[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] Back to basics

I’ve had some issues lately with my sewing: two recent projects didn’t go exactly as well as I had planned – I’ll talk about them later once I can face the disappointment and actually take pictures. So this weekend, to be a bit more positive, I went back to basics and sewed garments I knew would fit me and wouldn’t be too hard. What best than pyjamas? I took me nearly as much time to find the pattern I had traced as to cut the fabric!

This is my trusted McCalls 5248, used before during Karen’s Pyjama Party – fingers in the nose! I used a cotton I had bought last year from the remnants bin. I initially thought of making a dress out of it, but wasn’t too sure about the combination of the colours and the print. That’s why I love pyjamas: you can go wild with prints and you still enjoy it every single day! It totally counts as wearing “frosting“, doesn’t it?

Next on my list, I cut a few versions of the Renfrew top (2 will be the long sleeve version). I also shamelessly copied Andrea‘s idea and cut a cardigan version of the same Renfrew, using a black ponti knit. I’m not modelling it yet because it’s not finished: I need to make buttonholes, but first I need to find buttons!


I totally followed Andrea’s advice and cut 2 sizes bigger (12 instead of 8) to allow for some ease and to be able to wear something underneath. For the next version I’ll have to shorten the sleeves a little.

It feels good to achieve something that fits.. have a wonderful week!