Six years ago this little jacket opened my eyes and introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging, I found it at Probably Actually, the first blog I ever read and always looked forward to seeing in my inbox. It’s the Sunday Brunch Jacket from Oliver and S a must have that I purchased straight away and now have a little girl to finally sew it up for …. yippee!
I live in a little rural town with 13,000 people around 800km from the city. Getting fabric is hard the internet has made a huge difference, however you just can’t stand (for hours) studying the fabrics drape, texture and feel whilst procrastinating over the best fabric and walking out with 5 different fabrics for the stash. I was so excited a few weeks back to walk through my local quilting shop, Ruby and Kate and see velvet! They had two colours to choose from grey and black, grey was the obvious choice for me and straight away I thought of the Sunday Brunch Jacket. I had dreamed of making it in a red fine baby whale cord however this turned out amazing.
I did not make any changes to the pattern, I could have lengthened it by an inch or so, my girl is 15 months and tall, that being said I am not disappointed with my finished garment at all. The little buttons are B 11mm bronze Shank by Hemline, again from my local quilting store.
Pattern: Oliver and S, Sunday Brunch Jacket
Fabric: Grey Velvet from Ruby and Kate
I am so excited to finish this quilt top for Zoe, the first two rows were finished before she was born…..she is now 15 months old, hmm. I did not realise just how busy I was with a new baby in the house, I put the quilt down for a week and the next thing I know it’s been one and half years.
The quilt started with a google search of “modern baby quilts”, and instantly fell in love with the ombre style quilts, especially Ombre Love, by Canoe Ridge Creations. After a long search I decided on modern ombre + b/w triangle quilt by See Kate Sew. I had to go out and buy more fabric to finish it however, with Zoe is no longer a newborn (sob sob) I added an extra row to give a little more length, it’s now the perfect size for her. Can’t ,wait to pin together this coming week and start the best part ..quilting! Oh but what design to use.
Winter has arrived and the days have finally started to cool down. I tend to get excited at the beginning of each new season, winter is no exception. We have just started to light our slow combustion fire, yippee! There is something very relaxing sitting around our lounge room at night with the family while watching the flickering light and crackling sounds of a fire.
Now with winter upon us I need to sew a few staple for Zoe. Last year I purchased this beautiful light weight 100% New Zealand Merino Wool jersey fabric, I’ve been waiting for just the right project. It is sublime, light wight (160g), breathable and machine washable! (I’ve washed the jumper at least 5 times and it still looks and importantly feels amazing). I could keep going on all day just how beautiful this fabric is.
I drafted a quick and easy raglan sleeve jumper with hood and teamed it Panda print with leggings (another wardrobe staple), fabric from Crafty Mamas Fabrics. One of the reasons I love sewing with knits is that it took a total of 1.5 hours to draft, print, tape and sew the entire set!
The hoodie has been lined with the panda print tying the set together beautifully (if I do say so myself).
Yippee! An extra pattern piece for your Playgroup Romper. The most requested add-on for this romper has been a skirt to go over the top, so here it is for FREE. Download the skirt HERE.
The skirt can be added to the bodice by itself or incorporated into the narrow bloomer version of the romper. This version version was done by Pamela from Chic et Rouge.
This version was created by Amy, of Wildflowers in her hair.
Enjoy sewing up your Playgroup Romper with skirt overlay, and please share it in our Fresh Stitch Patterns group HERE.
I’m so pleased to introduce the Playgroup Romper Pattern, the Mini-Me version of our very popular Playgroup Dress. This little romper has been a long time coming, but it was worth the wait.
The style and shape of this romper gives it a vintage feel, thats packed full of options: long sleeves, short sleeves, capped sleeves, flutter sleeves, or sleeveless, collar or no collar, plain or pieced bodice, and narrow or bubble bloomer – all combined with a snapped crotch for easy nappy changes or potty visits.
The best feature in my opinion is the yoke panel. This little panel is just itching to have some creativity added. This romper by Hannah from @little.wild.flower was made with cotton homespun and a cotton lace yoke panel.
This is the second one by Wendy. Wendy has used an old lace table cloth over a beautiful soft pink floral fabric.
The Playgroup Romper PDF Pattern is available now in digital format, click HERE. I hope to your wonderful creations in your Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/freshstitchpatterns/.
It’s beginning to look alot like christmas! Today I’m sharing the Christmas addition of the new pattern just released Shoulder Snap T-Shirt and Seated Panel Pants (Harem Style)! Watch out these are super cute you may just want to make some too…..
Lets start with Valerie, who can be found on Instagram;
Next by Jennifer Lichak, from Inspired By Amara ;
This cutie by Marie-claude, you can find her @marieclaude_mcb on Instagram.
Next is by Angela Dawes, owner of EV Inspirations
by Janet Whitaker, on her little grandson;
and finally Ramona York , on her 7 week grandson is the Ginger Bread Man outfit,
I hope I’ve inspired you do a little christmas sewing! Find the patterns HERE.
I am so proud to be introducing your newest two patterns, the Shoulder Snap T-Shirt + Seated Panel Pants (Harem Style) designed specifically for babies and toddlers (Preemie to 2-3). Both of these wardrobe staples are designed to worn over either cloth or disposable nappies/diapers.
The top has a shoulder side snap enabling the top to be easily taken on and off. The pants are constructed in a harem style with feature panel at the back.
The top can be constructed with either a short sleeve (View A) or long sleeves (View B).
Seated Panel Pants (Harem Style)
Naturally this pattern would not have come together without some help along the way. I had the pleasure of working with a large group of wonderful women who have tested this pattern. Lets have a look at some fabulous creations.
The first is from Valérie Dufort, who sewed an amazing 4 sets,
by Marie-claude, you can find her @Marie-claude_mcb on Instagram.
The next is from Erin Antonelli,
by Nicole is the wonderful outfit, she’s got such a great eye for beautiful fabric!
Nicole has added her very own heat transfer with patterned foil.
by Rose is this little outfit modelled over a cloth bum!
by Angela (her Facebook page is Crochet by Angela) has made a seriously cute outfit complete with hat!
Melissa (found on Instagram @madebymelli), has created this matching outfit – also happens to match his gorgeous eyes!
What did you think? The fabric selection makes a huge difference in the final look. This was just a tiny slice of what the very creative testers have made, thank you all so much! Tomorrow I’ll show you all the Christmas outfit’s they made, ho ho ho…..
Yesterday I shared with you a few tester photos, today I’m back to share another lot.
First is Alana McGregor of Precious Little Bubs, created this gorgeous bodysuit for her daughter.
Kim Scherer has made the Overlap Bodysuit for her little boy, I’m in love with the fabric, although I don’t know the name.
Deanne Jones of The Craftiness In Me has created this beauty for her daughter.
A matching out fit was made by Janet Whitaker for her granddaughter.
To quote Janet “ Yes grandma, I love the new outfit, but does this make my butt look big?”
Thats it for today, hope you have enjoyed the tour.
Do you want to create your very own OverLap Bodysuit? If so the pattern is releasing tomorrow, and I’ll share a few more tester photos.
Allow me to introduce to you our latest Fresh Stitch Pattern, the Overlap Bodysuit Pattern.
I had a truly wonderful group of women testing for me. Melissa from Made By Melli has sewn up this beautiful bodysuit for her little boy.
This Overlap Bodysuit was created by Nicole Lanzarotto. Nicole has used a gorgeous combination of floral fabric on the front and a soft matching aqua on the back.
What do think of the first set of testers? I think they are terrific, and I’ve got a whole lot more to show you tomorrow…
I am so pleased to introduce you to 2 new patterns from Fresh Stitch Patterns, releasing next Monday. Many of you will be thrilled to find out both are unisex. They’re practical pieces for everyday use.
So here it is, the Overlap T-Shirt sizes preemie to 2-3 and the Harem 3/4 Pants sizes newborn to 6 years. This collection is appealing as it forms the basis of a littles ones wardrobe.
The Overlap T-Shirt includes pattern pieces for both short and long sleeves, as well as an optional ribbing lower band.
The Harem 3/4 Pants is very simple and quick-to-sew. Perfect for lounging around the house or going down the street. They are slightly oversized around the hip area for a relaxed fit, and feature a cuffed leg, drop harem crotch and elastic waist.
So there you have it! I can’t wait to see what you make with them! Have lots of fun with this pattern.