Gnomes World …

Just a quick post today as we are going out shortly with the in-laws to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary (theirs, not ours!).

Yesterday I made this Kitschy Coo Mini Penny Pinafore for my little God daughter, Holly.  She’s six and a half.  We don’t have any children of our own, but Holly brings a lot of sunshine into our lives and is an adorable little girl with impeccable manners and a delightful nature.

Holly’s favourite colour is red, so I hope she will like this little summer dress.

The pattern is super easy to sew, and very practical, washable and supremely wearable.  I can see that I’ll be making more of these – no doubt in a variety of themes!


The pattern covers from 6 months to 10 yrs, and there are tunic and dress lengths, plus short and long sleeve variations.  After checking measurements, I made the short sleeve dress length in age 9/10, with age 8 length, as she doesn’t like things to be too close fitting.  I’ve turned up a generous 2″ hem, so hope this will last her for a couple of seasons.


One Trick Pony …


I’ve been a bit slack in the sewing and blogging departments lately.  We had visitors for the weekend of Le Tour De France, which meant a week of cleaning beforehand, followed by a weekend of feasting, partying and generally having a ball, and then a further weekend of extremely good weather which led to some much needed exterior painting of the house.  All in all, no time to sew.

Today I finally hemmed the brown & cream dress I made weeks ago, and made yet another Creative Cate.  This one is not for me though, it’s for my friend Carol, who liked my blue one very much when she saw me in it.  So I made one in her colours.  I hope she likes it!


happy birthday Vera! …

I made this apron for my Mother in Law, whose brthday is this weekend. I didn’t want to blog it last week in case she saw it, but I think we are out of danger now!



A birthday present for Vera

A birthday present for Vera

More adventures in pattern drafting …

Behold, a self-drafted Maxi dress.


The fabric is a John Kaldor viscose jersey knit, with a cream on brown ‘rattan’ pattern from the very depths of my stash – in fact, I ‘found it’ whilst desperately trying to stuff carefully place newly acquired fabrics into a drawer that is not nearly big enough.

I used the Butterick bodice pattern from another dress to get a rough shape for the top, the original pattern called for a self lined bodice, which was not what I was after, so I used the Tilton Ultimate T shirt method of binding on both neckline and sleeves.  The skirt is just two rectangles, gathered using the gathering foot on my overlocker (which really didn’t impress me much, perhaps I wasn’t using it right?) and attached to the bodice.  I also reinforced this seam with clear elastic tape.

Now, if we are being super fussy, the pattern matching on the bodice/skirt seam isn’t great.  In fact, it’s shocking.  But this is a long, loose, comfortable dress for wearing in hot weather, which is what we are currently blessed with here in Yorkshire

I will leave it to drop before hemming.

‘Drive By’ Post …

Hi all!  Just a quick post today, as I have spent most of my time altering the clothes I sewed last week for mum.  I swear she is shrinking on a daily basis!

I picked up some white 100% cotton jersey, with a textured stripe, in the local market on Friday.  £3 per metre.  I bought 1.5 metres and made another Style Arc Creative Cate.  The fabric is a bit stiff really; not drapey enough, and shrank spectacularly when I pre-washed it at 60 degrees.  I had to, because I just know, being white, it is going to get thrown in a hot wash sometime by accident.  I photograped it before I re-washed it and gave it a good soak in fabric softener to see it that would help it along a bit, but it isn’t dry yet.  I’m sure it’ll be fine – it looked much better on a real body than on the hanger anyway.


Then I decided to make another.  This time in a very lightweight viscose jersey, mushroom colour, with a dark coffee slub.  I bought heaps of this in the Girl Charlee sale, intending to make a maxi dress, for which, unfortunately, it is far too lightweight.  This one is super duper drapey!


Then a quick crafty project, a present for a friend who is not too well at the moment.  A Needlebook come mending kit.

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Made from scraps of fleece, felt, ribbon and quilting cotton.  On the other ‘pages’, there are pre-threaded needles, spare buttons etc.  I will slip a little pair of embroidery snips and a tiny tape measure in the little inside  pockets back & front.

Selfless Sewing …

I finally have my overlocker back, after two trips to the sewing machine repair shop, all is finally well.  It turned out that the stitch finger had bent, and then it broke off when the repair man tried to straighten it.  So I have a new plate.  Tension problems have been traced and rectified, and the presser foot has been screwed back on properly.

So this afternoon I hammered out two skirts and a top for my mum.  Selfless, that’s me. The top is another Maria Denmark Kirsten, this time with elbow length sleeves.  The skirt is a simple elasticated stretch knit affair, with a nice lettuced hem; mum’s favourite style of skirt.  Times two

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Tomorrow, I’ll sew something for myself :)

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Maria Denmark Kirsten T

I cut this out this afternoon, after a plumbing emergency put paid to my laundry plans.  All now sorted, but needed to call out an emergency tradesperson, mucho expensive!

The pattern is a free download, and the original pattern has a short kimono sleeve, but this is for my mum and she don’t do no short sleeve!  So I made a pattern piece for a long sleeve.  Unfortunately my overlocker chose to misbehave herself.  I’ve fiddled & faddled about with it, but I can’t get her to form the stitches properly.  I wonder if I have knocked the timing out or something?  Anyway, she is off to the sewing machine hospital on Monday for a check up.  So I had to knock this one out on the sewing machine, which was a faff.

This fabric is a bit odd, the flowers are kind of plasticky feeling and embossed onto lightweight viscose jersey, but mama likes it and that’s all that matters.  I think I bought it from ebay, but I can’t remember.

I took the photo before hemming and cover stitching the neckband, and I can’t be bothered to photograph it again.  You’ll just have to believe me when I say the neckline lies nice and flat, now it is cover hemmed. It has turned out rather well, if I say so myself.

Sleeves still need to be hemmed, but I need mama to try it on before I can do that, they will undoubtedly need significant shortening.



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