Friday, July 10, 2015

Baby Chicken and the Owl Brigade

This is going to be a gift for a little Polish viking who is going to love chickens and is going to be born this month. How do I know already that she is going to love chickens? Well, her mother does.

First I had to find the perfect chicken fabric. Velour would have been softer, but terry resembles a baby chicken better, so I went for a yellow terry cupon. I just hope it won't hook too soon.

I wanted this hoodie to be completely reversible, but I couldn't find any cute chicken print tricot, so I used this super cute owls from Poppy, which is supposed to be a Belgian designer for kiddy fabrics and patterns, but I don't know more about it. Anyway, it's made in Europe.
The pattern comes from leafytreetopspot but I made some changes. I remember dressing newborns was not the easiest thing in the world. Pulling something over a newborn's head can be tricky, especially for first time parents, so I'll let the jacket open at the sides and close it with ribbons. The ribbons don't fit so well but they were all that I had at hand. Snap buttons would have been best but I don't trust mine: they tend to pop out and there's no way to fix them without the right tool.. 
Also, pulling a tiny baby's little fists through a sleeve with elastic was not really my favourite thing to do, especially when in a hurry, so I left the elastic edge out. I also adde 5 mm all around out of fear that it would be too small otherwise (the terry is not strech). I hope this was not a mistake..
I crocheted quickly a chicken comb. It looked like that:

Then it got attached on the hoodie. It went easier than I expected:

It didn't go really perfect, but I hope it will be practical

And it's perfectly reversible!

Some older stuff

I have a facebook album with some of the things I sewed or knitted before I opened this blog. The can be seen here:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rabbit and Bear

I made this dress for Ekaterina and didn't upload it, not even on facebook, so I thought it's definitely time, as she already wore it and even stained it a bit. Let's show it while it's still here:

The Pattern is from Knippie and I haven't change anything in it but this dress has a different vibe than the original:

I used a tricot panel from FinchFabrics and combined it with other tricots in order to get a wide dress, like in the pattern. All fabrics come from De Stoffenstraat.

The dress is very wide and Ekaterina loves to spin in it

There is a knot on each sleeve, and I doubled each half sleeve with a different colour, to make it even more chaotic

I don't have a picture of Ekaterina wearing it because she was, well, a bit elusive to the camera.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ishi Dress (2) - the silky way

As I promissed, I keep experimenting with the Ishi dress pattern from Straight Grain.
This time is an experimental dress from my 3 year old girl, Ekaterina.
First about the fabrics I used.
Ekaterina, like a real princess, loves knights, so I got her this knight fabric from Sartor:

It's a historical replica of a Viking silk: Oseberg brocade and it represents a knight fighting a lion:

The sides of the dress are made out of a scrap of fabric I got from a friend. It was probably a piece of a scarf, and it was small, that's why it runs until about 3 cm under the top line of the pockets, and at the bottom is completed with a  lining of "boring" black vegetal silk. It's not visible, anyway... 

The cyclam/rozĂ©  fabric has a subtle golden shimmer (yeah, I seem to be into fabrics with complex colours, which don't show well in pictures) and I have it from

They are going to be outlighned by a sunny soft orange sateen piping.

At this point I have to decide which sleeves. I think some very short cape sleeves would fit best. I'll test how the original sleeves look like if trimmed very short. The relative stiffines of the golden brocade might help. The sleeves will be completely  lined with the pinkish fabric, so no inside seam will show while the dress will be worn and arms lifted.

 Now, this is typically me: having milimetrically enough fabric, after playing a good puzzle with the pattern, or being just 1 cm too short - and improvizing. Usually, the first case. I can't tell you how many things I made like this. This time, aftter sewing the piping on the edge of the sleeves, which was necassary because I want them to stick out, I had almost enough piping for the neck line, but not quite. About 1,5 cm too short, which I divided between the 2 ends and hope it will not be visible after I add the zipper:

Aaand this is what I managed to do. Barely, but ok.

I added a ribbon inside the seam of the central, pinkish fabric, to make it as stiff as the pocket's seam. It's not visible, not even the inside, but it does the job. I couldn't use iron-on interfacing because I'm not sure if the fabric can take extreme heat very well.

Finally, ready.

When there are no little stones around, Kinder figures will also do. She has a small Kinder treasure in that drawer.

She seems happy with her new dress

Side view

Time to play now!   

PS: Ekaterina came back home from the kindergarden with an impressive amount of sand in her pockets.

Ishi dress

A lot of firsts today. This is my first post on this blog, my first bought loose pattern, first time I use a home printed pattern and first time I participate in a contest.

proudly presenting: Konijn

I found this pattern from  Straight Grain and it was love at first sight. I like the simplicity of it, the clean lines, combined with a very practical design, but still ellegant. And the versatility. I'm a big fan of versatile patterns, the kind that you can make completely different dresses  just by using different fabrics.

...and Muisje

This time the dress is for Emilia. Most of the times is the older sister who gets the cool stuff, so I decided to reverse this trend a bit.

 It didn't turned out really as I wanted. That stripped fabric on the front proved to be quite difficult to cut without pulling it out of shape. But, in the end, I managed to make it symmetrical.

  Also, the size is on the biggest side, at least for my skinny toddler. Many times when I make something for kids I take one size bigger, but with this one is better to stay on size. I also tried to make the sleeves  quarters and they turned out pretty long. No problem at all, it's gonna be a
great autumn dress!

Millie is running to the forest

When Konijn gets tired, he has 2 big pockets to sleep in

What I am sure about is that there will be a second and maybe a third Ishi dress coming. It is also a good way to use up pieces of pretty fabric which are too small for something else.
 The fabrics I used for this one I bought in the shop of in Geel. The funny thing is that I put the cyclam fabric next to the red-orange one and I told my husband "look, a Prada combination". I went to the cassa to pay and I saw the labels - well, the orange fabric is indeed a Prada! I swear I haven't seen the label before.

The biggest problem with taking a photo of this dress is that the colours are so saturated and the camera won't catch the real hue of that green. It's much darker and richer and intense and it integrates  perfectly with the orange-red and the cyclam. This last picture is closer to the real colours, but still not really there.