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No, I’m not talking about the musical, but about my coming out of hibernation and starting to sew again.  Kids Clothing Week Challenge was just what I needed to get me motivated, and I eased into Day One with 3 little bibs for a friend of mine who has just had a baby girl.



He’s a sushi lover, so I had to throw in a little sushi number just for him.

I used a pdf pattern from a pinterest search for bibs. The pattern and instructions are really clear and easy to follow.

Yesterday was Day 4 of KCWC, and after reading about the mini-challenge-within-a-challenge started by Kristen and Rae (read all about it on their blogs) I thought I would join in on a mini-challenge-within-a mini-challenge-within-a-challenge (Inception people!) and make the catalog-inspired item. I pinned this coat last week as it’s adorable, and there’s no way that one of my kids can have this beauty when the price of this one coat has to clothe all 3 of my kids for the winter.

My mum bought the fleece with her when she last visited from the UK, and I had some jersey left over from when I was going to make onesies etc for my oldest (who is now 13 years old). I would have made them too, except for the fact that the first day of my mat leave, when I had set up my sewing machine ready to make receiving blankets etc, was also the day my waters broke…(but that’s a story for another day).

My sewing machine missed me on days 2 and 3 because I had to go to work, so yesterday, I spent most of the day drafting a “pattern” from an existing coat and a print-out of the coat, and was really proud of the result. It looks pretty close to the inspiration in terms of construction, and it was completely free. It’s also pink, flowery and girly, so when my daughter returned home from school, I expected squeals of delight. Instead, she informed me that it looked weird, and that only the teachers at her school would like it. She has since agreed to wear it in the house as a dressing-gown. (translation: bathrobe).

After about a six month hiatus, where I didn’t really feel like making any kids clothes, the KCWC has got me excited again.  I’ve made friends with my sewing machine, and today I sat down and knocked up this little skirt for my girlie, from fabric in my stash.


The pattern is the Lazy Days Skirt, a free tutorial from Oliver + S, which I printed out last summer but never got around to making.  The tutorial is really easy to follow, and took me less than an hour to complete, so I had time to make the first of the three pairs of PJs on my list.

I hadn’t realized until today that Oliver + S make digital patterns as well as paper ones, so now I’m considering making this gorgeous coat.  I have a large piece of fleece in my stash and I’m trying to make as much as I can for KCWC without purchasing new fabric, so I’m just wondering if anyone has made this in fleece?


I love rainy days (except when I’m camping). I can hunker down in my studio creating things, without experiencing any of the guilt I might feel on a sunny day. On those days there’s always a little nagging feeling that I should be doing something else like sorting out my garage/shed, weeding my garden, getting some fresh air or something else that’s good for me. On rainy days I can snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea, knit a few rows of the sweater I’m working on, or plan lists of future sewing projects.

It’s been pretty damp this week, so I have enjoyed participating in KCWC, and have these to show for it. As usual my list of projects was far too long, but I’m really happy with what I achieved, and so are my kidlets!

What’s your favourite thing to do on rainy days?

I made some Thanksgiving napkins yesterday, while the turkey was roasting in the oven. I’m thankful that I found all the fabric I needed in my fabric stash. I sorted out my fabric cupboard a couple of weeks ago, and organized everything by colour, so I was able to put my hands on all this orangy goodness really quickly.

There are a lot of really good tutorials on the internet for making napkins, here are a few of my favourites:
make your own cloth napkins at skip to my lou
these next ones are all from the purlbee, I love the variety of styles she has made.
handsewn napkins (these are great for using up all those tiny scraps you can’t bear to part with)
linen thanksgiving napkins
spooky cocktail napkins (love the zigzag detailing on these)

If you start right away, you can make some for Halloween….I’d love to make some in this:

Once upon a time I used to make clothes for my children.  Then I started my own business making clothes for other people’s kids, and since then, besides an annual birthday T-shirt, their clothing has been store-bought.   My daughter does at least get the chance to model some of the dresses I make to sell, but my sons aren’t really in to cross dressing (except my middle one informed me yesterday he wants to be a princess for Halloween, but that’s another blog post).

So, I’ve signed up for the kids clothes week challenge. I’m hoping to make at least 3 pairs of PJs, and my middle son wants a shirt made from this:

Erin from house on hill road has thrown down the gauntlet in the form of a pillow challenge. Not satisfied with preparing for Boy’s birthday next week, and painting Iron Man’s bedroom, I have decided to join in. Here is a pile of fabrics I’ve pulled out of my stash. I hope they will become pillows by the end of the week. They will be going in Iron Man’s bedroom, which is now a delightful purple and pink (Ironman is my youngest, a girl, not that there’s anything wrong with purple and pink for a boy’s room, just that in this case the pillows are for a princess, hence the need for some Heather Ross Princess and the Pea).

The idea is that pillows are pretty quick items to make, and so you can whip up quite a few in a week (well, you could if you weren’t starting 3 days into the challenge!). I have been following Erin’s blog for several years, in fact it was through reading her blog that I became inspired to start my own business, and then my own blog.

She has some extremely helpful tutorials posted, including some for pillows. Here’s a link to the start of the challenge, care to join me?

I wanted to post some pictures today of all the dresses I have been working on for my 3 upcoming craft shows, but I like to take them (the dresses and the photos) outside for best light. I should have done this yesterday, when we had glorious weather all day, but I had errands to run and it slipped my mind. Now it has rained all day, and my house is dark and gloomy. So, I hope the sun comes out over the weekend so I can post some next week.
In the meantime, heres another cushion that I made almost immediately after the Cloud 9 one, but didn’t upload at the time.


Over at Sew Mama Sew they are running a scrapbuster competition. I will be writing my entry for it next week, it uses up the tiniest of scraps!

Here are a few t-shirts which were birthday presents for friends’ children:


The number 4 was for a little boy who loves to camp.  I adore this Michael Miller fabric, called “Bot Camp”, and ordered some several months ago just because.  I had no idea what I would make with it, but it was the perfect choice for this little boy.


Now I’m thinking I would like to incorporate it into some toddler bedding for a little boy’s room, I wish mine were still young enough to want it for their rooms, but I don’t think my (nearly) 11 year-old would appreciate it, and it doesn’t really go with his black and white theme!

The stars and moons was for a big Harry Potter fan. Usually I stick to 100% cotton appliques, but with the iron-on  backing I think it will hold up.

I had an entire day to myself last Friday, so decided to take a class at the workroom.

I met the lovely Karyn, and her dog Maisy, and spent 3 hours immersed in learning a new technique; how to make a log cabin quilt block. Here’s the start of mine:


Besides spending my free time learning something new, I discovered how great it is to be with other sewers. I have sewn on and off for over 30 years, but a lot of that time is on my own. I glean bits of information from blogs, online tutorials, and books, but you can’t beat being having a teacher who can show you in 2 minutes the best way of using a rotary cutter. Especially if your teacher is also a lefty like me, thanks Johanna!

The class is the first in a series of “a la carte” classes, where you can pick and choose which quilt blocks you would like to learn how to make. You can see more images of the quilt blocks here.
In the future they have plans for a class which will teach you how to finish and bind your quilt, once you have completed all those blocks.

In addition to the classes, The Workroom has an amazing collection of fabrics, some of which I have seen on line and was excited to see in real life (I know, I should get out more!). In addition you can pay an hourly rate to use a sewing machine or serger there, and Karyn is always around to help.

If you get a chance, go sign up for a class there, who knows, we might bump into each other!