Baby, baby!

This week I became an aunty again! My sister in Toronto had her third child, a little baby girl named Ellery. It’s so hard to miss the big moments when  my big sis lives so far away, but naturally I couldn’t let this wonderful moment pass without a few handmade gifts.

Being a baby girl, I obviously included a bonnet for her. Both sides were made with Liberty and interlined with white cotton voile to prevent either of the patterns showing through. If you are interested, you can grab my pattern here.

A traditional crocheted matinee jacket in violet cotton yarn.

Muslin wraps which are roll hemmed in fluoro pink thread.

A baby bubble suit, sized for the Canadian summer, made with Nani Iro double gauze. I first made this pattern for Adele when she was a baby way back here.

And a new doll outfit for this vintage ‘My Child’ doll. My sister bought this for Adele as it’s the exact one that I had as a kid, but I knew that my sister really wanted it. She just needed a girl baby. So I re-gifted it back to her and made it a new frock in Liberty.

I’m so excited for my sister. Having three kids in tough, but it’s also so awesome.

I have so much more sewing to show. My backlog of items to blog is growing by the day.

Holiday Knitting: Granny’s Favourite

One of the benefits of camping, especially when there is no phone service, is that you have plenty of time to sit around and knit and drink wine :). This is really handy when you have almost finished a cardigan for your daughter, with only one sleeve remaining, and it has been in that state and completely untouched for almost three months.

I’m not the worlds best knitter and definitely not the fastest, but I do know that I love top down, all in one patterns. My favourite knitting pattern designer by far is Georgie Hallam of Tikki Knits. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever finished a knitting project that isn’t one of her patterns.

This cardigan has a lovely lace pattern around the yoke which is pretty easy to follow. The rest is just stocking stitch which is perfect for mindless TV watching in the evening.

The yarn is from Bendigo Woollen Mills and is a surprisingly smooth bamboo and wool mix called Stellar. 
Adele really likes her cardigan. I’m sure she’ll get plenty of wear from it when the weather cools down. In the meantime, I’ve cast on a cardigan for her in navy blue, in the hope that she might be able to wear it with her school uniform.
Details Ravelled here

Simple linen dress

These warm Summer days need cool, breezy clothes made with light, natural fabrics. This linen from Tessuti (now sold out) was one of my Christmas presents to myself (no one else in this house buys me anything, but at least this way, I always get what I want).You may recognise it from Rachel’s blog. I took her lead and ordered enough for a top too.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love the fit and style of my drafted high neck tank, so it seemed like a good idea to lengthen it to a dress.

There isn’t too much to say about this, except that I love it. I wore it out dinner a few nights ago and managed to completely gorge myself without any discomfort from tight clothes 🙂
I hope you are having fun this Summer (or Winter). I just love hanging out with the kids and making plans day to day.
I have more to show – so much time, so much sewing!

Happy 2015!

Well hasn’t this year gotten off to a cracking start! After a hectic Christmas, we headed off camping for a week with the kids down to the lovely NSW South Coast. We spent 7 days swimming, playing, exploring, eating, drinking, surviving with no phone service, navigating the cleaning times at the showers and trying not to get to get sun burnt. We’ve been back home for a few days and only now do I feel that I can relax and enjoy these last few weeks of school holidays. I’ve started playing around in my sewing room and it feels great, just like holidays should.

Before I went away, I managed to pull together another Liberty nighty. I adore wearing my previous versions here and here. They are so well suited to the hot muggy nights we are getting.

As with this nighty, I used Burda dress #118 from 06/2010, but this one is made from a range of larger Liberty scraps that have been collected in my scrap bin for years. Most of my smaller scraps were given to my mum, who is an avid quilter. She made this adorable Liberty quilt for my sister’s yet-to-be-born, almost-fully cooked, we are waiting! baby girl.

More sewing news will follow shortly – well that’s if I can pull myself away from the machine to take photos!

Happy New Year!!