Project 3…. Finally!

So Ive been suffering from a serious case of the lazies… I had a massive christmas lunch and it seems i never recovered. UNTIL NOW! 

Im back on the sewing machine with a vengence, i knocked out the double happy top and pants in about 3 seconds.. Now for the bad news. The design brief was a bit of a fail. The top and the pants actually look terrible together. Is there a saying about wearing blue and black together? Well i’m making up one. ‘Blue and black look crap together’. Nuff said.

Any waaaay, I still have two great little separates, so I’ll hurry up and show you. 



I just have to show you a close up of this fabric. Look! Little fish! Its a beautiful woven Japanese cotton, you can find it here



And here is the finished top. I used a fantastic pattern from Lou Bee Clothing. I must be behind the times, because I’ve only just discovered this gem of and Etsy store. This pattern is called DOLI tank. It is a girls pattern, but I never let that stop me! I only had to make minimal adjustments. I took out most of the the flare from the sides of the pattern, and also lessened the curve in the racer back, so it was a bit more of a boy-ish shape.  

I looked over the instructions, and I thought ‘hmm, I totally wouldnt sew in this order’. I followed the instructions anyway, and it seems that the way I usually do it is much harder! Yay for short cuts!


I get so depressed when I go into stores looking for boys clothing. If I see another polo shirt, cargo pant/short (i hate cargo anything), t-shirt with pictures of machinery, dinosaurs, or “mummies little ****** ” I think my eyeballs will shrivel and die from boredom.

Boys are crazy and colourful, so why cant their clothes match? I love mixing prints, and I think kids especially can get away with it. 




I took a little circle of the fish print pattern, and used an embroidery stitch to patch it to the back.  It kind of ties the whole design together.

Look at that lonely little red herring swimming in the middle…..





I absolutely love how roomy the fit of this pattern is. Im planning on making more of these, and I will do a follow up post on all the new fabric combos.



Great pattern, great fabrics, Cute model! What else can I say?


And now the non-matching Double Happy pants!


In contrast to the top, sewing these pants was a slightly traumatic experience. I chose fabrics that hated each other. The stripe jersey was so flimsy, it was like trying to sew tissue to water. I found myself talking to the fabric. Sometimes pleading with it, sometimes threatening it. That seemed to work, because it finally submitted and turned into pants.



I say yes to polka-dots on boys!

The spot fabric is another find from my favourite store Landofoh. Its a brushed acrylic I think. I has a slightly fluffy texture and would probably be more suited to autumn/winter wear, but I couldn’t wait for the change of season! I have a bit left so, I might make some cool drop-crotch sweat pants, or a sweater..



The pants turned out a little longer than I planned (next time use a ruler, not a bit of torn paper). I still like the length, but I will alter the pattern next time so i get them above the knee.



So There it is, the double happy suit, that didn’t quite match. Hope you liked it (I did!).

 Stay tuned, project four involves leopard print!





hooray for pants!

Just put the finishing touches on my photos, and project 1 is officially done and dusted!  I think I will mark this as a success. 

One thing I didn’t count on, is Mr S.p’s inability to pose for pictures. I copped a few strange looks from people watching me run after this child with a camera begging him for one more photo like a creepy paparazzo.. Oh well, we had fun..

SO! Here are The beach-bum pants, and Mr small pants in person!


I started off with a basic girls harem pants from burda, and to put it mildy, I took the pattern to the “chop shop”. A seam here, a pocket there, and we had a brand spanking new pattern!

beachb6I used this gorgeous woven cotton from India instead of the recommended knit because I like to live on the edge (and I was working with a size 4, so i figured we had enough room to move).


I have a whole bunch of these guys in my craft kit, left over from my brief excursion into jewellry making (very brief), so I put them to work as the draw-string dangle doodles.


I wasn’t feeling too confident about pattern making skills, so I did a test sew using a pair of uncle Z’s old batik pants that had a big tear in the bum (thank you unc Z). I even salvaged the drawstring. Less work = more happy.


Aaaand finally, because good things come in 3’s, I made these little gems out of a four pack of bandannas. I actually love the crap out of these. All in all I think they turned out pretty cutsey, and I’m totally pumped for project 2!