Great Outdoors Reversible Vest

It’s a big call but if I was stuck on a desert island and could only have 5 sewing patterns, the Great Outdoors Reversible Vest pattern would be one of them. This is my fifth and it always surprises me at how easy it is to put together for such a fantastic finished product. These vests always get compliments and they’re super practical for layering mid-season or adding that extra piece of warmth without being too bulky.

I have to admit, I’ve played it safe and only done the hood version so far, because I love hoods on little ones and I’m not sure about the collar version. I have plans to try and add sleeves to make a jacket for Mr F so I’ll keep you posted.

As usual, I didn’t check that I had enough material so this particular version isn’t going to be reversible because my beloved Cotton+Steel cookie book scrap didn’t quite stretch to the hood, which I ended up doing in cream corduroy. I love the look of the quilted chambray on the outside and I’m also loving my KAM snap machine (requested Christmas present), with its matching snaps for almost everything.

IMG_5087IMG_5110Playing libraries.IMG_5187And some outdoors shots of course! Check out that snap matching.IMG_5212


Boy Bimaa

I’m on a Bimaa roll. Partly because I’m trying to sew more with knits and partly because winter is almost upon us, breathing cold air down my neck. We’ve all just recovered from a few weeks of sniffles and coughs so I’m determined to rug everyone up and make sure this never happens again.

I found some really cute faux-woollen-looking fabric at Spotlight a few weeks ago that made me wish I lived in the Northern Hemisphere so this could be worn at Christmas time.


I’m pretty pleased with my pattern matching but not so happy with the finishing of the seams inside, using my ol’ faithful zig zag stitch for want of an overlocker. Hopefully no-one ever commits the faux pas of looking inside the jumper to check out the seams because they shriek home-made job.

Mr F seems happy with it and it fit over his head easily which is always a win. I would love to see him roasting chestnuts on an open fire wearing this, but that would be really dangerous.

IMG_5167The shawl neck is a winner. IMG_5182Look at those chubby little cheeks.IMG_5253

Cosy raglan jumper

I took the plunge last week and sewed Miss V up an Oliver + S raglan tshirt in Size 4 (she’s a 2-3 normally) in some hoarded fabric and sewed the pattern with no modification. Now I kinda wish I’d added a bit of extra length and made it into a dress/tunic type thing but oh well. I’ve probably got enough left to make something small but to be honest, it was such a pain to sew with because the batting in between the layers kept poking out and made finishing the seams very messy.

It’s also really hard to get over her head, because it’s only really 2-way stretch.

IMG_5025Ignore the slightly wavy bottom hem. IMG_5034No bribery needed except the joy of seeing her own picture after it’s been taken. IMG_5050It’s not as puffy as it looks in this photo. Kids have the best hair.

Bimaa with a twirl

After dithering for months, nay years, about starting a sewing blog, here I am, writing my very first post. There’s no special reason for choosing this topic to write about except that it’s something I sewed up this week.


Bimaa sweater hack and I’m chuffed with how it turned out. More importantly, so is my daughter V, whose wish to wear a dress every day isn’t always granted, especially in winter. This is a great dress for autumn, especially layered with stockings and a sleeveless jacket.

It’s the Bimaa with a cowl variation and I cut it a little short and then added a circle skirt using this tutorial. V is 3 and petite to average size but I sewed this up in a size 4 because this is a fairly snug pattern and I was worried my fabric (a Lisette cotton interlock I found at Spotlight) wasn’t stretchy enough to get over her head. Those worries were confirmed but once it’s on, it fits perfectly.