Friday, 25 June 2010

Summer sewing for Baby

A little wardrobe building for Baby, she is so much smaller than her sisters that none of their old summer clothes fit her yet so I have to make her new ones instead. Such a hardship lol!

As always, the pattern are from Ottobre Design magazine. First up, Baby needed new vests (onesies for any US readers!). I tried out the HauHau pattern, #1 from Summer 2010. I've been using a pattern from an older magazine and shortening the sleeves so it was really good to finally, after ten years of the magazine, get a short sleeved vest pattern as I make a lot of these :) The fabrics were all from stash, you may recognise those cute little Ooga Booga's from the kids Xmas pj's :)

And there's more... Yet more baby vests!

For those of you who have tried Otto baby vests and panicked over the size of the neckline, worry not! See how small they look above? They're really not, here is DD3 wearing one and as you can see she's not choking :)


I did one version with the puff sleeves, the sleeve edge is gathered to the binding and it looks like this:

Puffy sleeve

Cute, but not cute enough to make me want to gather another fourteen sleeves so the rest were made with the regular pattern piece. Next up were a small mix'n'match selection of shorts and T's from 03/2007. The shorts, #10, have a ribbing waistband but as my ribbing was so lightweight I also added 1" elastic inside it to stop the waistband stretching out. Three pairs, two ribbing and one jersey, all finished with a pink and white woolly nylon rolled hem.

Summer shorts

I stitched across the waistband in three places to stop the elastic from rolling and twisting inside it, once at the centre back seam and then both sides roughly where the side seams would be.


The tshirts were 03/07 #4, I left off the two extra flounces on the sleeves as I wanted something quick and easy. There's a third one which is currently in the washing, I will blog it another time! The lettuce edges are the same as the shorts, pink and white woolly nylon.

Summer T's

Baby needed a couple pairs of pj's too, to bulk out the hand me downs she gets from my Niece. There was more than enough fabric leftover from Niece's pj's to make another two pairs, the tops are 01/06 #2 made without the side panels and the trousers are the leggings from 01/07 with a cuff added on to give extra length.


I finally managed to get a photo of the purple dress I made for Princess a while back, she loves it :) 03/07 #16 with no modifications.

Purple dress Back view

And twirling!

And more spinning

Right, time to get off the computer and back to work, these clothes won't make themselves :)

Monday, 7 June 2010


Get ready for a whole host of pj's! All for my Niece, Ottobre 06/2009 #34 and #35 with regular raglan seams instead of flatlocked. The fabrics are all from stash again and yes, girls can have planes and trains and robots too :)

Otto 06/09 #34 #35 Otto 06/09 #34 #35 Otto 06/09 #34 #35 Otto 06/09 #34 #35 Otto 06/09 #34 #35 Otto 06/09 #34 #35

That last one is just perfect for a little girl living in London :) I think that's it for my Niece for now, my sister came by last night and picked everything up. Here they are all piled up, I hope it all fits her.


Back to sewing for my lot now and maybe I'll find time to sneak in a few things for myself, ssh! Don't tell them!

Summer dresses for the Niece

More dresses for my niece :) The pattern is Ottobre 03/2007 #16 with a few small variations to make them a little different from each other. Fabrics/notions all from stash, gotta love having a large fabric collection lol!

Blue flowers, well aged fabric left over from making Princess a coat around five years ago. A line skirt (underskirt from #16).

Otto 03/07 #15/16

I stitched narrow blue ricrac around the bodice seam and at the hemline.

Otto 03/07 #15/16

Fairies! A border print from the Tillbrook collection, this uses the gathered rectangle skirt from #15 and I added a narrow satin ribbon around the bodice seam. It's nice to actually use some of my trims instead of just looking at them! This one is my favourite :)

Otto 03/07 #15/16

Mermaids this time, from the Mendocino collection by Heather Ross. The mermaids are technically supposed to go horizontally but I like them better this way and it makes no real difference to the dress. This one has a two layer gathered rectangle skirt, top shorter than the bottom so the seahorses can peep out along the hemline.

Otto 03/07 #15/16

I also added ties at the side seam.

Otto 03/07 #15/16

And just a little more Heather Ross because, let's face it, she designs absolutely gorgeous fabrics for little girls :) Unicorns from the Far Far Away line, this fabric is beautifully soft and floaty, perfect for summer. Gathered rectangle skirt again.

Otto 03/07 #15/16

I had around 33" of this fabric which was just enough to fussy cut the front and back bodices.

Otto 03/07 #15/16

I have to make some for my Baby now, they are so quick and fun to make!