Recycled dress using my favourite pattern, again. It used to be an old nighty from the Gap, but the smocking elastic went and then it was just a shapeless pile of pretty fabric. Not any more!

One of Harriet’s grandfather’s shirts, cut down into a summery tunic. Shown here with no pants, ahem, but ordinarily, I’d suggest something more. I used a great free pattern from, although it’s super hard to find on their website. I think this would work well on a boy as well… probably turned around and maybe with a collar? I’ll definitely use it again, maybe even with some fancy twists (and some pants).


Summer shirts

Harriet and I have just come back from a week in Christchurch. It was absurdly hot down there for two girls who have thoroughly acclimatised to Wellington. Good thing I made these before we left:

Knowing it would be hot, I made up some little peasant tops, using the tutorial from indietutes again. One is in what I suspect is a coral cotton/silk (but was purchased in a grab bag from a Plunket fundraiser, so who knows?) and the other is a very graphic light cotton from Global Fabrics. I flared the bottom of the tops out into an A-line, and left off the elastic on the slightly-longer-than-last-time sleeves.

They’re comfortable and light and were in constant use in the hot sun, protecting fair little arms (that were also slathered in suncream). Also, H seems very happy in them…


(Notice the very fun props she has. They spend far more time being played with than worn!)

Brown paper packages

The postman has been good to me. Two packages in the mailbox, both containing something crafty.

First, from my mother in law. We had talked about making a dress like this:And I had shown her some beautiful images of Shaker style embroidery of red on white, we’re thinking cross-stitch here. Counted cross stitch of the most basic kind.

But in the mail, this arrived:‘This’ is a bunch of red cottons and a picture of a top designed by the small person’s great-aunt, Susan Scarf. Now, I’m thinking I want one like this! Am slightly worried about the ambitiousness of the embroidery… especially as I will be making it up as I go along.

And yesterday, my aunt sent me the much wanted pattern to make one of these:

As a child, my mum had made a whole lot of these tiny bears (the ones above, in fact) and then lost the pattern. I’ve wanted to make one for the small person, particularly as she seems to like them, but they’re a bit old and fragile to like her back.I have some felt in my craft boxes, so I’ll try to whip one up in the next day of so. They come in two sizes… the tiny ones above and one more suited to the small person’s fists. Maybe I’ll try a tutorial if anyone’s interested.