Little chef

A few days ago, I found a bit of time to sew something quick. Rather than making half a dress, I went for making a full apron. When I drew my adult apron pattern on my computer, I also drew a kiddie version, but I hadn’t given it a test drive yet.


I picked a pretty Cotton + Steel fat quarter which the lovely Frances sent me some time ago. Norah loved that fabric the minute it arrived, so I knew that it was going to be a success.

But then it happened. I looked in my stash for a matching solid for the strap, and hit upon an old Melody Miller fabric. And I just couldn’t resist. I was sure Norah would love a vintage looking apron even more (that coffee pot!). And I could finally use the fat quarter I bought from Miss Matatabi 18 months ago (after seeing Vanessa’s stunning pot holders).

Then I had to pick a matching fabric for the straps. I found a beautiful Cotton + Steel fabric which I had ordered from Bellelien a while ago for an urgent project (Kathleen’s delivery times are unbeatable!). It’s funny: Cotton + Steel prides itself on the fact that fabrics of their different collections combine perfectly, but it turns out that C+S’s fabrics even match with the fabrics which their founding designer Melody Miller designed for Kokka years ago! Not only is the color perfect; both fabrics even have the same stars. Awesomeness.
The apron was ready in no time, and the pattern turned out to be as good as ready. It has the same design as the adult version: one large strap which runs through tunnels in the arm scye s, so that it is super easy to put on and adjust. The patterns and instructions will be available early next year.
Unfortunately, Norah was not as enthusiastic about the fabric as I had hoped. She said that she ‘liked it, and didn’t like it’. Which is Norese for: ‘I don’t like it, but I don’t want to hurt your feelings”. Well, whatever. She only has to wear the apron – I’m the one who has to look at it. Ha!

Sew + Show #9 (with a prize!)

Thank you so much for linking up to Sew + Show last week!

The most clicked item this week was Sara‘s beautiful dress with box pleats. I love the little bow!

The second most clicked item was Inspi(n)ration‘s very cute Christmas dress, and in third place was a Francoise dress by Ksenia from Owl Laughing. This dress completely blew me away – it’s the type of project which makes me want to sew for myself again.
On to the next link party! And yaaay, we have a prize this week.  My friend Anneliese from Wee Muses has just launched a super versatile new pattern: the Unisex Gameday Jersey Tee and Dress. She is generously giving away a free pdf copy to the seamstress who uploads the most clicked item. Thank you, Anneliese!

Here is how it works again:
- A new party opens each Wednesday. Add a link to whatever you have sewn in the past 7 days.

- The link party closes on Friday (around midnight CET).

- The next Wednesday, I will feature the most clicked creations, and open a new party.
- On an irregular basis, I will also throw in a little prize for the most clicked creation.
- If you link up to your blog, include the Sew+Show button in either your post or your sidebar to help spread the word on this link party. This is a condition for being featured.
- You cannot link up to a shop. Links to items for sale will be deleted.
Have fun!


Ready for Spring!

When Lieselot from the Belgian webshop Bambiblauw asked me if she could send me some fabric from Bambiblauw’s first self-designed fabric line, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Even if I didn’t know, at that point, what the fabrics would look like. I just knew they were going to be good.

And I was right! The line consists of 6 panels (each 70 x 140 cm) with a photoprint – the type of prints which have been so popular in Belgium in the past years. It was difficult to pick a favorite, but eventually I went for the Bambi print.

After I chose the fabric came an even harder task: deciding what to make with it. Normally, this would have been an easy job: this fabric is perfect for a ridiculously cute Lua sleep sack! But the kind people of Bambiblauw already made a Lua themselves to promote this fabric, so I had to come up with something different.

Because of the light colors of the fabric, I decided to go for a dress for next Spring. A simple high waist model, so that on the skirt, there would be enough room for Bambi. For the pattern, I started from a size 5 from my Hanami pattern (Norah turns 5 in a month) but I’m afraid that it will still be too big by next Spring. As you can see in the pictures, the bodice wrinkles up in the front because it is too wide.

For the back, I used the top half of the panel, which features dozens of little Bambis.

The back closes with one of my favorite wooden buttons. I bought 30 of these on Etsy a few months ago, and I use them whenever I can. Wood really combines with everything.

Do I need to tell you that Norah loves this dress? I hardly ever use pink fabrics, so she feels like a princess in this dress. While I call this dress her Bambi Dress, she refers to it as her Princess Dress, “because deer don’t wear dresses, but princesses do”. Can’t argue with that.

I couldn’t resist also buying another panel of the line: the corn flowers. I love the colors, and have a soft spot for border prints.

Make sure to check out the creations of other bloggers who used Bambiblauw’s photo print fabrics! Esther made a stunning Bambi crib sheet, Eva some cool Lion cushions, Griet a fun Giraffe sweater, Deborah a a sweet Cornflowers dress, and Mlle Belle too many things to list ;-)

Most of the fabrics are currently sold out, but you can pre-order them. A new shipment is arriving this week, and another one in January.

Sew + Show #8

Thank you so much for linking up to Sew + Show last week!

The most clicked item this week was As It Seams‘ stunning dress in Nani Iro double gauze. And what a beautiful model Victoria is!

Also very popular were Deux Souriceauxstunning party dress and SweetKM‘s gorgeous button-up dress (those contrasting cuffs!).
 
On to the next link party!  

Here is how it works again:
- A new party opens each Wednesday. Add a link to whatever you have sewn in the past 7 days.

- The link party closes on Friday (around midnight CET).

- The next Wednesday, I will feature the most clicked creations, and open a new party.
- On an irregular basis, I will also throw in a little prize for the most clicked creation.
- If you link up to your blog, include the Sew+Show button in either your post or your sidebar. This is a condition for being featured.
- You cannot link up to a shop. Links to items for sale will be deleted.
Have fun!

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A double give-away (finished sleep sack + fabrics)

Remember that Lua sleepsack I made a while ago? This week, you can win it. No, not the pattern, but the actual finished sleep sack. Ava has been refusing to wear a sleep sacks for months, so this sleep sack has not been used, and likely will never be if I don’t give it away.

The sleep sack is a size 1Y, made from my Lua pattern. It is batted with 100% wool (Quilters’ Dream), and closes with a blind zipper in the side. The main fabric is from Cloud 9’s Shape of Spring line, designed by Eloise Renouf, and 100% certified organic cotton.

Sew Mama Sew’s Give-away Day looks like the perfect occasion to give it away. If you would like to win, all you need to do is leave a comment, saying why you would like to win it. The winner will be chosen purely randomly.

As I am in a give-away mood, I would also like to do a little more de-stashing. Let’s call it early New Year’s resolutions (though I should probably vow to less fabric buying, rather than more de-stashing).

One winner will receive the following fabric pack:
- 1 yard of Playing Koi in Cream, from Birch’s Eiko line
- 1 yard of Of A Feather in Indigo, designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud 9
- 1 yard of Nest, designed by Valori Wells for Westminster fabrics

(Nope, the basket and scissors are not included in the prize package.)

You can take your chance by using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Sew + Show #7

Thank you so much for linking up to Sew + Show last week!

The most clicked item this week was a really cool tutorial by Beth from Beth Being Crafty. Seriously, if I made something as pretty as this doll kimono, my daughters would not be allowed to play with it, ha!

Also very popular where Noddy & Larabella‘s louisa dress in a new Soft Cactus fabric, and a gorgeous billy blouse by KaatjeNaaisels.
 
On to the next link party!  

Here is how it works again:
- A new party opens each Wednesday. Add a link to whatever you have sewn in the past 7 days.

- The link party closes on Friday (around midnight CET).
- The next Wednesday, I will feature the most clicked creations, and open a new party.
- On an irregular basis, I will also throw in a little prize for the most clicked creation.
- If you link up to your blog, include the Sew+Show button in either your post or your sidebar. This is a condition for being featured.
- You cannot link up to a shop. Links to items for sale will be deleted.
Have fun!