Keeping warm this winter!

Ever noticed how mad Sydney weather can be?? It’s winter now and some days tells ya, it’s so hot, you think spring is already here!! Other days, like today….it’s freezing!! And if you don’t keep warm, you get a snuffly nose and that is so not on!

I love to put the kids in onesies and we were very lucky as we had been given a few pairs from a friend but the kids have out grown them (what’s news??) and the thought of buying 3 pairs at approximately $24 each – is a bit hard to swallow. So I did what I do best – sewed my own! It may not be as good but at least, I can custom them to suit each child and fabric used is from the op-shop so it wasn’t at all pricey! :) Overall, SCORE!!!

Pattern is KwikSew’s footed PJS – custom sewn for the dino loving boy

And a pretty in pink one for the not-so-little Missy. :)

Mister’s new clothes

Being the only boy in the family, he has ended up on numerous occasions, wearing the girls stuff. No, I’m not proud of it but sometimes, I just don’t have the time to sew him stuff hence he ends up a bit lacking in mama made clothes. I have to admit though, with him, I have bought a lot of stuff off the shelves. Not proud of it!!

And funnily enough, kids grown and with all kids, you blink and they have skipped a size or 2 and you have LONG sleeves tops ending up below the elbow and long pants ending up just below the knee!! Who gave them permission to grow??

So pressed to step up and put in some effort to dress my only son sensibly, I made a couple of tops for him. I don’t think I will make him any pants….I’ll leave that to store bought stuff! :P

Imke for boys – straight sleeves and straight cut body

Ottobre raglan tshirt

Ottobre Tshirt as well with a hood on

I really love how this one turned out – I actually love how I played with the trim and matching ribbing!! lol O did I tell you the lines match up??? SCORE~~!!! :D

I still owe him a couple of things, but I think I might have to stop the winter sewing and focus on summer coz we are heading back home for a holiday….and it’s HOT there!! :)

Sewing for the Little Miss

It’s been awhile since I last updated this blog but things have been so hectic, to sit long enough to blog is a real luxury! I’ve been trying my best to stay offline and focus more on sewing and tie dyeing, anything that is crafty just so I use my time wisely rather than spend it on FB doing nothing but stalk people! lol

FB is seriously dangerous and just too addictive. One click ALWAYS leads to another and before you know it, the hour(s) just literally disappears before your very eyes. Time lost is time lost. Can’t get it back no more!

Even though Miss G has a lot of clothes, they are mainly hand-me-downs and I think it unfair not to own her own stuff so I’ve been sewing bits and pieces for her.

This is a pinny sewed in knit using Otto pattern. The fabric itself is medium weight and double sided prints. The other side is stripes.

Love how it turned out! A note to myself though – leave out the elastic waist, too tight on my little puddin’! lol :P

What’s even sweeter is that this fabric was free! Gotta love them freebies. :)

Another set of Ottobre patterns – Acrobatic harem pants (from memory) and the tshirt is also from the same issue.

The ONLY time she can sit still long enough for me to snap a shot!! lol

These are basically my knit fabric that I’ve sewn up for Miss G. You can already know that I am no fan of wovens but sometimes, you just have to use it…so coming up next is my woven pattern after a very very long time!!

Bus pass tags for the girls

So the girls have been taking the local school bus to school since mid last term. They are nore confident now and I just thought (mainly because I can!), why not make it fun to have bus pass tags that were actually pretty??

And so I modified this version of travel tags (Thankyou!) so that the girls could loop it around their wrist when they get on the bus and put it away after.

I followed all the instruction in the tute except that instead of leaving the strap long, I simply inserted 12mm elastic through the strap before sewing it down. I used the measurement of my wrist to get the length.

Bonus is that these are scraps! ;)

Selfish sewing : Fano tops

It must be a ‘mum’ thing. Once you have kids, everything you takes a backseat. Hence I spend most of my sewing time sewing up stuff for the kids. I must be thankful that my kids enjoy wearing what I make for them and can sometimes be too demanding!!! Poor me cannot keep up with what they want…lol It’s not my fault they are growing up faster than I can sew them stuff!

Anyway, I reckon it was about time I did some selfish sewing. Sewing for me, for a change and mainly because I really wanted something to wear to work!! I’m a simple dresser and don’t like fuss. Ted must be very happy with me as I take very little time to dress up as I don’t doll myself up much. Moisturiser, lipstick and we are good to go! Good thing I have eyebrows that are noticeable or I’d have to draw my brows too. :P

I like making stuff that I know looks good on me and that I am comfy with hence I turned to my good ol’ Farbenmix pattern, Fano.

This is pretty much me right after work! lol It’s winter so boots and leggings is a must. :) This lawn knit is something I bought from Spotlight, our local fabric store. It was on sale and I fell in love with the print first. But after sewing this up, I think I’ll be getting more of this in the future as I like how it drapes. It’s soft and a little thin, but it would definitely make great summer wear.

This is also a Fano but I made a mistake with the size – its one size too big! I had apparently picked the wrong size up when I was in my cutting zone. Hence this slightly baggy top but still comfy! Not too sure what type of fabric this is, but I’m thinking along the lines of sweatshirt or double knitted? It’s medium weight and definitely warm and perfect for winter. I got this from a crafts and fabric op shop, Fabric Cave. I’m definitely planning another visit soon. Love this place!! :)

It really is not too early to plan

Every year around June, I tell myself that I wont be like the last where I leave all my handmade pressies to the late minute and then rush like a headless chook to finish the kids Chrissy wear and presents for family. So this year, I have decided for sure, that I will not wait till its too late.

I will begin the kids summer and Christmas wear as soon as I am done with the pile of cut out patterns that I’d gotten ready for winter. And then, I can start anew, else it will be distracting me knowing that I have so many UFOs.

I was also thinking of adding a little something something into the pressies for family and I think I may need to buy some wholesale jewelry – coz I saw a few pieces that I wouldn’t mind getting for myself. It is a bloody good excuse to shop here right? ;) I’m after all thinking of the others first. ;)

Whip it!

Uh-huh….not that kind of whip it! lol But it caught your attention, huh? :P I was actually referring to the fact that I can whip up something simple anytime I like. A good example would be the day we dropped G’s Pinky Bear at the shops and didnt realise it. It’s her comfort toy and one she needs when she goes to bed, aside from a pair pants that she sniffs. :P

Praise God it was something I had sewn hence, I was able to literally whip not one but 2 Pinky Bears (one spare of course) within an hour. It was of course a blessing that it was a simple bear shape. It’s not as pretty as the one we lost but still, it didnt take long for her to attach herself to it. See, it didnt feel the same and more importantly, it didnt smell ‘right’. lol Yes, this bubba of mine is a sniffer….she LOVES to sniff. Lord know why, but sniffing is all she does all day!!

It’s quite cute too! :P

Sniffing her Pinky Bear, the original one. :)

Why did I have to live so far away???

I guess I should be thankful. I’m currently living in a country where I can get some of the most pretty prints, at the click of a mouse and shipping doesn’t cost *that* much. But geez….some days I just wished I was living in the US or in Europe!!

Why? Well, basically….if you’re a fabriholic, then you’d understand. A lot of designers are based in the US so buyers there get the first picks and then it trickles down to us. By the time we can buy, we (that means I) have to factor in shipping cost (which is always expensive from US) and exchange rate to see if it would be worth it and more often than not, it’s not in our favour. And even to buy locally doesn’t always come cheap.

It’s extremely frustrating sometimes….especially since I sew with knits mostly and knits are expensive in general. And heavy which is not ood!!! At least Ted wont have too much trouble looking up forwarding companies that carries out international auto shipping. He’s actually thinking of brining Toby (his bike) down with us when we go visit!! Yes, he can be crazy somedays but Lord, I do love that man! ;)

It’s a LEGGINGS sort of day

Autumn is here and the weather has been nuts!! But that being typical Sydney weather, I’m not all that surprised. lol You get told it’s going to storm or rain, and then it’s as sunny as! Most days, I dont take note of the weather man and just do my laundry. If it does rain, then all hail the clothes dryer – else, thankyou for the sun, Lord! If I didnt go about doing and thinking that way, we’d all be over our heads with dirty laundry!! YUCK….

Anyway, with extremely limited FB time this Lent, I hope to get more sewing done. I have to admit though that I do sneak in a peek or 2 on FB to check on if there are any sales on my destash ONLY. I am not on longer than 10mins. And so far, I think it’s pretty good.

In line with my plan to sew more, I’ve finally got stuck into sewing with spandex!! :D Yea, while I love knit, I cannot say that I love spandex. :/ I wouldnt say that it was a pain to sew but I dont think its something you’d wanna get into if you dont like knit fabric. It’s slippery and weird to cut into. Not sure if its the quality of spandex that I got (It sure wasnt $34/m!!) but it was a bit fiddly to cut and sew. But all in all, I wouldn’t toss spandex aside. I’d still give it a go or 2. :)

Me in my Apple + Fig Stalks Leggings – omg I LOVE how these fit me!!!! 2 thumbs up from Ted too. :D

The girls in their matching Boo Designs Leggings – this is what happens when you tell them to strike a pose. LOL

And not wanting to be left out, the little man also joined in!

All in all, I think I might sew me another pair perhaps in some Pacman print knits. :P Why not eh? ;)

Giving up but for a good cause

So I’ve been SUPER quiet! It’s been very hectic and its taking a bit longer than expected for us, well me more like it, to settle down and get back to routine since our move. Yes, we’ve moved in with MIL and things are slowly getting where I want it to be…but just not quite there yet. ;)

But enough of that, and more about what I hope will happen for this blog and my crafting adventures. I’ve been having a lot of ideas and plans for both my tie dyeing as well as for my sewing. For now, due to the situation I’m in, my tie dyeing will on hold for awhile but that doesn’t mean I’m stopping for good. Just for a little while until things sort themselves out – slowly but surely. In the meantime, I still have loads of goodies in the shop that truly needs a good home. :) So if you’re here catching up, maybe you’d like to pop over to Colors Alive!, my new FB page and grab yourself some goodies. :D I ship both locally and internationally so dont fret if you’re not in Australia. :)

As for my sewing, my babies are all set up….and I’m going to VERY soon open my very long awaited Silhouette Cameo that Ted got me for Valentine’s Day…. ;) Still is unpacked, and if you know how excited I was to get this in the mail, it’s a miracle I’m not still shaking from the excitement and the wait. lol Don’t ask how I did it….still hanging on to what sanity is left! :P I’m hoping that with it being Lent now, I will be able to focus more on life outside FB (yes, giving it up for Lent!) and sewing will be one of it. Also need to spend more time with the girls now that they are in school and omg, who would have thought kids that young are getting homework!! lol Amazing….anyhoo, I’m back but just wont be around ALL that much. :)