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Even Pirates need Pyjamas!

Over the weekend we went to a second Birthday party for the son of a lady I worked with before I had the girls. Anyway I’m not a fan of buying toys for kids Birthdays unless something specific is asked for, nothing against toys, I just prefer to buy/make something more useful or that will be entertaining for longer. So I normally either buy a book/book voucher or make something in the way of clothes. This time I got it into my head that the Birthday boy might like some pyjama’s, fun but not licensed. To make it even better at the time that I got the fabric at Spotlight they had 30% off if you finished the bolt and I just happened to find a bolt with just the right amount of fabric! Some things are just meant to be. The pattern is a Burda pattern with PJ’s from 3m-to 2 years,. I’ve made some ages ago and think I may just make the girls some for this coming winter.

I love the buttons, very fitting I think!


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I’ve been meaning to make pram liners for ages! The ones that came with the pram are black polar fleece and always seem a little hot to me, so today I went to IKEA (specially) to get some fabric to make some funky new cotton liners. They aren’t perfect, not even close…I realised too late that I have closed them at the bottom end rather than the top where the stitching would have been covered by the hood etc. But at least I know for next time and their will be a next time as I have some other fabric for a second set, I’m also tempted to make a set for the stroller that lives in the car. The thing that got me thinking I should make some was actually the price of buying a second set of liners from mountain buggy…I just couldn’t justify $90 each for new liners, ever. I looked online but every time I found funky custom ones they always seemed to say ‘1 in stock’, yeah that’s going to really help me. Of course I decided to go the hard way and rather than just using wadding I went to Clark Rubber and got some foam rubber, thin enough to cut with scissors. All up I spent about $35 and got enough foam and fabric to make 2 sets, so less than $10 a liner! I did take all the shaping out of the liners to save on fabric, but now that I know what I’m doing I think that next time I’ll make a proper shaped set.

A friend recently had a baby boy and I made her a quilt, she’s got a rainbow theme for the nursery so I made a very bright quilt. I’ve been wanting to show it off for ages but wanted to wait until she was home with him. This quilt was a near disaster, I ran out of the thread for the quilting with about 1/6th to do, only to find after a drive and a few phonecalls that no-one in Adelaide seemed to have stock. I found some more in Melbourne and had it sent over, when I got the text message to say he’d arrived I was madly trying to finish the quilting, so I got the thread in the end the day he was born, talk about skin of the teeth!

Oh and here’s my babies wearing dresses that I once wore, I was so excited when mum gave me some of my old clothes, but then I got funny about using them, after some encouragement from mum, here they are. The ultimate hand-me-down!

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Since having the girls the will to knit has for the time being been misplaced, the very idea of knitting is so totally unappealing at the moment…could have something to do with the 40C+ weather that Adelaide has been ‘enjoying’ recently. The will to leave the house has also vanished in a haze of heat. So I’ve been sewing and sewing. From the littlest thing to the biggest thing, I’m doing it.

The other day I whipped up a couple of dummy (pacifier) straps for the girls. These things get filthy so quickly, even with washing regularly I tend to replace them every month or so, which would end up being fairly expensive if I kept buying them, instead I’ve been recycling the silicone rings which go round the handle and changed the (stupid) plastic clips for metal bracer clips. I love these, I can clip them just about anywhere on the girls or onto car seat and pram harnesses and know that the girls can’t rip them off (yet). You could also use snaps rather than the silicone rings and thread the strap though the handle, which I will do once the rings split.
Dummy strap
Evelyn and her dummy

I’ve also recently completed another wedding dress, hopefully the last one for a while. Dan’s sister go married at the beginning of December, so we packed the girls up and headed for Melbourne, so nice to have some extra hands to hold/feed/change/generally care for the girls. We even managed to get a few moments off and ate dinner uninterrupted in a r-e-s-t-r-a-u-n-t! Oh well back to reality now, but I did enjoy the break. I also made the girls their first party dresses and they looked so gorgeous, well I think so anyway! Please excuse my awful photography, it’s not my thing, never has been, never will be…

As for the slow? Well three years ago for my Birthday I was given some money to go towards fabric for a quilt for our bed, I started with great excitement, then tucked it away when it cooled down so I could knit, planning to pull it out the next summer. Summers came and went and it stayed tucked away until finally I pulled it out over the weekend, I needed to do something that involved being downstairs in the air-con and this was just the thing. I love English paper piecing, I just wish it wasn’t so damn slow, I know it can be done by machine, but hey this is for us and will hopefully be used for many, many years to come, so why not do it the long (proper) way?
It’s my own design and I can’t wait to see what it looks like finished, I may leave out the coloured edge rows as I doubt I have enough fabric seeing as I have run out of green after cutting all the ‘leaves’ out yesterday, I literally had enough fabric to cut out the exact number needed!

So far I have finished the centre star and started on the outer flowers and background, If I’m lucky it’ll be on the bed in time for the girls to leave home.
Centre star

Evelyn is ‘helping’…
Evelyn helping stitch

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Bloomin’ Brilliant!

This post by the wonderful retro mummy inspired me to get off my bottom and make the girls some bloomers, something I had been meaning to do for ages as I’m not a big fan of disposable nappies on show! Living in Adelaide it’s really too hot quite often to put babies in clothes (we’ve just had a heatwave, in spring, 43C, 109F, what’s summer going to be like?). I decided to go one step further with my bloomers and add little skirts to them so they are extra girly, LOVE the result, they look a little weird when they aren’t being worn, but I think they look gorgeous when they are on. I also had a little fabric left over so added simple appliqués to some cheap singlets (vests) to complete the look. It’s the first time I have used the machine blanket stitch, in the past I’ve always done satin stitch around my appliqué, but it uses so much thread, takes forever and doesn’t look as nice, I don’t think anyway.

I also made a little pair with cowboys and cowgirls on them from a piece of fabric that was a must have many years ago and has sat and sat waiting for the right project…oh and check out that smile! Lights up my day!

I used a pattern out of an old ‘Australian Smocking and Embroidery’ magazine as I find that their sizing tends to be pretty close to the equivalent in ‘normal’ baby wear unlike commercial patterns which tend to be huge. They quite often have bloomer patterns in this magazine so I should be able to find bloomers to fit them for a few years to come in my collection…well at least until they get out of nappies.
Other than that life goes on, the girls keep growing and I’m always looking for new ways to make things easier and quicker to leave more time to sew…take lunch for example…

I’ll leave you with something that is bound to bring a smile to your face, well it makes me smile!
Miss Louise and her incredible hair…

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So what do I have to show for it? Other than two girls who are almost double the size they were when they were born…

Nothing beats sleeping babies!

I feel like I never have time to sew, knit or do anything, but looking back on the last 12 weeks I’ve done a bit and don’t feel so sad about my lack of ‘free’ time. The day I had the girls I was so full of nervous excitement that I had to start a new project to calm my nerves and give my brain something else to think about. So I started a little cardigan ready for next winter for the girls, it’s finished…well I still need to sew the button on, but what’s a button between friends? It’s knitted using the ever faithful Patons Totem and a Sirdar pattern from a book called Seaside Babes (Rav link).

We took the girls on their first long weekend away recently so they could meet their Great great Grandparents, this meant almost 7hours of driving each way, perfect knitting time…so I started a cardigan for me for next year, I think it should be a flattering shape for the post twin body. I’m knitting it using some Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn picked up in the ‘back room’ at the mill on our road trip while I was still pregnant, the yarn is called Cameo and hopefully stops leaving fluff everywhere soon…by the time we got home the dashboard was covered in red fluff just from knitting with this yarn.

Since having the girls I’ve found it easier to sew than knit, I think it’s the fact that in a lot less time I can have something finished than by knitting, it just feels like a more productive use of time. This week I have made 6 baby dresses! Admittedly all but one was a skirt sewn onto a shop bought singlet, but hey who am I to argue, I made it into a dress therefore I made a dress…right? I also made one of these dresses before I had the girls in preparation for my new cousin, then finally this week I made her another dress, it’s a free pattern from ‘made by rae‘ that I added a bit to here and there in the hope of making a 3-6 month size. I love the cherry fabric, I bought it originally to use as part of the bunting for the nursery, then realised it was a one-way design. Talking of bunting I made a short piece for my new cousin. No more bunting for a LONG time if ever!

The singlets for the dresses came from ‘Best and Less’, I just love the colours! That and the price is very reasonable (especially when I find them on the clearance table to $1.49). Such a great way to use up remnants, make something comfortable and avoid the singlet and nappy look when the weather heats up.

One of the pink ones is destined for another little baby girls wardrobe…

The sewing project I am proudest of though is a patchwork quilt, my first in a long time, in fact the first bigger than a bassinet size in over 3 years! I made it for a friends little girl born on the first of this month, I managed to finish it before she was a month old, now the next aim is to finish things before babies arrive! The fabric came from spotlght, I don’t normally like their quilting fabrics all that much, but fell in love with these vintage style treasures, especially the backing fabric.

Long before the quilt was finished I was wondering through town one day and came across a new paper shop! I used to love a little paper/stationary place in Melbourne when we lived there but have been ‘making do’ with normal newsagent wrapping paper and cards for the last few years…until now! Check out this gorgeous card and wrap…it suited the quilt so well!

I’ll leave you with a picture of Louise wearing something I didn’t blog while I was pregnant…just a little gender specific.

She’s my chubba bubba….check out that chin!

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A couple years ago (I didn’t realise it was that long ago until I went searching for the post!) I did the Knitter’s Tea Swap 4 and had the lovely knitterbunny as my swap partner, we’ve kept in sporadic contact over the last couple years, mainly because I am crap at keeping in contact! Knitterbunny is lovely, we’ve had many exchanges across the world of emails and later Ravelry messages, that always put a smile on my face, many times saying that we should do another little swap, so I have collected, and really must send the parcel in the morning, see I’ve said it online so I better get off my butt. Anyway several weeks ago…maybe months…time flies around here…I got a lovely parcel in the post from knitterbunny with some yummy yarn, a kit, some biscuits (which I ate before I finally got off my butt and took a photo of the parcel) and some beautiful hand knits for the girls, one of which I had fallen quietly in love with when she blogged it. The yarn makes me want to get back to lace knitting after months of baby knitting!

So once again, thanks knitterbunny, you rock! Your parcel will be in the post, no really it will!

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Somewhere in our now hectic life we’ve managed to take a little time out to get the nursery organised. Most of the sewing work was done while I was on leave before the girls’ were born. So here’s the run-down of the sewing I did…

-11 metres of bunting, enough to go round the entire room.
-Curtains and tie-backs
-Patchwork quilt, made many years ago entirely hand sewn.

A few detail shots around the nursery…

The photo’s of the girls’ are by Dan, I think he did a wonderful job!

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