When I read that Jaala from Threading Rainbows needed people to help test sew her very first pdf pattern, I jumped at the chance.  Jaala's pattern is called "scrappies" and is a versatile pants pattern with a cool side panel that really sets this pattern apart.  

Scrappies range in size from newborn to 10.  The pattern offers 3 length options or of course you can customise the length to suit your child's likes, which is what I did for Myah who likes her shorts short.

I made a size 10 with a size 9 waistband for my miss 10 but will try making a size 9 for her next time as there is plenty of room for her long skinny legs in the size 10.  The waistband on the scrappies is designed for knit, ribbing or lycra which freaked me a bit at first but as it turns out, was so easy.  I used lycra and loved the result.  It even got me thinking that I should sew up some skirts for myself with the same style waistband.  

I love how the scrappy side panel turned out.  I didn't want to lose anymore length so ended up using binding on the hem to finish off this pair.  Myah loves them and they are perfect for all of her gymnastics moves, which is great because she is always upside down! 

Next up was a pair for Fraser who was SO excited about his new pants that he sat on my knee (sans pants!) and 'helped' me sew his scrappies. 

I made a size 5 with a size 5 length for my Mr 4 but would make a size 4 next time and use the capri length as I prefer longer shorts on my boys.  In saying that, I'm super happy with these and he loves them too.  

I made these with a white lycra waistband in a size 2 which fit perfectly for my boys teeny tiny waist.  This pair was super quick to make since I didn't get fancy with the side panel whereas Myah's took a little bit longer.  

The official release of the scrappies pattern will be on the 14th November in the digital sewing magazine One Thimble.  In the meantime, you can check out all of the fantastic scrappies that were made during the testing process by visiting Jaala's website Threading Rainbows or by searching Instagram using #scrappiespattern. 


Handmade Christmas

Too funny, a whole year since my last post. Ha! I'm here to show off some of the handmade gifts I'm giving for Christmas this year.

My little man has loved his first year of primary school and adored his teacher. To show her how much we love her and appreciate all she has done for Hamish, I made her this cushion. First time free motion quilting so don't look too close. It was made with love and that's what counts right? I was so happy with how it turned out and am totally loving the pom pom trim. The husband said it was nanna-ish. Whatever.

Myah had her first male teacher this year.  I was a bit stuck on what I could make him so went with the always reliable bunting flags.  He likes to surf so I hunted down a remnant of some Timeless Treasures Surfin' Santa fabric and managed to squeeze 5 Santa's out of it. 

Since he'll be travelling OS during the holidays, I made a passport cover as well, identical to the blue/red colourway shown here.  Some rocky road topped it off nicely. 

I job shared this year so made this set for my co-worker.  She is a lover of yellow and we both have a thing for grammar and punctuation so the fabric called "comma" was perfect for some cute little handmade earrings.  Might have to make some of these for myself too I think. 

I made the dumpling bag using the free tutorial found here.  I ended up making 13 of these bags and they've come in super handy for last minute Christmas gifts.

I've missed being in here and will aim for another post before Christmas next year.  Oh and if you're on instagram you can find me there too as frssymish.    

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas x

Phoebe Bag

I hope Santa will bring me an SLR this year because then I could take better photos of the things I make, like this gorgeous (if I do say so myself) bag that I made for Myah's teacher.

The pattern is the Phoebe bag, a free pattern which you can find on this blog.

I saw some lovely versions of the bag on Pinterest that had centre panels of contrast fabric and I wanted to do the same. I'm not sure if I went about it the right way as my bag ended up smaller than I think it should have. I'm one of those people who really need a pattern!

Fabric ~ Contrast fabric from Spoonflower and some black linen-like fabric (??) from Spotlight