Tag Archive: children’s clothing

Another Mini Ogden and a patternless skirt

A few months ago I sewed Clare a True Bias Mini Ogden cami and a patternless skirt.  So here they are! The cami was sewn from gold foiled linen and that stuff creases like all hell and shows every single fold line. This had been ironed, but then folded and put away in her drawer… Continue reading Another Mini Ogden and a patternless skirt

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McCalls 7151 – the jumpsuit version

You might remember that I sewed McCalls 7151 in the dress version for Clare and it was an absolute fail.  However, not all was lost, because from that fail I worked out what adjustments the pattern needed to become a success.  Once I’d adjusted the front pattern pieces to raise the neckline, I sewed the… Continue reading McCalls 7151 – the jumpsuit version

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Simplicity 1435

I keep on trying to figure out how best to keep up with blogging.  I really WANT to post everything I make here on the blog.  Not only is it a good reference for me, but I feel as though I am contributing to the general sewing community.  But I am SO behind!  I might… Continue reading Simplicity 1435

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Mini Ogden Cami – as dress

There are plenty of “pattern hacks” out there involving the Ogden and Mini Ogden Cami patterns.  I was not immune to the appeal – it is a nice basic that lends itself to transformations and alterations. For this dress I chopped the cami pattern off at belly button level, then added a gathered skirt. I… Continue reading Mini Ogden Cami – as dress

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Hey June Morrison Tee and McCalls 7150 shorts

So, back to normal programming!  Don’t think that I have suddenly started sewing in a frenzy since returning from holiday.  I have managed to sew one garment during the past fortnight but I think that there are over 30 items from last year that are still unblogged.  So I’ll gradually get them all up here.… Continue reading Hey June Morrison Tee and McCalls 7150 shorts

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True Bias Mini Ogden Cami

There seems to be an explosion of Ogden and Mini Ogden Camis on instagram and blogs at the moment.  The patterns have been around for a little while now; I suspect that it’s the advent of Australian summer that has made them more obvious to me. I am usually a bit hesitant about camisole style… Continue reading True Bias Mini Ogden Cami

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Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse

I am going to be quite sad when my daughters no longer fit into Oliver + S patterns.  Clare is almost out of them now, and Stella is wearing size 8.  I have liked every single one of them I’ve sewn (although sometimes my daughters haven’t been quite as enthusiastic) and this top is no… Continue reading Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse

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Style Arc Cara top – this time for the teen

When Clare saw my version of the Style Arc Cara top, she promptly declared that she wanted one too.  I pondered, because she’s not really in adult size patterns yet.  However, when I checked the Style Arc website I discovered that their patterns start at an Australian size 4.  I figured that it was worth… Continue reading Style Arc Cara top – this time for the teen

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Book week 2016

It was book week a couple of months ago (yes, I am very behind with blogging so everything that appears here was sewn months ago now).  Stella decided that she wanted to go as Billie B Brown. The school was focusing on Australian authors, and as it happens Sally Rippin is not only Australian, but… Continue reading Book week 2016

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Groove dress – as dress!

It amuses me that I sewed this pattern as a top twice before I got around to sewing it as an actual dress. This is the Madeit Patterns Groove dress for teens, sewn in the teen size Small. We chose to sew the long sleeved version with the scoop neck. However, Clare finds the scoop […]

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Nantucket One-Piece swimsuit

One pair of bathers apparently wasn’t enough for our FNQ holiday – Clare needed a one-piece as well! Okay, I have a confession – Clare wasn’t the one pushing the “I need more bathers” barrow – it was me wanting to sew more of the lovely swimwear fabric that was in my stash! This fabric […]

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Mountain Ash Designs two-piece

Before we went to Cairns Clare decided that she needed new bathers.  She wanted a two-piece, but one that would be practical.  We searched the stash, then searched online.  We found the Mountain Ash Designs Swimwear Separates #1 pattern. The pattern description from the website is as follows: Make your own tankinis and bikinis using […]

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yet another circle skirt

It’s a skirt. It’s a circle. It has an elastic waist. And the hem was left raw. The fabric is a textured knit from Rathdowne Fabrics, and the waistband wide black elastic from Darn Cheap Fabrics. I cut the elastic to her waist measurement, and sewed the ends into a circle. The skirt was “drafted” […]

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Vintage Simplicity 6494 and another Groove top

More sewing for the thirteen year old!  I find that vintage patterns can work well for Clare. The girls patterns have a decent size range – often up to a 16 – and sometimes you can find “Juniors” patterns that were designed especially for changing bodies.  However, this skirt is a straightforward Girls size 10. […]

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Groove dress as top

I don’t know why, but I don’t often think to do the obvious.  For example, shorten a dress into a top – or conversely, to lengthen a top into a dress.  I have no idea why it doesn’t occur to me more often.  Fortunately, a month or so ago it did.  Clare has been asking […]

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BurdaStyle top and patternless skirt

Tween sewing came up on instagram yesterday, with a question asking where are all the tween patterns? I will do a separate blog post especially about that at a later date, but in the meantime will share some current tween makes. Both this top and skirt are another example of using up scraps. It’s always […]

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Circle skirt for Stella

When I was at Sewjourn in May I mostly did selfish sewing. Let’s be honest – I mostly did selfish sewing anyway. But I always like to sew something for the girls while I am there. Something simple. This time, a circle skirt for Stella. There are plenty of circle skirt calculators online. I wanted […]

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Vintage Style 4248

Vintage Style 4248 (copyright 1985) was recently given to me by Sarah.  I so appreciate that people think of my girls when they are browsing patterns in op shops!  It only took about a minute for me to reach into my stash and pull out a length of soft spotted knit that Emma has also […]

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Tween winter raglan dress

Clare spotted this fabric at Darn Cheap Fabrics when I was on a stash enhancement visit one day.  The printed side is smooth, and the reverse soft and fleecy.  She wanted an easy warm winter dress. It’s really just a long raglan windcheater. We based the dress on the BurdaStyle Sweater Dress 10/2014 #144, which […]

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Slouchy cardigan

Now that we are into autumn I am quickly realising that the girls have both grown quite a bit since last year, and definitely need warm clothing in larger sizes.  Stella gets Clare’s hand-me-downs, so there isn’t as much urgency to sew for her, but Clare needs some new layering pieces. This is the Heidi […]

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Scarf neck cardi for Stella

Did I mention that the Scarf Neck Cardi pattern that was in my last blog post also comes in children’s sizes? I’ve sewn this cardi for each of the girls in the past, and Stella has worn hers a great deal. It’s a little too small now, so it was time to sew her another […]

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Cutie Cats – a study in knit fabrics

In warm weather Clare really enjoys wearing loose simple t-shirts.  I made her a few a couple of years back and they have been on constant rotation in summer.  However they were becoming a little too cropped – she has been wearing them for a couple of years, and has grown a little bit over […]

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sewing fail – McCalls 7151

I always benefit from reading about other people’s sewing fails, which is why I blog pretty much absolutely everything that I sew.  Often I have a niggle in the back of my mind when I start to sew something that might not work out.  It’s not always right, but plenty of times it is. Lovely […]

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New Look 6297 – the maxi

There are a few different views in New Look 6297.  As well as view C, that I have already blogged, there is a sleeveless maxi.  New Look offer it with a subtle high-low hemline or with a hemline that has applied ruffles.  I chose to sew it with a plain level hemline. Once again I […]

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Lekala 7080

This one was an impulse sew.  After the success of the Lekala dress, I had another trawl through the Lekala website and happened upon a pattern for a skort, Lekala 7080. I figured that it wouldn’t take long to tape together such a simple pattern, and it didn’t.  The pattern appeared in my email in-box […]

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McCalls 7079

Another addition to Clare’s summer wardrobe – McCalls 7079. McCalls describe this as follows: GIRLS’/GIRLS’ PLUS DRESSES: Pullover dresses have back bodice and skirt variations and raised waist. B and D: back bands. A, B and E: narrow hem. C, D and F: gathered skirt and stitched hems. Designed for medium-weight moderate stretch knits. FABRICS: […]

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Lekala 7058

I don’t think that I have EVER written as many blog posts in one day as I have today.  I’m not sure whether to apologise for the deluge or to just celebrate it!  The backlog of blog posts is still considerable but at least I feel as though I am making some inroads. So, on […]

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New Look 6297 view C

Spotlight have really improved their offerings over recent years. My local Spotlight is a pretty small one, and I am often frustrated when I can’t find what I want. One day while wandering around not finding what I wanted, Clare spotted this floral viscose jersey. The colours are so lovely and vibrant that I was […]

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Love Notions Lotus Blossom Blouse

This top has been an unqualified success.  It’s the Love Notions Lotus Blossom Blouse. The website describes it as follows: Do the twist! This top is simple but packs a fun surprise. The dolman sleeved blouse is a flattering top meant for light weight drapey knits that are the same on front and back. The neckline […]

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Burda 9418

Burda 9418 jumped out at me as being something I definitely needed to make for Clare.  Such a current tween style! You can see more information on the Pattern Review website here. Burda paper patterns (in contrast to those published in their magazine) don’t appear to be on an easily navigated website of their own. […]

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