St Patrick’s Day Dress

Last Friday I received a note from childcare encouraging us to dress our kids in green for St Patrick’s Day. Great… Little M doesn’t have a green dress because to be honest, green isn’t my favourite colour but I didn’t want her to feel left out. So with very little time in my hands and a lack of green fabric, I hurried to my local Spotlight and decided that I wanted to make the dress in knit fabric instead of quilting cotton. I love how knit feels and I think it’s more comfortable on little kids, but the main reason is because I don’t have to iron knits! And if you’ve ever been to Spotlight, you will realise that there isn’t a lot of knits to choose from so I purchased some Spotted Green jersey that looks like clover petals (well, if you stand far enough, it might look like clover petals). And I know the green isn’t exactly the right green – but I told you, I don’t like green so this is the closest green I could do. I knew Little M would love a circle dress because it’s all about the spins and twirls at the moment so I did a search in my pattern folder and found the perfect dress – Tinny by StraightGrain. This was a pattern that I loved so much that I bought almost immediately after it was launched but didn’t make so I was a tad excited to be finally making a Tinny dress. I have to admit that the dress was quite easy to make but I hate having deadlines because it just makes me feel that I have to rush just in case if I don’t finish it on time so I didn’t sew it as carefully and perfectly as I usually would.

I sewed a size 2 for Little M and it does look a little big, width-wise, on her but I’m not too concerned with that because that means that she will get more wear out of it! She is a tad smaller than average anyway, so I should have known to adjust the sides – but like I mentioned, I was rushing (and not thinking) to finish the dress.

St Patrick's Day Dress | mini bow

I matched the green spotted fabric with some white knit I had in my stash and I added some white piping to separate the bodice and the skirt. Not knowing much (or anything) about interfacing, I used the interfacing I had in my stash before I realised that it was way too hard and I had trouble getting the neck facing to stay well in place even after I understitched it.

I left the bottom of the skirt unhemmed because I thought it looked alright but Jason said that it looked ‘messy and unfinished’ so I went back to the machine and hemmed it with my twin needles (not photographed because the dress is now covered in food stains from childcare).

St Patrick's Day Dress | mini bow

I used an invisible zipper as per An’s instructions but I didn’t attach it close enough to the edge, so it’s not quite invisible. I did go back and fixed it after that, but the fabric gathered towards the top and bottom making it look really messy – YUCK!

Did I mention how much I love those notched cuffs?!

St Patrick's Day Dress | mini bow

Nonetheless, I think she loves the dress – this is Little M doing a ‘spin and freeze’ for the photoshoot 🙂

St Patrick's Day Dress | mini bow

Toddler Bean Bag

Some of you might have seen An from StraightGrain’s Baby and Toddler Bean Bag post a few of months ago. When I saw that she had released a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it, I was so thankful. I have seen very similar baby and toddler bean bags in the stores but they cost too much for what I would pay so to know that I could make one myself with An’s simple instructions, I knew straight away that this would be an easy project. And I thought that this would be a brilliant idea for Little M for Christmas. I ordered some organic Birch Dark Grey Forest Stag Animal canvas (top of bean bag) and Dark Grey Bird Animal canvas from Modes4u and to my surprise, the turnaround time was very quick and the parcel arrived in a week!

Toddler Bean Bag by StraightGrain | mini bow

The pattern was very easy to piece together however it did confuse me initially as An had combined 4 different pieces on the pattern, which meant that I had to print out the pattern 4 times (or you could trace them out but I personally prefer printing them out). I opted for the toddler version so I omitted the baby safety straps. The bean bag was very easy to put together and sew. Everything was done in a total of 3 hours (I took longer because I made sure to double stitch and serge the seams for extra strength). When I finished sewing and was ready to fill the bag with beads, I realised that they were sold out everywhere! I tried Target, Kmart, Big W and Spotlight. Apparently bean bags are popular during Christmas. Surprise… surprise. After a few weeks of waiting for new stock to arrive, I decided to purchase them online and I found some beads at Bean Bag Refill. I don’t know why I didn’t consider doing this earlier. The beads were tiny (2-3mm) which gives each bead a longer lifespan. The only downside to this place is that they only process shipping every Monday.

Toddler Bean Bag by StraightGrain | mini bow

I have to admit that I put too much beads in the bean bag (despite An’s tip to fill the bean bag so that your child sits in the bean bag and not on the bean bag). Nonetheless, Little M loves it and so do I. I know I’ll be making many many more of this as this is just a perfect present and it is super easy to make.


“A portrait of Little M once a week, every week in 2014″

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I have to admit that I’m falling behind in blogging. Going back to reality after having a month long holiday is a little unmotivating. I miss spending time alone with Little M on my day off. This is my cheeky little one being spoilt with a Dora drink when we went grocery shopping – just us 🙂

To find out more about The 52 Project, please see my previous post.