Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
For my daughter I also wanted something she could mix and match, something she could wear for a while as well. The skirt was a quick sew- I used the entire length of the fabric, cut 2 pieces sewed them together, hemmed and added a foldable elastic waistband- I love that is a very full almost circular skirt. I got the fabric not too long ago at my local fabric shop, it is slightly textured and makes be believe it's a polyester cotton mix. I was just attracted by the pattern and new I would make something with it eventually- I also made my son's scarf with the remainder. The Cardigan is made from some vintage knit fabric I found a long time ago- the green rib detailing at the cuff and hem was also thrifted.
The colour block blouse is made with a cotton silk blend, it is light weight, sheer and ever so soft. This top will be perfect for the hot summer days ahead. I officially hate my sewing machine, I had so many problems with it while sewing this- what was supposed to be a simple- top. At least the kids and I had fun making fabric pompoms which I then turned into a brooch. I thinks it's a little bigger and heavier than I hoped for, not great to put on that delicate silky top- but it makes for a cute headband too!
Monday, June 10, 2013
In this series, we've had bloggers from the US, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, and Canada, but today, we go aaaaall the way south. Our guest is Australia's finest, Suz from Sewpony, with whom I've been long-distance friends for quite some time now. Suz has supercute daughters, Isabella, Juliette, and Emily, and these girls have an amazing wardrobe! Apart from our taste in children's clothing, Suz and I share something else: our love for Tiny/Martine/Debbie/... books. Keep an eye on Suz' blog, because in a few weeks, she will be releasing her own patterns inspired by this lovely series - the Debbie. Judging by her previous (free!) pattern, the Perennial Dress, the Debbie will be a must-buy.
Suz is also hosting a great new series, When we were young, which starts in two days.
And, starting today, she's giving away a great package for making your own Belgian-style dress: the Tinny pattern, and 1.5 meters of the vintage fabric she used for Juliette's dress! Check out the detials here.
I am very excited to be guest posting today here for An’s Kid’s Clothes Belgian Style series. I have loved watching the series over the past couple of months and have been introduced to lots of great blogs I had not yet discovered. When I started ‘researching’ the Belgian aesthetic, I found that I loved it – clashing prints and colours, layers (including lots of cardigans – I do love cardigans) and basically no rules, but mostly lots of fun.
I think Belgian style seems to have a definite vintage feel to it, so going down this avenue seemed to fit the style well.
Dress is trimmed with blue cross-grain ribbon, two rows of blue ric rac along the hemline and a vintage blue button at the back. Her cardigan is a recycled cardigan of mine that I chopped and resized. I changed the buttons to pearl (thrifted) and added a cut doily (also thrifted) as a collar.
Danish armchairs. Note - the story books on the table are Belgian. After contacting An to ask if she would take part in my new series, a conversation began about the blog button I had created for the series – which features a gorgeous illustration taken from my favourite children’s book (link is below). Serendipity, coincidence or something along the lines of “great minds think alike”(?!!)… An’s pattern ‘Tinny’ is named after ‘Tiny’ from another series by the same author and illustrator,
whilst the books on the table above are the inspiration for my first (yet to be completed and released) pattern - view 1 and view 2.
My treat after all that sewing and photo taking! Well, it wasn’t exactly hard work – I had way too much fun! And the waffles were delicious!!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
I picked a fabric from my stash that I wasn't really fond of (what what I thinking when I bought it a few weeks ago?), as I wasn't planning to finish the dress anyway.
But as I was making the bodice, I suddenly realised why I liked the fabric (bought here) again, and I just had to finish the dress.
I used the 2Y pattern (Norah is almost 3-and-a-half, but weighs less than the average 2-year-old) and lengthened the bodice with a strip of the fabric of the collar. I left off the sleeves, and finished the armholes with fine bias instead.
The idea for the bow came from my friend Véronique - brilliant, isn't it?
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Some of the testers who do have a blog are offering you a chance to win a free Tinny pattern - some right now, others in the next couple of days and weeks. So keep an eye on the blogs of the testers below, and you might spot a chance to winny a Tinny!
Amanda of Heartland Happy and Ana Sofia of S Is For Sewing
Debora of the Belgian blog Toertjes & Pateekes and Olga of Kid Approved
Ashley and Elizabeth of FranscesSuzanne and Christine of Beanniequilts
Marta of Do Guincho, Maria of Fil a l'Agulla and Victoria of As It Seams will probably be posting their dresses in the coming days or weeks (but their fabulous blogs are worth a visit right now already!).
And speaking of winning... FrancesSuzanne will also be hosting an amazing year-long contest called Flip That Pattern, with amazing prizes for the contestants (which have already been selected)... AND the sew alongers (you, perhaps?). In August, the challenge will be to sew your own interpretation of he Tinny dress, and I'm currently working on nice prize package (patterns, fabric, and something more) for the sew-along winner!
Make sure to check out this month's contest, which is all about Heidi's ubercute Bubble Shorts pattern!
Monday, June 3, 2013
hiya! rachael here from imagine gnats, and yay for kids' clothes belgian style, right? after checking out An's belgian style pinterest board, i realized that my girls' everyday style, full of pattern and bright colors paired in mixed-up layers, was already on the right track. so we amped up the color, added some fun geometric touches, and piled on layers of texture for this belgian-style-inspired outfit.
i started with the idea of transforming the classic cardigan into a garment made with woven fabrics... which, it turns out, is a jacket. yep, seems pretty obvious in retrospect. this three-button jacket has raglan sleeves, exaggerated front panels, and an a-line shape that gives it a nice swing. it is also fully lined and (with the exception of the buttons in this case) fully reversible. both fabrics used are Kaffe Fassett shot cotton from Fabric Shack.
the next piece of this outfit i decided on was the leggings, inspired by the fabulous organic jersey from Stitch Organics. (currently out of stock... sad face. though i do have a little over a meter left that i think will need to be a skirt for me.) pattern used is the Go To Leggings, appropriately named as it is my go to legging pattern.
the top is a color-blocked, hi-lo hem, tunic length version of my upcoming pattern, the tumble tee. i knew that this bright blue organic jersey from Kitschy Coo was the perfect color, but it needed... something more. enter my lovely pals Kat and Max, who said "lace!" knowing that was the perfect idea, but wanting to keep the comfy feeling and ease of knit, i was very excited to find the perfect lace-like knit at Jo-Ann! to change the color-block, i simply cut the pattern horizontally where i wanted the seam to be, and then added the width of my seam allowance to that seam line on both the top and bottom pieces.
thanks for having me today, An! my girlie loves her new belgian-style outfit, and i had a lot of fun making it! happy belgian-style stitching, all... xo, rachael