Friday, June 29, 2012

Pregnancy and beyond jumpsuit

My darling husband gave me this beautiful Hatch collection jumpsuit for my birthday last April. Hatch collection have a trendy selection of clothes for pregnant and not so pregnant fashionistas. I received the silk jumper in mint green. I totally love it!

The jumpsuit is so comfortable it inspired me to make my own version. As the pattern basically only exist out of 2 pieces it was pretty simple to copy. I choose a coral lightweight cotton, for comfort as well as easy maintenance. The front opens with a little hook and the jumpsuit is large enough around the tummy to be worn throughout pregnancy. Afterwards I think it might look nice with a belt...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mini jumper makeover

My love for secondhand shops keeps growing by the day... I have to say, lately I've been stunned by the prices of some baby clothes. I mean, who buys a woolen baby romper or a mini jacket for a 3 month old baby for more than 100 euros?!?

Luckily I've discovered some really nice secondhand shops in Belgium with a nice selection of used baby clothes from a wide selection of brands and qualities. And it just makes you even more happy when you can find that super bargain...

A few days ago I found this adorable sleeveless jumper, or debardeur as we call it. For only 4 euros I thought it was a bargain. 

I just thought I could make it look slightly better by adding my own little touch. I found these cute little buttons in the shape of schoolbags...

And look what a cute button can do... 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Another bear hat

You might remember I made the Where is the bear hat from Oliver+S's Little things to sew for my friend's son. Well, now I'll have one myself soon as well I just had to make him one too of course!

I had some of the fabric I used last time left and as it's so nice and soft I decided to use it again...

                          Wish I could wear it too...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Bibs and burp cloths

Time to make something useful... As I didn't have any bibs or burp cloths yet I thought I'd go for that. I'm so grateful now that I kept  all those scraps of fabric that I collected over the years!

I  made simple bibs in 2 different lenghts with snap buttons. I down loaded the pattern from Chickpea sewing studio . The burp cloth I drafted myself.

                                Bonne apétit little one!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Nid d'ange

About 2 years ago I visited Osaka. Japan being the mecca of cutesy cottons I went on s fabric shopping spree that put my bank account in the red. 

I found this Toraya shop (via Adey of the sew convert) in the covered shopping arcade in central Osaka. You can believe the amount of adorable fabrics they sell there...

Anyway, 2 years on and I've nearly gone through the whole stash. One of the last fabrics I had left was this dark grey colored cotton with rabbits. 
I decided to make a little angel nest with it...

Again I used a Citronille pattern (Nid d'ange). It's perfect to place inside a pram and will keep the baby nice and warm. 

I lined the nest with a very soft dark grey cotton and used the same cotton the cover the buttons. 

                                  Sweet dreams angel!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Le cirque romper

 Yet another Citronille pattern... This Coline pattern is definitely one of my favorite Citronille rompers. Perfect for summer and oh so vintage...

 The fabric I used for this has been laying in my fabric stash for a few years now. I'm not sure anymore which brand it is but it might be by Michael Miller. I finished the romper with a red rick rack ribbon 2 red buttons at the back.

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 I used push buttons between the legs as I thought they would be more user friendly than normal buttons.

Oh I love Citronille!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Shoes for my little angel

These days all I seem to do is sew baby clothes... All day long! As I'm back in Belgium and the weather is well...bad, it's my favorite thing to do. It's the month of June and my sewing machine is actually in front of the fireplace. I know, it's sad...

So my next project from the Couture tendresse pour mon enfant book are these adorable angel shoes. In the book they recommend to make them in leather. The only leather I had left over in my craft room though was a silvery color, which I thought to be too girly for my boy. I ended up using dark grey felt, which should be nice and warm for winter time.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Baby sarouels

The reason I am crazy about making baby clothes is mainly because they're usually so easy and quick to fix. I have dozens of baby and children sewing books, from Japanese pattern books to French crafting books. One of my latest favorites is Couture tendresse pour mon enfant. It's a French sewing book packed with easy and cute baby and children projects. The first thing I made from the book were these adorable baby sarouel trousers. I think they're so adorable and as they come with a ribbon around the waist they'll fit any kid from newborn around 6 months old.  

For the fabric I chose a lightweight wool as my baby will be born in fall.
                              He's going to look so cute!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Colombe top

Citronille is one of the cutest brands of sewing patterns. I discovered them about a year ago and have fallen completely in love with these vintage inspired patterns. Even though their adult patterns are quite nice too it's especially the baby clothes that make my heart melt. 

My Moschino inspired strawberry fantasy dress (Meg pattern) was one of my last projects however since my husband and I found out we're going to have a little baby boy by early October (we are so excited!!!!) I just can't stop sewing baby stuff...

This Citronille Colombe top is so adorable I just couldn't wait to make it in this fabulous blue rabbit cotton I bought a while ago. I actually started making the top before I knew the sex of the baby. As I thought it was quite unisex (at least for a baby) I went ahead and started on this adorable blouse. I made the long sleeve version of the top for winter time. It has 3 buttons at the back.

In case you're interested: Citronille patterns are available from however they're only available in French so a basic knowledge of the language is required...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Coffee please!

I don't know about you but I am completely besotted by Pinterest. Yes, you can call me a Pinterest addict. I wake up in the morning, open up my laptop and as soon as I type the letter P my creative brain goes bonkers with excitement from all the ideas it has to process.

Last week I saw a photo of a nice kitchen coffee station. With 2 espresso makers (yes, my husband prefers the Italian style whereas love my flavored Nespresso) and a cupboard without much purpose except from collecting rubbish I thought it would be the perfect spot to create our own coffee station. 

                        Ready for some afternoon tea!


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