k+j sibling’s matching jackets

i bought this piece of woolen fabric because i wanted to make lil j a jacket.  so i started to google and read all about making a suit/jacket.  then the reading get too tough (there were all sort of jargons and i was too impatient really)… and i decided to purchase a pattern from here.

unfortunately, the pattern was not up to my expectation 😦  i wanted to make a professional looking proper suit but this pattern  doesn’t come with a front facing and back neck facing, just front and back lining.  also, i wanted to bag the jacket lining and eliminate hand sewing but this was not the case with the pattern.  by then, i was slightly distraught but still adamant about wanting things my way!  so i diverted a little (to allow for ahem! more research time) and made a trench coat for lil k instead, with the same fabric of course.

a simple woolen coat for my baby girl.

a simple woolen coat for my baby girl.

i drafted the pattern from scratch, drawing inspirations from various kids clothing designs but keeping it simple so as not to make too much mistake, and enjoyed my first attempt on woolen fabric.  even added some handmade piping and little pleats for details.

naturally, i made the jacket bigger, hopefully lil k can wear it longer.  so i added a martingale so it won't look too baggy.

naturally, i made the jacket bigger, hopefully lil k can wear it longer.  i added a martingale on the back so it won’t look too baggy.

i did not line this jacket, so i hand sewn the hem and decided that the jacket for lil j HAS TO BE LINED.

and then i started working on lil j’s jacket.  with extensive “research” plus staring countless times at hubz’s suits, I finally put the scissors to the fabric.  along the way, those jargons and online tutorials eventually made sense 😉

lil j's jacket finally completed

yay! lil j’s jacket finally completed

i must say the instructions for the welt pocket from the original pattern i purchased was very clear.  i’ve attempted the welt pocket before but wasn’t very successful so this was a major improvement. the tedious part was cutting the fabric to ensure the pocket pieces pattern matched the jacket shelf.

a peek on the inside of the jacket

a peek on the inside of the jacket

except for the opening to turn the jacket inside out, the whole lining was completely bagged and machine sewn.  i was rather happy with the outcome!

except for the opening to turn the jacket inside out, the whole lining was completely bagged and machine sewn. i was rather happy with the outcome!

so now, my lil j and lil k have a matching, sibling jackets.  even the buttons are matched!

woolen jackets for my babies :)

woolen jackets for my babies 🙂

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.  Proverbs 17:17



a fairy dress for lil k

the name of the dress given by lil j.  i love how creative he is.  and how he sees things and imagine all kind of things.  i love how chatty he is (although some days i feel so tired listening and talking to him)  and i especially love how he enjoys making lil k laugh.

and so when i made this dress for lil k, he told me it looked nice (he is ever so generous with compliments) and that it looked like a fairy dress.  when i put it on lil k, he said she has turned into a fairy with wings.  i liked that, so this dress is now called lil k’s fairy dress.

fairy dress for lil k


the tie was originally made to be worn in the front but lil k loves pulling it off, so i reversed it to the back and that was when lil j said they look like fairy wings.

the tie was originally made to be worn in the front but lil k loves pulling it off, so i reversed it to the back and that was when lil j said they look like fairy wings.

i’ve made this dress a little long with the hope that lil k will wear it for a long time.  i am sure when she’s grown taller, this dress can be turned into a top, matched with leggings or tights.  and perhaps, when she stop pulling the tie, the fairy wings can grow in the front 🙂

All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13


[KCWC] First Project: Receiving Blanket and Matching Jacket

so i started with first gear, and sewn something relatively easy.  a PINK coloured receiving blanket 🙂  (yes, it is going to be a girl!)  really, not much sewing skills needed – straight line, 4 mitre corners and voila!

my oh-so-soft and oh-so-pink receiving blanket 🙂

and then i decided to make a matching little jacket with the leftover fabric.  after all, i need to start this project with a bang, no? hehe..

a very simple, almost patternless tiny little jacket. finished off with some bias binding, and added some tiny lace as well. now isn't this sweet?

i used the bias tape as the ribbon tie as well. and decided to hand stitch (<3 with lots of and lots of love ❤ )to finish off the bias binding. can you see the little lace along the bias binding? the jacket is so tiny and ultra soft. lil j saw it and said "is that for my sister?" then he added, "it feels so cosy" as he touched it... i just love that boy!

not bad to start off this “challenge” eh?  today, i am thinking of making a jammies for lil j… stay tuned!

But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.  Luke 15:32


Fun in the Farm Series – Custom Order

this dress is one my my first custom-made orders 🙂  and the last panel of the farm themed fabric in my stash.

made two weeks ago for a girl named Sophie, who will be celebrating her birthday in a week’s time.

this dress was sized 4T. it has a little pocket and comes with ruffled hem. i also hand embroidered my label sewn.for.you on it.

the back of the dress. this was as close as possible to what was requested by Sophie's mom. with rickracks trim added for fun factor.

i love how colourful and playful this dress turned out.  and especially since this will be the last piece featuring the farm themed fabric (unless i can find it and re-order).

i hope Sophie will be delighted when she received this in the mail 🙂 thanks, Sharon!

next challenge coming up.  refashioning a formal wear for my lil j for a wedding we are going to attend this weekend.. stay tuned 😉

How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?  Psalm 116:12


mama, that’s just like slinky malinki!

so i was sorting out my not-so-many, really, stash of fabrics looking for inspiration for my next project and lil j who was with me pointed to one of the printed fabrics and exclaimed: “mama, that’s just like Slinky Malinki!”

he went on to peruse the fabric and screamed in delight: “Mushroom Magee!  Scarface Claw!  and tried to said Butterball Brown (but it sounded like buckle ball bow)… Slinky Malinki’s friends of course!  (i love it when he is excited, he usually go “there!!!” with a big grin/smile 😀 )

you see, we have been reading all about Slinky Malinki lately, and Catflaps was really his favorite book.  in fact, we read that over and over and over again on a daily basis – for more than 2 weeks now.  he is so fascinated with the rhythmic sentences… in fact, he memorises them so well, he could recite some pages!

so after he went to nap (as usual) i decided to make something out of the fabric.  initially i wanted to make something for him.  but i wasn’t so sure about it… so it was.. until a few days later, i just whipped this out!

Inspired by the Slinky Malinki book, I used the panel from this printed fabric to come out with this outfit one afternoon... the design has to be something adventurous, something that says "lurking furtively", something playful. this was my interpretation.

close up. the buttons are supposed to be on the back, but i think it can be worn in front as well. and yes, i have decided to sell this outfit as i honestly don't think lil j fancy it 😛

oh, and what coincidence i found out that Katy from no big dill is running her Once upon a thread series!  (I super duper love her blog!)  so, yes, I will be adding this to her flickr group

Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.  Roman 10:4


fun with batiks

my sister got some batiks from Bali from her recent holiday trip there.  she sent them to me and i was tasked to turned them into something wearable. these are the results.

this piece of lovely blue with big pink flower motif was used to make a sleeveless dress/night gown for our niece. i did not use any pattern, just cut the piece as would a peasant dress style.

this one can either be a nightie or a summer beach wear i guess. again, no pattern, just a little of random cutting and turning it into a simple piece of clothing. i used bias tape to finish the bodice and double up as the shoulder strap, which is adjustable. this dress is made for my sister of course.

each dress takes less than one-lil-j-nap hour (read: no more than 2 hours)

and i still have two more pieces of batik to go.. i haven’t quite decided what to do with them for now… maybe a dress for myself.. hmm… we’ll see

What then shall we say?  Is God unjust?  Not at all!  For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.  Romans 9:14-16


i’ve been sewing hard!

yes i have!  despite the lackadaisical blog update… ok, minus the short holiday we just had.  and minus the one week of being a gum tree to a sticky little koala who was down with HFM… 

and, i got the ball rolling too on my new madeit.com.au store!  etsy to follow.. soon… yippie!

in fact, i had wanted to “launch” an edition of what i termed the “Fun in the Farm” range for my new store but 3 out of the 5 pieces of my work were presented as gifts before hitting the “store”. 

this one, the first one made, was "sold" to my lovely niece with lots of hugs and kisses... hmm.. i think it was all worth while 🙂

this was especially made for Sarah, whom upon seeing the one for her sister, Jenna, pleaded with me to make her one.

this piece was specially made for my friend's new bundle of joy. i had lots of fun making (and seam ripping) the bloomers to match the dress. i can't wait to see little Zoe in them!

and then i made 2 more and have them listed here.  along which i have listed some other items, and hopefully, will continue to sew hard to sell more items!

but for now, it’s time to look through the pictures of our recent short break…and wish we were still enjoying the sun and sea and sand… (did i mention that i sewn a few things for lil j for that holiday as well?  i will try to update those soon…)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:37-39