KCW Day Two: Petit Coco

I’m very excited to be kicking off Kids Clothes Week properly today – are you sewing along too? If you feel like joining in, you can sign up here and join us by sewing for an hour a day for your kids for one week (this week April 7-13). You can manage that right? You can be as ambitious as you please, or not, what ever you like 🙂

I couldn’t resist sewing one outfit to go along with the ‘mini me’ theme. If you saw my pink Coco top that I posted a few weeks ago then you might already have spotted my inspiration for Miss A’s outfit – that’s right, I made a MINI COCO!





Mini me is all very well, but I didn’t want to make A’s version exactly the same as mine. Instead I made her a small version of the 60s funnel neck which is one of the options of the Coco pattern. Tilly’s Coco pattern is only in grown up sizes, so to make the petit coco I used Ottobre 1/2014 Owl Princess top in 92cms as the base. I created a boatneck shape and added the funnel neck and I’m pretty thrilled with how it worked out! The fabric is leftover French Terry from my Coco top. In fact, I’ve decided that this KCW is going to be all about recycled, upcycled and stash fabrics – I’m not buying any fabric for any of this weeks projects. This idea was also inspired by Laura, Abby and Celina’s Fashion Revolution sewing flash mob that’s happening this month, which you can read about here.

The jeans are a re-fashion. They were a pair of wide-leg 12-18 month size jeans. They still fit A in the waist but were much too short. To re-fashion the jeans, I created a slim leg and a wide cuff and something that was unwearable is wearable again.

Here’s a very quick how to: (1) use a pair of skinny pants/jeans to get an idea of the shape you want and pin your new seam line (2) baste stitch down the pin line and turn right side out (3) check the fit of the jeans (4) sew the seams with a normal stitch length and overlock/serge seams – Easy!!



Anyone for tea?





Need some more inspiration? Head over to the Kids Clothes Week site – everyone who’s sewing along will be posting their projects there this week. Come and join the fun 🙂




Pattern Review: Spring Showers Jacket

Hi everyone! If you follow nearest the pin on Instagram then you may have seen a sneak peak of this jacket already. If you’re not a follower, you can always come and join in the fun, I’m @nearestthepin.

So, I had the honour of pattern testing for Heidi of Elegance and Elephants this week and sewing up her newest pattern – the Spring Showers Jacket. This is the first jacket I’ve ever made .



The jacket is fully lined and includes two views, with the cinched waist or without. I love to sew lined garments as they give such a professional look – all my little sewing secrets (mistakes) are hidden inside the lining 😉 Not that there were many mistakes with this jacket – it really is one of those projects that looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.



I was feeling like I’d created a monster of a project with choosing checked fabric, where to match? where not to match? I just really wanted to make sure the checks were matching across the zipper – check it out!!


The fabric I used for this jacket is duck from my local large chain fabric store – sometimes, just sometimes they come through with the goods! The lining is a cotton poplin. This combination of fabrics caused me a little challenge because the duck has a bit of give in it to allow easing but the poplin has none making it a challenge when I was sewing the two fabrics together. I would have loved to try a laminated fabric or oilcloth, but I’m glad I’ve tried the pattern on an easier fabric first.

This really is an achievable project if you’ve sewn a few things before and can follow a pattern. Heidi has produced some great instructions with colour photos. Ha, and I know from experience, that if you get into trouble she’s more than happy to help you out! I attached my facing pieces the wrong way around at first meaning my lining and jacket did not match up – luckily Heidi has since made the labelling on the pattern piece clearer so it shouldn’t be a problem for you.

After taking tester feedback, the final version of the pattern has some small changes to the jacket you see here. The most noticeable change being that she has made the hood a bit smaller. My husband, who doesn’t say a whole lot about my sewing, commented that this jacket looks very impressive – that’s a big tick of approval from him! I’m really thrilled with how it has turned out and I can’t wait to see lots of other Spring Showers Jackets out in blogland. The pattern is out now and available for the reduced price of $7 for the next few days. Head over to Elegance and Elephants to see a round up of all the tester versions of this pattern.


Have a great weekend everyone and I’ll be back on Monday to kick off Kids Clothes Week – can’t wait!!



Flip The Tinny Dress

One of the bloggers I love to follow is An of Straightgrain. Her style is simple but gorgeous. So, when I saw the Flip this Pattern challenge for August was An’s Tinny dress pattern, I was in! The Flip this Pattern challenge is run by FrancesSuzanne and requires sewers to ‘flip’ a pattern in a unique way.

So, here it is…my flipped Tinny top and skirt.


The changes I made to the pattern were to (obviously!) separate the bodice and the skirt. To do this I drafted a skirt waistband and lengthened the top. As an alternative to the invisible zipper used in the pattern, I added a button placket and buttons down the back of the bodice. Finally, I used a flutter sleeve pattern from the craftiness is not optional Reversible Wrap Top pattern (I have this pattern cut out ready to sew next). I didn’t gather the sleeves so whether they are still technically flutter sleeves, I am not sure!



I loved the asymmetrical collar so much I had to keep it.


No its not made from a 70’s tablecloth, although you’d be excused for thinking that. The fabric is a vintage poplin reproduction from Spotlight. The light denim is from a local fabric shop.

This was such a fun project. I can’t wait to sew up the Tinny in its original form! You can see the rest of the flipped Tinny dresses here, where you can shortly vote for your favourite!


Kudos to bloggers who can get their 2 year olds to co-operate for photos!