I should be sewing…

With my first markets fast approaching, I should be sewing or listing items in my empty shop, but instead I’m crocheting for my little girl. I finished this adorable bolero last night – how cute is my model???After the success of my first little cardi, I purchased some lovely yarn from the Bendigo Woolen Mills. This bolero is made from luxury 4 ply baby wool in purple storm. I used a pattern from this Cleckheaton book, making the bolero design with a simple picot edge, which I slightly modified to produce a frillier edge.

I also have a ball of 4 ply cotton in Cerise which I plan to make a traditional matinee jacket with, probably using a pattern from this book that I purchased on our recent holiday. I think the traditional design in a modern colour and yarn will be lovely for little miss to wear in winter. It’s also an easy way to extend the wear of many of the dresses we have, just add tights and a cardi for cooler weather.

Op shop gold!

I’ve been op shopping a bit recently, largely due to budget constraints and scored some great buys including a selection of vintage patterns in sizes for both the boys and baby Dell. I think I’ll make James some overalls from the bottom left pattern and a bonnet for baby Dell from the pattern on the bottom right. The PJs are also super cute, but I’m not sure I’m that gung ho about sewing to make clothes for the kids to sleep in…

I think I’ll also make this cute little dress for baby Dell, probably from this coral and white linen blend fabric from my stash. It’s not an obvious choice, but I think the large scale print will look awesome on a little one.

A couple of weeks ago I hit the jackpot at a different local op shop and scored a great vintage bedsheet in a faux patchwork print which I promptly made into a cute dress for baby Dell. The light teal tablecloth with large floral print is also super cool and in great condition. I’m not sure yet if it’ll be a skirt for me or a dress for a babe. I’ll keep you posted.