Spots vs dots. Stripes vs lines.

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You spot the difference and you dot your ‘i’s.

You cross the line and you earn your stripes.

But what’s the difference between a spot and a dot, a stripe and line? Maybe it’s a question for Helen & Olly because I can’t figure it out. Can you? Continue reading

I love it when someone tells me they like what my kids are wearing

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I feel proud and smug at the same time if it’s something I’ve made. It’s much more of a compliment than “Did you make that?”.

Last week whilst out with my girls a lady stopped us, “They look lovely, in their matching outfits” she said nodding towards my girls.

“Thank you” I replied, resisting the urge to splurt out ‘I made their clothes’.

I’m not like my mum, my mum looks about 20 years younger than she actually is. She always has done, well not before she was 40, that would be weird. But at any opportunity (or even when there isn’t an opportunity) she mentions her age. If fishing for compliments were an Olympic event, she’d win the gold medal. Continue reading

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

The strangest fabric ever

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Hummingbird ponte roma: It may look good in the pictures but it should have come with a warning.

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WARNING :

  • If you want the stretch of the fabric to go across your body (most people do), then the birds will be flying upwards or downwards instead of across. Although birds can fly in this direction, it looks odd on a dress, like a hummingbird about to peck your nose or your toes off.
  • If you want the birds to fly in the correct direction make something baggy (or you won’t be able to move).
  • The inside of the fabric is white (interesting, but unexpected).
  • You will waste a lot of this fabric, and may only be able to use 3 or 4 full hummingbirds if you buy 2m of fabric (the birds are located toward the selvedge, it is not an all-over print).
  • This fabric is only £3.50 a meter but there is a reason for that (see previous warnings).

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All that being said, I still managed to make a dress out of it which both me and Darcy are rather fond of.

Belinda pocketWe love the pockets, which join into one big deep hideaway. You could fit your books, your dolly and a packed lunch. No need for a rucksack.

Belinda2The pattern is the Belinda Dress which is a style that I would wear myself (minus the puffy shoulders). It’s nice to find a pattern for a dress that is suitable for the winter.Belinda4 It was quick and easy to make, which is always a bonus. No doubt I’ll be making more. But in ‘normal’ fabric, obviously.

Belinda7Have you ever made anything with such strange fabric?Belinda8

 

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

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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