Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Sewing for kids

Tops:  Brownie Goose - The Blondie
I adore this pattern, and I love that Amy's great sense of humour shows through in her tutorials!

Shorts:  Elegance & Elephants - Bubble Pocket Shorts
Great pattern, easy to follow tutorial.  Also love that you get two shorts patterns in one.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

BIWC Sewing

BIWC sewing in May

We made this dress - the Lucy dress from Sis Boom 
I love this dress so much I have made 2 more!  It is easy to put together with clear, easy to follow directions.  The same designer as last year's summer sewing dress - the Jamie Dress.  Carla's patterns are WONDERFUL!!!!

Good dog ...

How sweet is this skirt?  The pattern is Lexi from Ruby Jean's closet
It sews together very easily & her instructions are clear & concise with loads of photos to supplement.

I accidentally made the dog a mirror image, so I had to shorten his bod a bit - the rest of him goes around the skirt's back... very cute!!!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Sew the Love in - OKLAHOMA - a way you can help!

Sunday's devastating tornado in Oklahoma has left thousands of people homeless & destitute with nowhere to go, and nothing of their own.  When you see news reports like this, you may feel like I do, completely helpless against such devastation.  But, there is something that everyone of us that sews can do to help, we can literally clothe a child!

Some great PDF pattern designers have grouped together to offer their patterns free if you are sewing for those in need in OK.

Read this wonderful post by Suzanne Winter on Pattern Revolution's blog

Get involved, get sewing!

Here is my first item:

pattern donated for this project by Tie Dye Diva

The spotted ruffle fabric is from Amy Butler's Love range - quite appropriate :)

Thanks Jen for the great pattern!

Photo from

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Tie Dye Diva patterns ROCK!

Have a look at this sweet romper (and gorgeous model!)....

It is the Tie Dye Diva Girls' Ruffled Sunsuit Romper.
It comes together easily & it too sweet for words!!
I heartily recommend her PDF patterns, they are well designed, well though out, with clear, concise instructions, supplemented with great photos to guide you easily through the steps.

Happy Stitching!!

Monday, 6 May 2013

BIWC Sewing - June

In June's BIWC sewing class, we will be making this pretty, elegant Summer blouse. 

Photos from
We will be using Butterick B5608 – view C or D

Get ready for Summer!

As the days get longer, warmer & beautifully sunny, 
I am having fun working on Summer sets for little girls!  

This top is The Blondie from Amy over at Brownie Goose Designs.
Her pattern is amazing, and her instructions are clear, concise and well supplemented with good, crisp, clarifying photos, and her sense of humour will have you chuckling away.  This top was fun to make!
Go Amy!
I so enjoyed your special, humorous instructions... I will have to try a few more of your designs :)

You may recognize these - The Sailor Style version of the Bubble Pocket Shorts from Elegance & Elephants  - you have already seen them here, so you know how I adore her pattern - as well as her use of centimeters and inches (who outside the States understands inches??).
I used my new Kam Snaps on the front, and quickly realised that I needed to order the correct little parts for my wonderful popper press!
I did that right away!

Here is the press I have 
(read about it here and here)
I found the little parts for the T5 Kam snaps here
This is the photo from their website of the parts:
And they even provide a handy 'how to'
Their prices seem to be really good for the actual snaps too!

And then my own little addition to the set, 'cause every little lady needs a handbag to carry treasures in!

Oh yes, forgot to mention: The fabric!!  It is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE right now!  It is from Volksfaden -

Friday, 3 May 2013

Summer Shorts for Girls

I am so in love with the Elegance & Elephants Bubble Pocket Shorts pattern!  I saw a sewn pair of the classic style on FaceBook & knew I just HAD to make some!!  The pattern is easy to follow, with clear, concise instructions and plenty of photos to guide you along.  It goes together perfectly & turns out beautifully!

Photo from Elegance & Elephants:
Link to pattern here

I especially LOVE the fact that measurements are given in both inches & cms.  Growing up in South Africa in the 80s I have NO CLUE how inches work!  So was VERY happy to see everything in meters & centimeters too.  A really nice touch!

Here is the first pair I made for Grace
(I made age 5/6 & will have to wait for the shorts to arrive in the UK & my little niece to try them on before I can get back to you on the sizing)

My buttons are purely decorative - underneath are poppers - easier for little kids

Grace will adore the pockets!!

Well done Heidi, this is a wonderful pattern!