Monday, 16 May 2016

A Baby Gift

Patterns: The Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker and the Lullaby Pants by Oliver + S
Size Made: 0-3 months for the pants, the cardigan is one size (up to 10lbs)

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Herringbone Chambray and Makower Flo's Friends Koala print
Yarn: King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK

One of my best friends from school recently had a baby boy. He arrived a tad early and so I wasn't quite prepared for sewing up his presents yet! Luckily I stumbled upon this lovely cardigan pattern on Ravelry which caters for very small babies, up to around 10lbs.

I really liked the design and the feature of the buttons going off to the side so I grabbed some soft yarn and got going. It is a seamless, top down knit and comes together so easily. I was finished in around 5 days. It was a pleasure to knit and the yarn is super soft.

As you can see, I chose the short sleeved version seeing as we are in Spring over here.

I paired the cardigan with a couple of pants from the Oliver and S Lullaby Layette pattern. I haven't sewn up any of the pieces from the set before, but knew that it was the perfect pattern to have on hand for newborn gifts.

The construction of the pants is so clever and thoughtful. There is no side seam to irritate little skin and there seems to be plenty of room to accommodate nappies.

I got to use my baby boy buttons too! It always pays to have a little stock of baby themed trims - just incase!

It might be a while before he fits in the pants, he is still quite little. I have been promised a photo when he does though so am looking forward to seeing that!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Moneta Dress (my new favourite thing)

Pattern: The Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns
Size made: L
Fabric: star print interlock and floral tissue knit (both from Abakhan Fabrics)

I have discovered my perfect everyday dress in the form of the Colette Moneta. I decided on a whim to sew one up after sitting on the pattern for a few months. Now I wish I had tried it sooner, it is perfect!

I didn't make any alterations, just a straight size L (12-14) and I tried the short and 3/4 length sleeves. The weather is warming up so the short/sleeveless versions will come in very handy but I love the 3/4 sleeves. They make it just that bit more wearable for me.

The pattern is aimed at beginners and so it is quite straightforward. There are 3 different versions (sleeveless, short sleeved and 3/4 sleeves) and the option to add a collar with facing. Go to the Colette website and you will find a bonus free download with five additional collar variations.

Perfect for the school run as it requires little thought to throw on or with a fancy pair of heels would look dressier for a lunch out.

My short sleeved version is made from a very lightweight knit and I had to interface my seam allowances for fear of the twin needle chewing holes in my fabric. It has gathered beautifully as a result of being very drapey. I used elastic to gather it as specified but ended up trimming it off altogether with my serger knife as it left a ridge around the waist seam. The blue version, I tried gathering as you would a woven with a long basting stitch and it worked just as well, but has a little less stretch than the short sleeved version.

I skipped the pockets in the blue version but kept them in for the grey one. Who doesn't love pockets? I will put them in on my next ones just so I have somewhere to stash my phone!

All in all, a great dress pattern. If you have it but haven't got around to sewing it up yet, grab it down from your shelf, you won't regret it!