meine kinder

And then there were three! The final costume I made for Bear last month {see his Hogwarts uniform here and his Melbourne Cup Day get-up here} was a pair of lederhosen for a multicultural day to round out their cultural experiences unit at school. With the boys at school, Butterfly at preschool and Beetle napping, I set myself up in […]

A little problem.

Madam Butterfly has been toilet trained for a while now. Which is many different kinds of awesome, except for in the pants-fitting-department, with most things her size designed to still be accomodating nappies. The poor little thing has a pile of pants that are either the right length but too big around the backside, or fit nicely at the waist, […]


My “want to make” list, that is! The delightful Miss Bee offered me up a couple of patterns that she didn’t need anymore, that I was glad to take off her hands – the two very cute Make It Perfect patterns shown above. First on my list is the Uptown Girl jacket, and I managed some window shopping yesterday over […]

not your nana’s doilies

So a while back, I posted about my adventures in doily making. Despite my husband think I was ready for the nursing home, I had a grand plan in mind. You see, Butterfly has two big brothers. All three children have their birthdays within 3 weeks of each other. So I have this massive stash of boys clothes in the […]

Party time!

  After two boys, the whole “pink” thing has gone from “odd” to “overwhelming”. There is pink everywhere. I can do a whole load of washing, just of pink things. So, being the sewing type, how could I resist the chance to finally sew something pink and ruffly? A hot pink party dress, the polar opposite of wide-legged denim shorts. […]

tall and skinny…

One of the best parts of being able to make the boys’ clothes myself is being able to make them fit just right. Master 4 is the “tall and skinny” of the post title. During a lvoely weekend of relaxing, spending time wit my famiyl and sewing, I’d managed to finish a second pair of little denim shorts for him, […]

Mummy’s turn…

After two pairs of dress shorts and one pair of play shorts for Master4, I decided it was time to be a wee bit selfish and sew something for myself. With a design in mind, I collected some newspaper, a black texta and a ruler, and got sketching. And slowly, the prototype took shape. (after another solid nap-time of sewing, […]

he wears short shorts…

I have long had a goal to make some shorts for my little boy. From scratch. Including the pattern. With each passing season, my disillusionment with mass-produced children’s clothes has been growing. Buttons that fall off after two wears. Zips not zipping easily. General don’t-really-care-ness. And we’re not talking cheap stuff from kmart either. Coming home from Europe, I felt […]