You may not want to read this if you are eating (again)

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It feels a little like deja vu or groundhog day because I have written this blog post before. It’s pretty much the same words but different pictures. I’m repeating myself because I’ve sewn another baby sleep gown in some more beautiful fabric but I doubt I’ll be able to write another blog post quite as funny as the original.

So if you missed it last time, read on. But if it’s going to be like groundhog day for you too, just hang around and look at the pretty pictures of the nice fabric. Continue reading

Just add legs

the Ziggy top onesie ♥ Needle and TedThe onesie became a fashion craze a few years back in the UK. Everyone was wearing them, and I mean everyone. Men, women and children of all ages and social backgrounds. Some were intended as loungewear or sleepwear but the Norwegian company OnePiece created the modern onesie which was pretty cool and people started wearing them on the streets.
Ziggy onesie2It wasn’t long before our shops were filled with cheap imitations and all hell broke loose. Continue reading

You may not want to read this if you’re eating

sleep gown made by Needle and Ted

I always thought the reason some baby clothes have envelope necklines was to make it easier to get on and off. I assume most people thought the same. But last year not one, not two but three people told me that when your baby does a tsunami of a poo, lets just call it a ‘poonami’ for want of a better word. You know the ones that are really wet, really huge, and more ends up outside the nappy than inside the nappy. Continue reading

Super easy, super cute pyjamas with a dollop of sisterly love

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Great! Another item to cross off my sewing ‘to do’ list. These pyjamas were really easy to make, using only 1 meter of fabric, this is how I made them….

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I folded Darcy’s leggings in half and drew round them onto brown paper, adding extra for seam allowance and the elastic casing. I didn’t bother measuring, just did it by eye, cos that’s how I roll!

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I cut out the pattern and pinned it to a really cute jersey fabric, which reminded me of a Cath Kidston print, but mine was a lot cheaper from a shop in Walthamstow market.

I placed the pattern along the fold of my fabric and pinned it down. I don’t exactly know why I pinned it to the fabric seeing as I had my beloved rotary cutter in my sewing case. Derrr!!!! I cut out 2 matching pieces.

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I liked the idea of a cuff at the bottom of Darcy’s pyjamas, so I cut some black jersey just because I had some spare, I would have used red if I had any.

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The width of the cuff is slightly narrower than the width of the pyjama bottoms, just to have some gathering around the seam. The height was judged by eye (no need for accurate measuring, these are easy pyjamas right!)

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Look! I’ve folded my pieces and it’s all beginning to take shape. I get kinda excited at this point. (Scout also wanted a piece of the action.)

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With right sides together I sewed the two leg pieces together from the waist to the crotch.

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I folded the cuff in half lengthways, then pinned it to the bottom of the pyjamas with the raw edges aligned, then sewed the cuff to the bottom of each pyjama leg. Simple!

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Then I sewed the inner leg all the way round from cuff to cuff.

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Oh yes! they look better on a natural wood background.

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Now for the waistband.

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I cut the elastic to the same measurement as Darcy’s waist. I folded, pressed and pinned the casing just a bit wider than my elastic, then using my double needle to give them a more professional finish, (Oh yeah! I know how to use a double needle, and I like it.) I sewed the waist casing leaving a gap of about 1 inch to thread the elastic through.

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Using a safety pin to guide the elastic, I threaded it through the casing, sewed the ends together and closed the casing. Voilà!

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For the pyjama top I bought a long sleeved red t-shirt, (I’m allowed to buy basic t-shirts remember,) cut out a large heart from the remaining mushroom fabric and ironed interfacing to the back. There wasn’t that much fabric left over, partly because my fabric was cut short by 5cm, yes 5cm and I’m still bitter. Note to self: always stand over the person cutting the fabric and watch them like a hawk.

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I appliquéd the heart to the t-shirt so that it started at the front and continued round the back.

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For Scout’s pyjama bottoms I did the same except I drew round some long shorts and hemmed the bottom instead. As she’s a rapidly growing girl, this style should still fit her for years to come. They will look shorter and shorter as the months go by but I imagine they’ll still fit when she’s five.pyjamas1

That’s it, all done! Told you it was easy.