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Creations: Fun for Kids

Let me start with a disclaimer: This post is about children’s clothing. I will be blunt and say that I myself is not that interested in reading about children’s clothing so if you aren’t either you have my permission to carry on. However, for my own documentation I want to post about the kids’ stuff I’ve sewn, but to not clog my blog feed I will sweep them all up in one post. Most of them are from the same pattern as well, so there’s not much to talk about.


Coolest cassette leggings for coolest toddler
Coolest cassette leggings for coolest toddler


I’ve talked about the leggings for little E previously. I have made her two pairs, with cassettes and hearts (which did not make it to the photo session). The Cassette fabric came from my old nursing t-shirt (and scraps) and the heart jersey was leftovers from toddler skirts I made for my nieces. The pattern is really simple, I just traced a pair of leggings she already had. It’s so easy to sew for kids, the front and back are the same and they’re not fiddly with fit.


T-shirt #1 in a cute print and happy colour
T-shirt #1 in a cute print and happy colour

The kiddo has had the honour of receiving two long-sleeved t-shirts this fall. The first one was a surprise for him as I saw the fabric in the store when I was shopping for myself and I knew he would like it. I used Burda 04-2012-144 as a base for the bodice and sleeves and then I changed it as I saw fit. I added a neckline band and cuffs to the sleeves (since I accidentally cut them too short), I made the neckline a bit more narrow and omitted the pocket and elbow patches. As for instructions, I didn’t use them and did it my way by setting the sleeves in flat, so much easier!

Cutest matching brother and sister
Cutest matching brother and sister

A few weeks later I asked the kiddo if he wanted that I make matching t-shirts for him and his sister. Obviously the answer was yes. He got to pick the fabric and decided on the purple with penguins (kiddo=major purple fan) (other options were pink with owls and blue with dinosaurs). The kiddo’s t-shirt is identical to the green one but with longer sleeves and slightly shorter cuffs. For little E’s t-shirt I used Allt om Handarbete 05-2008-6 as a base. The pattern is simple in the way that front and back are the same piece, but advanced in the fact that it is meant to have a button placket in the back. To me that seemed overly ambitious for a toddler t-shirt and just did a regular neckband. I lengthened the sleeves and added cuffs. Two simple t-shirts and two very happy children. Kiddo’s eyes were glowing when he got to put on his new t-shirt, made with love.


This cap is so much cuter when a cute toddler is wearing it
This cap is so much cuter when a cute toddler is wearing it

Yes, the first category with only one finished product. I cut up my Envy dress, which I pretty much only wore for Me-Made-May and didn’t feel really comfortable in, to make little E a fall cap. I used this free pattern (to be cut on two folds, that was tricky!) from Stoff och Stil and it made for one adorable cap. Perfect for that in between weather.

My selfless sewing so far this year, although one can argue that it’s not completely selfless as I get a huge kick out of seeing the joy coming out of the kids’ eyes. Well, mainly the big one so far, little E kept pulling off her cap when I tried it on her. And I think she thought it was thrilling to wear the same shirt as her idol as well.

Kids clothes are quick and easy to sew, especially if I stick to t-shirts and leggings. I should take time and sew a few pieces now and then for the kids, they love it so much. But now, it’s back to me, me, me!

Do you enjoy sewing kids’ clothing? Do you enjoy reading about it? Or are you a selfish sewer?

Under hösten sydde jag några snabba projekt till mina barn. Jag gillar utmaningen med vuxenkläder, men för att rensa hjärnan mellan projekt är det rätt bra med att göra en snabb barntröja eller byxa, där passform inte är lika viktigt och sömnaden går fort. Min lilla har fått två par leggnings (varav bara ett par har fastnat på bild), en t-shirt och en mössa. Stora har fått två stycken t-shirtar med lång ärm. Kassett-leggingsen och mössan är återbruk av plagg jag sytt till mig själv, men som jag inte var nöjd med. Nu har de fått nytt liv!


Sew For A Change – August

For the month of August the theme in Sew For A Change was recycling. We were to set ourselves three goals on how to improve our recycling. I must admit that it was difficult to find three challenges as we already have so much in order (we have organised a great system, the kiddo knows what to do (or asks if he’s unsure), our food waste is turned into biogas by the waste company). But I wanted those ten points… My challenges were:


  • Recycle textile

I did not know that textiles could be recycled. So far for me they have only gone in the waste bin. Another lesson learnt during Sew For a Change! I have not investigated if our recycling station has textile recycling (since everything is picked up at home, we hardly ever go there) . However, I did learn that there’s a home décor store, Hemtex, who has textile refashion and gives a voucher to be used in the store on your next purchase for each bag you hand in (50 SEK on a 300 SEK purchase). As someone in the Facebook group mentioned, I don’t think they considered a bunch of sewers seeing this. I have now organized (not very well at the moment, two bags in my sewing room, one with scraps and small bits to go to textile recycling and one with bigger pieces to be donated to the kids’ pre-school (if they want it, otherwise it will be recycled the old fashioned way).

Coolest cassette leggings for coolest toddler
Coolest cassette leggings for coolest toddler


  • Refashion usable textiles

You know those garments you’ve made that you for some reason don’t really like or have no more use of? We all have those, right? Even if I don’t want to wear them myself, there’s something difficult about throwing out the clothes I’ve made with my own two hands. However, I found no difficulties in chopping them up for clothing for the kids. It was quite liberating actually, making a new home for my discarded clothes. The nursing top, along with the remnants of the fabric, became the coolest leggings ever for Little E, she also got a new fall cap in the dress fabric. I have always taken out zips and buttons, now if I discard something I will see if I can make use of the fabric as well. Also, I cut off a torn pair of the kiddo’s jeans to make shorts. As for the back of the cut off jeans, I made patches for another pair of torn jeans. Recycling at its best!

Jeans recycling
Jeans recycling


  • Reduce waste.

Even if we have a pretty good recycling system, it is always better to reduce waste altogether. In order to reduce glass waste and transport I have filled the freezer with blackberries, for my winter needs of berries and I have pickled beets (ecological and very locally produced (our backyard)). It was all put in jars and containers we already had, thus reducing waste. I have bought myself a moon cup, let’s I hope I’ll like it as much as many others! I held on to the plastic bags that the kiddo’s underwear came in, perfect for hanging on the desk while sewing and using for threads. Before throwing something out in the future I will see if I can find other use for it.

Yum, blackberries!
Yum, blackberries!


As for shopping: Nothing! To be honest I don’t miss browsing the chain stores anymore. I don’t want to look like everyone else. However, I find thrift stores extremely inspiring and it’s a good thing they’re quite inaccessible for me otherwise I’d shop till I dropped, which is not the point of a consumption challenge. Now I feel I’m at a point where I can dress fun and varying, while adding pieces one by one through sewing. Thrift shopping has allowed me to try new silhouettes and shapes and has given me a clearer view of what I want and wear. Win-win! I also gotten into buying household items at flea markets, especially things that I don’t have an urgent need for (on my fall list I have lemonade pitcher, a cake plate, pearl necklaces (for crafting pearls) and kitchen towels to make fabric napkins).


My new thread collector, used to hold underwear
My new thread collector, used to hold underwear

Ingoing points: 48 p

Star challenge: +10 p

Outgoing points: 58 p

One last confession before I leave you. In my teens I used to watch The Bold And The Beautiful. Yes. Therefore I cannot think about recycling without thinking of Sally.

Me-Made-May, The Beginning

Day 1

What’s today’s outfit?
Me-made Cassette Nursing Top and thrifted pants.

Where was it worn?
A day at home with people coming over.

Outfit rating
A v
ery comfortable outfit! However, the pants are a bit too long,as are all RTW pants on me, so I might have to hem them a bit.

Day 2

What’s today’s outfit?
Megan skirt, H&M t-shirt and Camaïeu cardigan.

Where was it worn?
Fabric shopping

Outfit rating
Last MMM it was suggested to dress in honour of Zoe on the last day – I didn’t. However I was putting this outfit on, I felt that it should have been my tribute outfit. Comfortable, but the cardi doesn’t really work with my current shape.

Day 5

What’s today’s outfit?
Mandarin Skirt (un-blogged), RTW t-shirt

Where was it worn?
At home. The kiddo was running a slight fever so our planned guests had to stay at home.

Outfit rating
Truth be told I would never wear a velour skirt out of the house. But it works perfectly as lounge wear.

Day 6

What’s today’s outfit?
Namesake Skirt, No-sew nursing tank, thrifted top and jacket and Polka Dot Diaper Bag.

Where was it worn?
Day at home and then a doctor’s appointment for baby E (regular check-up).

Outfit rating
Finally warm enough to be bare-legged outside! I made the most of that weather. The skirt is comfortable and I wear it alot since denim is so easy to match.

Cassette Nursing Top

I’ve been envious of all the sewists out there who can “whip up a quick knit top in an evening”. Since my machine and its pilot didn’t quite match before I’ve always had troubles with knit. A visit to the doctor’s for the machine, including some learning by the pilot, solved that issue and now I can just keep the knit tops coming (to bad jersey is pricier than wovens).

I got this idea from Assorted Notions (I really miss her blogging!) and used her tutorial to transform a regular knit top pattern into a nursing top. I couldn’t be happier with the results! The basic pattern I used was my TNT pattern Burdastyle 01-2009-106 (which I’ve made up 4 times before this top) and then followed Christina’s instructions, with some modifications.

The tutorial opens up for a lot of personal variation and I pretty much just followed the instructions on how to cut the two bodice pieces and sew them together. I topstitched around the neckline (perhaps not a wise choice in retrospect) and added an elastic to the short bodice hem, after a RTW nursing top I own. The loose-fitted look of Christina’s top is not going to work for me. At first I planned to make the top sleeveless, but it was too floppy in the shoulder area, so I added short sleeves in the end.

The nursing feature is made up by the two bodices. The bottom bodice will get  holes in it to provide easy access and the front bodice is there to cover up the holes as well as the stomach while nursing (I will cut the holes after the baby is born so I know where to put them, for now it’s just two layered bodices). I will never stop nursing in public, but I will do my best to be discrete, however the needs of my baby always precede the wish of others not to see nursing in public.

Project summary:

Pattern: Burdastyle 01-2009-106 – altered
Alterations: Altered to be a nursing top using this tutorial from Assorted Notions. Used a regular sleeve.
Difficulty: Once I’ve overcome my knit difficulties, this is an easy top.

Fabric: Printed cotton jersey. Also used for the kiddo’s 2nd birthday shirt.
Notions: Elastic, thread

Estimated price: Fabric 80 SEK (€9.29), thread 1 SEK (€0.12). Total 81 SEK (€9.41)

Project Rating: I’m very happy with this shirt and I hope it’ll get a lot of wear in the summertime and that it will fulfill its purpose. I’m happy to have overcome my fear of knits, this being my third knit project in a row (see Sneak Peek). However now I want to take a knit break and work with wovens for a while.

It’s not fun to present  a project on the floor like this, once I wear this top “for real” I will try and take a photo to add to the blog.

Cassette T-shirt in Action

For the kiddo’s second birthday I made him a cassette t-shirt. I never got around to posting about the finished t-shirt, so here it is.

The kiddo at his birthday party opening one of his gifts. I still haven’t mastered jersey, which can be seen in this t-shirt. I’m not very good at finishing, both necklines and hems. For this t-shirt I used a bias cut strip to finish the neckline, which turned out a bit big. For the hems (sleeves and bottom) I haven’t mastered the twin needle, I probably need to practice to find the proper settings on my machine, I usually end up with a “buldge” between the seams. I need practice!

I really like the t-shirt and I have enough of it to make myself a top too. We’ll be matching in cassette t-shirts! (If I get mine done before he outgrows his).

At the moment I don’t get much sewing down, the husbie and I spend our evenings watching Le Tour de France. It is pure torture as it feeds on my France-withdrawl. I love France, it’s such a beautiful country and I want to go there at every given chance (but still wanting to go other places, too). Ah, France…

My husband usually cheer for the one he thinks is the best, I usually cheer for the cutest one. They coincide, but unfortunately Andy Schleck is not competing this year due to being injured. So the tour is just longing for France.

Cassette t-shirt

For the kiddo’s 2nd birthday I’m making him a cassette t-shirt, using the fabric I bought on Monday. I didn’t have a pattern, so I traced on of his other t-shirts.

Children’s clothes are so easy as they don’t need darts or other shaping details. They’re just straight and therefore you can get away with tracing another t-shirt.

This is how the t-shirt will look. I’m in love with the fabric, I think it’s hilarious. The sleeves aren’t set as I wanted to try the shirt on before I did that. And yes, I know that the cassettes on the sleeves are upside down, I’m just glad I remembered to have the front and the back the same. ow I just need to figure out how to finish the neckline.