Finally, FINALLY, I have finished my 3 year old’s 50th anniversary outfit! And there’s less than one day left to #savetheday.
This 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?
I 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!
My 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.
It’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!!).
I 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.
The 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!
Hooray for spring and free dress patterns! This is the Sonja dress from Salme. I made this a while back and have worn it quite a bit. I love it. It’s easy to dress up or down and it’s comfy. The only niggle I had making it was the invisible zipper – totally worth the investment in an invisible zipper foot!
Fabric: Reprodepot fabric from Spotlight.
Clearing out a cupboard today I uncovered the donut maker I bought for $12 at kmart a couple of years ago to make party food. I think its been used all of twice. Time to use it or lose it!
This adaption of an already popular recipe worked for us to make slightly cakey, yummy donuts. Note: Although I am not very strict about sugar generally, I wanted to try a sugar free recipe simply because I realise that I prefer my little ones when they haven’t been eating it! I say ‘almost’ sugar free because I did dust them lightly with cinnamon sugar for a more authentic donut taste. The extra flour is to offset the extra liquid from adding the rice malt syrup.
Rice malt syrup donuts. Made about 20 mini donuts.
Recipe adapted from bestrecipes.com.au
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour plus 2-3 tablespoons extra flour
- 1/3 cup rice malt syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 125g butter
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup milk
- Turn on your electric donut maker.
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add butter, egg, milk and rice malt syrup and beat until smooth.
- Ask your toddler to keep their fingers out of the bowl while you scrape the mix into a piping bag to pipe into the machine.
- Cook until lightly browned.
- Dust with cinnamon sugar or other sugar-free alternative.
Late I know, but here’s my handmade father’s day gift. A (seasonally inappropriate) daddy scarf with a meandering road for mini vehicles! There are 4 mini garages (two at each end) …and an overpass bridge in the middle!
All up the scarf is roughly 180cm long and 12 cm wide, which is large enough to be actually worn in winter. The cars are called Nano Speed which I found at the supermarket in packs of two. We chose the police car/fire engine combo.I absolutely cannot take any credit for the design, but simply followed the inspired directions posted by MizToolLady on Ravelry. I also ran out of yarn half way through, leading to the (ahem) design feature of a very slight colour change. The kids loved it from the first mention or was it perhaps just the tiny cars? Either way, anything which is functional AND can be used to distract the littles is a win for me.
Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zara
I’m pretty excited that my little one has entered dressing up phase! It’s all tutus, tutus, tutus around here, so it was time to make her a princess dress.
The little white baby dress was outgrown a while back but it was made of a pretty white and silver shot cotton fabric that I thought I could reuse. I had bookmarked this free tutorial before I even had a little girl to sew for and I used it as a guide, although I did do a couple of things a little differently.
I bought $5 worth of blue fabric and traced a bodice pattern that I already had (size 3 so there’s room for my 20 month old to grow). I sewed a ribbon down the front of the bodice to match the dress Cinderella is wearing in our princess book. I unpicked the existing sleeves from the baby dress and sewed them to my new bodice. The rest of the white dress was sewn to the lining along the hem and used for the extra puffy hip pieces.
The proportions are a little crazy because she’s a toddler and I want the dress to grow with her, but it is still so cute!
Fabric: Party satin from Lincraft.