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Tutorial // How to pattern match with ruching and gathers

October 28th, 2014

A question i get a lot is how to pattern match designs with ruching and gathers (specifically for my Ruched Maternity skirt and Ruched Maternity tshirt). I know everyone wants their stripes to be matched perfectly all the time, but when it comes to these designs the ruching is not symmetric, so perfection in pattern matching just isn’t possible. Sorry.

You can get close though :)

The same is true for any seam that includes gathers, you can pattern match seams that are equal distances, but once you hit those gathers, everything is going to be off kilter.

So if you want to sew a ruched maternity skirt in stripes like i did when i was pregnant and have them nicely matched up at the side seams, you can only do so up to a point.

Here’s what you do: start from the hemline and go up! When you hit the ruching notches stop trying to pattern match and instead go with the flow. Once the ruching is completed, the ruched sections will be all gathered and the pattern mismatch won’t matter, but everything below it will be nice and straight! It’s that easy :)

Tutorial // How to make a bow headband with free pattern!

October 18th, 2014

If you follow me on instagram ¬†you may have noticed that i got a little obsessed with making Baby Bird headbands this week. Finally an adorable way to use up the fabric scraps i can’t part with!

And since so many people asked, i decided to make a little tutorial and free pattern for all of you to use – yay! If you don’t have a little girl, i think this project is still for you as they would make great gifts for little girls or for baby showers/new baby pressies. Someone even suggested giving them out as party favors for little girls birthday parties, which i think is an awesome idea that i might steal for Bunny’s party next year!

This is such a simple project, don’t worry if you are not the worlds best sewer, you can do this! And the results are awesome. I can’t even tell you how many mums tried to buy these off me at school this week.

Ok enough of me blabbing, who wants to see a tutorial and more pictures of Baby Bird being adorable?! After the jump!

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DIY cloth baby wipes

September 23rd, 2014

I have been cloth diapering Baby Bird since she was about 2 weeks old, and i noticed very quickly once i started that i didn’t have enough cloth wipes. In a mad panic i ordered more, waited and waited, and then realised: I CAN SEW.

Moments like these i kind of want to bang my head against the wall for being so silly. I mean seriously meg?? My stash of soft flannel fabric is huge and this task simply could not be easier. Grrrr.

So i quickly sat down, cut a bunch of 7″x7″ (28cmx28cm) squares, rounded off the edges, serged/overlocked the raw edges and we were good to go. It was just that easy. So if you use cloth wipes for your babe, or are thinking about it, don’t forget to check out your fabric stash before you buy! Personally i like using flannel or terry cloth for my wipes. It’s always such a good feeling when you can make something rather than buy it right?

Now feel free to giggle at me for forgetting i owned a sewing machine and scissors.

rope bowls and baskets

August 23rd, 2014

This was such a satisfying project, i’m now more than a little obsessed with making these. A while ago i saw this tutorial on A Pair and a Spare and knew it would be a perfect project to create pretty storage in baby birds room. I kept things simple leaving the rope natural and using a rosey pink thread for the stitching. I experimented with using a thick rope and a thin one, and i definitely like how the bowls/baskets made with the thicker rope look much more. Plus they were quicker to make (ha! i love quick!).

If you’re looking for a quick and pretty DIY storage solution, i would definitely recommend checking out the tutorial here.

Crop top pattern alteration for Wrapped Maternity top

April 13th, 2014

You guys i’m so sorry i didn’t think to post this when i released the Wrapped top as a PDF! While i was working on this pattern with Simplicity and creating the PDF, i realised how easy it would be to adjust the pattern a little to create a cropped sweater or crop top.

If you already have the pattern, don’t worry – it’s a super easy pattern adjustment to get the same result.

I really love this little crop top because it adds so much versatility to the pattern. You could make a cropped sweater perfect for maternity or nursing, or a crop top that you can wear on it’s own or layer, adding a gathered skirt or a circle skirt immediately results in a gorgeous maternity dress or nursing dress. You could even add a little peplum.

Personally i’ve been dreaming about a Cascade skirt + Wrapped crop top mash up. How awesome would that be?!

cool fabric// double cloth

April 2nd, 2014

I love discovering new fabrics. Before last year i had never heard of double cloth, and must admit i only bought it because it was so weird and cool i just HAD TO. After working with it i was even more in love and i think it’s one of the coolest fabrics i’ve ever used.

If you’ve never come across double cloth heres the deal: It’s basically two fabrics that are joined together. Sometimes they are connected by a binding weft – but in the case of the double cloth i bought, a water soluble glue. If i pulled, i could have separated the two fabrics by hand. When purchased it was stiff, but i was assured by my supplier that i should work with it before washing. So thats what i did. Last year i sewed up a Cascade skirt sample with it (you may remember this skirt from the Breakwater lookbook), and then washed it after. It was amazing to see how the rather stiff skirt changed shape after laundering to be so soft and flowy. The photo above shows the skirt before and after washing, cool huh? The thing i really loved about this was how it worked with the Cascade, showing the inside colour in little peeks. Plus there is that added benefit of the drape of light fabric without having to add lining, since it’s basically included. So very very cool. I desperately wanted to include this fabric in kits last year, but i had dawdled so much with testing it out, that my supplier had run out before i could order. Epic bummer.

So have you used double cloth before?! Discovered any new-to-you fabrics that kind of blew your mind?