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    Craftiness inherited

    I love the fact that my kids are now of the age that they are starting to learn how to sew and craft by themselves. I try to offer them proper tools to practice with and my kids often surprise me with their skills. K made this hand puppet a year ago in preschool. This year at the afternoon club at his school, he has learned how to make rubber band bracelets. He also made a tunic for the puppet in a bout of creativity. One day I was fixing my wooden flower boxes that were destroyed by some heavy wind. K saw the tools and left-over pieces of wood and…

  • Iron Man hoodie
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    Iron Man

    My son loves superheroes and wanted to have a hoodie that can be completely closed up. We spend some time thinking about different options and finally I suggested an Iron Man hoodie. I already had a full zip hoodie pattern from Ottobre Design 4/2011 so we only had to draft an application pattern resembling an Iron Man suit. After some sketching, this is what I came up with. I used red college for the hoodie and a mixture of jersey and college for the applications. When the hood is closed completely the hood forms the mask of Iron Man. I am very happy with the result. The size is perfect,…

  • Pink Sally dress from Very Shannon
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    Dress does not mean you should stop exploring…

      … a little bit of dirt never hurt anyone. If you ask S, the dresses are nicer to wear, since they are not as tight as regular trousers/pants. Unless we are on our way to a special occasion, I never forbid my kids from playing in the fear of them ruining their clothes. The clothes should never be considered too fine to play in! The only thing I beg from my daughter is not to drag her feet with the ride-on scooter. The previous pair of trainers only lasted for a month! Here are some of the simpler play dresses I made for S. The pattern for the pink and…

  • K's shirt - front
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    A relaxed shirt for my little lad

      My soon-to-be 8-years-old son, K, is used to waiting to get something for himself, as his clothes tend to be more challenging for me to sew. However, my dear husband has been requesting a home-made shirt for himself and since I did not dare to dive into the complicated construction and fitting issues of his shirt without any practice, I decided to have a trial run with a little easier boy’s shirt. Again, I found the fabric in the discount pile and grew to hate it quite soon after starting to fit the pieces together. I mean, the fabric is good quality and I like the colors. However, there…

  • Elsa braid with flowers
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    Once upon a time there lived a winter princess…

    … who traveled to the Land of Spring where she found a forest with tiny white flowers. “They are like snow”, she exclaimed. She wove the flowers into her braid and the flowers were like tiny little snowflakes! She could feel the warmth of the sun that was shining through the canopies and over the hilltops. “I want to feel the sun properly”, she said. With the snowy flowers in her hair, she searched for the route to the top of the hill. The paths were twisty and rocky but the little princess never gave up. Finally, she found what she was looking for: In front of her, there was a…

  • Bloomers and a pinafore
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    Bloomers of May

      Here is a better picture of the bloomers that were only peeking under the dress in the previous post. Sorry about the wrinkles… the bloomers and the dress were tested today at the spring celebration in the S’s daycare center! Over the blouse S wears a pinafore inspired by Olabelhe Cecily that I made. I did not buy the pattern in question but modified another Olabelbe pattern, Hannah’s nightgown, to make something very similar.

  • Olabelhe Miranda dress sewn by me, back view.
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    Lady of the spring

      I bought two lovely patterns from Olabelhe and have since sewed several lovely dresses for S. This is what i made today. I also made a pair of lovely bloomers to go with the dress. The pattern for the bloomers was a modified pattern 25. from Ottobre Design 3/2007. I used some ribbons to decorate the border of the white stripe on the skirt and some leftover lace and ribbons for the bloomers. The separate petticoat that is showing a bit was made by me without any pattern whatsoever and consist of a lining and two layered tulle skirts. S had such fun posing even if I had to…

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    Hello all, A long long time ago, I used to have a blog which I used to keep track of all the things I sewed, knitted or otherwise made. However, I stopped and have since missed the opportunity to show people the things I do, when my hands start twitching to create something. So this is a new beginning. Enjoy!