Posts tagged sewing
Christmas Handmades: Part 2

I know. Its almost February. You are all planning your Valentine's crafts and gifts and Christmas is a distant memory except for the extra 10lbs hanging over your waistband (ok, my waistband)

But I couldn't not show you this:


It is made from an old duvet and  with a pillowcase used for the straps and pocket.  It is *exactly* the apron I would make for myself..long and wide straps.  Big wrap around sides.  Pocket. Vintage.  *Swoon*

I am notorious for not wanting to give away things I make, but this one may just have been the hardest to hand over. However, my love of my friend definately outweighed my love of the apron.

I still have enough material to make at least 4 more and I should be able to find some time to make one for myself...



Not Your Brother's Jeans(kirt) Tutorial

 Ellis blows through jeans on an almost weekly basis. His skinny little legs and the jeans that fit them make patching a swear-worthy affair, but throwing them away seems like such a waste!! So a new solution was found--> combining upcycling with the ancient art of hand-me-downs between siblings. 


Old pair of jeans (these were sized 2-3 years)

Long strip of material for the bottom of the skirt (for an age 2-3 skirt, my material measured 34" by 6.5") 

1. Take jeans and cut in a straight line just above the crotch and under the pockets.


2. Prepare your skirt material.  Cut it approximately 8" longer than the circumference of the opening of your jeans (longer for a more ruffled skirt, shorter for a more straight skirt...I wanted something with just a bit of flare).  

Use an existing skirt to gauge the width of the material for the bottom of the skirt. I used a strip of material about 6.5" wide. I based this on the width of the pattern on my material, but came out with quite a long skirt for an 18 month old.  However as the jeans are sized 2-3 years, it will be a good length as she grows.

Sew the skirt into a tube by using a french seam.  To do this, fold the material in half, placing the short sides together, wrong sides facing and sew down the edge.


 Then, turn the tube inside out and sew the seam closed again, encasing the first seam inside the other.


3. Hem the bottom of the skirt.

4. Using a basting stitch on your machine, sew around the top edge.  Then, pulling on one of the lengths of thread, gather your material until it is the width of the opening jeans.

5. Turning the skirt material inside out, place the jeans inside the skirt rightsides together, the gathered end will line up with the cut edge of your jeans. I lined the skirt's seam up with the back seam of the jeans.


4. Sew or serge the open end. And ta-dah - a little upcycled skirt out of a pair of jeans that would have been thrown away.  As there is a 3 year gap betwen Georgia and Ellis, the skirt is on the big side for her, but is fine turned over once at the waist.

skirt trip


No. I am NOT procrastinating.  What do you mean?  OF COURSE I had to make a photograph this skirt yesterday instead of making hats.  Georgia NEEDED it, she didn't have anything clean to wear and making it took just almost exactly the amount of time it would have taken to do the laundry ;).  

Have a fantastic weekend!!

And this is why you should photograph your finished object before trying them on your toddler:

Realising the Obvious

I had one of those "extremely deep at the time, but in retrospect oh so obvious" revelations the other day:

I Can Not Do Everything.

Man, I want to.  I want to sew all of our clothes, spin my own wool, knit everyone sweaters and mittens, take pictures, have a clean house, cook meals from scratch, garden, tweet, blog, read, sing, play the banjo, catch up with the laundry, see friends, go to the park, go to the sea and watch a movie every day.

But I can not.  Its an either or game here.  I can either have an immaculate house or play with the kids.  I can either cook or knit.  I can either sleep or be a henious she-dog.  I can tweet or read or blog, but I can't do them all.

And so, I quit making dinner half-way through, ordered pizza and did some sewing. 




A little refashioned dress/top out of an old Tshirt of Ellis' and a maternity shirt of mine.  Quick. Simple. And because it was jersey and there wasn't much fabric to play with, I left the armholes unfinished. While I want to make immaculately made children's clothes, I simply do not have the time. Jersey is forgiving, it doesn't fray and we were going for the rocker chick look anyway.

Making it: easy, peasy.  Getting a decent picture of it: Not so much. I am certain I would get more done in life if they had less personality. 

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But what fun would that be?


On Today's List

Today, I will:

- Finish another Milo baby vest (in gorgeous baby bamboo) for an 11pound (!) newborn baby boy

- Then, I will sew with someOsbourne and Little samples of their new Quentin Blake line of fabric (not yet released, but my sister in law worked there as a graphic designer)

- Whilst listening to one of the sons of O&L announce devastating cuts to the public sector and welfare state in the Emergency Budget and feel depressed by the fact that, as usual, millionaires run the country and make decisions for those of us who aren't

- After that, I may well play a variety of songs to cheer me up, including:

     - Laura Marling's Alas I Can Not Swim

     - Crooked Still's Lovesick Redstick Blues and The Golden Vanity

- On top of all that, I am going to sit outside and soak up as much sunshine as is humanly possible whilst wearing SPF 50 and ignoring all but essential housework.


Its a hard life, but someone has to do it...

What are you doing today?