Tales of a Rusty Seamstress — Sewing for Kids

Sew To Grow Mini Bondi Top Pattern Testing

Sew To Grow Mini Bondi Top Pattern Testing
The Sew to Grow Bondi Top for women was one of the first things I made when I was getting back into sewing. It’s a great easy top to make with versatility to boot so when I heard Lindsey was introducing mini version I was more than excited.

Sew Pony Vintage - Tic Tac Toe Dress Blog Tour

Sew Pony Vintage - Tic Tac Toe Dress Blog Tour

I was lucky enough to be chosen to pattern test Sew Pony Vintage’s new girls dress – the Tic Tac Toe Dress.

It comes with heaps of options too!! Piping, pockets, bodice lining, 4 different sleeve options,  a half peter pan collar, full peter pan collar, back tie...there are just so many combinations, it’s just fantastic!

I decided to sew up the dress with the half collar, back tie and rectangular sleeves in size 3.


Sofilantjes Down Under Blog Tour

Sofilantjes Down Under Blog Tour
When I was asked to join this blog tour I was more than willing to test out some of the Sofilantjes patterns, I was unfamiliar with Sofilantjes patterns but once I headed over to their website and saw the options I was more than impressed.
Make sure you check out the blog post and enter the competition for your chance to win a copy of the Iridis Girls Dress PDF Pattern and receive the discount code for 15% off all summer patterns!

Thread Faction SS2016 Blog Tour!

Thread Faction SS2016 Blog Tour!
These patterns are awesome and so easy to sew up. I started with just making the dress and found that if I was smart with the fabric I could also fit in the peplum top variation of the dress and the shorts too!
The dress was heaps of fun to make as were the short and peplum top. I just folded the fabric as wide as widest pattern piece and just kept on doing that and ended up with 3 size 3 summer pieces for my little daughter. I also have a little left over to make a couple of scrunchies as well! I cut a metre of the fabric, the width is 152.0cm

The patterns are really simple to follow and Liz (from Thread Faction) makes sure you get the right fit by including beginner friendly pattern alteration instructions. There is also an information sheet for anyone that is unfamiliar with sewing with knits.


Sewing & Bizarre Dreams = Awesome Kids Culottes

Sewing & Bizarre Dreams = Awesome Kids Culottes
Pattern: Megan Nielsen Patterns – MN4203//Mini Tania Culottes
Fabric: 100% Premium Cotton Voile. Art Gallery Fabrics, Mojave Illuminated by Leah Duncan (Tule Collection)
The first night I start this trace out the pattern. My little one is only 2 and a half and the pattern goes up to 12 years, so I think I’ll be using this one more than once! So I trace out the pattern and lay down the fabric and pin the pattern pieces to it. I’m knackered so I go to bed. I have the weirdest dreams all night that I take the pattern pieces off and my beautiful soft voile has turned into the same hand feel as the tracing paper pattern pieces. I keep picking them up and scrunching them and they keep making rustling paper noises...it’s very weird... Anyway...I’m weird...the next morning I run down stairs and check that everything is as I left it before my bizarre dreams....it is...of course, so I proceed to cut out the pattern pieces. I luckily have half a day off the kids so I start sewing.