Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Little sweetie turns 1


My sweet, little niece turned one this week and, of course, I had to indulge in some rare little girl sewing - living, as I am, in a house full of boys :)

The little, soft shoes are from the 'Make it Perfect' book by Toni Coward. I made them as she's just walking and might need something warmer than bare feet as winter approaches. Here in Oz, many children go barefoot most of the time, which I think is just fantastic, although I know some frown on the practice! I have trouble getting my boys to wear shoes at all.


The shoes/slippers are made with faux silver leather with a thicker brown vinyl sole. They are lined with red panne velvet.


I made size 1 and the fit is perfect. I left off the front strap as it didn't seem to fit such a small shoe. The 'leather' would not ease to fit the sole, hence the gathers. I think they look ok actually and the shoes stayed on all through the rigours of a first birthday party so I was impressed with the pattern.


Next was this all-in-one rain suit. As far as I know, these waterproof suits are not available in Australia, but I did see them in the UK when we lived there (at great expense I might add!)...


...and they didn't have ears on the hood or bling on the sleeves!


I used this pattern, Simplicity 7807 for a fleece all-in-one. I made size 18 months so it would last hopefully two winters.I changed the sleeve and ankle cuffs to be elasticated instead of covered over.



It is a tad roomy!


Ahh, that's better :)


This is made with waterproof fabric from Homecraft Textiles. The fabric has a coating on the inside, but is soft enough to use without lining. It never gets that cold in Perth, so I opted not to line it.


I added the silver ribbon to the sleeves and zip pull and self-made gingham bias binding to the inside of the hood.


These little hip hop-style pants were a last minute addition to the present pile as a request from my sister. I copied them from a pair of well-fitting RTW (ready to wear) pants. They are made from panne velvet and are comfy and cosy and practical. 


Here, being modelled with Grandad while playing with the mini kitchen/hairdressing salon we also got for her.


 Aww, the girliness, it just kills me!

9 comments:

  1. So so cute! Those pants look comfy enough you might be tempted to make some for yourself!

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    1. Ooh, great idea! I hadn't thought of that ;)

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  2. It never hurts to make something a little big, then it will last her longer! By the way I realized I never commented on your pants refashion post, but I have been laughing about your story. I always fall into the trap of, "who cares what I'm wearing, I'm not going to see anyone I know...." And then of course I do!

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    1. I agree, it's always when you least expect it that you are caught out in a fashion faux pas! I chuckle about those pants every time I wear them :)

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  3. These are very cute. The little shoes look like they will stay on and the rainsuit is great. Might have to make a couple of these myself, although we are not going to England this year!!! I have nominated you for a Liebster award. Its seems to be a bit of a chain mail thing but I enjoyed answering the questions on mine so if you would like to answer a few then I'd be really interested!

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    1. Wow, that is so cool - thank you :) I think you should make some of these anyway, they are worth it just for the cute factor!

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    1. Thank you. I just melted when I saw her in this!

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