Some years it is really hard to find lightweight cardigans or jumpers for cooler days and evenings in summer. This is one of those years, so it was great to try my hand at the Bonfire Jacket from Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns and Issue 5 of One Thimble sewing magazine.
Buggy has been in my ear for some time now to make her a floor-length dress. Actually, I know she has something flamboyant in mind with layers of tulle and chiffon, sure why not? – we may have drooled over some pictures together once and if I get my act together this dreamy outfit will become reality. In the meantime, I thought the Loli dress from Issue 14 of One Thimble, was an excellent place to start her maxi dress wardrobe, using this bright floral spring fabric I picked up eons ago.
We recently got back from visiting my sister and her family in Sweden. In the lead-up to the trip I suddenly decided to make some hot water bottle covers, or hotties, for my nieces, thinking they’d make the perfect gift for a cold climate. In the end their house is so lovely and insulated and cosy, but the girls loved them and they are also perfect for sore tummies when you need someone to cuddle (Buggy gave them a little test drive before we gifted them!).
Twig + Tale has introduced me to the soothing art of embroidery. I love that a hobby like sewing can keep on giving as my skills develop and my focus changes as I become exposed to new styles and techniques. I had clumped embroidery and cross stitch and tapestry into the same bag, thinking it was dated and time consuming and not my thing. But seeing everyone’s makes in the Twig + Tale Chat FB group I realised there was an avenue for me that is whimsical and relaxed, adding sweet detail to sewn garments.
Hamster’s preschool changed hands at the beginning of this year and the new owner has instigated a lot of new programs and activities. On a hot summer day as we drove back from the beach, I read out an exhaustive list of celebrations that would take place this year. Hubby made me pause at the International Day; and just as I was imagining making my little blondie a pair of sweet lederhosen or some such thing he exclaimed I needed to make Hamster a kilt and represent his heritage. Of course!
I’m on a roll here sewing up the latest Twig + Tale pattern for the Cosy Toes tour. Yep more Twig + Tale because Lisa is on some sort of inspiration mojo over in New Zealand, whipping out new patterns like there is no tomorrow! She’s had kids footwear in her repertoire for some time, but this winter the Tie Back Boots have had an upgrade to fit bigger people!
Lisa from Twig + Tale has done it again! A gorgeous pattern of yesteryear that is now more versatile than ever as this week she launches the upgraded Pixie Pants pattern and expansion pack. I was lucky enough to test the revisions on the original knee-length Pixie Pants and in later posts I’ll share my suspender version which is one of the many new options.