day 1&2


So once again I have failed to start with KCW on time, I really don’t know how on earth it comes around so so fast.  I always have great expectations to plan and organize myself to start on time, but then WHAM, its already day 3!!!

I’m not going to pretend that I have sewn two items for the first two days so I’m just going to show you a few of the things that I made recently to make up for being a complete slacker!!!

The first up is a sweet little party dress for Portia.  The story behind this dress is that in March next year my brother in law is getting married, my oldest two children are part of the wedding party as well as myself and my husband, poor little Portia is not, so I thought, to make it up to her I would make her a lovely dress to wear so she doesn’t feel left out…I’m sure she won’t care but just in case.

So I’ve started now so that I can develop the base pattern and then towards the end of the year I’ll add more and more options to make it really special.

This version is just a basic tight fitting bodice with a very full skirt,  I just love the snaps up the back as this makes it real easy to make fully lined on the inside without having to deal with a fiddly placket.

party dress kcw day 1

And the second item I’ve been sewing lately is my newly released singlet/undershirt pattern.  It is a slim fit singlet designed to be worn under clothes, close to the skin as a layer to keep your child warm.  Something we’ve been needing in New Zealand as we have hit record low temperatures this week.

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What have you been making? are you joining in? what else have you got planned?