Hello everyone,

What have I been up to? Besides very much enjoying motherhood, I’ve been really getting into my sewing. I found an AMAZING website called Brindille and Twig and they have the best sewing patterns… EVER. When I bought a walking foot for my sewing machine I had the whole new option of using stretch fabrics. I never thought I’d be able to make t-shirts, etc. But now I can, it’s so cool! Anyway, I digress. When I was looking for patterns to use with my stretch fabric someone on ‘Sewing in the UK‘ Facebook page suggested the aforementioned B and T.

I started off with their free patterns, I mean, who wouldn’t? They were written out so simply and easily. Most of the patterns call for either a serger or a zig-zag stitch on the machine. I only have zig-zag stitch available and its worked fantastically.

The first free pattern I tried was the Ringer Tee. I thought, I’ll try the easiest looking on there, ease myself into stretch fabrics. And afterwards, I was hooked!

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I bought fabric from Birmingham rag market. A fantastic place if you ever go there. So many places sell fabric at £1 a meter. I got a meter each of these fabrics. I still have plenty of the polka dot purple one left. After making this I wished I had bought so much more fabric!!

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Fits my gorgeous little model well. It was easy to get on and off and the seams didn’t bother her. I think this is 3-6 month size. I’m going to start making bigger ones soon.

Well, after the t-shirt trial I thought I would try the Hooded Raglan Sweatshirt, or as I call it, a hoody. So easy again! I was super worried about the hood but it came out great. Only thing I would have changed would be to put the polka dot purple inside the hood as a lining, rather than the same purple as the rest of the hoody.

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The cuffs were a little bit tricky to sew around as they are so small. But with a bit of patience they worked out well, as long as I remembered to stretch them to fit the sleeve edges.

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She likes it really!

I am so, so, so proud of this next hoody! I struggle to get decent fabric at a price I want to pay so I am always on the look out for cheap clothing at car boot sales and charity shops that I can cut up and reuse. I found this Primark jumper for 50p a few weeks ago, brand new.

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I think it is a size 18. I’ve since looked for other jumpers like this in Primark but I’ve been unable to spot any.

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I love close up shots like this – and I LOVE my Wonder Clips!

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For the ribbing on the sleeve cuffs and waistband, I just used what was on the jumper itself. But I am so proud of this, it looks like it came straight out of a shop. I tried hard with keeping the seams neat and tidy and the fabric stretched at equal measures.

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She was very cosy wearing it! Here she is in the Dr’s waiting for her second set of injections. Needless to say, she wasn’t asleep long!

After doing these great patterns I looked at the paid for ones and decided I just had to have the cuff pants pattern. All patterns I’ve made so far are in sizes 3-6 months. They are all good sizings I think, true to age.

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The stripey fabric is from a piece at the car boot I found and the purple bits are left over from the hoody and t-shirt. These look so comfy I want a pair for myself!

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She isn’t complaining anyway!

I got two womens t-shirts from a local charity shop at 50p each and I had a metre of fabric from the rag market which had cost me £1 or £2. I wanted to make her some pajamas.

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To this day I’m totally amazed that the legs match up! I have NO idea how that happened. I really love this little set, it’s so cute. The jumper is the ringer tee with long sleeves. The cuffs are from a dress I bought at a car boot for £1.

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Again, a super fit. (And no, she isn’t always this smiley when trying on clothes, she must get so fed up with me sometimes!)

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This set is made from the two womens t-shirts. There seem to be not many t-shirts for adults that are fully patterned like the blue one. The blue was a bit tricky to sew as it wasn’t as stretchy as the pink fabric. It worked out ok though.

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She is so adorable in this!

Then I spotted the T-Shirt Dress pattern. I just had to have it. I mean, look at it! I forgot to mention, all of these patterns are PDF form and you have to print them off and stick the pieces together. OPened up a whole new world for me doing this! (Now I just need to buy a printer and stop going round to my parents and using theirs!)

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Fabric is from the nearest city and I bought half a meter. There is a third left at least. Maybe I could make cuff pants with contrasting cuffs? Oooh, or ribbons for her hair to match when it is long enough? But then again, I’ll need to make a bigger dress!

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Isn’t she cute? Starting to sit up by herself now too, clever girl.

I found this Pokemon t-shirt in Primark on sale at £3 and thought, yeah, I can do something with that. Her Dad LOVES Pokemon and stuff to do with that so I thought I would surprise him by making her a dress to match. This is an XXL sized t-shirt. I didn’t realise until I’d cut out all the pieces how little stretch it actually had. Most Primark stuff is like that by the seems of it. I made some alterations and they worked great!

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I wonder how much this would cost per metre in a fabric store??

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The twin stitching at the sleeves was already on the t-shirt. I double stitched the bottom too to make it match. I did better with this one than the purple as I didn’t fold the bottom hem up enough so it rolled before. This one doesn’t roll.

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I added in a hand-sewn zip as it clearly didn’t fit over her neck when it was done. I cut a slit in the back, pinned the zip and sewed it up. Bulbasaur still looks great! I then inserted a tiny button and loop at the top to stop it hanging open.

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And here she is, posing with her Pokeball! (I crocheted this using a free pattern from Ravelry). It fits well with the zip. I’m planning on making some cotton versions of this dress, going the next size up and adding zips in, rather than using stretchy fabric. I have A LOT of cotton and polycotton fabric to use up! (Again, from the trip to the rag market and Oh Sew Crafty in Kidderminster. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing I don’t live near them!) You can make the t-shirt dress in short AND long sleeves.

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Here is the Ringer Tee I tried making in the left over fabric. It didn’t turn out great. Fabric is upside down at the fron and the waistband was far too tight. I made the cuffs bigger but they look dreadful! In the end I ended up unpicking the cuffs and waistband and just hemming them both, which looked a lot neater and really improved the general look of the garment. The only picture I have of her wearing it is very dark so it probably wouldn’t be easy to see on screen.

Well, that’s my Brindille and Twig adventure for now. They have so many beautiful romper patterns which are very popular. I’m not sure I have the courage to attempt one just yet, but never say never. I’m next looking at the Leggings as Eliza wears a lot of leggings under her tops and dresses and handmade stuff. And the best thing? They have adult patterns too!!!! I’ve printed out the adult leggings but haven’t got long enough fabric to cut them out with yet.

Anyway, I will stop there for now, it’s getting way past my bedtime.

Nighty night!

xXx Love Kais xXx

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This weather isn’t too good over here is it! Power cut early this morning, high winds, pouring rain. Going to get worse I’ve heard. Thankfully we don’t have any flooding here, but the weather is getting worse. Hopefully it should start to calm down soon.

I’ve been keeping myself busy by doing lots of crafty things, as usual! My parents and I took a boxing day trip to the local city, and of course, no shopping trip is complete without a trip to HobbyCraft! (We had to go there first of all anyway because a kit I had bought from there brand new, had already been STARTED! I know right, it looked like it had never been opened, but all the contents were open inside the box and the sewing had already started. I couldn’t believe it. We took it back and got it exchanged no bother). Whilst there we took a look at the sewing machines, and out we came with this one below…

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It was a good price, and we got with it, a free sewing machine bag, worth £30 on its own. It’s a nice red one, with polka dots. I don’t know why I haven’t got a photo actually.

Here it is all out the box, shiny and new…

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Mum and I got it all set up and started on the first bits of the teddy bear. The ears!

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Mum managed to do the ear straight away, but me? The first time I tried it I got the teddy bear fluff caught in the bobbin bit at the bottom! Took agges to undo! My second attempt was far better.

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Mum let me do the rest of the teddy bits after that, and I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Not perfect, but not bad for a first attempt. The soles and paws and nose and snout were the hardest bits. Urgh, doing this tiny circle of a nose was hard! But I managed.

Here are the pieces all sewn together.

1. The Head

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2. The body and leg.

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3. All the teddy waiting to be sewn up.

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It took me a good while to get this far, and my work station was so messy. I don’t know how many times I knocked over the tub of pins at my side.

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I’m determined to get Teddy finished by this evening.

Below are some photos of the crafty things I got for Christmas. I love each one!

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Some really good knitting and crochet books. ‘The Expectant Knitter’ one I’ve wanted for ages. Really cute baby patterns in there. The ‘Cute Little Gifts to Crochet’ has an awesome Reindeer amigurumi! The ‘Crochet at Play’ book has some beautiful tops in there I am determined to try out very soon. And the ‘Funky Knits’ book is a simple knitting book which I think will help me immensely if I teach knitting at schools again.

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The little packet on the left is twelve stamped cross stitch patterns for a quilt. No threads provided, which means I can choose the colours myself! (There are suggestions for colours in the packet). With my new sewing machine, once completed, I can get some nice matching fabric and creating a small cot blanket.

The middle kit is another stamped cross stitch pattern, for a huge cot blanket. I think this is stunning. It’s pretty large which means it will take me a while to do. I love the Noahs Ark theme on it, and the wonderful bright colours. When I finally have a baby of my own, this is going in their cot first. 🙂 What do you think of the colours of the latch hook kit on the right? I adore them. The bird is just so, so, so pretty. I really need to start on my latch hook kits, I have plenty to do! I have one left over from last Christmas I have not done yet. I am going to be a busy, busy girl this upcoming year.

I think I had best be going now. I am unsure of whether I’ll be doing a blog post tonight. Depends if I get Teddy finished or not! Hope everyone has a great day.

xXx Love Kais xXx