Show Your Stoff Zierstoff Blog Tour

Show Your Stoff – Zierstoff Blog Tour + Discount Code!

It’s Zierstoff Blog Tour time! I have joined many other bloggers and signed up for the ‘Show Your Stoff Blog Tour’ using the great patterns from Zierstoff. I live on the underside of the globe in little old New Zealand. Since we are heading into our cooler weather I have chosen to make the Yann Hoodie/Shawl Collar Shirt and the Nico Reversible Pants. I think these two will make excellent staples for the cooler months. Both these patterns are available in two size ranges, 6 Months to 4/5 Years and 5 Years to 12 Years. These are nice broad size ranges which should mean you get a lot of use out of your pattern purchase.


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How to sew an infant hat - Trio of Baby Hats

Pattern Review – Trio of Baby Hats by Zaaberry

Who can resist a cute baby hat…certainly not me. When I came across the Trio of Baby Hats by Zaaberry I just had to test them out. Well that was 18 months ago but I have finally got around to making them! The above link will take to the Zaaberry blog Trio of Baby Hats Tutorial and Pattern.

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Buy Bloomers Pink Roses Floral Muted Size 18 to 24 Months

Baby Bloomer Pattern Hack Tutorial (McCall’s M6912)

These gorgeous bloomers are the very same as I sold in my online shop (now closed). I looked high and low for a perfect bloomer pattern but just couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I went for the closest thing and altered it to suit. I chose the McCall’s M6912 for its simple design, even though I didn’t particularly like the way the original looked. Since I am no longer selling these I thought you might like to be able to make your own!

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Movie Night Pajamas - Sew a Little Seam

Pattern Review – Movie Night Pajamas by Sew a Little Seam

I have been wanting to sew a pair of these Movie Night Pajamas by Sew a Little Seam for quite a while now. Since Christmas is just around the corner and Hannah needed more summer PJs I though it was high time to move them to the top of the to do list.  I wish I had a few pictures of Hannah in these for you. But it will have to wait till after Christmas morning!  Check out my Instagram for those.

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Pattern Review – The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama

It is Hannah’s 8th Birthday tomorrow!!! It dawned on me that she had outgrown her party dress.  I have wanted to try out The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama for quite a while now.  It’s so cute, has a large size range and is even free!  Excuse in hand I got to work and got this dress started and finished in 3 hours.  Not too bad considering I had never sewn it before and that I had to print and tape the pattern too (all of 4 pages lol!).

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Pattern Review – Luna Pants by Made By Rae


I actually did it…I made time to sew something for myself!  They are comfortable and casual yet somehow smart, the lovely Luna Pants Pattern from Made By Rae.  I had been admiring Rae’s patterns from afar for quite a while, and then she had a Luna Pants sew-a-long.  I didn’t quite make it in time for the sew-a-long but I got there in the end!

Pattern Review - Luna Pants by Made By Rae FAr

Here is the front view.  The Luna Pant has a nice relaxed fit, I had to make it in size XL.  Even though I am quite tall (176cm or 5’ 9 1/2”) they are plenty long in the leg without any adjustments.  If you are on the shorter side you may want to take them up.  I think I made the ankle cuffs just a little too tight, I didn’t use the provided measurement for the elastic…yep trying to get finished too fast!  That will teach me!  I will let them out a little and remember to follow all the instructions next time.

Pattern Review - Luna Pants by Made By Rae (11)r

That being said I also didn’t use the recommended waist elastic measurement.  But that was a considered decision!  As I am sure a few of you will understand that tummies can get a little squishy after kids (or even without!) and a too tight waistband gives you an excellent roly ‘muffin top’.  So I don’t cut my elastic off the roll, I just feed the end through the casing and safety pin together at what I estimate is the right size.  Then I try them on and adjust the waistband so that it does enough to stay up but doesn’t dig in.  After those steps I cut the elastic to size and sew as normal.

Pattern Review - Luna Pants by Made By Rae FBr

I never thought that woven fabric would be able to make comfortable pants.  I think every single pair of pants (mainly jeans) I own are made out of a stretch fabric.  But with all the lovely prints available in woven fabrics the options are endless.  I just need to remember to make (or buy) more plain tops to wear with them, and not be seduced by the stripes.  I will most definitely be making more of these!

Pattern Review - Luna Pants by Made By Rae (18)r

I overlocked my raw edges for a quick but neat finish.  The Luna Pant is well constructed and I love the pockets!

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Pattern Review – Ottobre Baby Beanie + Another Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper

Pattern Review - Ottobre Baby Beanie (3)

I just love a free pattern, who doesn’t!  But often they don’t live up to expectations…that is definitely not the case with the Ottobre Baby Beanie.  It is gorgeous and so simple to make and just perfect!  You only need a small amount of knit fabric, so it’s a great little scrap busting gift or project.  This one is going straight to the top of my baby gift making list.

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I did make this one for a gift, Hannah’s teacher is having a baby.  Hannah has only had her for one term but she is very nice and a great teacher.  It’s one of those congratulations on your baby but please don’t leave situations!  I couldn’t very well make just a hat for a baby present, so I made another Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper too!  This fabric is from a T-Shirt dress I bought at The Warehouse specifically for the fabric.  I just liked the stripes and a cute patterned knit is hard to find in little old Gisborne.

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The hanger really isn’t doing it justice!  I am very happy with how this one turned out especially matching all those stripes!  I wasn’t sure about the rolled hems at first but I really do like them, they add a cute little touch and something different to cuffs.  My other favourite part it that the domes don’t go down the legs, they never sit right and always gape open in my experience.  If you are wanting an opening down the leg I would use a zip.

Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper 89 (1)

I am starting to run low on domes so was pretty pleased about having enough of this colour, think it makes a nice combo.  Will have to order some more, but am having trouble deciding between metal or more plastic kam snaps.  Maybe white and black in the kam snaps and plain silver in the metal…thoughts anyone?

Pattern Review - Ottobre Baby Beanie (2)

If you are looking for a great versatile baby gift set pattern I would definitely recommend the combination of these two.  The Ottobre Beanie pattern is free too!  I did buy the Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper pattern but that is money well spent being so versatile, I haven’t had it long and made three rompers already.  I see plenty more in my future!

Happy Sewing!

Pattern Review – Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper

Pattern Review - Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper (3)

I finally got around to making my Niece a Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper.  I have been eyeing up this particular baby romper pattern for quite a while!  It is nice and versatile and a great base to make alterations from, and it comes in good size range of preemie to size 6.  I love all in ones a.k.a onesies for pyjamas, especially for little ones still in nappies (diapers).  For my first one I thought I better just stick to the exact pattern and see how it all goes together before making changes!

Pattern Review - Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper (1)

I was given two big rolls of this rib fabric in bottle green and teal, which Hannah now has as leggings out of for autumn too.  I chose the bottle green for this one, it is much more green than it is showing in my photos.  I’m a big fan of unisex Pyjamas when I know the family I’m giving to are planning on more children in the future!  I used to buy Hannah unisex ones when she was little and it saved me a fortune after Harry was born.  I was still given plenty of pink and purple as gifts, and it’s not like you take them out in their pyamas anyway.

Pattern Review - Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper (7)

These gorgeous little rompers are nice and easy to sew together with a serger (overlocker).  It is a great quick project and now that I have followed the instructions once I will be able to whip them out in no time at all.

Pattern Review - Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper a

The rolled cuffs are a simple and quick way to finish the hems.  I like the look and it is so easy!  I also like that they would be very easy to lengthen later as the child grows.  You could just fold out the roll and add regular cuffs when they get too short.  Not to mention you could always cut them into shorts and get another season out of the same Pyjamas.  The pattern comes with both short sleeves and legs and long sleeves and legs, again so versatile!

Pattern Review - Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper (5)

I have another one in the pipeline in a nice grey and blue stripe, I would share who that one is for but they might be reading this!  I will share the finished photos on Instagram!  Follow me on Instagram for more regular updates ♥