Thursday, April 17, 2014

Times have changed

It's amazing how things change.
3 years ago, if I'd made something for myself, I'd be sorting out photos for a blog post!
Now, 3 years on, I made smoething for myself a couple of weeks ago, and still haven't even remotely thought of getting photos for a blog post!
But miss Addison on the other hand? I've been sewing for her, and of course, that's who this blog post is about!

This is a pattern from Brindille and Twig, and I've made a few. Recently they updated their patterns, and so the size is a bit bigger than previously, I really like this as the original 3-6m is now feeling a bit snug on miss A who's now 4m. I love their patterns!

So this version is the updated 3-6m and it fits quite comfortably, with room to grow too.
I made a couple (the one with grey sleeves is because I ran out of cream lol!) from scrummy warm Merino fabric. Warm, but without the bulk! And gender neutral for if we have another baby, plus a wee tag in it so I know in the future what size it is.
The only change I am going to make in future is to make the front and back hems, wider. They are just over 6mm, and the snaps I have access to easily are 11mm, so they hang off the binding a bit.

Tasty hands!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Angel Gowns - a wonderful cause.

I am not a big one for promoting causes, but this I think is a very worthy cause.

Angel Gowns, for Angel Babies.
Whether you have a wedding dress, or wish to donate your sewing services, please see if there's something like this running in your area.

I think it's so beautiful. As I listen to my miss muffet grizzling away in her cot, I feel so grateful to get to experience this.
For so many, they don't hear their babies cries. They deserve a special gown made with utter love, worn at a moment of utter love

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Prettied up book cover.

Here in NZ, when your child is born, you get a "Well Child" book. It records all information from birth, every midwife, dr, nurse you see fills it out. We also have "Well Child" checks, every couple of months, a provider comes around, weighs, measures, and checks things out, so they fill these out too.
It records all immunisations etc, as well. So it's a book that gets well used over the first 5 years, and *I* have to somehow keep track of where it is at all times?! With my mummy brain? Pffttt

I saw someone makes them, but charges a good price for them (and rightly so, it's her business, and these things take time!) but I knew I could make one for a fraction of that price.

This is the book before hand. It's made from a medium card stock, so not very sturdy.

 I ended up making 2 as I had a lot of fabric left over, so the above one is a gift for a friend who had her wee girl 8 days before I had Addison. 

This is the inside of mine -  
excuse it not being rotated, you can just turn your head ;)

Addison is doing wonderfully, she's 11 weeks old tomorrow! Smiling like a trooper, with a mammoth cheeky attitude, and sleeping anywhere between 8-10hrs a night (generally around 9.5hrs)
I love her so much and I am so lucky.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cute Baby Items!

I've had so much fun making these.
They are from a 220gm Merino so a good heavy weight for winter.

This romper is a size 3-6m and it won't be too far off fitting her now.
It's from The Little One Layette pattern collection from Fishsticks Designs
A very well designed pattern.

This is the most gorgeous wee blazer ever, I just need some buttons now. It's lined with a cotton spandex knit, so it won't be too bulky (pattern calls for self lining)
Its the Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-A-Boo patterns.
Available from Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops. Be warned, this is an addictive site with hundreds of patterns.

What I love most about the Peek-A-Boo patterns, is that there is a chart on each set of instructions, saying which page you need to print, for which size, and adaptation to each pattern. There is no need to print all pages to get just the one size, or change of style, and no horrible trying to figure it out. It's all set out clear as day! More pattern companies should take a leaf out of their book.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Our new addition

On the 12th of December, after a stressful week beforehand of sudden onset of severe hypertension and a failed induction, we had our absolutely divine baby girl, weighing in at 6lb 15oz. So petite!
Addison is the most amazing wee girl. She's now 7 weeks old, sleeping between 5.5-6.5hrs a night, and is such a smiley dot! Who is also very well behaved, letting me do sewing for her in the last week.

 A few hours old!

Myself and Addi on Christmas day

My delightful smiley girl

I am trying to add photos of what I've been making, but for some reason blogger isn't working right, so I'll do that at a later stage.