October 23, 2016 52 Project

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A chance to test a lovely new cardi from Little Kiwi’s Closet came up recently. I adore the designer and the patterns so couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to apply. The Koro Cardi (koro is Māori for grandfather) is a grandpa style cardi.

Very easy to sew up and a lovely relaxed fit it is perfect for our current spring weather and I can see it being a go to for pulling on as the temperature dips as the sun goes down or the wind picks up.

The pattern is, as expected, beautifully drafted and written and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I actually made two cardi’s are I had a couple of different material types I wanted to try out. You will need knit for this, but anything with a bit of stretch works brilliantly. It will be amazing in winter in a fleece or brushed back jersey or in a delicious merino.

Its currently on sale so pop by and grab a copy of this pattern – it really make up a staple in the wardrobe. All seasons, all colours and an enormous size range form baby to tween! My daughters lived in hers since it came off the machine. It really is a simple sew, even for someone like me who is still a bit wary sewing with knits. And I got a love sense of achievement when I finished!

October 22, 2016 Crafting, Homelife, Sewing

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Modelling a new cardi I sewed up for her. Loving the sunshine and summery evening light. I love the spring yellos and greens and the auburn of her hair.

October 16, 2016 52 Project

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Sewing for my daughter is a big part of crafting for me. And anyone who has followed my blog will know that Big Little Patterns have been a staple for not only coats and vests but also trousers and hats and other accessories.

Big Little has changed! It has rebranded to become Twig and Tale.

The new look brand is full of the same great patterns, updated and remastered. Each pattern comes loaded with awesome features, more options and helpful additions like fully linked contents, easy to follow guides, added inspiration pictures, up-cycling guides and loads more.

To celebrate the new look and name Art Gallery Fabrics kindly sponsored some awesome sewing for this blog tour. Thank you Art Gallery!

There is an amazing group of ladies all sewing their favourite Twig and Tale patterns to celebrate. Check out the bottom of this post to see all the other contributors! Seriously there are some inspiring creations. I decided (with the kids help/instruction/dictator like demands) that a Pathfinder Vest was the best sew.

Vests get a LOT of use in this family. I used a wool outer quilted with batting and a beautifully soft and pretty Art Gallery lining fabric. Look at that beautiful cotton lining.

I even drafted a very basic peasant style top to go under the vest. The fabric was just so yummy! Its from Pat Bravo’s Heartland line, Liten Ditsy in Whisper.

I decided to make a home sewn, special Twig and Tale version of the ubiquitous ‘Kathmandu Vest’ that you see so much where I live. It needed to be warm, stylish, puffy and look really special. The vest itself was a cinch to sew. The great step by step instructions and easy to assemble pattern (using layers! go me!) meant I got the whole vest done in one evening.

I chose a synthetic batting and use basic horizontal lines to quilt it to the wool (please ignore the slightly wonky quilt lines) I think it would be even more luxurious if you used a wool or bamboo batting like those used for baby quilts.

The only slight snag I hit was pulling the front through the shoulders when turning it the right way round. It came through .. but I’m not sure I’d want to try it with a size much smaller than the 6 I made. At least, not with batting as thick as I used. I adore the dropped back that ensures not drafts and the hood which fits perfectly. The toggles weren’t the easiest to sew on and I backed them with small mother of pearl buttons to stabilise the lining side. I really adore how they look. Worth the extra effort.

This is not the first or only Pathfinder Vest I’ve sewn up from the pattern. We adore up-cycled blankets for coats, capes and vests etc. But for this tour I wanted to show that these patterns aren’t just for repurposing blankets and quirky clothing. They are also great for making a more mainstream look. This vest is home sewn and special, and has bundles of mumma love wrapped into its making, but fits in well in the playground when eveyone else is wearing Kathmandu or Country Road.

Link to the first blog tour annoucenment page: http://www.twigandtale.com/blogs/twig-and-tale-blog/blog-tour-announcement

 

What would a Blog Tour be without a giveaway!

Art Gallery Fabrics is kindly sponsoring 2 yards of Art Gallery fabric of your choice. To make the prize extra sweet, we are also adding a collection of 5 Twig + Tale patterns of your choice.

International entries are very welcome. Our bloggers come from every corner of the world to celebrate the global nature of Twig +Tale too.

Enter using the rafflecopter below.

(The winning entry will be checked to ensure all criteria are met).

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 Blog tour overview page
Monday: Falafel and the BeeHandmade BoySew A Little SeamSew Shelly Sew
Tuesday: N�h-connectionKhadetjesPaisley RootsVera LunaInspinration
Wednesday: Skirt FixationMend and Make NewIdle SunshineNZ Green buttons – Candice Ayala
Thursday: Vaahtokarkkimonsteri Lulu & CelesteSprouting Jube Jube
Life in our busy householdElephant Dimples
Friday: Pattern RevolutionMilk Monster MommaSmall Steps Big NoisesFliegfederfrei
Saturday: – Made by Sara – So Popo Sew – Big Little Tales – Needle and Ted

October 14, 2016 Crafting, Sewing

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Beautiful rainbows and unicorns on her face

October 9, 2016 52 Project

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A spring day. The sun came out and it got hot fast. sunhats and sunscreen came out. Facepainting and classic cars. Fairys and glitter. Cooling off with friends in the river. Picnics of chippies and carrot cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring has definitely arrived here. So many flowers and blossom and the last of the kale to be eaten as its bolting like crazy. The kid has delighted in being able to pull out shorts and summery tops and play outside all day.

Daylight savings came in last week – and while it has metaphorically kicked my ass for bedtimes and sleep patterns, the lighter evneing are fabulous. Being able to get out walking without a headlamp and enjoying the balmy light and sound of birds at dusk.

We love winter and winter sports, but there is something just awesome about days where you dont need coats and scarfs and the washing doesnt need collecting as soon as the temp drops at 3pm. The grass is growing fast and it wont be long until the swimming pools are open.

October 2, 2016 Homelife

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When your not sure you are brave enough to do something.

But then you are

 

This was no small zip line, the top of the platform was about 15ft above the ground! I didnt like even standing up there haha

(worlds least flattering pic of me ever. Probably a sign I need to look in the mirror after dressing but before leaving the house. And to loose 10kg … life goals)

September 27, 2016 52 Project

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Her first gym competition this weekend. A gym fun class and she did great. She barely showed any nerves and did a great job on almost all the apparatus. Weirdly her usualy strong bar didnt go so great and her usualy weak vault went well. She can’t wait to do it again.

After a full on couple of weeks with ballet practices, jazz and other gym performances, shes now shes snuggled up nursing a mild cough and looking forward to the school holidays and a bit of a break.

September 24, 2016 Homelife

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We had such a lovely walk earlier this week, it was bright and sunny and the woods felt really alive again. The kid collected pinecones to paint and random leves and twigs. I think she has idea of making ‘tea’ with them. To be honest I’d zoned out a little as she told me her plans. I was listening to the birds!

The trousers are a slight mod of the Big Little Tree Climbing pants. Made full length, double side pockets and peiced fabric as I didnt have enough chambrey to do the full length. Although this pattern is advertised as a pantaloon style I really rate them as a quick easy sew harem pant. The fit is roomy and comfy which the kid adores and they are just so easy to whip up. Keep an eye on Big Little over the next few weeks as I’ve heard there are some exciting things coming really soon! I tend to follow most of my favourite designers on FB. Its just so convenient.

September 16, 2016 Homelife

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