New Pants

Leggings!

Pile-o-pants. Well, leggings really. I made these for Squish a while ago and have just realised I never posted about them.

Little Miss needed some new leggings for winter, and on my recent trips to fabric shops I had bought lots of knit fabric because “that will make really cute leggings”. So it was about time I got around to making them!

The best thing about leggings is that they are super simple to make. But since I didn’t take any photos of the process and I’m just not in the mood for making some more and writing a full tutorial, I hunted one down that is similar to what did in case my quick written instructions don’t make any sense at all (quite likely!)

But I’ll have a go at explaining what I did because it was a little different. The Make It and Love It tutorial uses a symmetrical pattern piece which I’m sure works fine, but I wanted to have more butt space to make sure there was enough cloth nappy bum room. Shop pants do have bigger back halves so I wanted to use the same idea. I did use two pieces of fabric like Jess though so the actual sewing part of the tutorial is the same.

Using a pair of store-bought leggings, I created my pattern piece. I turned them inside out and folded them in half, tracing one half. Then I flipped them over to trace the second half because the back had a slightly wider crotch bit and came up higher at the top. Make sense? Sorry. If you would like a proper tutorial, let me know. I’ll see what I can do.

But anyway, sewn together in the same way as Jess’ tutorial, I ended up with a bunch of new leggings to keep squish warm through winter.

5 new pairs for approximately $10 total. Brilliant. Oh those black ones are really thick too, nice and toasty warm.

PANTS!

Nic xx

Refashion: Adult hoodie to toddler hoodie

So in my wardrobe where all my fabric is stored, I also have a couple of huge bags of clothes that I can’t bear to throw out because I figure I can cut them up and use the fabric for something someday.

For one of those pieces of clothing, that day was finally here. The day I cut up one of my old zipup hoodies and turn it into a new hoodie for Squishy. I’ve been thinking about doing it ever since I saw this refashion:

Toddler Sweatshirt Tutorial by Craftiness is not Optional

Toddler Sweatshirt Tutorial by Craftiness is not Optional

The idea of refashioning one of my old pieces of clothing really stuck with me but when I came to do it I didn’t actually follow Jess’ tutorial at all (not because there was anything wrong with it, I just realised mine could work a little differently), so I figured I would have a go at showing you all what I did to go from this:

To this:

Got a hoodie that needs transforming into something for your child?

First you will need a pattern. If you have a hoodie pattern, great. If not, you can use a long sleeve top pattern and then draw up the hood section like I did, or you can have a go at drawing up your own pattern using one of your child’s sweatshirts.

Side note: If you use the link above to make your own pattern, don’t worry about folding it to make a symmetrical pattern piece. Half will work fine. And make sure you use a longsleeve top.

 

Lay your BACK pattern piece on top of the hoodie with the fold line along the zip and the bottom of the pattern piece slightly below the bottom of the top. As you are reusing the bottom ribbing or hem and saving yourself heaps of time, you don't need to include the seam allowance. Cut around your pattern piece through both layers of fabric, making sure that the zip pull thing (what is that called?) is down and out of the way.

Flip your pattern piece and cut out the other half.

Take your front bodice piece and fold it in half. Lay your FRONT pattern piece on top, and cut the neckline to match. Cut straight through the zip.

Lay your arm pattern piece on top of the original arm. Line up the fold of the sleeve with the fold line of the pattern and hang the sleeve end over the end of the sleeve (no need for seam allowances as you are using the original ribbing or hems). Cut around the pattern.

Now for the hood. I had to make my own hood pattern so I'm going to add this in in case you need to too. Using one of your child's hoodies, lay the hood down flat on to some paper. Trace around, remembering to add in seam allowances, except for the front as you will be reusing the hem on your adult hoodie. As you can see, I added seam allowace at the front, silly. Cut out your shape.

Using your hood pattern, cut out your new mini hood. My pattern piece is off the edge because of my unneccessary seam allowance.

Time to put it together! With right sides of the bodice facing, sew shoulder seams with a straight stitch. Use a zigzag stitch to finish the edges. Press with the seam towards the back.

Next you need to pin the arm pieces to the bodice. With right sides facing, start from the centre and work your way out. You may need to stretch the pieces to match. Sew together, again starting from the centre. Press, with the seams facing in to the sleeve. Repeat for the other sleeve.

With both arms sewn on, your hoodie should be looking like this. Time for some side seams.

With right sides together, sew up your side seams. Take care to line up the underarm seam as you go and keep the seam pointing into the sleeve. You could pin this before sewing if you like, I don't, but I'm just a bit lazy. Press.

Before you sew the hood on, you will need to cut a few of the teeth off the zip so that the fabric can be folded over later. I cut three teeth out from each side.

Next up is the hood. Put right sides together and sew up the seam. I was trying to keep the string freeflowing so I did a little tricky sewing at the top, but it didn't turn out that neatly. My advice is to sew right over it, securing the string as you go. It won't matter.

Pin the hood to the bodice. For this you will need the zip down a bit more to make it easier. Start from the centre and work your way out to keep it even, stretching the fabric as you go to match if you need to. Sew up and finish the edges. Press.

With the seam facing down, topstitch the hood to keep it tidy. When you get to the zip, fold the fabric over and stitch back and forward a few times creating a nice strong end which will stop the zip pull thing from coming off the top.

And that’s it! Go find yourself a cute toddler, stick it on them and then let them check out their cute new hoodie.

Pockets!

It didn’t take her long to find those pockets. The girl has been obsessed ever since the green easter dress. Found here by the way:

Ooohh and what's that Mumma?

Strings!

I am so happy with how this turned out and I’m sure you will be too. It’s so cute seeing a miniature version of my old top. Possibly because it’s also being worn by a miniature version of me!

Love you Squishy.

Nic x

Another one crossed off the list

Remember this?

Fleece pieces for monster soft toy

Unfinished: Monster soft toy ready to be sewn.

Well. I FINALLY got around to finishing it. Nothing to do with the fact that we will be seeing the little boy that we need to give this to tomorrow. No, not at all. But the point is, it’s done. And he’s pretty awesome I think.

Green Monster SoftieDoesn’t he just make you wanna pick him up and give him a big squeeze? Squish sure thinks so. As soon as she saw him she was giving him huge cuddles and carting him around the house. Not sure how she is going to go tomorrow when she has to give him to her friend. I think I’m going to have to make her one of her own, might be a tutorial involved if you’re lucky.

He is made from leftover pieces of microfleece from Squish’s nappies and stuffed with polyfill. The teeth are only sewn on by the stitching around the edge of the mouth. I know they will eventually get pretty ragetty and probably rip off but small, thin pieces of microfleece are hard to sew with and I couldn’t be bothered I think that will just add to his charm over time. He has nice long arms and legs which will be excellent for giving the biggest hugs ever.

Green Monster Softie closeupAw, doesn’t he look all cute there with with his legs crossed…

Anyway since he is a gift, I need to wrap him up along with the pencil case for some lovely little boys we know (who’s birthdays were in January… hey, we haven’t seen them since late last year!)

So, to continue on with the vow, I didn’t buy any wrapping paper or anything, just used what I had lying around. Luckily for me I had some kid-friendly wrapping paper leftover from last year anyway. Not cheating, isn’t it better that I use it up instead of throwing it in the rubbish? Yes, yes it is.

Not sure what I’m on about?

But anyway, here’s them both wrapped up in some wrapping paper I bought for my husband’s birthday about 3yrs ago and have been reusing it for little kids ever since:

Along with some gift tags cut from a colourful cardboard box and tied on with some random ribbon. Done.

Nicola x

A new dress. Because I can.

I’ve been noticing a trend on some of the blogs I follow. Each holiday, the blogger makes (or buys) a new outfit for their children. For example:

(Click on a picture to link to the original post)

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Made by Rae's Pale Pink Peekaboo Dress and Bonnet

Craftiness Is Not Optional's Easter Dress number 1

and Craftiness Is Not Optional's Easter Dress number 2

Simple Simon & Company's Chocolate Chicken Easter Dress

It was the same for Valentine’s Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and basically any holiday that comes along. Is this an American thing? Do you guys always wear special clothes and decorate your homes at every opportunity? Don’t get me wrong, I think that’s awesome. We Kiwi’s obviously don’t know how to get into the spirit of things.

But then I realised, I’ve made Squish a new skirt or dress for special occasions before. How is that any different? Apparently I’ve been doing the same thing all along!

So anyway, back to what this post was actually about. Miss Squish’s fancy new Easter dress. I made it yesterday while she was having a nap then finished it off with the pockets last night. She got to wear it today to her little friend’s house for an easter egg hunt and it will also be shown off on a trip to visit friends on Tuesday. Behold:

She looks kinda Christmassy with those cute little red shoes, which by the way, are from Joyfolie. If you haven’t heard of them you MUST check out their shoes!

The dress is made using a longsleeve tshirt pattern, I just extended the length and flared it out at the bottom a little. It was looking a little naked until a friend suggested pockets! Pockets was exactly what this dress needed. I used Made by Rae’s Pleated Pocket Tutorial, except I gathered the fabric instead of pleated because me and that fabric were just not getting along.

She loves those pockets. As soon as she put the dress on she was trying to shove her little squishy hands into them.

And of course because I said “let’s go and play outside so I can take some photos” she did this:

But she eventually came back so I could get another one of the front.

But that’s it. We were running late so I had to stop and rush everyone out the door.

Hope you are all having a very Happy Easter!

Nicola xx