Friday, November 21, 2014

A Piratey Art Museum Vest

The Baby turned 1 quite a while ago now!
To celebrate that we had kept him alive for so long, cause let's face it, you don't have a party to celebrate the baby, we gave him a pirate party as I can't throw a party without a theme it seems. 

I wanted to make something for his, I mean my special day but didn't want to go overboard! (Get it?) 

Pattern: Oliver and S 'art museum vest'
Size: 6-12m
Fabric: purchased from
Alternations: used press studs instead of button holes, then sewed on 2 decorative  pirate ship buttons on top. 
Omitted the welt pockets, back band, and top stitched the vest around neckline and bottom section. 

Notes: he wore this to childcare a few times, however the button were quite popular and were damaged. The vest is away with his keepsake items. 

Versace in the middle of Africa

About a year ago I was gifted some beautiful Versace knit fabric from my lovely sewing teacher Liz. I had admired and tried on her version of Kwik Sew 3036 which is a sleeper pattern/brand in my opinion.

After some indecisiveness I decided to copy her combination of pattern and fabric, changing the neckline to the other version. I wanted the chain to sit below the bust to minimise my after birth stomach. Obviously from the photo that did not happen. So this top was not worn until 11.5 months after the toddler was born. 

My mum tried it on and in her opinion it looked better on her so I gave it to her begrudgingly. So now she has a Versace top while living in Africa. Shirley, you better bring it back with you. :)

Thankfully not all is lost, I picked up 1.7metres of the same fabric at the 2013 Boxing Day sale at Clegs. Now what to do with that?!

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3036
Size: 16 straight. Then taken in from the armpits by 2.5cm on each side. 
Fabric: Versace knit purchased from the cloth shop Ivanhoe. 
Alternations: 2.3cm sway back adjustment. 

One of many...

One of many applies to a lot of things in my life right now.
One of many piles of mess.
One of many paint brushes.
One of many big sloppy kisses.
One of many scout woven tees...this is my fourth version of this lovely pattern.
I have made it up in a knit, two rayons and now a double gauze.
As this was my fourth version it came together in about 4 hours, no joke. I spent more time worrying about pattern placement as no one wants a spotty boob. I bought the Nani Iro fabric and matching bias binding from an Etsy seller on a whim a month or two back.

Pattern: Scout woven tee by Grainline Studios
Size: 6 grading out to a 12 at the hips
Fabric: 1.1metres of Nani Iro Japanese Gauze, plus matching bias binding
Alternations: Added 3.1cms to the length and 2-3cm sway back adjustment (it wasn't enough see pooling in last photo)
I'm hoping the fabric softens up a fair bit as its quite stiff in a way, which affects the style of the tee, I'm not sure its the most flattering of tops, but it is good sun protection and it fills a gap in my mummy lifestyle. First worn on our weekend trip to Sydney, I managed to leave all my accessories at home except my sunglasses!

Kat x