Friday, 27 March 2015

I Made Some Lounge Pants for My Girls

Today I made some lounge pants for my girls.

I went to the Salvos the other day and found this pink knit fabric.
It was only $1.50. I thought it would be perfect for some new jammies.

As I am not very experienced with sewing with knit fabric, I decided to take the easy way out and finish the hem with lettuce edging. That way there was no worry about stretching the hem :)

I had enough fabric left to make a couple of headbands which I added a big bow to.

My little one was getting tired right about now.

...and with tired, comes tears...

Luckily she has a great big sister who knows how to make her laugh ♥

Don't the pants look comfy ?

I used Butterick 4695 for my little one's pants.

And for my bigger girl I used the Ben & Mia pattern from Lily Bird Studio. 
I added a little extra height to the waist so I didn't have to add a separate waistband. 
I also lengthened the leg and reduced the flare slightly.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Pandora Hipster - Pattern Testing

Pandora Hipster - Pattern Testing

I had the pleasure to be chosen as a tester by 
Cloudsplitter Bags & Design for their new bag pattern -
The Pandora Hipster.

I have made a few bags in my time, but this would have to be
 the most challenging bag to date.
I struggled to understand how this bag would come together, 
but kept working at it, bit by bit.
Once completed, I couldn't be happier.

Front View
Back View
The pattern calls for 2 square D rings and a slider. 
This allows the strap to be adjustable.
My local fabric store has the smallest bag making section and only had 
1 pair of gold D rings and no sliders.

I could have ordered some online but I really wanted to make a start on this bag 
straight away so I decided to look for a bag at the Salvos 
(thrift store) that had the hardware I needed.

I found this ugly little bag with the perfect hardware.


It wasn't until I got home that I noticed it only had 1 D ring so I had to improvise.

I had to attach the other end of the strap to where the strap anchor would have gone.
It worked out fine :) 

I even managed to recycle the magnetic snaps from the second hand bag.

I decided to make the bag using plain material as 
most of my clothing is made from patterned fabric. 

It does , however, have a little surprise with the striped fabric on the inside.

This bag has a very professional finish and would be great for an experienced sewer.
You can buy this pattern from Etsy now!