Sunday, 29 March 2015

Little Stitch and me

I tried facebook for the first time at the beginning of March I have always been a bit wary of it wondering why people want to see what people had for breakfast or where they have been on holiday. Little did I know about the facebook revelation that small businesses sell on there, especially crafty people. I have bought some lovely things from very talented people.

Well, my husband and my Nan, especially,  are always bugging me to start sewing for other people so I decided to give it a go. I lauched at the beginning of March and my page seems to be growing steadily with more interest. I have now got a small rail of clothes in a local shabby chic craft shop called 'Susie's' in Maldon High Street which i am adding to all the time. We also have started a FB page for our extra fabric that we haven't used which is going crazy at the moment.
I have now got 17 dresses to make and am booked up until the middle of the Summer so things are looking very bright. I am quite amazed at the FB phenomenon it has taken me by surprise and i am loving every minute so far. I am doing something that i love and getting paid for it you can't ask any more than that.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

At the beginning of February I volunteered to test for Lisa at Biglittle again. This time it was the pixie hood pattern, Lisa wanted to perfect the pattern and introduce it in bigger sizes and adult's too. I have made this coat before when little Miss was about 19 months, I used a red wool and embroidered the bottom with bees and flowers. It was our favourite coat.

This time i tried the size 8 for my niece. She is such a poser she loved showing off the coat.

I loved making it and used some of my favourite buttons from Mossy roots, I bought the wool mix fabric locally. I tried my best to line up the plaid around the seams and I think it wasn't too bad.

Lisa is currently selling the pattern for a discounted price the children's size goes up to age 14 and adults sizes 6-18. It features layered pattern pieces so you only print the size you want. You can make it with a collar, pixie hood or rounded hood. The tutorial has been rewritten and includes more details like pockets and you can download the rounded hood for free from the Big Little facebook page.

Visit the Big Little facebook page for inspiration 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sew like mad...

Sewing is something I am doing more and more at the moment I can't get enough of it. Plus it's sewing bee time which is perfect light hearted entertainment whilst sewing.
I wanted a simple dress to sew for my little girl that would showcase some of the lovely fabrics I have hoarded so I chose the Geranium pattern from Made by Rae.
Wonderfully simple and looks so cute on, it's a great pattern. I love that you can customise it, patch pocket, ruffle sleeves, built in sleeves, pleats or gathers, piping, ricrac, bobbles you name it you can use it.
So far I have done ruffle sleeves

Built in sleeves, notch and patch pockets

Built in sleeves and a ribbon detail

Such a pretty dress and it has toddler approval too.
I am also pattern testing for BigLittle in New Zealand again with two lovely projects. I should be able to show you soon until then it is top secret x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tabitha a cloth doll

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here and I have been doing some Christmas crafting for presents. I was lucky enough to be chosen for pattern testing again from Lisa at biglittle this time for a vintage inspired cloth dolly. Lisa has released this pattern in her Etsy shop. She is a lovely project to complete during these long, cold winter nights gently stitching by the fire. It's a simple project but has lots of elements like the embroidery and clothes. It's not something you could complete in a day it's nice to take time over it but then again it isn't too challenging. You can also make some beautiful clothes for her perhaps to match your child's clothes like I did.
I really enjoyed this project and I love the doll now it is finished. She will be popping out of my little girl's stocking on Christmas Day and I am so excited I am sure she will be an instant hit

If you want to have a go at making this heirloom doll or gift the pattern to a crafty friend you can buy the pattern now with 15% discount until Saturday. You can also have a look at all the other dolls the other pattern testers have made in the flickr group.

Purchase the pattern as a gift for a crafty friend, or make your own Fleur doll for Christmas!
Use the code FLEUR15 at checkout to receive the discount.
Click HERE to get Fleur with 15% off

A fellow pattern tester Aimee from Small Steps Big Noises has made another doll valued at $250 which she is gifting to a deserving child this Christmas!  All you have to do is nominate a child you know to receive this special doll and tell us why. Join in here

Merry Christmas xxx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Where do you start with blogging again after a year of absence....
I have had a busy year getting on with our building work and preferring to be sewing and making rather than wrestling with technology that doesn't want to make blogging an easy process.

Well I hope to be able to be better at this but I can't promise but I have loads to show. I have had a very productive year of sewing clothes for me and my children which I would like to share.
I'll start with this Anna cape that I was a test sewer for BigLittle .
Lisa has a knack for creating simple, magical clothing patterns for children. I have sewn many of her patterns in the past- pixie coat, pixie cape, and a simple waistcoat. I loved sewing all of them and the instructions are very clear and illustrated step by step so as a beginner they were easy to make.
This simple cape was inspired by Anna's clothing from Disney's Frozen. It came together beautifully. I made it from a pink wool mix and lined it with a pink faux fur which is super soft. I had the perfect pretty silver catch to finish it off. Unfortunately my little model wasn't happy the day that we could take pictures she wasn't her normal posing- self.

Bye for now

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Twas the night before Christmas

'twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse


The stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas
Soon would be there

The children were nestled
All snug in their beds
While visions of sugarplums
Danced in their heads

And mamma in her kerchief,
And I in my cap,
Had just settled down
For a long winter nap

When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed
To see what was the matter.

When, what to my wondering
Eyes should appear,
But a minature sleigh
And eight tiny reindeer


With a little old driver
So lively and quick,
I knew in a moment
It must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles
His coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted
And called them by name:

"now Dasher! now Dancer!
now, Prancer and Vixen!
On Comet! On, Cupid!
On Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch,
To the top of the wall,
Now, dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before
The wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle,
Mount to the sky,

So up to the housetop
The coursers they flew,
With the sleigh fullof toys,
And St. Nicholas, too.

And then, in a twinkling,
I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing
Of each little hoof.

As i drew in my head,
And was turing around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas
Came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur
From his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished
With ashes and soot

A bundle of toys
He had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler
Just opening his pack.

His eyes - how they twinkled!
His dimples- how merry!
His cheeks were like roses,
His nose like a cherry.

His droll little mouth
Was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin
Was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe
He held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled
His head like a wreath.

He had a broad face
And a little round belly
That shook when he laughed
Like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump,
A right jolly old elf,
And i laughed when i saw him,
In spite of myself.

A wink of his eye
And a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know
I had nothing to dread

He spoke not a word,
But went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings;
then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger
aside of his nose,
And giving a nod,
up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh,
to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew
like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim,
ere he drove out of sight,
''Happy Christmas to all,
and to all a good night!''
-Favourite Christmas stories
by Clement Clarke Moore
illustrated by Elizabeth webbe.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Sew cute

A Christmas coat to keep my little pixie warm

I love these patterns from Biglittle, next on the agenda is a little red riding hood cape and a pirate coat for my little man.

Happy weekend!