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

…j

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it has been raining all week… oh, rain, please come again another day

the weather is all gloomy… the whole week!  it’s so wet, we could hardly do anything outside… and lil j is already feeling all cooped up, having only been out twice this week!  you know the little ones, they are so full of energies, and to have them confined to the house, even with indoor activities, aren’t just the same as being out there.. exploring, running, etc etc… sigh

on the bright side… we took advantage of the situation to do a “big” project for him… potty training!  yay!  well, we actually started two weeks ago.  we decided it was about time – he was showing all the signs and more.. coupled with the fact that i’ve always believed in EC and practised (rather successfully) from when lil j was about 3 month old (although, he was adamant that he wanted to use only the diaper shortly after he was 1, and thereafter, for one whole year, there was no potty/toilet involved!  that boy!) .  we were actually running out of diaper one day, and can you believe it, they ran out of the size and brand that we usually bought.  so i told hubz, oh well, it’s fine, it’s about time he gets back on the potty anyway.

and so it was.  i decided to use cloth diaper rather than underpants right away because i figured the cloth diaper will be more absorbent anyway, and i could not afford him having accidents around the house when it’s carpeted.  the first day was a total disaster – 100% of the time, he pee-d and poo-ed in the diaper.  and it was funny watching him walked like a duck to me each time it happened… mama, please help him change (he refers to himself as “he” as in a third party perspective).  i just reminded him that he has to use the potty/toilet so that he wouldn’t get all sticky and stinky.  and i thought to myself, this is going to be a long journey!

on the second day, there was quite a big improvement – at least 50% of the time he remembered to use the potty (i decided to put a sticker of Thomas the train on it as this was one of the characters he liked), but mostly after he wet himself slightly… still it was a major improvement…

and then, suddenly by the fourth day, it was 100% potty!  yay!  (ok, still not counting the night/nap time for now)

staying home mostly, and having a routine during this time actually helped a lot.  i brought lil j out few times on the second/third day of his training, and he seemed to “forgot” about the potty after he got home.. for a while at least.  i doubt rewards and chart were helpful for him, he wasn’t at all interested when i said he could have this or that after he has gone to the toilet… so i dropped it after a few attempts.)

over the course of the next week, we just moved on to the toilet.  and moved out of the cloth diaper to underpants.  he is feeling so proud of himself now.  he’d uttered, good job, well done!  after having gone to the toilet… (i must admit, i feel proud of him too… then again, i am his mama right? – everything about him ought to make me proud)

it does feel somewhat strange washing and hanging out little underpants now… and it is also somewhat strange to be talking about potty training in my sewing blog 😛  but well… let’s just say it’s another wonderful project i’ve been working on afterall… and yes, please oh, rain, can you come back some other time… because the little boy in the underpants wants to go out and play… and so does his mama…

he was really excited about wearing underpants, just like a big boy... he started to dance with the bunny and ice bear when i asked him to take a picture 🙂

The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous  Proverbs 15:29

…j

 

messenger bag inspired by “What the Ladybird Heard”

this one is for my lil j!

yes, after having “inspired” me to sew this outfit from one of his favourite books, i felt compelled to make him something.  this time i’ve picked another one of his favourite:

A beautiful story by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks

all the animals in the farm said something, except the ladybird. he was a quiet little thing who said never a word. but the ladybird saw, and the ladybird heard... this is a wonderful story about the tiniest and quietest creature who came up with a plan to foil two crafty robbers' cunning plan.. it is truly a book filled with a whole farmyard of fun!

this was the page from which i drew my inspiration upon

i embroidered the illustration from this page. i did the entire embroidery in one thread colour simply because the ladybird was inconspicuous and i wanted to portray that subtlety.

the messenger bag i made especially for lil j. i used cotton linen for the outer fabric and lined the bag with recycled upholstery fabric given to me by MIL.

i've sewn the velcro vertical on the flap and two horizontal on the bag. this way, lil j don't have to fumble to fasten them, and this also allow the velcro to be adjustable.

the inside of the bag has a large pocket and a small hidden pocket (this hidden pocket was made to put lil j's sunnies). the lining was made from some recycled blind-out curtain material.

this was the first time i used the sewing machine in front of lil j. i sat him on a chair next to me and explained as i sewn the bag for him. ok, not everything, just the last bit and he asked if he could use the sewing machine! (not quite yet, he is just two really!) when it was done, i gave the bag to him and told him he could put things inside if he'd like. he wanted to put the ladybird book, but it was too big, so he put in the hungry's caterpillar instead.. oh, and his sunnies (i knew he would like to carry that for sure!) and he asked me for some snack to put into the bag as well! then he picked up the bag, and said "let's go the the library, mama". my heart just melted 🙂

And this shall be my second entry for no big dill’s OUT

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17

…j

a ‘crafty’ mama

crafty. i would think so:P  my work on lil j’s hair.  to get it as even as i could with a pair of scissors, and all the while trying to avoid accidentally cutting the little fingers and praying that he would not change his mind and start to wail.  wish we had an electric shaver though.

the first time ever lil j willingly let me cut his hair - rather, requested for it! without a fuss or a tear. it has always been stressful in the past, with lots of tears, screams and awful result. this time we were all pleased...

not as bad as the previous attempts.  but i still put on his cap/hat for him each time we stepped out of the house.

but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  Matthew 24:13-14

…j