You know when you get a piece of clothing for your kids but you can't really picture wearing it, or at least not in that actual form?
They are too big for the baby, and too short and weird shaped for the boy, but you like the fabric. It looks good and is soft to the touch. Use an acceptable PJs to trace, add some cuffs and you are done. I think this was less than 30 minutes project, I even managed to use the original waist line, only hat to stitch it along the cut together with the elastic that was already there.
Good Morning Sunshine:)
You can find the tute for the top he is wearing here.
A while ago I got this Shauna from Shwin & Shwin sent me the Submarine Pullover pattern to test. I did most of it, and the the whole family got down with the flu, bad one.
Here it is now...the patter calls for thinner fabric, but I wanted to try this out and used coat fabric instead. Great choice, since it is going to be steaming hot from now to eternity, they say.
The pattern is for intermediate sewers, but I believe beginners can also tackle it without fear, maybe leave out the button holes (like I did, although button holes were never on my list of problems sewingwise). I also did something wrong with the hood so I had problems lining it up, and due to the thickness of the fabric it wasn't pleasant, but in the end I just decided to take it in and leave the placket outside the hood area. What I am trying to say is, there is always a way around things. Sometimes the solutions you find because you messed things up are the best ones and even though the garment might not be perfect it will make it unique:)
I used daddy's shrunk sweater for the cuffs.
and cuffs of daddy's old polo shirt sleeves for the pockets and the rest of the shirt for the lining of the hood.
I don't know about you, but over here the weather is incredible. We totally jumped from winter into Summer. They are already announcing tropical heat wave in a few days. 30 degrees Celsius in tropical in April I should think. And with tropical heat you need
Rarely do I have the chance to sew something for girls so I was really happy when this time KCWC, Merrily we Sewalong with Two-Tee dress theme and a visit of my friend Monika and her little girl Valentina coincided. Nothing like three birds with one stone, right?
Oh, and I am still not buying fabric, so only upcycling in this house.
I started with two of my tops I used to love dearly and my sons T-shirt for the pattern and the measures, since him and Valentina are both 16 months old, only a few days apart, but living a world apart from each other. We are in Hungary and she is in Aspen, USA.
And ended up with this.
I even made a label, my first, yeeey!:) Couldn't get a better photo, she was moving all the time:)
P is not a big eater. He is usually 'sooooo full' after half a bite. So, sometimes I use tricks...like say...give him soup in a cup to 'eat' with a straw. He likes unusual things, especially things he finds funny.
Soup P is drinking in a photo is a Wild Garlic soup, for the recipe jump here.
Finally, the playground season is here. I don't have to put tons of clothes on myself and kids to get out of the house and we can stay outside after daycare. Here in Budapest we go to the playground an luckily for us there are tons. I love the fact that you can find playgrounds in most unexpected places among old buildings or in the shopping area. Most of them are in pretty good condition, fenced and some are equipped with crazy constructions my boys love, like planes, trains or little adrenalin park features.
What is it like in your country? Do you go to the playground or you have your own in your back yard? Please join us in the SHOW ME YOUR PLAYGROUND SERIES! Contact me if you'd like to participate, I'd love to hear from you!
Ever since 1967 April 2 is the day to celebrate children's books. I am not sure how you do it, but I really try to bring quality reading into my children's lives. It is not so easy and sometimes kids like things you don't or would like them not to, but even though I will not force them or forbid books that are not on my top favorites list I do feel it is important to show P there is a whole magic world of fairy-tales beyond Disney.
The book you should definitely try to get hold of is a Snow White, magically retold by Stella Gurney and illustrated by two incredibly talented Croatian guys: Zdenko Bašić and Manuel Šumberac.