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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English Paper Piecing – a tutorial

Hello everyone, As most of you who read my blog know, I’m mainly into my wool crafts. But recently, I’ve really been getting into something called English Paper Piecing, or EPP for short. It basically involves putting fabric over paper … Continue reading

Hello everyone,

Just sat relaxing in bed listening to the heavy rain outside. I love listening to rain, it’s so relaxing. The more wild and loud the better. I love hearing the wind and rain. I do not however, like how it is for my poor chickens! Poor things were drenched when I went to see them in the afternoon. I decided to do them some porridge which they all tucked into happily.

These photos were not from today but I think they are gorgeous.

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Grace sitting on my hand in the left picture with cheeky Martha sitting next to me in the right hand picture. I love these two so much, as well as my other two gorgeous girls. I love the way they greet me when I go into their run. They all crowd round and they jump up next to me when I sit on their jumps. I kneeled down to see them the other day and Grace jumped on my arm. I turned to see what they others were doing when Rose leapt up next to her 😀

So, what craft things have I been up to? I decided to get some carding done finally. I chose to do my laundry bag of natural cream Jacobs fleece. It took a good while and I was getting fed up towards the end. The end result is always very pleasing though. I carded each of these batts twice to make them nice and smooth and then they were tied with orange ribbon.

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I washed another fleece too. It was so big that it took five dryers to hold it all outside. It is a Whitefaced Woodland sheep. Here it is fully unrolled outside. It was huge!

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I think this only had two hot washes and two hot rinses before it was ready to be spun in the washing machine. I might dye some of this later.

Ooh, I’ve finally knitted something else! I seemed to go off knitting for a while (I haven’t touched that baby cable cardigan in aggges) so I am amazed I finished these.

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These were knitted Two At A Time using a circular needle and the magic loop method. I LOVED this method and will certainly be doing this again. I’m thinking of buying some specific sock yarn next time – something bright and cheerful. Also, when I made socks before I knitted back and forth and picked stitches up the sides. On these I wrapped stitches and continued knitting in the round. Love them. The yarn is a recycled dress which possibly was blogged about a long while ago. The socks are way nicer than the dress!

I crocheted this little hat too. I think it’s really cute and want to make some more in bigger sizes. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it seems very open at the back. I love the white trim detail. I also crocheted a top to match. I followed the instructions for a newborn crocheted sweater but as you can see it was ridiculously small for baby doll.

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I really want to get another reborn doll. This time one with their eyes open I think.

I thought I’d try out something different yet again. My Mum and I visited a friends house and she had done the most amazing work with loom bands. I instantly wanted to do some too. The friend generously gave me a really good loom. I had left some bands at my Nannys house but wouldn’t be getting those back for ages. We nipped into the shops on the way back and this is what I got –

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I haven’t done too much with them as I find you need to have intense concentration and everything seems to be making my eyes ache at the moment. I also find that I always leave one loop left unlooped which wrecks the whole of the item. I managed to do one though – a fish!

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I am going to put a keyring on him and attach him to my keys.

Now… as you will have seen I’ve been really getting into my sewing. My sewing machine has been an amazing piece of machinery and I am so grateful for it. I think it was one of the cheapest models I could find but I have absolutely no complaints. Here are some of the things I have made very recently. . .

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Dungarees (0-3 months)

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Shirt (12 months) I still need to do the button holes for this. I hadn’t actually learnt how to do them at that point but I know now. The collar is definitely not right but it doesn’t matter.

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This was already cut out in a kit but all the sewing was done by me. I changed the way it closed a little bit and I really like the end result. I also added in some plastic at the bottom to give it some more depth and structure. I would like to strengthen the buttons on the side a bit more though.

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Pants, pants and more pants! (0-3 months) I adore making these. I absolutely love this pattern. Whenever I feel the need to sew something I grab the simple paper pattern and getting pinning. I’m glad I bought so much elastic when it was cheap.

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Don’t I look grumpy? This was a mock dress I made to see how a pattern worked. I’ve added in boning and a zip at the back. I’m really proud of how this turned out. It fitted very well and wasn’t in the least bit uncomfortable. The only problem I think was the zip bunching at the back. I intend to remake this dress using a gorgeous silky pink fabric with a black lace overlay. I can imagine the silky material is going to be very hard to cut if it keeps sliding about.

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The black lace is simply pinned on the top of the dress as I was seeing how I might like it to go. I like it very much and so does Freddy 😀

As for my future crafty plans?

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I’ve started cutting out the pieces for this and plan to start sewing them up tomorrow.

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I’ve cut out the pieces for six, yes, SIX, more pants. Told you I can’t get enough of these! I made this little one up very quickly too. I might time myself actually… They all look very dark but some of the colours are nice and bright. The nice blues are not showing.

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The party dress on the right in the bottom right corner is how I want my dress to be. I bought this pattern last week along with the one next to it. Can’t wait to do the little sailor outfits 😀 I borrowed the top middle from my brothers sewing pattern collection, the right one he bought for me from a charity shop for 49p (its the wrong size so I shall just trim it down and adapt it) and the one on the right was bought for me by my Mother. Such funny little teddies and toys 🙂

As for knitting and crocheting I am unsure of what to do next. I would like to get on with knitting the cable cardigan but I seem to have such a mental block whenever I pick it up. I’ll find something. I have shelves full of beautiful yarn all wanting to be made into something nice.

Anyway, have a nice night everyone.

xXx Love Kais xXx