Category Archives: children

Ups, I seem to have forgotten the title

A while ago, I posted pictures of some very summery shorts for the two big ones. And I know that some of you are since then wondering how I could possibly make clothes for them and forget about the little one. Obviously I did not forget about him. How could I, he is constantly within 50cm and complains loudly whenever I try to leave this radius.

Aaanyway, I thought, as we finally live in a country where the sun is sometimes shining, it would be time for a few rompers.

I used the pattern Babyanzug Anton by klimperklein which has snaps between the legs so you have easy nappy access.

I am in general a big fan of ebooks, I just don’t get why they always have to start with the sentence “please read the entire ebook before getting started”. Seriously, I am experienced enough to just work my way through.

The pattern is designed in a way to save paper and you have to use the legs twice, once with the front top and once with the back top. So, I cut out the fabric, wondering a bit about the additional lines on the leg, probably the front is supposed to be smaller than the back… I guess. Everyone would agree. I guess. Well, I guess one could also have thought of it being the facing for the opening but I had not read the instructions for the facing version since I had settled on the binding one.

Luckily the boy has my slim legs so I got away with it.

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pattern: Babyanzug Anton by klimperklein, fabric by lillestoff

Obviously one is not enough for a whole summer, so I quickly made a second one, this time following the facing version.

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fabric by Hamburger Liebe

To be honest, I used slightly too thick interfacing in combination with negligent sewing so back and front opening don’t match up properly.

 

 

As clearly a romper is a must have, I made two more for my nephews:

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both main fabrics by Hamburger Liebe

To make sure, that their sisters wouldn’t get jealous, I continued to work:

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pattern: Sachensuchershorts by Fabelwald, fabric: Hamburger Liebe (I believe)

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pattern: Traegerkleid by klimperklein, fabric: dots by Hamburger Liebe (I believe), horses part of my Advent calendar last year

And just to complete this post about random recent makes:

a dress for a three year old lady who was very determined and quick when choosing her fabric out of my stash

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pattern: Traegerkleid by klimperklein

with a freestyle handbag

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and a couple of T-Shirts for a couple of boys:

 

pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric: Adventkalendar, no idea

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pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric Hamburger Liebe

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pattern: Leo by pattydoo, fabric: Lillestoff , design Susalabim

Sadly this is far from being up to date but all the pictures I found on the computer. Clearly I need to do a shooting of another birthday outfit for a not so little boy, another little dress suitable for a baptism (but not for a wedding apparently), a breastfeeding friendly dress suitable for a baptism (and probably for a wedding), and two proper scrap sunday projects. But as I want to turn them into tutorials, this will take a while. I’d say a year or two realistically.

Oh, and the latest project finished today covered half of the living room floor and involves about 38 pictures.

I really need a personal assistant to get this blog up to date. Salary next to nothing. Applications welcome.

Since I am mentioning a finished project you might wonder if I already have a new project in mind. And what on earth happened to the often mentioned trousers project? Well, I can proudly say that three pairs of trousers are already cut out, waiting to be stitched together (each one individually, not all together, silly!) . In light and summery material. Never mind, the children will need 3/4 length trousers next year anyway.  And then there is fabric for new hoodies, tops, baby outfits for yet to be born babies, birthday presents for various nephews and nieces and about 7 skeins of yarn (150g each, just to be clear) waiting to be knitted up. All I need now is a little bit of time. Luckily I can fully trust the big ones to babysit the little one. So watch this space.

 

Scrap Sunday still (I never said I can only post one a week): Best buddies

As mentioned in my last post, I have, for the first time in my life, bought a fabric, last-minute, just because I had read a post by biostoffe that they had only a few metres left and that it had already been sold out in Germany.

So I bought 70cm of the – well lets call it – iconic building site fabric by lillestoff.  I felt guilty for being silly enough to follow a hype. But, I would like to point out, that I had asked my son if he liked it, before ordering. And he was at the time very into building sites and determined to become a builder one day (followed by a short yet strong firemen period and currently settling on actually being unsure about his professional future but we are once again loosing track.)

So, I made him a T-Shirt, using my usual pattydoo pattern.

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Quickly followed by a pair of Sachensuchershorts as seen in my last post.

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About 6 weeks ago, I had to make birthday presents for his 2 best friends, a set of twins, who were about to leave nursery (and therefore leave him).

A search through the fabric cupboard quickly led to the decision to make a pair of T-Shirts using up those last few cm of the building site fabric.

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Initially, I meant to make non matching shirts but when I found those last bits of fabric, I thought it might be a nice reminder of their best friend and their time in nursery.

For the applications, I used freestyle machine embroidery rather than zigzagging the edges to match the style of the drawings. I guess I should not have used those precious pieces for practise but the boys won’t look that closely.

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I really like the look of those two shirts and I am more than happy with my use of this particular fabric. I only have a tiny piece left, I think I have about two vehicles left that are still intact and could be used as applications.

 

pattern: Leo by pattydoo

fabric: jersey Baustellenfahrzeuge by lillestoff and stripy jerseys

 

Scrap Sunday: Summer, Sun and Shorts

Whilst I have been quiet lately, I have actually been rather busy and it is time to catch up.

I have recently found a rather cool way to use up scrap fabrics and also to make a first step on the trousers making ladder: Shorts.

To cut it short: I have used the free pattern Sachensuchershorts (” things seeker shorts”) by Fabelwald.  There are two types of pockets on offer, I have, so far only tried my favourite one.

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Eden collection by Hamburger Liebe and some stripes

 

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Fabric: Could be by Lillestoff, but I might be wrong. But definitely a left over of my cozy and slightly pyjama-y long sleeve shirt. And some stripes.

 

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Fabric: Lillestoff. I own it since ages, almost two years I would say. Initially bought for a onesie but ended up as at least two baby jumpers. Ordered in England, without knowing it was Lillestoff. Or caring about Lillestoff. And stripes, well spotted.

 

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Fabric: Baustelle by Lillestoff. This has been sold out quickly. I ordered on my phone, quickly, to make sure I would get some of this precious fabric. And yet more stripes in case you didn’t notice.

I had been a little bit unsure and thought they might be too short and too flimsy to be used properly but actually they are not. They have all gone through extensive testing and they get worn a lot.

 

Modern urbanisation: turning parking space into living space

Don’t worry this has not suddenly turned into a blog about architecture and area planning. Although this might be interesting, too. As long as it is an expert talking about it, not me. This one is still about knitting and sewing. Not that I would be an expert in these fields either. But aaanyway.

It is probably not wise to start with the highlight of today’s topic rather than building up tension but I do know for a fact that some of my readers get quickly bored and never make it to the end of my in-depth analysis of things. So let’s jump right in.

This parking site has recently been transformed:IMG_5744

into this beautiful home  (still without a roof in this picture) surrounded by a moat:

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to be completed with either a golden roof for a beautiful castle…

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or a dark roof full of spider webs, cracks and bats (yes, these are bats, no weird letter “M”s) for a witch house, dangerous castle or whatever you want to imagine.

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The attentive readers amongst you (for all the others: no need to look away in embarrassment, I am ignoring you anyway), this is not really a transformation as clearly it is a totally brand new development which happens to have the same shape as the afore-mentioned parking space.

It is finally time to reveal the long-awaited portable magic play mat:

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Rather by accident, I must admit, the pocket looks very castle-y but unfortunately it is not as deep as the pocket of the original car play carpet.

But lets unfold the secret inner life of boring spotty bag (trying to rebuilt tension here):

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So there is a deep looking cercle in the centre, made of bricks, could be a tower or a well in the middle of the wood, depending on the story you are developing.

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and a deep dark cave, possibly home of a dragon, a gnome or a captured prince (trying to break up stereotypes)

But enough teasing. Lets have a look at the carpet in its full glory:

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So, we have different areas, a dark wood at the top, a dragon forest in the right top corner (I know, they are dinosaurs! Could you please make a little effort and switch on your imagination?!), a wolf wood, a park with magical looking birds in cages, a pink unicorn forest (I know, they are not unicorns. You are starting to bore me with your negativity), a pond (the BLUE bit of course. I mean seriously!), a bed of lollipop flowers (on request. I’ll leave it to you to guess which ones are the lollipops, but I’d try those round lollipop shaped flowers if I were you), a few other lawns with magic looking flowers and plants and a big meadow with cute little magic people, possibly fairies and elves living in there. There is also a silver / breadcrumbs trail leading from the house to one of the lawns/forests or vice versa. Who knows. Up to you.

I meant to have more dangerous, dark looking areas but strangely (and I really can’t explain this at all), I do not seem to own many dark or dangerous looking fabrics. Apart from an endless variety of dinosaur fabrics. Nevertheless, I am more than pleased with the result, I have to say.

As you can see, similar to the car play carpet, there are poppers everywhere to stick on magic items.

We have…

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… a magic key,

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… a magic ring,

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…. a magic wand (clearly! But you can also pretend it is a log or whatever else),

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… a treasure chest

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… with real silk lining – would you expect anything less?

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….um… a bottle of magic potion (not my finest work, I have to admit. And I did get told off for this one)

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… a magic book. Clearly my favourite. If not the only one out of the set I really like.

I guess my main problem with these “props” is their inconsistency. The treasure chest is really 3D, the book is beautifully “drawn”, similar to all the decoration on the house, the bottle is just nonsense, all the others are much more simple. I guess they should all look a bit like the book. With embroidery as a main feature. Even if then the treasure chest would lose its main feature. What do you think? Which one is your favourite?

Also, would you prefer playing on the car carpet or on the magic one?

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In any case, after a very slow start I really enjoyed the project, especially the free hand machine embroidery. Remember when I did that 3 hours course at Tilly and the buttons back in London? I really want to explore this technique even more and finally invest in a proper embroidery foot for my machine. Plus, I have realised that I have to take the “using up my fabric scraps” project a little bit more seriously.

But it is almost May, time to focus on Me Made May, so the scraps will have to wait.