Friday, March 11, 2011

Mummy's Turn...

Continuing on with the theme from last entry I decided I really am in need to new pj bottoms. Whilst being pregnant, and bending over at odd angles to try to reach the floor, I've ripped two pairs (admittedly they were also VERY old and a bit shabby looking)! And even better, I've been adventurous and made up a pattern for myself!!

Now as expert as that sounds, I did follow the instructions from Emma's Make it Perfect pj's, and I also based them on a pair that I already have, but still, this is an achievement!! As I was a bit unsure I chose fabric I already had in the stash, and that I wouldn't be too upset over if they didn't work out.

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I will make some changes for the next pair (I'm sure I'll need another pair, and have just the material for it!), but overall I'm very happy. I just need to find a long sleeve white tee, hopefully with buttons for easy breastfeeding, and then the set will be perfect. I did think I'd take them in to hospital with me, but have since decided that it would be wonderful to have a nice new pair of pj's to wear when I come home.

I suspect that things are about to go very quiet on the sewing front. I have exactly two weeks before I'm scheduled to go to hospital, and with a 2 year old and a new baby I'm not sure exactly how much sewing time I'll have, if any (I'd bet on the later!). I still have a long list though, and I'm hoping that I will just have a short break, and come back a little slower than I've started the year. And that's OK - I have actually surprised myself with the amount I've already done this year. And that feels quite good!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Emma's Pajamas

I never buy Emma pajamas. Mostly because when I'm looking at what I need for her for the next season I never think of them, but also because nearly all the pjs you see are covered in brands, logos or TV characters. Emma has heaps of time to wear all that commercial stuff (and hopefully she won't be that interested), so until that monster rears its ugly head I'd like to avoid it if possible.

So, with the weather starting to change I thought I should get stuck into some winter pajamas for Emma, and luckily my Make it Perfect book by Toni Coward has a great pattern! You can take a look at this book here.

I'm in two minds about the result. I've never sewn stretch material before, but I had this piece already in the stash and thought it was perfect, and so gave it a go. I also had a long sleeve white t-shirt from Target that I picked up for $3, again perfect for pajamas. So here they are...

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Sewing stretch is much harder than I thought, and even after putting these together I'm still not sure I have it right. The t-shirt is a bit puckered, and I'm worried the stitching on the seams of the pants won't hold. More investigation (and of course practice :) is needed!

And a picture in action! Emma was not a particularly willing model today - its SO hot that wearing winter pjs around for a little while didn't interest her one little bit (not that I can blame her). But I did get one good shot!

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They are a bit big yet - but as there are a few months yet till winter I wanted to give her some growing room. Looking at this photo again - they are just so cute!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Baby Shoes

My lovely husband surveyed my recent crafty endeavors and asked 'Don't you make anything for our kids?' So I grabbed the to do list and remembered some gorgeous baby shoes I wanted to make and started out on those. BTW - dear husband is completely wrong, most of the projects finished so far have been for Emma or bub, but he was looking at that gorgeous penguin for Kelly's bub when he made the statement, so I suppose he can be forgiven for getting carried away. It will be a sad day when he goes, but to a loving home I'm sure!

I think patterns and tutorials for these cute little shoes are everywhere, but I got mine from the 'Meet Me at Mikes' book by Pip Lincolne. You can find out more here. The book was a gift from a crafty friend, and I've been wanting to make something out of it for a while, so I could show her the fruits of her kind gift.

Now this was fiddly. Apart from it being little, I got lost a couple of times with the instructions and made a few mistakes. There are also things I would do differently next time. But they are very cute...

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Said husband was then unimpressed with red and white polka dots - they were too 'girly'. So last night I was up way to late (well, for a 8 month pregnant woman anyway) and made a navy blue pair.

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As the navy ones were my second attempt, I actually think they turned out a little nicer, but I'm happy with both. I can just imagine a little person filling these - just have to wait now till they arrive!
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