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My Creations

Sewing in 2016: Part 3, July to September

Welcome back to part 3! During this 3 month period was when I began this blog. I won’t go into detail when I reach sews that I’ve already shared with you but link you if you’re interested in learning more.

I didn’t have any pattern testing during this period, however, I had lots of family birthdays that I sewed for: 2 nephews, a niece, my sister plus a good family friend’s 2 boys.



  • My baby started teething seriously so I made some extra dribble bibs for her using the pattern by Flosstyle. I love the fit and shape of this bib, especially after using a free pattern in the past. I have been using terry towelling for the backing to help absorb the extra dribble.
  • I made the most gorgeous leggings and head wrap using lovely soft Art Gallery knit for my baby. The leggings are from the Sprouts pattern by Flosstyle,  which is a great ‘grow with me’ pattern and lasts longer than usual and the head wrap is the Good Fortune Head Wrap by Rosie Petal (I got my copy from One Thimble magazine).
  • I made my older daughter the Willow Dress by from the One Thimble. I loved this pattern and had knit for the skirt rather than woven. I had to hack the pattern a little. If you’re interested in finding out how I did this, please comment and I’ll make sure this hack is high on my to do list 😉
  • Flossyle held a ‘sewing bee’ type competition in their Facebook group and I entered the upcycle challenge. I used an old ‘Queensland’ (NRL) shirt and made my baby a pair of leggings and a bib to match, both from Flosstyle patterns (the Sprouts and the bib that I mentioned earlier). I even won this particular challenge!
  • I made my boy a Dolman shirt using the Tadah pattern. The thing I love about this pattern is that I can use a woven on the front, either for the whole thing or a panel. I had some Pokémon fabric that he loved that I made the shirt with.
  • I had previously made my nephew a Fireman Sam costume and this year for his birthday, he was having a Fireman Sam party. I made his sister a jacket so that she could be Penny. I used the woven shirt pattern in the Zoo collection by Flosstyle and extended the front panels so that they would overlap and used the long sleeve add on. I used some metallic bias tape for the high-visibility stripes and some silver buttons. The buttons are just for show and I used Velcro to hold it together. It was a hit!
  • I made my nephew the felt dinosaur puzzle by Felt with Love Designs. I downsized the scale to suit his more controlled fine motor skills.



  • I shared a lot of these sews with you on this post where you can get more detail. Here is a list of the patterns: Animal puzzlee pattern by Felt with Love from One Thimble Magazine; Long sleeve rashies, spandex and pattern by Boo! Designs; Baby swimsuit made with Super Suit by Flosstyle and Baby Leggings by Boo! Designs (see the linked post how to hack a waistband onto the leggings); leggings and bib by Flosstyle; spandex run top; & Apple and Fig Street Kred 2.0 cap.
  • I made 2 Troop shirts by Tadah with both short sleeves and little add on’s and a long sleeve with most of the extra options. The short sleeve one, I added a removable cape to, I will show you how soon in another blog.
  • I also made a Melbourne Romper by Jilly Atlanta that was featured in One Thimble magazine. I hacked this romper to add a snap panel, you can find the hack post here.
  • I made small fabric bags for the felt puzzles, you can find how to make your own here.
  • I also made the Brook Blossom skirt from One Thimble magazine and showed how to add an inseam, hidden pocket with French seams in this tutorial.
  • I made my friend a custom pram bar cover with toys. I sell these also through my shop (use Shop button)

book week, costume, blossom baby, harry potter, sun suit, leggings, flosstyle, Boo! designs, spandex, wonder woman, skater dress, cheekies, leggings, bib, troop romper, tadah, critter ball, balloon, ball, mini ball, sprouts, stumpies


  • I shared what I made in September on this post. I loved being creative with the book week costumes and making my nephews first birthday outfit and present.
  • The hack to make a Critter ball from One Thimble into a balloon ball is also here.
  • The balloon balls and mini ball are from the same pattern collection by Flosstyle.

If you’d like to learn more about how I crafted or hacked patterns, please don’t hesitate to comment or contact me.

Yours in sewing,

Martina 🙂


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