I am very fortunate to have a family that loves handmade. My Aunty is super talented and loves knitting for my two children. Last week in the post I received two more beautiful knitted items for my little girl, this wonderful poncho was one of them.
I can honestly say I LOVE everything about this poncho, the stitch used (Knit 5, Purl 5 to end of row, repeat this for 4 rows then change to 2nd colour for next 4 rows), the hood with the pom pom on the end and the COLOUR, dusty pink is my favourite!
Wool: 8 ply pure wool featuring 2 shads of dusty pink
My son loves all of the Dr. Seuss books, I’ve always loved reading them to him and now days with him. Most of them he knows off my heart. It is of no wonder that he put an order in for a Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat quilt. It did take me a little while to start the quilt, Coops would kindly remind me each time we went in into my local quilting shop that he would like a Cat in the Hat quilt. Now it is finally finished and he (and myself) are ecstatic.
It is actually a rather large quilt as it has to fit his king single bed. I kept the design simple highlighting the Cat in the Hat panel, by Robert Kaufman. I of course did quite a bit of googling before deciding how to show case the panel, and played around with measurements so it would fit Coopies bed.
I must confess the quilting was done my my good friends at The Patchwork Pear, another local quilting shop. I wanted a simple design, not to curvy, that complemented the quilt. This design is just perfect for a little boys quilt! Thank you for such a wonderful job.
My little girl could not help but play peek a boo….. photographing with your kids is always a hoot!
Pattern: none (based off a google search and adjusted according to a king single bed)
There are so many advantages to sewing your toddlers own clothes. At the top of my list is fit, specifically for a top. I like my girl’s tops to be long in the back, and free around to stomach, surprisingly this can be difficult to find in the shops. So why not sew it yourself?
The T-shirt fabric was a bargain at just 50 cents from a thrifty shop, its a 100% cotton with a slight stretch; perfect for t-shirts. I’ve accented the pockets with matching fabric from the leggings and added a coverstitch pocket detail (one of my favourite things to do with my beloved coverstitch machine).
I’ve been holding onto the leggings fabric since I purchased it last year, don’t know about you, but when I purchase gorgeous fabric I find it really difficult to cut into it – I just keep waiting for the perfect outfit to make (it may just be an excuse for hoarding more fabric..hmm). The gorgeous leggings fabric is by Little Smile Makers, I love all their fabric designs, with so many to choose from I spent many hours just looking.
Pattern: Leggings PDF Pattern from Fresh Stitch Patterns.
T-Shirt PDF Pattern from Fresh Stitch Patterns – Not for sale yet?.
This is what happened within the first 5 minutes of taking the photos! We where headed off to Granny and Gramp’s house in her new out fit boo hoo…the T-shirt only made it as far as laundry, and a quick spray of vanish.
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…..