Portabellopixie Gracie V-Neck Top (Dress) - Size 3

I finally washed all the Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric that I bought, and what better way to first use it than to make a girly, frilly, dress.

A friends daughter turns 2 on the 6th of December, she had her party this weekend and I went to empty handed as I just didn't get the time to make anything, so I sat down yesterday and made this dress..................

A Portabellopixie Gracie V-Neck top/dress in a size 3 (she is tall for her age) and thought I might make some shorts for under it if I felt it was necessary.

I really like it, I lined up the trees for the top tier, and the flowers for the bottom......all was well in the world, until I had it all together and went.........hmmmmm......I don't think its going to fit.

So I thought, my 3y9mth old is short for his age, I will try it in him.........nope didn't even go over his head. OK OK, I will try it on my almost 21 mth was a bit of a squeeze to get it on but it went on and fit him well (just a little long in the shoulder straps).

The thing with this pattern is that it has no fastenings, it is made to go over the head but in all seriousness I don't think they tested the pattern . As with the child's arms over their head to get it on the bodice is not wide enough to fit over.

So anyway......I am I try to alter the straps so that the dress can be slipped on and then be fastened? Or gift it in the hope that it fits her? I don't think I want to gift it as is incase it is too small and never gets worn.

If I make this version of the Gracie pattern again I will be altering it to have fastenings on the back of the bodice or on the straps.



Shorts - "Maxfield" Fabric

I just made a pair of shorts for my DS 20mths, well truth be told they were going to be for my DS 3.5y but he didn't like them (wants black ones apparently) so now they are bubs.

They are size 3, still need to tweak the waist (rise height) but they look OK on.

I plan on getting a white shirt to applique with one of the geometric prints to make the matching set.

The fabric is "Maxfield" Alexander Henry Fabric Collection. I really like that it is boyish without being trucks, camo, or skulls.


A Present- Size 1 Shorts

I made these for a little girl who turned 1 this week, I hope they fit.

They will sit around knee length.

I ended up buying this shirt to go with it from K-mart, it is lovely, not hand made but matches well IMO.

AND I used my tags for the first time!!! Silly I know but it is exciting to me, now to make up a few pairs for the boys.



Portabellopixie Gracie Round Neck Jumper - Size 6

I started this outfit this afternoon, a Portabellopixie Gracie Reversible Round Neck Jumper. The body came together really quickly, the pocket as well, but the is fiddly, and only the second time I have done it. Please excuse the bad photo, "the baby" is asleep in my room so this was a quick photo taken in the dark, lol.

The patterned fabric is a Moda quilting cotton and the pink is a simple cotton poplin.

I still have to:

  • finish the neckline with bias binding
  • hem
  • snap the back, the pattern calls for buttons, but I have a love hate relationship with buttons. Plus using snaps really does make this properly reversible.

I am really liking the look of this one :)




Lots of buttons, lol, I spent $10 at the local samartian store and this is what I got...

I don't know how many there are, but there are heaps! A range of colours and sizes that will be great to have, and so cheap.



Midwest Modern

I got the most amazing parcel today.....

29 Yards of Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric (27 different prints). It is really lovely! Wonderful prints, beautiful colours...they are colourful but not too bright, more soft if that makes any sense.

What am I using it for? Well......decorations for DD's room, bunting, curtains, a cushion or two. Possibly some special clothes.

After buying this I was searching and came across the Mod Kid blog, OMG, her IKEA post, showing her sewing area has me totally jealous.....I think some of her fabric is next in line for purchase.



Note Book Cover and Quilt Block

A quick post from me today as I am supposed to be doing other things right now.

I have decided to try my hand at making a quilt....a scrap strip quilt. Here is my first (30cm square) block. Tute is here.

Apparently by using the beige colour consistently through the quilt, forming diamonds, it will make the quilt less scrappy.....time will tell, lol, I dont really care as I am sure my daughter will love it for her dollies no matter what.

I have also made a note book make carrying a cheap little notebook around a tad more stylish. Tute is here.

Also my first go at self cover buttons and Yo-Yo's.....needs a little work but overall I am happy with it.