Wonder woman dress!

Wonder woman play dress

I can’t believe another year flown by and it is time to sew another birthday dress. This year the little one requested a Wonder Woman party, to the surprise of no one who knows her. Every other day she wants to dress up as “Woman Woman“.

Cape and headband

Since Wonder Woman is not the easiest princess to find in store in party paraphernalia, dolls or even clothes (shout out to Cotton On Kids for their awesome little girl Wonder Woman tee), we usually go for a homemade blue tutu, red tee and crown. She even has a cape. But for her party I made her an simple A-line dress that will be perfect for every day dress up. I’m a bit of a sucker for a kid in costume.

wonder woman dressOriginally I cut out a colour-blocked version A of McCalls 4006, but it was a total potato sack on my tall, thin almost-3-year-old and not at all what I imagined. At the last minute I found a free pattern here by Climbing the Willow (thank you for the facings) in a similar style, but better cut. I cut it out of the existing dress without compromising the placement of the already finished felt applique. Phew. Much, much better.

Since I finished it she has worn it jumping on a trampoline, scootering, playing soccer, climbing, sliding, shooting water pistols and it has been comfortable the whole time. Win win.

Fabrics from Spotlight.

Sewing for our big trip

beachIt has been quiet on this blog lately while we’ve been away on our first family holiday overseas. So much fun! So much planning/purchasing/packing involved when traveling with toddlers! We love Fiji!

I’m ready to start on so many things, but I promised myself I would finish off some of the half-completed projects that are lying around, starting with the knitted blanket I cast on in Jan 2012…. Anyway, here’s a few things I made for this trip, mostly from scraps leftover from other projects.

kindle caseI planned to do a lot of reading while we were away, so my Kindle was one of the first things I packed. I used this tutorial from Whipstitch to make the cover and it is perfect. If I had more time (next time?) I would make something similar for our passports and travel documents.

Fabric: Stripe fabric is Bozoku Cotton Duck #4 from Spotlight.

toy sleeping bagsQuilted sleeping bags for Mama and Papa bear! I thought this might help with sleeping in strange places, ha. I made these the night before we left (when I should have been packing), using this tutorial.

Fabric:  Lemon print is ‘Montreaux drill grocer #6′ from Spotlight; Castles print is a Lizzy House Castle Peeps fat quarter from Big W. Bias tape from Hobbysew.

hatAnd another Oliver + S bucket hat. Here it is straight from the wash, looking more than a little crushed! This one is made from fabrics that were already well traveled. The hippos were among a stash brought back from Tokyo by my lovely friend S and the floral was a gift from a trip my in-laws made to the UK and Ireland.

Fabric: Hippo print is Trefle by Kokka from Nomura Tailor, floral print is Alexander Henry Fulham Road Mulberry Moss in Tawny Plum.

Lazy days skirt

lazy days skirtThis Oliver+S lazy days skirt was wrapped up for my ballet-loving niece on Christmas day. This is the very best kind of pattern – free and fast – so perfect for last-minute, time-poor crafters like me!

lazy days close up I hope she loves those little redhead and brunette dancers as much as I do and will get lots of wear out of it!

Fabric: Cotton linen blend from etsy.