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Fabric a brac

Fabric - a - brac is a biennial sewing event I adore.  I'm not really sure why I get quite as giddily excited every time.  Its partly the insight into other people's sewing stash and excitement of not knowing what you'll find and then meeting up with other sewing enthusiasts! The photo above is my haul from the second to last event.  And the photo below is from the last (I was quite constrained!).  So how have I done in terms of sewing this up in the meantime?

Still to sew - the cotton deer, blue cotton terry.
Sewn - B&W stripes and animals (top and pants for LP), red merino (used but didn't go well!), purple cotton ribbing (used for LP)

Sewn: Green cotton terry sewn as shorts for LP.
Pattern: Not yet - but so need to!
Yarn: Haven't crocheted this up yet :)

About a 50% pass rate I think!  I've been trying very hard to reduce my stash since the start of the year and have been using the Stash Shrinker spreadsheet by SewJourners.  I was doing well…

Oliver & S sunhat

Pattern: Oliver and S free reversible sunhat
Size: I made extra small and small
Amendments: Added ties and used upholstery fabric for the outside (made it non - reversible though!)
Fabric: Outside - a gift from the lovely Gillian (she's started a new blog but I can't find it - her old one is here), the fabric on the inside is left over cotton from a disastrous version of the Muse Melissa (still a cool pattern but that fabric and my poor princess seam FBA didn't do me any favours), the ties were the leftovers from a shift dress I made early in my sewing career - again cotton and some homemade white bias binding.

While these are lovely, and look great - they're too small for my LP due to the thickness of the fabric used and the sizes I choose to make.  I'll be very happily gifting them to other little people in the future and will also need to make the next size up for my little person. 

Jacks hip hop harems

A quick but satisfying make for my little person.  I used the Hip Hop Harems by Little Kiwi Closet.  I used the Jacks fabric I purchased from Elevated Fashion Fabrics.  Looks fun on LP and I'm pleased with the piecing as the jacks are a little overwhelming by itself!

Merino and other baby hats

My cousin is expecting twins and I've been a busy sewist.  I've made a few merino, merino/nylon, and cotton/lycra hats for the new little ones.  The larger hat pattern is a free one from Burdastyle and the other is also free from Coral and co.

Hope the twins are cosy!  I made something similar for the LP and found them very useful at the start.  We have quite a few knit hats for LP at the moment so no need to make more for now but a sun hat is on the cards.

Merino and Merino/lycra: Levana
Cotton Lycra: Spotlight (patterned) and blue (stash from somewhere!)

Larger: Burdastyle
Smaller: Coral and Co.

Belize Skort

My finished Itch to Stitch Belize skort in blue linen from Fabric a brac (Desiree was the seller) and pockets lined in cotton lawn.
I am so impressed I soldiered on and finally finished these!  If you haven't read my epic journey to this point (save yourself!), it involved one skort muslin  (4 sizes too large), one short muslin (2 sizes too large), one short muslin (sized correctly for me rather than from measurements but too large in the seat), and one finished shorts (hurray).

Of course, now that these are finished I'm not sure if they quite suit me.  I've worn them once - out for a walk up a hill side on a very hot sunny day - and they were comfortable but in my head, they're really suited as cycle wear and I haven't been doing a lot of that.  (except for renting an ebike with my brother over Christmas and going for a spin!)

In terms of the pattern.  The sizing really didn't work for me.  I followed the measurements of my waist first (4 sizes up) then my hi…

Harry Potter and the Sewist of Secrets

My sister in law is rather taken with Harry Potter and on the long nights in the early days with LP, I found quite a few impressive online fabric shops.  Snowy Owl Fabrics* have a number of different colourways in Harry Potter themed fabrics.  I bought a baby and adult panel - the front of both tees, grey painted coordinating fabric - the tops of both tees, owl and text fabric - the sleeves, back and neck of the baby tee, and the castles fabric (text and outlines of Hogwarths underneath) - the back of the adult tee.  I had to guess the size of the adult tee - I really hope it fits!

The baby panel was a little too small for the 18 month version of the tee so I had to add a little white to the sides.

Pattern: Baby - Easy Neck Tee Sewnz and Adult - hacked Papercut Ensis Tee Fabric: Snowy Owl Custom Fabrics*

The search for the perfect shorts

I've been very taken with the Itch to Stitch Belize Skort.  I quite fancy the idea of a skirt with a pair of built in short.  Possibly stemming from my days of cycling to school with my bottle green pinafore school uniform and trying to keep the cycle somewhat PG 13.  

So version 1 was a muslin using wine fabric from stash (purchased way back in the early days of my sewing to upholester a couch but I moved first!  Its not upholestry fabric).  I made a rough version using my largest measurement (waist) which worked out as size 20.  

The pattern is beautifully drafted and has some really lovely features - like the mitred corners on the inside of the skirt front.

Not very well mitred above ast was my test case and I couldn't really figure how all the pieces went together.  But so impressed with the different pattern pieces and how neatly finished the garment is.

The Belize shorts part of the skort is only really visible at the sides where the skirt curves up.  The back pattern p…

baby shorts

I tested a child's short pattern for Little Kiwi Closet - the Jogger Shorts.  The finished pattern looks lovely but I really haven't had a great time with the sizing for LP or her friends.

Photographing them was a mission in of itself!

LP would not stay still!

I made the simplest version up first and used encased elastic in the waistband.  The fabric was from Fabric a brac and is a green french terry without a lot of stretch.

The finished version was a little too plain for my liking so I added some applique by hand to the finished product.  These were 6-9 months (I think but could have been 9-12 I just can't remember when I finished them) and quite tight on LP at the time (despite her being in the size range).

Pair two have fake pockets and in the same fabric.  I used flannel cut on the bias for the pockets.  The faux fly was lenghtened in the final version and would probably look a little more polished than these.

Ok then round 3.  I made these in stretch pinstriped deni…