Friday 15 May 2015

That Time I made 1.5m of Fabric Stretch to 4 Garments

disclaimer* Toddlers move FAST! So hard to get a non-blurry decent photo.

A while ago I bought the cutest pink and white woodland fleece from Spotlight on the clearance rack for some stupid cheap price (coz that's how I roll). I bought 1.5 meters of it and I'm kicking myself for not getting more!

I had initially seamed the edges and made a cot blanket out of it but I have a big puffy duvet that always ends up on top so it was a waste of beautiful fabric!

I was trawling the internet for some free children's sewing patterns and stumbled across a Raglan Sweatshirt Pattern in 12 month size! 

Coincidentally this coincided with a trip to an op shop that resulted in the purchase of a couple of meters of aqua polar fleece and some pink and blue ribbing for a whopping $2.

I originally planned on making an all-over pink hoodie and an all blue one but I figured why not mix it up!

The result was two amazing hoodies, one for Addison and one for her friend.

I figured I still had enough pink fabric left to make another sweatshirt without the hood. I found some black fleece (old trackpants) and ta-da!

Finally with the last remaining scraps of pink fabric I cut out some trackpants. Sadly there is hardly any stretch in the fleece so they are pretty tight and restricting but I still managed to get a tracksuit photo! Work it!

I am in love with this pattern, I might have to try and stockpile more sweatshirting fabric to make matching family ones for us all (Dave will flat out refuse though - I just know it!).

It feels good to sew again.

Dear Addison - 11 Months

Dear Addison,

Your 11th month was so jam-packed that I'm writing this a whole month late! So forgive me if there are more photos than words this time!

11 months for you still held no crawling, some of your little friends were taking their first steps about now but you were super happy to hang out in your spot and use you go-go-gadget arms to reach whatever you needed. You became very clever at slowly stepping around furniture but you hadn't quite mastered the pulling yourself up or getting back down part. You favourite place was to be standing up leaning on the coffee table/trunk playing with your toys.

Your teeth situation was nice and placid this month, you had 8 teeth and you were happy! You eat a LOT of food and a snack bag began to be needed anytime we went out to keep you happy.

 You had your first Easter this year - you were born Easter weekend last year but it doesn't count. We traveled down to Timaru to have a reunion of our friends from our time living in Invercargill. 10 Adults and 3 children plus 2 cooking (Not me!) It was amazing and crazy but still so much fun and I am so glad that even though we seem to make friends that you only see every few years - it feels like no time has passed when you catch up.

A dear friend made you an Easter bunny toy and set up an Easter egg hunt for us to do and you got your very own Easter egg! It was your first taste of chocolate and you practically inhaled it! You even chewed it through the foil, like you knew the deliciousness that lay inside. 

Park trips were on the agenda and the swing is a firm favourite. We have one at our house and you will spend a good 20 minutes in there just swinging away with a grin on your face. You like big pushes!

Timaru - Down at Caroline Bay

Learning to smile like Daddy


First See-saw

Easter egg chomping

Much better Easter egg chomping
 Your baby cousin came round a couple of time to hang out and you were so fascinated and excited to see a baby. You still can't control your excitement and ended up doing a bit of arm flailing close to his face so you were moved to a safer distance. It won't be long until you two are causing havoc together!

Focused on baby cousin

Excited to hang with baby Cousin!
There was a bit of excitement this month because your 1st birthday was creeping up super fast. You had both sets of grandparents and Uncle Dan down so we spent lots of time together before the big party!

You are so charming, little lady. You have a smile for most people and capture their hearts so fast. Love you to the moon and back!