The circus is coming to town!

Well, actually, the circus came to town. In April, there was a grandparents event at our little boy’s school. All grandparents were invited to show their best tricks.

To get into the theme, I decided to sew a circus t-shirt.

Circus t-shirt - Tooth Troll

The pattern is called Tooth Troll and was published in Ottobre 3/2012. Very simple, very quick.

In the beginning, I was not convinced about the V-neck. It’s pretty deep, which makes it impossible to wear a shirt underneath it.

Circus t-shirt - Tooth Troll

But the more I see our little boy in it, the more I like it. So I may just as well sew a couple more.

Circus t-shirt - Tooth Troll

Finishing with binding, I still have a lot to learn. No matter what I do, I keep having this rippling effect. And when the binding was halfway done, my twin needle decided to dance an ‘en dedans’. Of course, I didn’t have a spare one lying around, and I had a deadline to meet. That’s why the finishing on the sleeves has been done with a 2 mm needle, while the hem is done with a 4 mm needle. Let’s just call that ‘fashionable’, instead of make-do.

Circus t-shirt - Tooth Troll

But hey, I did finish it in time. Off he went, wearing his circus shirt. But the event took place outside. And the weather was pretty chilly. So our little boy kept his coat on during the whole thing, and the carefully picked circus shirt never even saw a glimpse of the whole event. Oh well. I guess that’s life.

Circus t-shirt - Tooth Troll

Anyway, both our little boy and his grandparents enjoyed their day. And an extra shirt is never lost. Especially not with the summer coming up.

Used materials

  • Pattern: Tooth Troll – Ottobre 3/2012
  • Fabric: Lillestof – Circus world- De Bonte boom
  • Binding: yellow – Juffertje Uil

Boxer shorts

I must have blinked my eyes, but suddenly onesies became obsolete in this house. Boxers, that’s what we needed. Where did my baby go? Suddenly, there’s this savvy toddler dominating this household…

The idealistic me wanted to make a whole series of boxershorts herself. The realist in me knows I can’t work magic, and only made one (and bought the rest at Hema).

The pattern was published in the January 2013 Ottobre. The fabric is Lillestoff jersey that I bought a while ago at De Stoffenkamer. You may recognise it from, oh yes, this onesie.

The legs of this boxer are pretty long. The ones I bought are definitely shorter. But I like this long version. And if you want a shorter version, you can always just cut them shorter.

The description says to put the different parts on top of each other, both good sides facing up, and to sew them with a coverlock. That I don’t have. As an alternative, they say to use a flatlock stitch. My machine doesn’t seem to have that either (or it uses a synonym and I wouldn’t know what that would be). In the end, I opted for some sort of herringbone stitch.

And would you look at that, even the design runs through!


Maybe I should wake the idealist and get going with my jersey stitch, since these are fun to make…

Kcw summer 2013 – the end

Last Saturday I started a second Kids clothes week challenge: the Pufferfish linnen trousers from Ottobre 3/2012.
Ottobre Pufferfish trousers
There are 2 versions for this pattern: a short one and a long one. I chose the long one.
The sewing instructions mention 3 parts, but on the pattern sheet I found a 4th part: a pocket. Now, my hubby has a pair of cargo trousers in the same linnen and he’s a fan of its pockets. And my boy is kind of a lot like his daddy, so I decided to add the pocket as well. I’ll probably regret it as it fills up with grass, mud and dead bugs (basically a (nearly) one-year old’s daily diet), but I’m not going to think about that just yet.
Ottobre Pufferfish trousers
Finding the right buttons was a tough decision. I really liked the OTT gold buttons that I found among my other buttons. Very 80s, don’t you think?
Ottobre Pufferfish trousers
Ottobre Pufferfish trousers
But my hubby thought it was too much. And since I could imagine how they’d be torn off eventually and most likely disappear in a mouth, I went for these red ones. Unfortunately, I only had 3, while the pattern asks for 4. But hey, 2 buttons works just as well.

Ottobre Pufferfish trousers
I still have to wait to complete the real fitting session. My boy went for a sleepover to granma and grandad. Which means we’ll be hitting the town later this evening. It’s only Gentse Feesten 10 days per year, people!

kcw summer 2013: Day 3, 4 and 5

Finishing the pockets of this onesie took longer than I had anticipated. Not having a coverlock machine, I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine. But my machine didn’t quite like that, and when my fabric got stuck, it left a small hole. Fortunately I could repair it, so the hole is no longer visible. Phew.

Star star onesie
So most of day 3 went into finishing (and repairing) the pockets. Day 4 I spent finishing the edges. I made a mistake there as well: I stitched the edges through, instead of using twin needles. Not smart, since you need twin needles to keep the elasticity. I guess I’ll never forget again!

Day 5 (today that is) I spent on the finishing touches. And fitting. It’s a bit big still, but with this hot weather, big armholes are a plus: more draft!
Star star onesie
Next: project 2 for this kids clothes week. I’m still not sure what I’ll pick: linnen shorts, or a jersey t-shirt.

kcw summer 2013: day two

Today went by faster than I had anticipated, so it was getting pretty late by the time I could finally sit down and sew a little. But I got there eventually. As I’d planned, I cut the bias. I even attached most of it already, and it’s pinned down for the finishing touches.
Kids Clothes Week - Day 2
What I haven’t managed yet, is sewing it all together. I finished the back seam, and I already did 1 shoulder seam (of which I had attached the left front to the right back, so I had to cut that one apart again).
To do tomorrow: finish the side pockets and the edges. And if my sewing machine is up for it, maybe I can finish the remaining seams as well. I’m definitely making progress, and I’m very glad for it!

kcw summer 2013: day one

I haven’t known Kids Clothes Week that long, and I let previous versions pass by without participating. But a summer edition right in the middle of my holidays, I couldn’t resist that one.
I hope I’ll be able to finish multiple projects, but I’ll be just as glad if I can finish just the one.
KCW 2013 - summer edition
Project 1: The Star-Star onesie from Ottobre, summer 3/2013. I already copied the pattern and cut out the pieces. Tomorrow I’ll cut out the bias (I had put it somewhere out of the way and had to look for it today) and stitch everything together. The week looks promising!
KCW 2013 - summer edition
Who else is participating?

Happy Saint Patrick’s day!

I’m a baby clothes magnet. Seriously, they come flying to me from every direction. From cousins, friends, friends of friends. Super handy, and they are all adorable. And once in a while, one of those pieces is even cuter than all the rest. Like this cute retro Småfolk overall.
Retro broekje
I loved it so much that I was determined to draw a pattern for it. I already had the retro fabric, I won it last year from Ottobre. Isn’t it just perfect for Saint Patrick’s day?
Retro broekje
And so it happened. Slightly slower than I had planned, though. My son was size 62 when I chose this fabric, but now he’s getting very close to 74. Which meant I was short of fabric, all of a sudden.
Retro broekje
To solve that problem, I cut the shoulder straps and added elastic bias binding. The same I’d use to finish the shoulder strap edges.
Retro broekje
I didn’t sew the inside edges of the trousers closed, but I used press buttons instead. This should make it easier to change nappies (the original version didn’t have these, so I had to get the whole thing off all of the time). Unfortunately, I only had supermarket press buttons lying around, the kind you have to sew on, and they aren’t the best quality. They open really easily, so that may pose a problem once my little guy starts crawling.
Retro broekje
It was the first time that I used elastic bias binding (I always thought it quite confusing, fabric in tubes), and it was also the first time that I used my serger to get a project together. And I must say, it went really well, mainly thanks to Mamasha’s tutorial.
Retro broekje
I still have other Ottobre jersey fabric lying around that I won then. Maybe I should start making some t-shirts for my little guy soon enough, before he gets too big for that fabric as well. Although he still has to grow into these trousers as well.
Retro broekje
And in his bike.
Retro broekje
And to all those cousins, friends and friends of friends I’d like to say: please keep those baby clothes coming. I am and will be grateful into eternity.
Retro broekje

I won!

A couple of months ago, I took a subscription to the Ottobre Design magazine. I thought it would come in handy: loads of cool patterns for children’s clothing. Anything to spoil my little fellow rotten 🙂

Ottobre Design also has a blog, and some weeks ago they organized a draw. All you had to do was leave a comment and tell them the date when your copy of the latest issue arrived. So I did, and I got lucky, yay! I won 3rd prize, good for 50 euros worth of fabric in the Ottobre Design Etsy store.  How cool is that!? Big thank you, Ottobre!

Now there’s only one problem that I need to solve: what to pick? They are all so cute! Which fabric would you choose? And what would you make with it?