[sewing] Ottobre 1/2013 #13, school blouse

My little baby is growing! I’m nearly more excited than her at the prospect of her going to school! I’ve always loved school and I hope it will be the same for her 🙂

Along with all the papers and forms we had to sign was a list of things to bring for the coming year. Since the kids are only 3 years old, it’s still a lot of “baby stuff”: handkerchiefs, wipes, etc. She won’t be allowed to have a pacifier at school so she might find it a little difficult to nap without it. In this list, the staff was also asking for a kind of apron made of fabric. I had a never heard of it, when I was a kid I never had to wear this kind of protective blouse. I really wanted to sew this one for my daughter, especially since I haven’t sewn much for her recently.

I didn’t really know what the requirements were for this blouse, so I had a little look around on the internet. Here is what I came up with: it needs to be rather large and long (non restrictive), have elasticated cuffs and if possible should close at the back with snaps so that the teacher doesn’t spend the whole afternoon closing the kids’ blouses. The next step was to browse through my Ottobre magazines (I’ve had three years of subscription) and find something appropriate. I think pattern number 13 of 2013/1 ticks all the boxes! It looked like not many modifications were necessary: I simply had to lengthen the sleeves and use the heart-shaped pocket from the next pattern.


All the fabric used comes exclusively from the stash and I’m very proud about this. The grey fabric was originally used for a skirt but is so stiff the skirt didn’t hang very well. The print cotton comes from Catherine’s stash and has already been used for a hat and a rabbit skirt last year.


These little pockets were quite annoying to sew, I’m not sure I’ll make them next time! But I think they give a nice touch of colour on this grey ensemble. The KAM snaps also come from my stash and I’ll need to buy some more very soon.



Since the picture was taken, I have put the snaps on 🙂

In the magazine, the blouse is in gingham fabric, which is why – I think – the top bodice pieces are on the bias. If not for this reason, I don’t really see why the pattern makers would have done this.

I really enjoyed chosing the pattern and the fabric for this project, as well as sewing it. My little one really likes it too so I hope the teacher finds it convenient 🙂

I wish you all a nice back-to-school period!



[sewing] My little rabbit

Here are a couple of things I’ve sewn for my little girl, she seems to be outgrowing all of her clothes at the same time! I’ve planned lots and lots of things and the latest Ottobre magazine (3/2015) is full of beautiful clothes to make.

Amidst this verrrry long list, I’ve chosen a little skirt with rabbits in appliqué and a hat. We’re going to have a heat wave in the next few days, so it’s perfect timing! The skirt and the hat are made with the same two fabrics, coming from Catherine (merci !), all very pink: a flowery print in cotton and a very bright pink in linen. The last one has been used for the inside of the hat.



Ottobre 4/2013 #5



Ottobre 4/2013 #5 pink rabbits!

Nothing very complex here, stitching the appliqué took ages but it was rather easy. This skirt is just a rectangle with shirring, so the construction itself is not a problem.



Ottobre 4/2013 #5 More pink rabbits! and pink grass!

To go with this skirt and to celebrate the delayed arrival of my latest issue of the Ottobre magazine, I’ve sewn a little hat from this issue. I’ve never made anything so quickly after receiving my subscription! Received yesterday and during nap time today, I traced, cut and sewed this cute little hat. It will be perfect for the nursery tomorrow.


Ottobre 3/2015 #13

As the weather was rather good this afternoon, I managed to snatch a couple of pictures of my little model:


Ottobre 3/2015 #13 sunshine! and no I’ve not made this dress



Ottobre 3/2015 #13



Ottobre 4/2013 #5 Worn with class and furry slippers..

  • The skirt

pattern : Ottobre 4/2013 number 5, size 86 – fabric : cotton print and solid colour linen, all from Catherine’s stash – modifications: none

  • The hat

pattern : Ottobre 3/2015 number 13 “Forget-me-not”, size 50 cm – fabric : cotton print and solid colour linen, all from Catherine’s stash – modifications: none

See you soon!


[sewing] [knitting] Petite Pullover & Pyjamas

Some sewing and some knitting for my little one: first La Petite which is a simple top down pullover mixing yoke increases and a raglan part. I didn’t do stripes but went for a very bright green, which is a colour that suits my daughter’s complexion.



La Petite Pullover: colour is much brighter that this..

I used Annell Miami yarn which is an inexpensive cotton/acrylic blend that I really like. It’s a joy to knit, it goes in the washing machine, there are plenty of colours and it wears very well. Perfect for my dribbling baby or when she eats bread! I don’t exactly remember how you’re supposed to finished the hem and cuffs, but I didn’t want to do a garter stitch border or ribbing. I had planned to do a hem to be sewn to the inside, but as you can see, I never did and just left it as it is! I quite like this look, plus it’s the lazy way 🙂

The pattern is very clear, instructions are precise and bonus: they are given for two different weights of yarn. The sizes range from 6 months to 10 years, it’s really worth the 5.5 USD. There will be more versions of this in the next couple of years.. I will try to add a picture of her wearing it.

For my next make, you won’t see any picture because it’s two pairs of pyjamas required by the nursery and they’re staying there. They recently asked us to provide pyjama pants so that in case of an emergency evacuation if the babies are sleeping, they don’t end up only wearing onesies in the street. I’d rather not think about this happening… Anyway, my little baby is now the proud owner of beautiful handmade pyjamas with dots. The fabric comes from TyFlorian Boutik and the pattern is from one of the most recent Ottobre magazines (#9 from issue 1/2014). It’s supposed to be doubled, but I only used one layer of fabric. It’s already rather warm in the nursery and they wear sleep sacks anyway.


Ottobre 1/2014 pattern #9

You couldn’t find an easier pattern and I did both in less than two hours, including the tracing of the pattern. I went for a 72 cm size (she’s 69 now) and I quickly checked the fit before giving them to the nursery. I added a sewn in little label with the size and her initials. I forgot to take a picture of the label, silly me! but I think it’s something I’ll do again, it will help me remember which size I did.

Sans titre-1

Ottobre 1/2014 pattern #9

[sewing] Stash Diet 2014

I’m in! Gail and Andrea have just given me the incentive to reduce my stash – or at least try to work from it. I need to do this because when I plan a new garment, I’m not turning to my stash first, which is why it is slowly getting bigger. Bigger and lonelier. Soooo, good resolutions for the new year, I need to do something about my stash!

Here it is, well nearly all of it:

fabric stash

Sorry it’s blurry, it’s all dark and gloomy out there, it’s January!

I have some more hidden elsewhere. But I consider this as beeing my stash because it has not been touched recently and is old enough that I managed to to a big inventory of it all last year and it has not moved.

So here are my goals for Stash Diet:

1. Make an effort to use stash fabric. I’m not going to set numbers, because I haven’t checked whether said fabrics are suitable for projects. A lot of these fabrics have been bought when I was a total beginner, they were dead cheap and I thought it was a bargain. Tsss, live and learn.

2. If it can’t be used per se, try to use fabric for muslins. Muslins don’t always have to be off-white, as you can see from the wonderfully ugly muslin I made for my Minoru Jacket.

3. If I fail at 1. and 2. then donate! Let’s try to give this fabric a new home where they might be loved, or at least recycled!


I’m looking forward to what others will be doing with their stash, and hope that great ideas for using this stash pop up!

Maybe I should be doing something about the yarn stash:

Yes, all these boxes are full of yarn

Yes, all these boxes are full of yarn

[sewing] Ottobre 4/2012 baby trousers

As promised, here are a few pics of the baby trousers I made last weekend. I’m very happy with the result of both and they were made using stashed fabric. The pattern is from issue 4 of 2012 of the Ottobre magazine and they’re trousers number 7. I made a size 68 – even if Héloïse is still 62 – so that they would fit her for a part of autumn and winter. And the description of the pattern says they’re “loose-fitting jeans”. Totally it: very loose-fitting 🙂


pantalon ottobre 1

I’m learning that it’s not easy to capture a baby!

pantalon ottobre 2

of course wearing the little cardigan made by her mama 🙂

Oh by the way, I’m sorry but my husband and I agreed that there would be no photo of our daughter’s face on the Internet, we both think that she will be the one to decide to post pictures of herself, once she’s old enough (though we’re not naive: we know it will happen sooner than we would like). But trust me: she’s very cute – totally honest comment 😉


pantalon ottobre 3

wide elastic waistband and cute knee patches

For the first pair, I really had a small piece of fine cord navy blue fabric, a leftover from a skirt I made last winter and never showed here (I can still see the draft every time I log in to WordPress). Anyway the fabric was so small that I had to cut the back piece in two parts instead of on the fold AND I cut it across the grain, boooo! I don’t think my daughter will notice: it’s on her backside after all. I also used turquoise ribbing: I don’t have a lot of ribbing yet and this is the best match I could have. I’m slowly building my stash of ribbing, as Ottobre kids pattern seem to use a lot and it’s a nice way of finishing an edge. For the second pair (in grey linen), I really didn’t have any matching ribbing, so I used an old tee-shirt, just as I did for my maternity skirts waistbands 🙂

pantalon ottobre 4

very loose-fitting 🙂 and accessorized with Minoucha

I think this pattern is very cute (otherwise I wouldn’t have made two versions), there are many things I like: the knee patches are a nice little touch and the wide elastic waistband makes it very comfortable for my baby, much more than the tight trousers she had. As you can see, I played with different fabrics and even tried the applique stitch on my Janome sewing machine. This is exactly why I wanted a few fancy stitches on my sewing machine: with a little girl the possibilities are endless!

pantalon ottobre 5

my first attempts at machine-appliqué: I like it!


pantalon ottobre 6

oh and the pattern also has back pockets

[Me-Made-May 13] day 16: bags, bags, bags

I’m cheating a little with the rules of Me-Made-May today, but hey, it’s my challenge and these are me-mades. The only thing is I’m not really wearing them today, but they make me smile so I wanted to share them with you. I order to get ready for the big day, I wanted to make both my little girl and me nice bags to bring to hospital, as well as a smaller for her (the pink and blue one on the photo below) to put toiletries (so small and she already fills a bag). The smaller pouches come from the Craftsy class on Beginner Serging, it’s the project associated with the class: an exposed zipper pouch. I think you’ve seen some over the Internet already, and I took advantage of a discount linked with Andrea’s very good review of this class. If you have a serger, take this class, you will learn lots! I made plenty of notes, but still think I’ll have to re-run the lessons a few times to remember everything!

Hey I managed to show a sheep!

Her big bag: I managed to keep the little sheep on the fabric! Fabrics of the big bag come from Ikea. Little slippers are here to give the scale


The bags are easy to make and require little equipment: 2 fat quarters, some fusible fleece and a zipper. I used simple fusible interfacing and some scraps of fabric for the first version. Of course you don’t actually need a serger to make these bags, but the point of it all is to learn to use it. After the first version I made 2 other bags, this time playing with fat quarters and contrasting zippers. I tried to make a bigger one and also added a handle (the red and white on the photo below), but it was just too big for interfacing – which means it doesn’t hold its shape. But it’s the perfect size to place all items needed for the birthing room: my t-shirt and water spray and my little girl’s first onesies, pyjamas, socks and hat. I embroidered a little frog on her hat (me-made too), it’s a private joke between my husband and I: when he came with me to the 2nd ultrasound and saw her for the first time, he thought she looked like a frog (grenouille in French). We’ve been calling her “grenouille” since, so I thought it was appropriate to have a little frog for her first day with us!

Little hat made using Kwik Sew 2433

Bigger exposed zippered pouch using Craftsy’s Beginner Serging pattern and little hat made using Kwik Sew 2433


Plenty of pockets to place tiny socks and hats

Plenty of pockets to place tiny socks and hats (Large nappy bag pattern by SusieDDesigns on Etsy)

She has a bigger bag too, to put the many many things you need to bring along. I did a quick search on the internet and found two very nice designs by SusieD on Etsy – I used this nappy bag for grenouille and a weekender bag for me. I have changed dimensions for both, as I wanted BIG bags. Again I have done a first version for the nappy bag, but apparently didn’t chose the colours very wisely and I don’t really like it. It worked as a muslin and from there it was easier to make a bigger bag.  Both bags are really well thought out, they have plenty of pockets and the instructions are very clear and well illustrated. A trip to Ikea in the upholstery area and I found all the fabrics I wanted: flowers and leaves for me, farms and animals for her.

My own slippers to give a scale of my bag (Weekender Bag by SusieDDesgins on Etsy) – and the first version of the exposed zipper pouch (and handknit socks too, of course!)


Lining and pockets, very well thought out!

Lining and pockets, very well thought out!

A word of warning though: both bags are entirely lined and nowhere can the wrong side of fabric be seen, that means there are a lot of pieces to cut and assemble. So in order to understand the construction and see where I could change dimensions, I made a miniature paper bag for mine, with colour codes for different fabrics, interlining, fusible fleece, etc. – it took me a couple of hours, but the cutting and sewing went very smoothly after that!


Miniature paper weekend bag!


Costs for the big bags

patterns 9.46€ for both patterns, a little more each if you buy them separately.

fabrics for her bag: 21.15 €

fabrics for mine : 23.64 €

Total cost for both bags: 54.25 € – not too bad!

[Me-Made-May 13] day 5

No garments today, but little accessories that will be needed for the hospital: I made matching slippers for my daughter and me. I know it’s a little twee, but hey, when she’s a teenager, it will be too late for that! It’s my way to say welcome to her 🙂 Both patterns were purchased and downloaded from I Think Sew. The pattern for the adult slippers is Priscilla Women’s Shoes and for the baby size it’s the Lilac Baby Booties pattern. You can see they’ve used the same fabric for both patterns, I didn’t go that far, even though they’re both yellow.

Patterns are well written and very well illustrated, plenty of pictures – and trust me it makes is easier to understand how these 3D things go together!

me-made-may 13 day 5


[sewing] Nursing cushion cover

Do you recognise this fabric? Yes it’s the one from my latest tee. I had some left over and I didn’t want to use it again for another tee, and when cutting my fabric I discovered that it had some stains on, maybe due to some bleach. But I still had some length and I wanted to use it for something that would make me smile.


My sister-in-law has kindly lent to me her nursing cushion, and I felt the need to make it a little more personal. The original cover of the cushion is a clear blue fabric not very interesting. With this new striped fabric I made the cushion a little more to my taste. And I must say it makes me smile!
It was rather easy to make: I just draped the fabric over the cushion and marked the seams with a chalk. Then I cut four times the same piece making sure to align the stripes.
The main question was how to close the cover, as it has to be removable to be washed. I’m not entirely happy with the solution I chose, but I wasn’t going to place a zipper on stretchy fabric! My original plan was to use snaps but it didn’t work, so I just zigzagged the opening, this will make it easier to see the seam later on!


This is a rather easy sewing, a bit like making trousers with the waistband closed.
Just after completion, I tried it. Not for nursing of course, but to take a little nap and I must say it is very comfortable…