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Roman day

A very quick post to show how valuable having sewing skills can be as a parent!

So last week my son came home from school and told me he needed a roman costume for Thursday….this was Tuesday and we had parents evening that night after work! The school letter said “just dress them in white leggings, t shirt and homemade headpiece “! Like we all have white leggings in our son’s wardrobe.

Off I went to fabricland to recreate this: 


I managed to find a white polyester off cut for 80p, some red satin and faux leather to make this:


All in half an hour as we were booked to watch The Shack at the cinema at 7.30; I got home at 6pm and made this while cooking meatballs for the family dinner!

I basically overlocked the red and white fabric, cut head holes in the white and faux leather and created slits for the red satin to attach to the tabard. I then drew a template and used the rotary cutter to create the flaps. Ta da!!

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World Book Day Totoro

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I thought I got away with world book day this year, my son announced that he was going as a dinosaur from Tyrannosaurus drip. He has a crocodile costume in his wardrobe and was happy to wear this and my daughter was convinced that her middle school wouldn’t ‘do dress up’.

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Then we got an email on Friday last week stating that she would be joining in and immediately asked to go as Totoro.
Our daughter is obsessed with studio ghibli My Neighbour Totoro. At Christmas we bought her Totoro pens, Totoro hat, Totoro pencil case etc!!
It feels like a bit of a cheat as it’s a film rather than a book but she stands by the fact that a film that is almost 30 years old must have some accompanying books!!

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The hat and scarf was a Christmas present so I only had to sort the top and trousers….off to primark we went ( don’t judge me!!!! They had posted up directing you to look at ethical primark, but £2 for a pair of leggings does feel wrong!).
In case you don’t know who or what Totoro is, here’s a photo:

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There are lots of Totoro sweatshirts for sale so easy to get an idea on how to make one (mainly in adult sizes strangely!).

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I started by making a template for the white belly.

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Checked it looked big enough.

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Cut it out of white fleece on the fold to ensure they were the same size.

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Then I cut out seven little v shaped pieces out of grey fleece, splitting one between the two semi circles.

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I pinned these on and sewed around the edges on my machine for speed.

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Before sewing the semi circles on the front I pinned the pockets out of the way with safety pins so I didn’t catch them.

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Ta da finished!!

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With her little pencil case.

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Field trip top by Oliver and S

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My son really needed some new tops so rather than go shopping I started to search online for some pattern ideas.
I have seen lots of Oliver and S patterns in the past but thought they were for little kids and my two at age 8 & 10 were now too big. They actually go up to age 12 so I bought the field trip top as a pdf file for instant gratification and got a skirt pattern for my daughter which was offered at a special price.

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Just in case you are interested,  I store all my pdf’s printed in plastic wallets with the instructions and pattern pieces tucked in behind.
I have since downloaded the little sunny day shorts that are free on their website.

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I took my kids to my local fabricland and asked my son to choose some fabric.  He was not interested in the slightest and randomly pointed to the green and black! I cut a size 7 for him even though he is quite a tall but skinny 8 year old. I added a little length to the body but the arms fitted well.
When we were at fabricland my daughter insisted that I make her one as well and went straight for a jersey aztec design.

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As you can see she is very pleased with hers and happily modelled for me!

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So much so she told me that the top was worthy of a “dab”……whatever that means!!

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Originally we were going to have black arms but decided to put the pattern on the sleeves as they were different weights. She asked for cuffs that she could put her thumbs through,  so luckily I remembered that Emily posted on how to create this so had a quick recap.
This was made this morning ready for a birthday party at lunchtime so it’s a really quick make.

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Selfless Sunday- pinafore dress

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My daughter is growing up fast, she’s only 10 (11 in four months) and still plays with Barbie dolls but she’s on that cusp of being aware of fashion and peer pressure.
I have always made her little dresses which she proudly wears and tells people that I made them for her. However, the last few school discos and birthday parties have caused long debates on what was “cool” to wear.
I decided the best way to keep her interested in home sewn outfits was to get her to design her own clothes.
At Christmas we bought her some fashion design books and I downloaded some croquis to design some outfits.
She decided that she wanted a dungaree dress and drew the above design.
Chloe was clear that she wanted a gathered skirt and straps that started from the waist.

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I drafted a pattern after taking a few measurements. The skirt is made of two rectangles with tabs at the top that I hemmed and turn in for the side button plackets.

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Chloe chose a denim chambray with little white flowers on it and picked out plastic flower buttons. I added a pocket to the front and top stitched around the bib.

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I added buttons on the side to fasten it up and finished the inside with facing.

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She is very happy with the finished item and think I have managed to sneak another hand made item into her wardrobe.

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Top 5 Goals for 2017

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This one overlaps with my 2017 nine makes post but that does allow me to add five more things to my wish list.

1. A fitted jacket
I’ve added the Jackie o jacket to my list but I quite fancy the grainline Morris jacket.

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2. Underwear
I have bought very little RTW items this week but underwear escaped this rule. I have found a few bra designs I like the idea of and have the advantage of not being very busty.

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3. Jeans
I have been watching more and more of the blogging community whipping up jeans and I’ve yet to be brave enough to take he plunge. I like the idea of ginger jeans but also the jeans that come in the sew over it e book.

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4. Selfless shirt
This is double edged; firstly considering a project that won’t be quick and needs to be executed week for the recipient to consider wearing it; and secondly the recipient not being me…..I can do this!!

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5. Trendier kids clothes
Our 10 year old daughter went to a disco the other day and really struggled to find something to wear. She likes to be different and didn’t want to wear black like all her friends but then everything else was leggings and t shirts! I need to search for more Indi girl’s patterns that keeps her my little girl but trendy for her mates. Plus find some nicer boys patterns.

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Little denim dungarees

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My friend asked me in the summer if I could sew my god-daughter a little dungaree dress with cross over straps. Of course I agreed and went searching for a suitable pattern.
I found this McCall pattern and used view c.

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This was a lovely design with built in knickers to cover up her nappy. I used rainbow gross grain ribbon to bind the leg edges and trim the dress, and found rainbow buttons to tie in the theme.

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St George’s Day

We spent a great morning watching the beavers,  cubs and scouts parade through the town,  supporting our son who was made Lodge leader today.

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They were very lucky with the weather,  although a little chilly at times the sun was certainly shining.

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There was a huge number of scouts which was lovely to see them all together in support of  St George’s Day.

It also made us stop and appreciate the place that we are so lucky to live in.  The gardens and band stand looked great in the sunshine and we were a very short walk to the beach.

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Bournemouth council has recently installed a water play area at pier approach right in front of the beach near the cafés and huge merry-go-round. 
Feeling blessed!

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Oops I did it again!!!

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I had a quick look on sewdirect.com as they had a sale on top of the huge discounts of being a member.
I wanted a pattern worthy of cutting into my lovely hawaiian fabric and would be great for her birthday party.
But then one pattern turned into five!! 

Two for her to choose between and I could envisage in a gorgeous needle cord. One coat pattern for my daughter as on our last trip to a fabric shop she found some great ripstop fabric.

The last two were for me…. A shirt dress after being inspired by everyone’s post on here and a top that someone on here posted and I loved so much I had to get the pattern…. Plus the extra pattern meant I spent enough to get free postage which was the same price so it was free really… Wasn’t it?!!

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We have decided on this pattern for the birthday dress in view C.

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I must stop shopping and start sewing,  I must stop shopping and start sewing,  I must stop shopping and start sewing…..

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Flo dress from love sewing magazine

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Well here it is,  this is the dress my daughter wanted me to make for her to match my Goddaughter’s dress. 
The fabric is an old duvet cover my mum gave to me.

Chloe chose to put the red spots on the bottom half and floral on top.
They pattern is really simple,  which was good as it only went up to a size 6 and she is 10 next week.
Luckily she is very petite for her age and can sometimes measure up as an age 4 or 6. I just altered the bodice size slightly and the skirt is just a rectangle and two squares.

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I didn’t have a zip the correct size and she was too impatient to wait for me to get to the fabric shop so I added buttons on the back instead.
I created a placket in the polka dot fabric to help it fit as my bodice adjustments weren’t big enough.  I think I got away with it!!
The top half is lined with the floral print but I left the skirt unlined.

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