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This website is very interesting... if you ever wondered what to do with everything you might have made :-) or do wonder what could you buy which is a bit different.

Penguin pattern


This is a proposal for the Christmas presents.... A penguin

Material World


I have not tried this one yet, but... 


I found a very nice blog in which someone recommends this shop in Acton and I must admit to be interested in exploring as it sounds a bit like the Ali Babah cave.

Clone yourself... a fitting assistant



And so you might have thought by now that I have lost my marbles.... well not quite.


When you are sewing for yourself, there is one thing who can drive people mad without failing... and that it, that besides you, there is nobody around to try your cloths on to adjust. The problem being that if you do, you will never be able to , say, adjust the length of a skirt successfully... You could buy one of those stands, but lets face it: they are so very expensive!!

So imagine my surprise when i came across the following website, where they tell you how to clone yourself ... DIY style... Great entry by David Coffin

The most beautiful gift


And so I was wondering what could it be that one could make as a present to the new niece/few... when this wonderful idea appeared in front of my eyes...

Although I do, as it happens, have a machine, this gorgeous toy can actually be done by hand... with all those bits of fabric one always have in the back draw...

Nani iro

An amazing Japanese website where you can download free patterns and get fantastically beautiful fabrics...

I came across this one through the Burda website... which as it has an international follower profile it is a deffinitive open source of inspiration....

My take on the "Nikkishell's baby pajamas"

This is a super cute pj I made with some fabrics which I got from my grandma, using a free pattern from one of the collaborators in the burdastyle website...

I basically took the Nikkishell's baby pyjamas pattern and cut all the pieces in a bright fabric, to then realise it was a bit too bright and maybe be good to "turn it down in the from, and adorn it with a pocket....

My sister in law loved it, and i hope so will my niece...
The size is meant to be 2 year old, but the trousers are too small... so I would say more like 12 to 18 months...
I also added a "neck piece" as an interface to the inside of the pyjama... as it was my own idea (this is... i had no instructions to make sense of the sequencing) i made a mistake fixing it to the pack piece first ... i took pictures of my mistake in case anyone finds it useful...

Took these photos to show the sequence of fabrics around the neck line.... Rather anoying to get it wrong, so I reccommend to pin it and flip it to the "right" side before stitching.


DIY pregnancy skirt

My sister in law was pregnant, second time, and after discussing with her what she wanted, she explained that her dream would be a skirt she could grow into, as this time around, she was growing faster that before.

So… I drew one of the 6 parts of an existing skirt and cut 9 pieces like it… 3 front, 3 back, and 3 front again…

I then added some little bows in the outer hip side and the inner hip side, to allow for some “expanding".

As the original size was the right one to suit the time when I measured, there it was plenty of skirt to grow into.
Best was that she liked it!

Since I made this skirt, I have found a free pattern at make-baby-stuff, in case anyone needed.