Showing off her Sandiins

I’m just going to come out and say it straight away, I love this pattern! The Shandiin from Β LouBeeClothing is perfect for the summer, very cute and so well constructed that it is a pleasure to sew. I’ve so far only made the top, however it can also be made as a tunic. 20140728-162236-58956509.jpgFor this Shandiin I used an old dress of mine, I loved the fabric but the fit made me look a bit frumpy. I picked the button up front option.
20140728-162321-59001924.jpgI asked Evie what she would like me to make her and she just wanted something orange, I have plenty of fabric, but nothing orange. I was sure she would disappointed when I tried this on her, but no, if you look very closely there is a tiny little bit of orange on the parrots. She spotted it straight away, so I added peachy buttons and I have a happy 3 year old!
20140728-162321-59001496.jpgI love the back so so much!! I also love that the tutorial shows how you can have the bias on the outside or in, and the coordinating fabric used to line the back yoke can be using at lining or on show like this!
20140728-162322-59002811.jpgThis second one was actually my first! It’s a size too big, not my fault, not the patterns fault, but my tape measure! It definitely lied to me. But hey, it’s never too early to start on Evie’s summer 2015 wardrobe! I chose the solid front and to have the bias on the back facing out.
20140728-162322-59002360.jpgFor this third Shandiin I decided to modify the pattern slightly. I made the shape less A-line… There’s probably a better way of writing that, but right now I can’t think! I changed the shape of the hem and used bias on it.
20140728-162324-59004910.jpgI love how it turned out, I think the shape of the hem compliments the cut out back nicely….
20140728-162326-59006318.jpgoh yes!


Posing in a pippa peplum

Miss Scarlett needed some more tshirts so I bought the Pippa Peplum from See Kate Sew. It turned out perfect, so as usual I avoided trying to take some nice photos of her in it and made her easier to photograph big sister one.

The pattern comes in sizes 0-3M up to 10, which is great as I know I’ll get loads of use out of it, and it starts small enough for my tiniest girl, who I made a size 6-12M. It was enjoyable and pretty quick to sew. I lengthened it slightly for my long girlies and the fit is amazing. And to top it off Kate has just released an add on pattern to modify the pippa into a circle top, circle dress and gathered dress. There’s even the Penelope Peplum for Mum!

She looks so comfortable, I used a grey polka stretch jersey that I had left from making me a Parisian Top, which is soft and has a lovely drape, so I knew it would work perfectly.

I paired it with some shop bought jeggings, but I plan to sew up some more goto leggings, I’m thinking mint would look great with the grey. Ignore the neckline… I didn’t put it on her back-to-front, honest. (Note to self: this is why labels are a good)

Evie is also showing off her first French plait.. And I am loving that she is now finally able to sit still long enough for me to do her hair properly!!

The Serger challenge completed

I wasn’t even temped to turn on my domestic machine, not once! Ok so yes the bimaa doesn’t exactly have any awkward hard to sew seams, however it does have curves, a sharp turn for the underarm and stretching for waistband and cuffs. I feel so much more confident using my serger now, and keeping an accurate seam allowance as I sew with it.

It also made me realise that my main problem up to now is that for some reason with my serger I find myself putting my foot down, rushing it, and most likely making mistakes which take even longer to rectify. I took my time and everything went smoothly, even with all the stripes to match! 20140710-130526-47126186.jpg

I used a lovely soft cotton Lycra blend with a 4 way stretch, like recommended in the pattern. It’s a medium weight which made it fairly easier to sew, and will be nice and snugly in the cooler months.

Ok, so the pattern… Absolutely love it! I chose to make the hooded version, but there it also a cowl or shawl neck, which I will definitely be making at some point soon. The fit was perfect for her, I made the 3T based on Evie’s chest measurements, she has a long torso so I normally have to lengthen, but it was as if the Bimaa was made for her. When I make more I will probably go a size up to last her longer, I think a looser fit would look just as good and she can grow into it πŸ˜‰

Eventhough it wasn’t the most exciting fabric for a little girl, she didn’t want to take it off, which is a sure sign of a successful project. I did make her after the photos were done though, it’s roasting today!

I loved setting myself a little challenge, and will do it again, my serger can do things like sew gathers, blind hems and rolled hems which I’d like to give a try.

Pretty happy with my stripe matching too!


(Pattern used: LouBeeClothings Bimaa who blogs over at Emmyloubeedoo)

The Serger challenge, set!

A month ago I finally decided to buy a serger, should have bought one earlier as they are great for sewing with jersey/knits/(insert preferred name here), which I do, a lot. I wasn’t exactly adventurous with my choice of machine going for the Brother 1034D. It’s a great price, does what I need a serger to do and it seems like this is the machine most people own! Which is handy for if I need help or advice as there’s lots of helpful blog posts out there.


Look at them both sat there on the teeny tiny cheapo ikea desk I call my sewing room, I think these two are going to be besties πŸ˜‰

It’s taken a bit of getting used to, my main struggle so far has been getting an accurate seam allowance, especially with curves, but I’m getting there. Sometimes I have played it safe by sewing on my normal machine first then serging. So I have decided to set myself a little challenge in order to hopefully gain more confidence, and that is to use it to sew a whole garment entirely with my serger.

I decided on Loubeeclothings Bimaa by Emmyloubeedoo, why? Reason 1 it is possible to make it with just a serger. Reason 2 it was raining today so when deciding what to cut for my next project I wanted to start work on Evie’s Autumn/winter wardrobe. Reason 3 I’ve seen sooo many amazing Bimaas on blogposts and IG pics that, well, really it is about time I made one!

So that’s it, challenge set, will be back soon to share how I got on.

Btw, I started blogging over on blogger and decided to switch over to WordPress, haven’t figured out how to import the few posts I made over, but you’re not missing out on much πŸ˜‰

Figgy’s Eos blouse

Yesterday I finished off the Figgy’s Eos blouse I had been working on over the Easter weekend. As you could probably tell from the last photo post I’m a bit of a fan of Figgys patterns, they are always unique yet wearable, with lots of details and variations included! The Eos dress and blouse was designed by Alexia from Lexi Made, who makes the most amazing clothes!

The pattern comes in both blouse and dress and 3 different sleeve length options. I made the blouse with short sleeves using some michael miller cotton from Plush Addict. Evies measurements were at the lower end of the 4/5 size, which I lengthened to 6/7 as she’s got a long torso, and it fits her great with a little growing room. I didn’t follow the instructions for the pintucks and accidentally put them too close together, but think it looks fine though! Oops

The most exciting part of this blouse is the bow on the back! I couldn’t stop staring at Evie wearing it, just too cute! I raised the scooped back by 1.5″ as she’s Β got narrow shoulders so I was worried it might drop off them if I made it too low. It meant I also needed to make the bow piece longer. Think it makes it more wearable for everyday, is also the right height to look a bit like fairy wings which I love!

Note to self: don’t try to take pics of a child who doesn’t stay still… Β while they are armed with a scooter…

Sally x

Lazy picture post

Scarlett 1st birthday dress, drafted using Evie’s old dress:

Figgys ethereal tunic (I made another of these but can’t show it just yet…)

Figgys Zephyr romper:

A top I designed and made ages ago but got lost under a mountain of fabric:
Oh and decided to be super early making a crochet autumn jumper for little miss Scarlett

Sally x

Elastic waist skirts

Today I sewed up one of my favourite projects for a friends little girl. Skirts are such a fun and simple sew, I love how quick they are to make and are great for using fat quarters when making smaller sizes. These ones I’ve been making have a 2″ elastic waistband and a gathered skirt.

To size first I added an inch to the waist measurement for the length of elastic to cut. Then for the length of the skirt piece I measure between the hip and knee (rather than waist due to the thick waist elastic) and add 3/4″ for the hem and between 1/4 and 3/8″ for the join to elastic seam allowance. I find that for any sizes up to around age 2-3 the width of fabric is enough to make it nice and gathered (or a fq cut into two horizontally)

Make a tube from the fabric by sewing the short edges right sides together, and finish the seam/s. I tried a few different ways to join the elastic into a waistband, as shown below:

I think the bottom one looks the best, which I did by stitching the ends together with a 3/8″ seam, finishing each elastic edge seperately, pinning the seam open and top stitching either side to hold them down.

Then sew a long baste stitch across the top edge of the skirt and gather to match the elastic. Evenly distribute the gathers around and the skirt piece should then fit inside of the elastic, right sides together as shown

Pin in place and stitch all the way round the skirt, 1/4″ from the edge with a stretch stitch. Finish the seam and finally hem the skirt by folding over a 1/4″ then 1/2″ and sewing 3/8″ from the edge.

Ta da! Such a simple project but I love the elastic waistband and experimenting with bold prints!

All the fabrics I used I bought from the great Plush Addict, love their choice of fabrics! Ordered some gorgeous michael miller glitz from there this weekend to get working on Miss Scarlett’s first birthday dress, eek!!

Sally x