Turtle power

turtle pizzaIt’s birthday season around here so we’re spending most weekends partying as hard as 4 year olds with sugar highs can. And that means … it’s pizza turtle time!

This new TMNT craze makes me feel old. Mostly because I’m not having any of that new scary looking movie. Classic turtles all the way. So I decided to make a Classic Michelangelo costume for this TMNT-loving 4 year old. diy tmnt costumesOf course I had to make a second outfit for the birthday boy’s best mate, designated Leonardo. Because the turtles are a team! And it is no fun facing up to “Shred-Head” on your own. Also, unless there’s a request for a Kermit costume in the near future, I am not going to be using this green fleece for anything else any time soon.

Leo costume back frontI used Kwiksew K3773 in View A (extra small) as my base. I thought separates would work best so that the birthday boy could dress himself and so he doesn’t have to wear it all if he is only feeling a little bit mutant turtle. The TMNT details were very slightly modified from the shell templates at Vanilla Joy. The cuffs here look slightly wonkus because I didn’t quite have enough green to finish the legs on the second suit properly and had to patch pieces together.

Leo costumeAnd the sign of a successful gift? Two boys who refused to take off the fleece tracksuits worn over clothes on a hot Sydney spring day. Cowabunga!turtle power

Flashback skinny tee Elsa dress

elsa flashback dressReopening my blog (has it been that long? eek!) with a very quick sewn project, aka what to make with two extra large tops from the Kmart clearance section: an Elsa inspired dress up for my little one. I guess we are late to jump on this bandwagon, but we have made up for that with enthusiasm!

Inspired by You and Mie’s simple elegant dress, I took Rae’s Flashback pattern, added a sweetheart bodice, gathered the sequined front of the white top as the cape and sewed it in when I joined up the back. I added a gathered skirt using the rest of the blue top and done! Simple and so fast thanks to the wonderful pattern. Also, immediately difficult to photograph, as she ran off down the (badly lit) hall signing “Let it goooooooooooooo!”. Perhaps not the most authentic looking dress, but it’s comfortably wearable and I reckon even the $80+ dresses out there can’t beat that.

Off to kindy Oliver+S backpack

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It’s kids clothes week, so of course I have spent the week not sewing clothing, but at least it is kid-related! In case you can’t tell, it’s a bumblebee backpack! The pattern is from the Oliver+S Little things to sew book by Liesl Gibson, with design mods by my 3.5 year old for his first day at kindy.

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When I told him that we could design a backpack for kindy together I was imagining dark blue (his favourite colour) and some sort of beast (dragon? dinosaur? shark?). But he chose a bee, probably because he’s seen something like it in the playground or the shops. He wanted a zip pocket up front and somewhere to put his water bottle.

bee backpack backThe teeny wings are cut from an old pair of khaki cargo pants, mostly because white + boys + kindy might not last long. The lining is a quilting cotton with a fun cityscape print. This is taken in bad light, the colours are much brighter and bolder. Love all the tiny details – all the different buildings, Chinatown, ferris wheels etc.

cityscape fabricI finished this about 2 minutes before we jumped in the car on the first morning of kindy. Phew! So proud of my boy. I hope we can collaborate again soon!

Fabric: Canvas and quilting fabric from Spotlight.

Busy season

alexia dress It’s been pretty busy here since last post, what with summer, Christmas and a second birthday! So I thought I would do a quick recap of some of my silly season projects.

Up top is the Alexia dress by FooFooThreads etsy shop, which I made for the little one’s birthday dress (first birthday dress is here). I just loved the yellow dress in the inspiration photo so much I had to recreate it. (Order it here if you can’t make it yourself!). Happy birthday princess!

Baby slip dressI also made her a baby slip dress from the free pattern by Suburbia Soup using Koi It’s a plus fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale. Just love the colours in this.

super raccoonI made a few other Christmas gifts, none of which were photographed of course. And I have nearly finished the knitted Christmas stockings. Maybe I’ll have them done for Christmas in July?? Here’s one present that I did manage to photograph, made with love for a special birthday boy. It’s Randolph the Super Raccoon (from the pattern by Rebecca Danger), gifted with My Super Hero by Chris Owen and Moira Court. Note to self: If you forget to knit jogless stripes, position it better in photos!

And now it’s time to tidy up the fabric stash so I can see what I’ve got and start planning for the next kids clothes week.

The small McCoy – mini seventh doctor vest

knit seventh doctor vestFinally, FINALLY, I have finished my 3 year old’s 50th anniversary outfit! And there’s less than one day left to #savetheday.

seventh doctor vest backThis was my first attempt at knitting stranded colour work and while it is far from perfect I am really pleased with it, particularly since I was working with department store yarn bought on a last-minute whim. A little tight here and there perhaps. But overall! How cute is my mini doctor?

seventh doctor vestI worked the ring bear vest pattern with a few mods and used the witty little knitter’s pattern for the colour work. So lucky that these talented people offer their patterns for free!

3D printed tardisMy mini TARDIS was 3D printed by Zebra Atoms. If I had access to a real TARDIS I might have found the time to make a tiny version of Ace‘s bomber jacket for my nearly 2 year old daughter as well. Maybe I will eventually get around to it – Halloween 2014 perhaps? Here are some cute bomber jacket options: crocheted, self drafted, vintage pattern.

Upcycled basic tees

ImageIt’s the final day of kids clothes week and I finally have something to share. Basic tees! My son is now the perfect size for Dana’s wonderful free pattern and tutorial and I can’t seem to stop making these… They really are very fast. Thanks Dana!

It feels so great to take old things that are going to be thrown out and make something new from them! And when they are free, who cares if they get wrecked in the playground or at kindy? Plus, he loves them. Long may that last!

From top: American Apparel stripe tee (already worn and retrieved from the laundry basket for the photo!); Boris Johnson Piffle tee bought eons ago when I lived in London; Perkins Paste tee from Remo General Store which is sadly no more (this was a ladies small, but I just managed it); and thrifted Dalek tee (hello Doctor Who 50th anniversary!!).

Upcycled fire fighter dress-up

fire fighter dress upI love making dress ups! This little jacket was perfect for my little fireman.  Inspired by a high-viz cycling vest that was in our donate pile and a ladies jacket from the thrift shop (half price!), it came together quickly.

Let's go out girls pattern bookThe pattern is a modified little girl’s jacket (W) from one of my Japanese pattern books, Let’s Go Out Girls, bought at Kinokuniya in Sydney.

It’s swingy and big, which is great for a fire fighter on the go! Hopefully will last longer than the $2 plastic helmet we got at Kmart!