The One where the Evil Masterplan worked

When I was pregnant I wanted to sew as much as I could in the hope my baby would get used to the sound of the sewing machine. That way, once she was born I could use her as an excuse to sew more. “But I need to sew honey, it calms down the baby!”

And apparently it worked. I bought a baby carrier today so I could carry her around and get things done around the house. In the evenings she tends to get a bit fussy and I decided to put her in, get behind my sewing machine to see if it would work. She instantly calmed down and fell asleep! I feel like a true evil genius.

And sewing with a baby carrier around my body isn’t even as hard as I thought. The sound of her snoring is a bit distracting though 😉

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Calm and sleepy baby with her new baprons.

The One with the Bapron

My baby is a spitter, a cute one, but a spitter non the less. It’s amazing that she grows like she does, considering all the milk she doesn’t keep down.

She isn’t bothered by it and if it were just about extra laundry nor would I be. But she doesn’t like to change clothes, so having to do it 5-6 times a day because she’s covered in milk, isn’t making her any happier.

So I had to think of something. And when I came across the Bapron (baby apron), I felt like I found my answer.
It seems like the perfect solution to keep her clothes from getting soaked everytime and it doesn’t turn around like her bibs do, because she’s one lively little baby 🙂

So despite the fact that the pattern is meant for 6 month old babies and older, I ordered the pattern straight away.
I had to be in town anyway so I picked up some fat quarters and bias tape to get started.

I knew the pattern would be way too big so I took a gamble and scaled it at 75%. It worked like a charm, perfect size for my 7 week old baby. (7 weeks already, time flies!)
Because it was so small I managed to get 4 baprons out of 1 fat quarter. For backing I used a cheap towel in a matching colour.
Sewing it up was fairly easy, I only fiddled a bit with the bias binding.

I love the result and it’s been tested already! Works like a charm 🙂

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Update: I made two more and I’ve got another one cut out but ran out of bias tape.

Doesn’t she look cute!

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As far as sewing for myself goes, I’ve been buying fabric and patterns. I’ve been glueing, tracing and cutting them. But there hasn’t been any actual sewing. It’s just so hard to leave the baby alone to go to my sewing room, even if she’s napping 🙂 I haven’t got a table in our temporary living room so I can do all the prep work but not the sewing itself.

The One with the Sew Dolly Clackett!

Sarah over at Rhinestones and Telephones is hosting a Sew Dolly Clackett challenge/competition in honour of Roisin Muldoon (aka Dolly Clackett)‘s wedding in May. Hop on over for the details. And because you obviously love her as well, (who doesn’t) you’ll obviously sew along. Just don’t win that thing, ’cause that’s what I’m gonna do 😉

I’ve got the perfect pattern and perfect fabric picked out already… Hubby is not going to like this though, he hates novelty prints. But then again, they can’t all be as perfect as Nic 😉

The One with the Wardrobe Architect Epiphany!

You guys, I just had THE best idea! Probably due to the fact that it’s 3 am, I just fed the baby and I should be sleeping, but no, I’m wide awake and thinking about sewing!

You all know I’m following along in the Colette Wardrobe Series and that the last two weeks she had us pick out our colours and our palette.

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Well, I was playing around with my colours in Keynote on the iPad (well, the baby needs feeding a lot and when doing so I’ve only got use over one hand and a girl needs to do something with all that ‘free’ time) and I had the idea of dividing up my colours into categories.

Let me explain. The colours I picked are the colours I feel comfortable in and that I like wearing, but I don’t like them for just any type of clothing. For instance, I like salmon and dusty pink, but I would never (then again, never says never) wear them as a bottom. Same goes for cream. The opposite is true as well, I wouldn’t wear solid black as a top (apart from camis) because it makes me look pale and pasty.

So I divided them into top colours and bottom colours.

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I then took it a step further and decided to pair up every bottom colour with matching top colours. I even added camis and tight colours as to make little rectangle shaped outfits. (I know that camis and tights are not always needed, but still) It was surprising how easy this was by just using the solid colours to guide me. I wasn’t distracted by the types of bottoms and types of tops, because that doesn’t really matter yet.

(1 = camis, 2 = top, 3 = bottom, 4 = tights)

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But that’s not the genius part! My previous attempts at making a suitable wardrobe failed because I didn’t know how to prioritise and I didn’t know where to start building my wardrobe.
But this time it felt so obvious. I just pick a colour and start from there. I like things organised so the logical step is to pick the lightest colour first and work my way up the darker colours. Let’s start off with yellow (mustard). I have a mustard coloured knit in my stash and it would be awesome if I used it to make a Renfrew with white birds stamped on it! When that one is finished I can go on with orange (rust), red (tomato, burgundy) and so on…. It also gives me a chance to tick off everything I already have. I already have a pair of teal and burgundy pants I like (the ‘I like’ factor is very important here), so making a new pair isn’t a priority!

I feel so inspired! And happy! Let’s crank up that machine and start sewing. But maybe not right away, now I need some sleep because in 2,5 hours the baby needs to be fed again. Goodnight!

PS I know this post doesn’t talk about dresses, but that is just because I like dresses in all colours. A girl can never have too many dresses. I need MOAR dresses!!

Wardrobe Architect Week 6

Questions for this week: How do I transform my list of colours into a wearable palette? Which colours do I need more of and which do I need less of.
Which colours do I consider true neutrals, which are nearly neutrals and which are my accent colours.

True neutrals
These are the colours I would wear for camis and leggings. Apart from the black and the midnight I wouldn’t wear them as a solid single garment (a sweater, pants, etc) because they are too boring.

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Nearly neutrals
These are the colours I wear on a daily basis and for every piece of clothing. These are the colours I feel most comfortable in.

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Accent colours
I don’t like very bright colours, so my accent colours aren’t really bright either. They are colours I like but find harder to coordinate with the rest of my wardrobe or which I like for certain items of clothing but not for everything. (I would never wear salmon pants for example)

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I can’t wait to see what next week brings. I haven’t been sewing yet, but I have been doing a lot of tracing and cutting patterns and assembling PDF patters. You know, the prep work. This way I’m ready by the time I know what to sew 🙂

Wardrobe Architect Week 5

In week 5 we looked at our colours. I’ve done a post about my colours some time ago. Since then I’ve updated them and for this exercise I’ve added the names. (Mostly because not every screen shows them in the same way)

I’m an autumn type, I had my colours done a few years ago and I must say that they weren’t a big surprise. I tend to pick out the colours that suit me. Too bad fashion seems to disagree with my preferences 🙂 Luckily that’s where sewing comes in 🙂

I don’t have seperate winter or summer colours, I just wear any colour at any time 🙂

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Wardrobe Architect Week 4

This week the challenge was to combine the shapes we like into silhouettes we would actually wear. A picture says more than a thousand words so I’ll stick to pictures for this one …

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The One with The Blue Itty Bitty Baby Dress

During one of her naptimes (well, a few of them) I managed to cut out 4 Itty Bitty Baby dresses, the free newborn baby dress by Made by Rae.
I cut the larger size as I wanted this to fit her a little bit longer. Since these need very little fabric I cut out two blue chambray and two pink cotton poplin ones (I still have 15m of the poplin left). I wanted to make matching tights since I didn’t want her legs to be cold and all she has for ‘pants’ are pajama onesies so I used the free tights pattern by Made by Rae as well. I still had a cut out maternity shirt left, which never got sewn so I used that to make two pairs of tights . I used an owl print Stenzo interlock knit to cut out 2 more pairs of tights and matching (faux) patch pockets to put on 2 of the dresses.

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I started with all 4 pairs of tights at once, which only took me 30 minutes. Super fast, super easy, I’m in love.

I’ve only managed to make one dress so far but it’s so very very cute! The pattern is a breeze to sew, although I need to find a better way to do the gathering (gathering stitches never seem to work well for me). I want to try out the gathering foot on my overlock, but since i don’t know how much it gathers, I’ll have to play around with it first. The dress did take longer than anticipated but that’s because of the gathering and the topstitching.

The dress is the size I thought it would be, but because it doesn’t have any closures, it won’t fit her as long as I had hoped since I still need to get it on. 🙂 The shoulder straps are great to nibble on when she looses her pacifier. The tights are still a bit long, but that’s ok since the pattern was meant for a 3-6 month old.

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I love the result! And she loves it too and even told all about her pretty dress to the baby in the mirror (she started talking to herself in the mirror this week).
And doesn’t she look exactly like a little Disney Princess?

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Since this dress is blue, it is obviously a #bluefebruary make!

Wardrobe Architect Week 3

This week on Wardrobe Architect we had to look at the different shapes in clothing in order to find out which ones we feel comfortable in and make us happy. In order to look at shapes the worksheet wants us to grade garments based on ‘ease’, ‘length’, ‘fullness’ and ‘waistline’. So here goes…

Dresses: I like my dresses somewhat fitted and knee-length. I don’t like them shorter because I don’t want to flash anything when I lift my arms. I like the same fullness as I do on skirts but I like my waistline to be high or natural.

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Skirts: I like my skirts knee-length or mid-thigh length. Mid-thigh for me is 10cm above the knee at the shortest. My skirts should be A-line, straight or circle. Basically, all I have to avoid are gathered and pleated skirts since they make me look heavier and shorter than I really am. I feel most comfortable wearing a natural or dropped waistline. 

Trousers: I like my trousers to be fitted but not tight or loose but not baggy. My trousers should all be long, I don’t like calf length or knee-length at all. Waistline should be natural because I don’t want to feel uncomfortable when bending over.

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Tops & blouses: I like my tops somewhat fitted or somewhat loose. They should be above hip length or tunic length because I hate it if my tummy gets cold and I like tunic length because I like my backside covered 🙂

Jackets & blazers: I like my jackets fitted and above hip length. I don’t own any blazers and I don’t like wearing them.

Cardigans: I like my cardigans somewhat fitted and above hip length or tunic length. I prefer tunic length so they cover my backside and I can wear them with leggings if I want to (and avoid the leggings aren’t pants discussion)

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Outerwear: Outerwear should be somewhat fitted, tunic length and with a natural waistline. I like to show off my shape even when wearing a coat.

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Necklines: I only feel comfortable in V-necks, U-necks, cowl-necks and scoop-necks; basically anything that shows off a little skin above my boobs. I don’t like showing off to much cleavage but too much clothing makes me look top heavy.

Sleeves: I wear every type of sleeve except spaghetti straps (too much skin) or full length sleeves (I have short arms and always roll up my sleeves anyway)

Wardrobe Architect Week 2

Week 2 of the Wardrobe Architect series is all about finding your core style. On too many occasions I’ve pinned perfectly lovely outfits and wishing I could make and wear them, not realising that none of those were things I would actually wear. This week seemed easy at first but it did require some serious thinking.

My favourite clothing makes me feel…
Confident, put together and feminine. I feel attractive but grown up at the same time. They make me feel like people take me seriously when I say something. They also make me feel sexy and I’m more outgoing and flirty when I feel good about the things I wear. I’m more creative and I’ve got more energy.

When my clothes aren’t quite right I feel…
Like everyone is judging me. I feel like I walk around with a huge sign saying that I don’t look put together. I feel like everyone is watching me and will critisize everything I say or do. I don’t think people take me seriously at times like those. When my clothes aren’t quite right I feel frumpy and overweight.

My style icons are…
Princess Kate, Reese Witherspoon and Jess from New Girl. They all look put together and confident but without being arrogant and without overdoing it. Princess Kate is looks elegant yet simple. She never looks like she’s wearing a costume. Reese Whiterspoon looks like put together as a mother. She has great hair, great make up and she looks comfortable yet stylish in her outfits.
Jess is also a teacher and her outfits are fun and girly without being too sexy or revealing. She looks cute and she has great hair!
All three of them look good without overdoing it. They are beautiful but not beauty queen pretty. They are all a bit quirky, but most important, they look like a lot of fun!

Styles I like but are not quite me…
Classic, retro, vintage. I love 50’s and 60’s outfits like in Mad Men, but I would feel like I’m playing dress up all the time.

Describing my style using last weeks’ info
• Fun
• Flirty
• Elegant
• Sexy
• Practical
• Comfortable
• Fear
• Low self esteem
• Sad
• Self conscious
• Overthinker
• People pleaser
• Cameleon
• Outgoing
• Bold
• Dare devil

My core style
• Fun
• Flirty
• Comfortable
• Feminine
• Practical

My Pinterest Board for inspiration

The Wardrobe Architect