Make It Perfect Patterns

Make It Perfect Joey Dress

I tested a fantastic new pattern recently – you may have seen a few popping up in blog land, it’s the Joey dress by Make It Perfect.

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The Joey Dress is a super comfy (so Miss A tells me) and super easy to put together knit dress. The cute kangaroo pocket is a big hit and I love how the ribbing adds a pop of colour.

This cute little pocket, for keeping little hands warm and storing dandelions. Embarrassing to admit, but I didn’t know, until I started reading sewing blogs, that this pocket was called a kangaroo pocket. And I live in Australia….

is it just me? is this a term that is more common in the US than here? Aussies – help me out here?!!?

Ha ha, anyway, cute pocket 🙂

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I used a knit with a small wool percentage for the dress, so it’s great for the cooler weather. It also has great layering potential. Having said that, the pattern also has a short sleeve option and this, paired with a lighter knit, would make a fantastic warm weather version. For proof, check out Teresa’s cute Joey dress.

Toni’s kids patterns come in two size ranges 0-5 years and 6-10 years. This is the first kids pattern of hers that I have made. I found the layout and instructions to be up there with the best of them. I sent about one line of feedback during the test – not because I’m a lazy tester, I was doing my best to find issues, but seriously, there were hardly any. This lady knows how to put a pattern together.

I love the simplicity of the pattern – it’s super quick and would make a great beginner project.

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Spring has arrived here in Australia and it was so great to be able to get out and about again for photos

and to make some wishes 😉

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What I may or may not be sewing this Kids Clothes Week

I constantly have a list running in my head of all the lovely things I am going to sew during Kids Clothes Week (Oct 21-27, where bloggers and sewers alike post their kids clothing sewing exploits over on the KCW site, it’s an amazing pool of inspiration and talent). Of course life does not suddenly allow me 400 hours of uninterrupted sewing time – so I barely get through a few items on my list. What the kids actually need in their wardrobes are usually staples – t-shirts, shorts and leggings in plain colours that can be mixed and matched. So, I thought it would be interesting to take the imaginary KCW sewing list out of my mind and onto the blog. I hope it will help me to narrow down the said list and maybe I can balance what I want to sew with what the kids need.

Um no, who am I kidding!

Firstly, let me introduce the little people I’m sewing for:

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This is O, he’s 5 and a half. He’s a high energy kid who fills his time racing his Hot Wheels cars, playing ninjas with his friends and playing football (the Australian kind).

Here’s what I’d love to sew for him:

1. The Charlie Tee – Zonen 09

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Photo c/o http://www.zonen09.com

From a Belgian pattern design company, this tee is a great mix of smart and comfy.

2. The Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle

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Photo c/o www.charmingdoodle.com

It’s not a pattern unfortunately, just some lovely inspiration. Elisa has suggested that there may be a tutorial coming soon (Please, please, please!!).

3. Long Boardies Pattern by Make It Perfect

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Photo c/o www.makeitperfect.com.au

Perfect for our up-coming summer but I’ve not done any research into where to find great swimwear fabrics – any suggestions?

4. DIY Graphic Tee Tutorial by Shwin & Shwin

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Photo c/o www.shwinandshwin.blogspot.com

WHHHAATTT! I was more than a little excited to read Shauna’s post this week that you can buy Transfer Artist Paper, print an image onto it and transfer it onto a t-shirt. How awesome is this, apparently it doesn’t crack or fade too much. My mind is racing with the possibilities. Now to source this magical paper in Australia…

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This is Miss A, she’s 2. She has her dad wrapped around her finger. She loves to paint and to jump. She clearly needs some new t-shirts as the one she is wearing above is a 6-12 month size and is quite on the short side.

1. Mara Blouse Pattern by Compagnie M

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Photo c/o http://compagnie-m.blogspot.be

What a gorgeous light and summery top with a range of sleeve and length options, from another Belgian designer.

2. Haute Hippie Crop Pattern by CarliFayeCollection

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Photo c/o CarliFayeCollection

Gah, how adorable is all I can say?!? I’m not usually a fan of child dressing as adult, but I think this jacket works.

3. Ballet Sweater Pattern by Heidi and Finn

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Photo c/o Heidi & Finn

Girly but not ruffly. Warm and comfy. Hmm, I’d like one in my size too!

4. Swingset Tunic and Skirt by Oliver and S

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Image c/o http://oliverands.com

This image does not do justice to this cute little ensemble. I was inspired by Kristen’s gorgeous version of the skirt here.

There is more than enough inspiration for me here. Now to put my head down and see how far I can get…. I’d LOVE to sew it all but there are only so many sewing hours in a week 🙂

What are your plans for KCW? Any of these on your list?

Waterfall Blouses to beat the winter blues.

Firstly, welcome to Nearest the Pin! I’m excited to share my sewing exploits with the www and connect with other bloggers. Sewing bloggers have been, and continue to be, a huge inspiration to me and I am hoping to return the favour in a small way.

Lets start with something simple. Desperate for some colour in my winter wardrobe, I whipped up some bright Waterfall Blouses in knit fabric. These were the first knit versions of this pattern I have made. As Toni kindly suggested in the pattern’s instructions, I went down one size (small). I have made this pattern previously in cotton and the medium worked perfectly.  ImageImageImage

I’ll be layering these over a long sleeve top and under a jacket. Perfect for the kinder run!

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I loved Toni’s version in a striped knit. I think I will try a striped version next.

Check out my super cute photographer. We have a bartering system to exchange his photography skills for a few games of Guess Who. Not a bad deal!

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