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one Easter dress

April 1, 2014
Orla has an Easter dress.  Bailey will soon as well made from the same pink fabric shown here.  I love these colours, they just scream out “Easter” to me!  I still need to finish the hem but I’m really happy with this dress… it’s the same pattern I used for Orla’s Christmas dress (which was huge on her 4 months ago).  

I’ve been inspired again by The Great British Sewing Bee and I want to crank these little dresses out all day long! If only….

The pink pocket fabric is “Little Azalea” by Dena Designs (Bailey selected it for her Easter dress) and the mustard fabric is “Modern Folklore” by makower uk.  

One more little springy Easter dress to go…

children, create, fabric, quilt, sew

baby boy London quilt

February 24, 2014

My best friend from childhood had her second baby boy in September.  I finally got round to finishing little Henry’s baby quilt in November to give it to him when I met him for the first time.  It’s a sweet little quilt and simple design. 

 The fabric is Makower UK and then supplemented with Kona solids.

I was horribly disappointed to see the fabric bled when I washed it.  You can see the red in the image above caused the surrounding white to go a bit pink. This has never happened before and I would never expect it to with quilting fabric. I know some people prewash, but I’ve never had a problem and I’ve made a lot of quilts. I was embarrased for this to happen on a gift. It’s one of a handful of the quilts I’ve made as a gift and I just can’t believe I’ve had to hand it over like this. I guess it adds to the ‘homemade’ appeal, but I still am so embarrassed. Not what I would expect.  
Luckily, I don’t think Henry will mind.  Welcome to the world, beautiful little man.
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smock pinafore dress

July 3, 2013

This dress came from a pattern I bought a year or two ago.  I love how sweet and flirty this smock is with the full skirt.  It’s not a true dress because it opens at the back and therefore it is in the least expensive bracket of just £16 ($25). 

The bow at the back is discrete and pretty.  It’s best worn with a top and leggings.  Bailey adore this dress because of the fullness of the skirt– she loves “poofy dresses” right now.

The bodice is lined but not the bottom.  This is the only dress that isn’t fully lined.  This beautiful dainty fabric is upcycled from vintage sheets!  But I have many other versions of this dress in other prints.  So far I only have this in size 2-3 years, but as it’s a tie-back, it’s very easily worn until 4 years I think.

children, create, fabric, feature, quilt, sew

Sophie’s quilt

June 30, 2013
Baby quilts are so fun to make and this was especially fun because of the little girl’s name.  Little Sophie came into this world in March this year, right around the time I was working with “Sophie” fabric from Chez Moi for Moda.  Perfect match!


Big and small circles with fmq stippling quilting, all machine sewn.  Everything from the Sophie range (except the plain white).  

My favourite part is the inclusion of Sophie’s name in print from the fabric selvages.  On the front she has her name just once…


… and on the back, dividing the large white block, she has her name multiple times.


I love selvages anyway and always cut mine from fabric to work with later, but to be able to include them for a special reason like this is awesome.  What a beautiful name and luckily some beautiful fabric to pair with it!  

Welcome to the world, Sophie!!
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flower dress

June 29, 2013

This was originally what I called the “flower dress” because of the obvious flower.  But as I made some of the other styles, I started to add flowers so it’s no longer this pattern’s USP but instead really the only feature.  It’s the most basic dress I’m making with just a simple A-line shape and still fully lined.  And it’s in the bargain bracket, selling for just £16 ($25), so it’s a steal!

It seems a bit dull now but I wanted to offer a cheap choice.  Due to its simplicity, the fabrics and additions of buttons and flowers really make the dress (and of course the little beauty wearing it).

This particular dress shown is using the “Sophie” range from Chez Moi for Moda.  It was leftover from the twins’ quilts I made in April and it’s so delicious. 
The flower is reinforced around the edge but also intended to fray (fluff?) a quarter inch to add a bit more character.  
I’d happily spend £16 on this so hopefully others will too…
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ruffle dress

June 28, 2013


The ruffle dress is one of my favorites.  It’s another top price dress at £20 ($31) because the ruffle takes me ages to make.  Some versions have different fabrics for the ruffle which adds a nice touch.  I made this dress pattern after seeing a photo of a darling ruffle dress. 
I adore this fabric and I’m not even sure where it came from.  I didn’t buy it specially, I had it in my stash.  I really wish I could squeeze into this myself.


Once again, fully lined.


I added some lace trim to this one because it’s a bit short.  I love the daintiness so I’ll definitely add this to a few more. 
Again– multiple versions of this dress pattern in different sizes too.

children, create, dress, fabric, shop

bubble dress

June 27, 2013

The first dress to showcase is the “bubble dress”.  I love this cloud-like dress and all of its poofiness.  The length falls around the knee plus/minus a few inches.  It’s not floor length though or too much of a mini.  I’m starting off selling these for £18 (about $27) (note, price has since gone up to £20) which is the most expensive price bracket so far.  They aren’t quick dresses to make with the need to handstitch the lining dress to bodice.

They are all made of different fabrics and some have fabric flowers on the bodice.  I bought this fabric ages ago and made a full pleated skirt for myself, so it’s funny to now make mini dresses out of it.  Maybe I’ll make one for Bailey and Orla so we gals can all match.  

It’s fully lined which is pretty key I think.  Since I’m selling them it’s really important for them not to look “homemade”.   They look much more professional if they are fully lined.  Plus, how lovely is a lined dress!?

Now for the best news… I sold one!  My first sale!  My friend asked to see them before her daughter’s third birthday and bought this one.  I was honoured to be asked and so thrilled that she bought one.  It’s really nerve-racking selling to a friend and watching her browse them all– I want them all to be perfect and for buyers to fall in love with them.  I also really want them to seem worth the price!

I have many bubble dresses made now in different sizes and prints.   Hopefully they’ll sell!

children, create, dress, fabric, sew

dresses for sale

June 27, 2013

Dresses, dresses, dresses.  I am taking a break from quilting to enjoy dressmaking for little girls.  After watching the lovely and inspiring Great British Sew Off, I decided I shouldn’t spend any more money buying cute dresses for my girls and instead I could make them! 

It has been awhile since my dressmaking course (adult education course which I loved for three years), so I was lacking in confidence.  I bought a girl’s pattern ranging from 12 months to 5 years from Etsy (I definitely like Etsy original patterns rather than the usual Butternick, Simplicity, New Look, etc patterns.  I find Etsy is more modern and fun in comparison.).  The pattern was easy to follow and after the one I felt confident enough to start making my own patterns, using the bought one for sizing purposes. 

After making a few I felt especially brave and reserved the local café window for two weeks in July to showcase (and hopefully sell?) my dresses.  So the pressure is on! 

Over the next few weeks I’ll detail the dresses and show some pics…

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twin quilts

May 4, 2013

I’ve been quiet about this great project until today– my American neices’ 2nd birthdays!  This has been such an enjoyable project and I love the result! 
My sister-in-law requested the fabric (“Sophie” by Chez Moi for Moda) and it was delightful to work with for the girls.  I wanted the quilts to be different but similar so I opted for circles and rectangles. 

The circles quilt has FMQ stippling on just the white fabric, so the circles stand out more. It’s all machine sewn except for finishing the binding.

I opted for “stitch in the ditch” for the rectangles quilt which makes it a very poofy quilt!

To tie in with each other, the quilts have a strip of the opposite quilt for the backs (i.e. the circle quilt has a strip of rectangles on its back) and they have binding made from the opposite’s backing fabric.

Washed, dried and ready for wrapping.  Happy birthday, V & C!  I hope you like these!

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