We have had a bit of a cold snap the last couple of days and i am actually pleased….why? Because i managed to get some jumpers sewn for the toddler twosome before it hit!
It became apparent how much they have grown since last winter when i began pulling out their warmer clothes and many were too small already…i scoured the op shops and got a few fleecy and woollen treats but i fear those more organised than i had already done the rounds!
I looked at my material stash and was a little surprised to realise how much fleecy and flannel i had stockpiled…so it was time to get the machine out! I don't really like to buy patterns anymore (unless at the op shop) as they seem to work out so expensive. However, i have never been great at drawing my own patterns and am not very confident in this area so don't usually get very far!
That was before all these wonderful tutorials began popping up on the net though! I have already started making some cord pants for the girls and am happy with my modified pants pattern…but i don't have a good shirt or jumper pattern in their size. I still have the patterns i used for Miss Teen but they seem to start from 3 yrs upward for some reason!
I knew all i had to do was draw a pattern from the one jumper that actually still fit them but wasn't sure where to start! Then I came across this wonderful tutorial from Indietutes for making children's shirts. She set it out so clearly, easy step by step instructions that i felt really encouraged to give it a go. You know what? It was so easy! I'm not going to show all the steps here as it is this wonderful lady's tutorial and i really encourage you to drop by and have a look! But i will show you my finished product!
Used Watches says
I’m also currently teaching myself patternmaking, currently i’m using “Building Patterns” I’m in the beginning chapter but I.wonder if there are other books that are better for self teaching. What book(s) would you recommend. I have a lot of patternmaking books so I may have one, but I can always get more shipped to me.
your fleece shirts look beautiful! good for you…so pretty and warm!!
My daughter designed her own patterns…even made her own prom dress! I can’t sew even a botton!
Ness @ One Perfect Day says
Love both of these ideas! We’ve done that fine motors skills activity before too, my sone loves it. You are so amazing to make their clothes. I’m hopeless with a sewing machine. Thanks for linking up with The Weekly Kid’s Co-op.
Thanks Ness….i only make the basics trust me!!
That’s a great little activity to keep in mind for Violet. Might find that pile of straws in the cupboard and save those lids in future (I usually get frustrated with them and throw them away!). I LOVE your jumpers and I’ve been thinking about making something like this for pj’s for Violet as I have some op shop fleece and flannel hanging about too. Will definitely be having a good look at that tutorial. Thanks 🙂
Kimberly Sminkey says
Your twins are adorable sitting there so content with their jars! Thanks for linking up to tip toe thru tuesday!