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I might have unblocked my sewing mojo

At last. Finally. I’ve made something. Two things, in fact!

I had a bit of a break over the summer after I made a top and a vest for myself, and then even more of a break as we had a new floor put in the kitchen and everything (EVERYTHING) in the room had to be moved out and relocated (some…most…of it is still relocated. Let’s just close the door on the spare room and never go back in there…) which included the sewing machine. And with one thing and another I just couldn’t be bothered.

then I could.  Because I had some lovely fabric and the children demanded clothes to be made from it. It’s a lovely heavy jersey, grey background with trees and bears printed on it. Just right for autumn and winter.

I made the boy a long sleeve top (trusty old Ottobre design) with an adapted neck line. Adapted because I wanted to have the option of him wearing it rolled down like a normal sweater or rolled up like a polo neck in place of a scarf. And not at all because i cocked up with the original neckband and ripping it out made me cry and not want to try it again.  Not at all.

anyway, is always the case, he LOVED the top. To look at. To wear?  Let’s look at how he reacted…


Note – you can see my multifunctional collar there. Once you get over the wee face of “no mummy, mummy not do that me”. Anyway. It got worse…

IMG_0744He ran away at this point. Dragging the top off.  The child has no appreciation of my mad sewing skillz.

Anyway. On to the other child. The slightly more appreciative one. The one who occasionally agrees to wear something I have made for her on her request.

she asked for a skirt in the same material.  I searched a bit for patterns but only half heartedly as I knew I could just whip one up in an afternoon.  Then I laughed at myself because that’s what all these bloggers say, and they do indeed whip up their items in one afternoon while I am sitting there at my kitchen table, swearing as I jab myself with the fecking seam ripper, unpicking a badly sewn neckband.  But I gave it a go.

once I had tidied away the den

IMG_0749Okay, so maybe i got started first and then when shit got real and I had to attach that skirt waistband to the skirt, I procrastinated and tidied away the den. Potaytoes potahtoes. (Also – the children were upstairs rampaging through another room, I wasn’t a total killjoy, they had abandoned the den.)

Back to the skirt. My pattern – self drafted. So only myself to blame, really, if things went wrong.  Waist band was made out of two wide strips (measuring I don’t know inches long because I forgot to measure it), joined at the short ends to make a circle. The skirt was one long strip 36 inches wide by 15 inches long. I sewed up the short ends to make a circle, then pleated the top edge all the way along so that it fitted the waist band. Neat.  Then I folded over the waistband and hand stitched at each 1/4 mark point. Two reasons – my top stitching is shit, and I was running out of black thread. It looks ok. Then I hemmed the bottom, brought it up about 2 inches due to my tendency to always make things too big.

End result:

IMG_0750Aces.  (And ooh – lovely floor!)



and how long did it take me? Guess!


two hours, tops. And that includes den tidying away time.

I don’t have a picture of my daughter wearing it, because she only put it on for five minutes and wouldn’t cooperate. She claims it’s a thumbs up, so i feel like I can force her into it now.

But I am pleased. I’m happy with the makes and the finish of them. And as I have noticed over the summer that I am choosing to wear clothes I have made over shop bought stuff, I am in the game for making more items for myself.

Lets see what autumn brings.

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One Day Hoodie

I’ve called this the One Day Hoodie because it only took me one day to make. And also because hopefully one day my daughter will like it…imageIt is another item from the Ottobre magazine I bought, with fabric chosen by the girl herself. It was meant to be completely in the star material but for some completely unknown reason I only bought half a metre of it so I had to improvise and use the cat jersey I’d bought (again half a metre of it. Why so little? Search me. Can’t remember why. Sleep deprivation or general all round madness resulting in reluctance to buy enough fabric.) for a skirt for her. I did check with her, made sure she was happy with this turn of events. She confirmed she was. And promised to wear the jumper.

Aaaaaaanyway, we all know how that works out.

back to the pattern. What I’ve learnt is that Ottobre magazine has some really lovely patterns. But boy, their instructions are on the light side.

imageThat bottom 1/3 of the page? That is the full set of instructions for the top. I figured out the cuffs no problem

imageAnd I I actually really love how neat they are.

but the hood? That took a bit of puzzling. I have to admit to doing a bit of deep thinking about attaching the hood while settling the boy when he grumbled a bit in the evening. Finally, I just decided to go with what seemed right and it worked out ok

imageThere’s a bit of…rusticness about the edging of the hood. But it looks fine to me. The jumper is in a lovely soft sweatshirt and it just kept curling at the edges. Not to worry, if I wanted perfect then I’d have bought something in the shop.

all in all, it’s a lovely pattern and was surprisingly quick and simple to put together. The difficult bit now will be getting her to wear it…

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Small top for a small boy

I made a top in 24hrs for the boy. It’s a raglan sleeve jersey knit top, using an Ottobre Autumn 2016 magazine pattern and I love this. I decided that it was time the boy had some home seen clothes, seeing as his sister has so many skirts and dresses. And I spotted the Ottobre magazine in a paper shop a few weeks ago and that sewed the seed in my mind. However, I didn’t buy the magazine. ROOKIE ERROR. My head was full of the cute patterns and designs in the magazine, including a hoodie design I’d earmarked for the girl, but I didn’t have the magazine…

i bought jersey fabric from, a cute circus design and a knight design for the boy, purple star sweatshirt and grey cat jersey for the girl. All ready to make the patterns from Ottobre. BUT I DIDNT HAVE THE MAGAZINE.

i merrily went to the paper shop a fortnight ago to buy the magazine. But wait…THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE MAGAZINE?! Aaaargh!

Eventually, I managed to buy it from – ordered last weekend and received it on Thursday. Excellent service. And THE JOY, all the lovely patterns were there.

imageLast night I traced out the pattern, cut out the fabric (which I had already dutifully washed and dried, which is very unusual for me, I know) and today in between boy nap time and the odd twenty minutes here and there, I pinned the pieces together and sewed it up. I have to admit here that I didn’t follow the instructions. As in I didn’t follow the instructions AT ALL. They seemed pretty sparse to me and I just thought, meh, I’ll figure it out. Im sure the neck could have been neater. I’ve realised I pigging HATE bias binding. Especially jersey stretch bias binding. But I’m still completely thrilled with this top. Go me!


I love the raglan sleeves


And the cuffs were meant to be jersey rib or what have you, but I just thought that the same fabric would look nice. Remind me that it was my choice if it stretches…


and the bonus is that the boy is too young to refuse to wear the top. So no refusing to put it on like his big sister. Win!