FINISHED! A bit of selfless sewing to start the year

I decided to start the year off with a bit of selfless sewing prior to getting on with my current project. A little sacrifice to the sewing gods for a year of great sewing perhaps? 

First up some oven mits.  I had made a few of these oven mits for Christmas presents and Ben complained as he had been asking me for a pair all year to replace the oven cloths I had made him when I first started sewing.  I must say that I had reached the point with those oven cloths that they were an embarrassment and felt compelled to replace them.
The pattern is Lotta Jansdotter from her book Simple Sewing.  The fabric is Melody Miller, Ruby Star Sparkle & green colourway of a fabric with writing on it for the inside including Je Vous en Prie and of course Insulbrite.

I also had an overdue baby present, so made up a pair of baby bloomers and a baby kerchief in Liberty of London Tom's Jets.
For the baby bloomers I used The perfect diaper pattern.  Lotta Jansdotter has a good pattern in her baby book which I had made ages ago.  I varied the pattern and attached a small waistband casing for the elastic and also used binding for the legs which I folded to the inside.

I used this tutorial from Tessuti for sewing the elastic in: http://tessuti.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/tutorial-sewing-elastic-into-waist.html
The kerchief is using my own 'pattern'.  I love a kerchief for babies, especialy little boys, they are just too cute.  I used jersey (yes jersey) for the back left over from my sewing dare.  This was the first time I had used jersey on the back and I love the result.. it is so soft. Perfect for a baby. This kerchief is a bit big for a baby but is easily adjustable by folding it over such as in the photo.

Sewing karma now back in the positive.. it's back to sewing for me.

What is your first project for the new year?

18 comments:

  1. Cute stuff. I did some Christmas sewing so I'm starting the new year off with a top for myself!

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  2. Oh you are good! I'm finishing another pair of Iris shorts, and hopefully Elle pants today. Selfish moi I'm afraid!

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  3. Such adorable bloomers and oven mitt! I did do some unselfish sewing last year, so its back to sewing for me in 2014. I do want to try some baby bloomers though!

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  4. The bloomers & kerchief are adorable! I could really do with making oven gloves too as ours are falling apart. I've cut out fabric to sew up a pouffe cover for the living room & also have to make nursery curtains before I can do any selfish sewing!

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  5. I'm sure you could skip the chore sewing and get to something for Harris!

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  6. Thanks Angela. The bloomers make a lovely gift (in my opinion) and are a great scrap buster!

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  7. I'm back to being super selfish now!! I must check out the Elle pants.

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  8. You definitely deserve sewing for yourself after Christmas sewing!

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  9. The oven mittens are looking great! I love the vintage phone design - and the colours are pretty nice, too! Have a happy new year with lots of fun and diy projects! :)

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  10. Is a baby kerchief used like a bib? I'd never heard of one before. Such a cute Liberty print! I should really look into those oven mitts since ours could use replacing. Is Ben the cook in the family?

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  11. Maider.... MasustakJanuary 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Happy New year, Kirsty! Love all your presents! The fabrics you chose are perfect :-)

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  12. Thank you so much! Happy new year to you too xx

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  13. Yes, a kerchief is like a bib, but (in my opinion!!) they just look so cute - especially on little boys. Yes, Ben is the cook in the house - though he doesn't cook all the time, good is his hobby and he loves kitchen gadgets!

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  14. Thanks Lilla, It is a cute design isn't it. Happy new year to you too !

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  15. You have such an eye for prints - both are so cute! Love both the mitts and the baby gifts. :-)

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  16. Hi Kristy, I'm a Canberra based non-blogging sewing follower of your blog who has failed to find a way of contacting you privately. Would you mind dropping me an email at siobhanfaire at gmail.com - it's sewing not stalking related I promise!

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  17. Maider.... MasustakJanuary 9, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Kirsty, the sewalong not be in English, because it is not interested English-speaking people, just you and Wendy (but she understands spanish) ... sorry! But I can tell you where I got the information for the sewalong, send me an email and I tell you, okay?

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  18. Oh hi and not to worry at all - I was worried about how I was going to fit the sewalong in anyway. :) I must learn Spanish for next time :)

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