Saturday, 24 October 2015

Avery Dress

I bought some gorgeous fabric from Spotlight the other day to make my girls a new dress each.
Although I already own A LOT of dress patterns I felt like buying something new.
I have been drawn to the Avery by Mod Kid since it came out, so that is what I decided on. 

I thought that using the floral fabric would have been too much to use for the whole dress
so I used some light weight denim for the collar and the skirt.

I just love the little puff sleeves. 
The pattern also comes with the option for long sleeves 
which will make it ideal for winter use too.

I made a little headband to match this outfit.
I used a pattern from this Japanese Pattern Book.

I found the fit of this dress Spot On!
I was a little worried as you do not choose the size of dress by measurements, 
instead using the size you would buy from the store.

 I would recommend this pattern to anyone looking for a versatile dress that is well designed, 
easy to sew and that is totally adorable! 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Halloween 2015 - The Grim Reaper

 This year my girls asked for witches costumes and my 
little fella wanted to dress up as the Grim Reaper.

I had heaps of fabric left over from the girls dresses 
so I didn't need to buy any for my sons costume.
If I had to buy more I would have bought a more suitable fabric, 
that was not shiny and probably a little bit heavier but why waste what I had.

I used Simplicity 1582 but had to reduce its size by A LOT!
My 8 year old is quite small and the pattern is designed for adults.

I had other ideas for the mask too.
I was planning on using a paper mache mask painted black but Spotlight 
had run out of them. I picked up this glow in the dark mask instead.
I don't love it, it kind of reminds me of E.T. 

 I think my boy is pleased enough with the result :)

Friday, 16 October 2015

It's Halloween 2015 - Little Witches

 I asked the kids what they wanted to dress up for Halloween this year.
My 7 year old told me that she wanted to go as a sailor, something like this
but she changed her mind when my 4 year old said she wanted to be a witch.

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, 
    Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing"

"Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn, and caldron bubble"

I used the same pattern I used for last years Halloween costume,
instead using version B, the wicked witch, from Simplicity 4139

They both decided on the colour they wanted.
It was a pity that the purple stockings weren't as bright as the orange ones,
but they still look ok.

The dress closes with a zip in the back and it has a removable peplum belt.

I thought this outfit would be great to keep the girls warm during trick or treating 
but we are having a very warm Spring that they were melting during the photo shoot.

Lets hope Halloween night is a little cooler.

I was very pleased with my fabric purchase for these costumes.
I found a bulk buy on ebay and I was worried that the fabric would not 
be suitable for costume use, but it turned out ideal and very economical. 
I even had enough to make my boy a costume out of it (blog post here

Although I can sew pretty well, it turns out that I am rubbish at applying make up.
My poor little girl look like she has a couple of black eyes, haha.

Happy Halloween everyone!