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Mom Brings In Actual Jazz Band To Get Sleeping 10-Year-Old Out Of Bed

With school back in, there are a lot of things we parents are having to deal with again. School lunches, uniforms, meetings with teachers, and hours of after school homework are among the top time-sucks of parents at the beginning of each school year. Something we don’t talk about as much? The hours spent trying…

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Style Arc Josie hoodie

Every time I see Clare wearing this I say “nice hoodie”. This is one of those times where I got the fabric and pattern combination exactly right! The quilted knit was from Darn Cheap Fabrics, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve spotted it at other fabric shops around Melbourne too. It was bought with a… Continue reading Style Arc Josie hoodie

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New Look 6444

Another garment that was finished (and photographed) a year ago.  Good thing I have these “archives” left to post on my blog, because my sewing output has reduced dramatically over the last year.  This is New Look 6444. We bought this embroidered cotton on our first trip to Chiang Mai (you may remember the pink… Continue reading New Look 6444

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McCalls 6690

Oh my goodness, there are less than ten blog posts from last year left to write.  Of course, I have a fair few from this year to catch up on, but hey…..I’m making progress! This pattern – McCalls 6690 – caught my eye because it seemed very fashionable. Like something that was in the shops… Continue reading McCalls 6690

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Boo Designs Sleeved Skater dress

I sometimes find it a little challenging to get sizing right for my kids.  Both daughters are quite slim for their height (I was the same at their age; up until my late teens really). To get the combination of style, ease, and fit preferences right is not always easy. I sewed this Boo Designs… Continue reading Boo Designs Sleeved Skater dress

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McCalls 7428

McCalls 7428 includes patterns for a girls’ top, dress, tunic, skirt and leggings.  I have to admit, that is the FABULOUS thing about non-indie patterns – you get so much bang for your buck, especially when patterns are on sale. Pullover tops and dress have neckband. A: Contrast back yoke. B: High-low hem, wrong side… Continue reading McCalls 7428

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McCalls 7427 for Clare

McCalls describe pattern 7427 as follows: Loose-fitting cardigans and vest have shaped hems. A, B: Front self-facing. B:Purchased lace. C, D, E: Wrong side of fabric will show. D: Hood and contrast back. E:Bands and peplum with handkerchief hem. Clare chose view F, the cardigan with a drapey front collar.  It’s basically the same view view… Continue reading McCalls 7427 for Clare

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Hey June Morrison tees

When the weather changed from warm to cold a few months ago Clare complained that she no longer had long-sleeved tees that fit.  Kids – they keep on growing!  So I dived into the pattern stash, and over the course of a weekend she had around seven new long-sleeved tops to get her through the… Continue reading Hey June Morrison tees

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Butterick 4757 copyright 1990s

Every now and then you just need to try sewing something fun! This is a 1990s pattern from a Butterick line called Busybodies. Fortunately Clare was happy for me to give this a try. I figured we may as well go the full works – pants and top! The fabric is a printed knit from… Continue reading Butterick 4757 copyright 1990s

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Style Arc Cold Shoulder knit top

This review is very late coming – I sewed (and photographed) this some time around August 2016.  Looks like Style Arc were very on trend with this pattern – because patterns like this are everywhere now, a year later! Style Arc describe the Cold Shoulder knit top as follows:  Embrace the trend this season and… Continue reading Style Arc Cold Shoulder knit top

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McCalls 7079 – the winter version

I first sewed McCalls 7079 for Clare in January 2016, so a year and a half ago.  She’s worn it quite a lot, and requested something similar for winter.  So I pulled out the same pattern and went for it! The pattern is a soft printed ponte/double knit from Super Cheap Fabrics. They had it… Continue reading McCalls 7079 – the winter version

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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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Style Arc Ellie-Mae

I’m still blogging last year’s garments!  I have been doing a little bit of sewing since we got back from holidays, but at a much slower rate than usual.  I’m still adjusting to working in a new job, three days per week instead of two, and have been having lots of very early nights! Apparently… Continue reading Style Arc Ellie-Mae

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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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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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Modkid Cassidy Dungaree Dress

Sewing for my girls is getting harder.  Finding the right match between style, fabric, sizing and pattern – especially for the teen.  Clare is almost 14, but much smaller than most of her peers.  I was the same at her age, and it seems that my genes are strong in this one!  She has a… Continue reading Modkid Cassidy Dungaree Dress

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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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DIY Door Sign for Kids

Tweens will love creating a wild, bright, and colorful sign for their doors. Whether they sign it with their name or a message (like “Keep Out,” HA!) it’s a fun and creative way to occupy the time. Read on to see how to make this DIY Door Sign for Kids! DIY Door Sign for Kids…

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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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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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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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18 Cool Ways To Make DIY Jewelry

18 Cool Ways To Make DIY JewelryMaking DIY jewelry is so fun. I know so many teens and tweens who would have a total blast with these projects! Here is an awesome collection of bracelets, necklaces and more that you can make without a lot of skill involved. 18 Cool Ways To Make DIY Jewelry Fairy Dust Necklaces – Bottle up…

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