Kiddy capers…dinosaurs and donkeys

After buying all the bits for Ralph’s dinosaur cape only a few days before the wonderful Just So festival in Cheshire this summer, I was too late to get his costume made so didn’t have a huge incentive to get this cape completed…

…apart from the fact, the huge bits of fleece were taking up so much space in my stash!!!  I realised of course I could try to persuade Ralph to be a dinosaur for Halloween so set myself Halloween as a goal… once my mind was set to making the cape, I got it all completed over a few sewing sessions fairly quickly… here’s a pic of Noemi wearing it…


It looks good but I find the length to be quite short and the hood to be really big, Ralph is four and half.  Of course, I have been super busy with various things so I’ve only just posted it now… and I post along with The Donkey Cape…  One of the reason I went with The Dinosaur Cape pattern in the first place was that I thought it would come in useful for all sort of animal costumes so when Ralph told me he was a donkey in the nativity play I realised we could easily adapt the dinosaur pattern.  After a busy week of various events and Noemi’s first birthday party I had one night to pull it together so asked Greg (my husband) to help.  We pulled this together in about 90 mins between the two of us.


Ralph loved it, we made a few adaptations from The Dinosaur Cape, making it much longer, removing the lining and just hemming and making the hood a bit smaller.  Overall it worked well although the hood ended up being a bit too small and next time I would probably put some popper buttons on the front to ensure it holds together during the show but overall he looked great and still loves it.


So many projects, so little time…

When it comes to sewing my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach, with only two weeks to go until the handmade fair at hampton court and a month until the ally pally knitting and stitching show I am feeling overwhelmed by the amount of sewing I would need to do to justify a new purchase!  (Being swayed by a 20% bank holiday offer at Ray Stitch didn’t help!)

So, when Marissa from Sewaholic posted her three things fall sewing plan I was inspired to take it slowly and create a plan rather than feeling overwhelmed!  So despite having about 10 projects I want to write on my list, I am going to go for 3 and see how I go, so here goes

Project 1: Dinosaur cape for my son Ralph

Dynamite Dinosaur Cape Rawr

Bought pattern and fabric a bit to late for a kiddy festival we were going to and didn’t have a chance to make in time –  it’s a super lovely pattern looking forward to making this for my son Ralph who is 4, I hope he likes it

Project 2: Spotty Casual Dress Simplicity 1800

Have had this on my list for a while after I saw some lovely examples on pinterest, see simplicity 1800 here.  Bought some lovely cotton spotty fabric from Ray Stitch, it’s a little nutty so let’s see how this turns out!!!  I think I will fo for the slightly longer sleeves

raystitch 1800

Project 3: Casual trousers Vogue 8961

This isn’t a new project but a UFO that I need to finish… it’s a dark navy and white light wool type fabric which I threw together, it’s my first pair of trousers and I couldn’t wait until after having a baby to do my cutting out so I cut a size 18 when I had a slight baby bump thinking it would fit me sometime after having the baby.  The good news is, I’ve been exercising the last few months so this UFO is a little too big.  I need to do something with it and finish this project!  Pattern is here

black and white trouser fabric black and white troucers

Will let you know how I am getting on over the coming weeks and try to fit in a little every week!

Right of to it!!!

a slow, slow tortoise…

Wow!  First post new blog!  So excited to have finally got pen to paper as such and started my sewing blog.  I am sewing a bit at the moment but not as much as I would like to – I guess that’s the case for most people, especially if you are like me and have two young kids, it’s hard to fit it in!  I’ve got a son, Ralph aged 4, starting school next week and a daughter Noemi, 9 months so for the past 9 months I have been avidly following the sewing blogging community, buying too many patterns and fabric and not really getting much sewing done!  But… things are about to change…


I think if I can do a tiny bit a week then I can perhaps create a new garment every month or too, think hare and tortoise… a small bit each week and perhaps I can accomplish a lot!  Follow along and let’s see…

tortoise and hare