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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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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My First Knit Pencil Skirt For Me!

I found this lovely ruffled knit fabric at…you guessed it my local charity shop for $2.  I knew straight away I wanted it to be a pencil skirt for me!


It’s a very stretchy knit with layers of ruffles all the way down the fabric.  I just the loved the movement it gave and the flattering look I hoped it would create.


Not to mention I have a bit of a thing for grey!  Last winter just about everything in my wardrobe was grey, so I have been trying to mix things up a little more since!

What you will need

  • Fabric – 1m (roughly 1 yard) depending on the width of your fabric and your size.
  • 25mm (1”) wide elastic – Length of your waist measurement
  • Yep that is all!

Note: I sewed the whole project in zigzag!

Step 1 – Cut fabric

I roughly followed Dana from Made Everyday’s video tutorial for pencil skirts.  I didn’t follow it exactly (never have been one for instructions!) but I really like her method for measuring the pattern pieces.  Super simple and works great!


The only change I made to the cutting was to only slope in the waistband and leave the bottom square.  I think this gives my body shape a more flattering fit but do what you think will suit you best!

Step 2 – Sew the sides


As simple as it sounds just sew straight down the sides using zigzag or a stretch stitch of your choice.  With the ruffles on mine I had to pin it very carefully to ensure they stayed in place.  I would do this for matching patterns or stripes too, otherwise with a plain fabric just go for it!  I also overlocked the raw edge, as the edge of the ruffled fabric was quite untidy and I’m fussy like that!

Step 3 – Waistband

I sewed the waistband slightly differently than Dana.  I wanted to be able to determine the finished size before sewing.  I did not want it to be at all snug, as the elastic digging in is not my favourite look and something I’ve had to work round since the kids err shall we say ‘softened’ my mid section!  So I measured where I wanted the skirt to sit, mid rise I suppose you’d call it.  And made the elastic the same length.


The point of the elastic isn’t really to hold the skirt up as the fitted stretch style stays up pretty well on its own, it’s more to stabilize the waistband and stop it rolling over.


As you can see I had to trim the top ruffle off, so that it didn’t roll up on the outside.  I joined the elastic ends together and pinned in place before sewing.  In the same way as I did for the Merino Baby Pants Tutorial.  Except I used the overlocker for  attaching the elastic the first time round.  I love it!  Very neat and tidy and super stretchy!  Then I folded over and zigzagged around again, just as Dana did in the video.

Step 4 – Hem

Well to be honest I didn’t hem mine at all!  With the ruffles it seemed better just to leave it be, being knit it won’t fray anyway.

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Now I just can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear it!  It’s super comfortable and I just love that I actually made something for myself (not the kids) that I will actually wear ♥

What is your favourite self made piece of clothing?

Girls Swimwear (Togs!)

I had never sewn swimwear (togs for people in kiwi-land) before, I had wanted to but to be honest it seemed a little daunting!  But after finding some gorgeous fabric at spotlight last month I had to give it a go!  Not being quite game enough to start with a pair for me Hannah was up first.

Hannah Togs

A little on the big side but other than that I think they look great!  And more importantly she loves them too ♥  She’s wearing them under her bathrobe since we took the photos it’s really not swimwear weather yet brrr!

I haven’t done a full tutorial on these, I drafted the pattern off her old togs with a lot of editing.  Here are a few photos from along the way.


Cutting the pieces, they looked ginormous!  After I sewed the sides together I waited till Hannah woke up the next morning, didn’t want to have to unpick them!  They were a little big but not too bad, and at the rate that girl grows it’s probably a good thing!


Just in case the fabric wasn’t colourful enough lets add some purple shimmery trim.  Yep that was at Hannah’s request!  With that fabric I doubt anything would clash, it has so many colours in it.  Added the leg trim first, adding quite a bit of gather on the back to allow for bum room.

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I decided on a halter neck, I love the look!  But I stitched it together to prevent it coming undone while swimming, and so she can put them on by herself.  I didn’t fold and sew the straps all the way to the end, I liked the look of the bow without seams.  It is a stretch nylon/lycra so it won’t fray, it’s not as strong but the bow is just decorative since I stitched the straps together before the end of the seams.


Of course I didn’t forget the tag!  You can also see the small zigzag stitch used for the whole pair of togs, that way it is still stretchy.

Hannah Togs

Hopefully summer arrives soon so she can wear them without her bathrobe over the top!

If you want a full tutorial let me know!

Coming Soon…Swim Trunks for Harry!

Contrast Baby Pants

Contrast Baby Pants
Make your own Contrast Baby Pants, no need for a pattern.  I made these for my gorgeous niece Emily, twenty odd photos later I had to hold her feet up to get her to keep her legs still!
All you need is some stretch fabric and ribbing in a contrasting colour (or matching if you like!).  If you don’t have ribbing you can use another piece of stretch fabric.  I used a pair of Emily’s baby pants as the pattern, but made them about two sizes larger to fit later on.
What you will need
  • Stretch Fabric
  • Ribbing (or more stretch fabric)
  • 1” (25mm) Elastic – I used 19” (48cm)
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Lay your fabric out folded double, turn the pants you are using as a pattern inside out and lay them on your fabric.  Make sure that the stretch in the fabric goes across the pants in the same direction as the waist (not up and down the leg).  Draw round the outside leaving a little room for seam allowance, as you can see I have quite a bit of room as I wanted them two sizes bigger.  Take note of the waist at the top of the front side in the middle picture.  Cut out both pieces, you should have two mirror image pieces of the front and the back.
Lay the pieces right sides facing each other, and pin the pieces together at the crotch.  As shown in the photos on the right.
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Sew the crotch seams together.  I used a ball point needle and a regular straight stitch, not a stretch stitch, as the stretch goes in the other direction.  I then finished of the edges with an overlocker (serger).  If you don’t have an overlocker/serger then you can just leave the edge as it is, stretch shouldn’t fray.  Or you can zigzag to tidy and secure the edge.  You can sew the whole thing with just an overlocker but I prefer to sew first for the added strength in the seams.  It’s also a lot easier to unpick a mistake when sewing the first time round, trying to unpick an overlocked seam is impossible!
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Lay your pieces flat with the right sides facing, and pin the inseam together.  I like to start at the crotch  in the centre as you can trim the legs if the pieces aren’t quite the same length.  Then sew and finish as you did for the crotch piece, it should look like the middle picture above.  Now you can pin the side seams together, still with the right sides facing.
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I like to add a small ribbon tab to the outside leg seam.  I don’t have any personalised tags (I will be making some soon!), and I like the option to choose the colour.  I cut a piece about 2” (5cm) long, fold it in half with the right side out.  I tuck it into the seam with the cut sides lining up with the edge of the fabric and pin it in place.  Then sew and finish the side seams as you did for the crotch and inseam.  You just sew right over the ribbon tab.  You can now turn your pants the right way round!
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It is time to cut out the cuff pieces, you will need to measure the bottom of the leg.  As you can see in the middle picture mine is roughly 3 1/2 inches (9cm), so I doubled this for the length, I didn’t leave any seam allowance as I want the cuff to be slightly smaller than the pants leg.  I needed to cut out two pieces of 4” (10cm) x 7” (18cm).  I liked the 4” (10cm) width but you can easily make the cuff smaller or larger as you like.
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Fold your cuff pieces in half, right sides facing.  Sew and finish those just like the seams.  Fold over to make the cuff, make sure the right side is facing out.

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Place the cuff over the pants leg, lining the seam up with the seam on the inside of the leg.  All the cut edges should line up on the outside.  Pin in place and sew, I used just the overlocker/serger for this, but you can sew and zigzag if you don’t have one.

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Nearly there!!!  Just the waistband left to do, I measured Emily’s waist (19” – 48cm).  Or you can measure the waistband of the pants you are using as a pattern.  You will need to cut another piece of ribbing.  Again I used a 4” (10cm) width, which allowed plenty of room for the 1” (25mm) elastic.  My piece was 19” (48cm) x 4” (10cm).  Sew and fold the piece into a tube just like with the ankle cuffs, and sew the ends of your elastic together.  I sew my elastic by overlapping it by about and inch and zigzagging the overlapping edges.  I will add a photo of this soon (here it is!).  Place the elastic band inside the folded waistband and pin it in place.  Taking care to spread the gather, I like to gather the back slightly more than the front. Sew/overlock in the same way as the ankle cuffs.
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And there you have it!  All finished, a gorgeous pair of contrast baby pants.  Very comfortable and cute.