Summer Sewing

The temperature here over the last few weeks has been HOT and extremely humid. It’s not knitting weather. While that’s certainly a shame, I have plenty of other things to be getting on with!

Sewing is something that I am slowly teaching myself to get better at. I am trying to be more patient, and to apply the same expectations I have of knitting to working with fabric. I need to slow down, I need to prepare the patterns and pieces more carefully – and I’m getting there.

I am not quite at the stage of being able to make clothes for myself, but children’s clothing is fairly forgiving (as are children), and so I have been making things for Molly.

I used some very cute fabric to make a little skirt for her. The pattern is a free one from Purl Bee – The Gathered Skirt. It has lined pockets and an elastic waistband and I am pretty happy with the finishing on this one. It looks very sweet on her too.

Then I used another Purl Bee pattern, the kids romper, to make this:


This just looks so comfortable and cool. I would like one myself. But I won’t do that. No.

Then, I bought Melissa Wastney’s beautiful book from a semi-local craft shop. And really it is a treasure. I have made so many things from it already and learned so much.


The little dress above had to be somewhat stressfully modified. I started cutting the pieces (newbie error) before realising I had NOWHERE near enough fabric to do the pleats on the front. I also had to do some jigsaw arranging to make sure the fabric ran in the right direction on the front and back without running short of anything. It only just worked.

Then I made 7 project bags and I LOVE them.


And Molly got a cape. This was as a result of her requesting a ‘cape like Elsa’s’. Wretched Frozen. I’ll give up coffee before giving Disney any of my money so I made this one and she’s happy.


Her hair! I can’t get over how amazing it is.

Finally, I made some little gifts. I drew up the pattern myself for these oven mitts and used bits of old woollen blankets for the outer layer. They are very cheerful.


I do hope it cools off soon though as I’d like to pick up my knitting again!



About Charlotte Marjoribanks Designs

I live in New Zealand with my daughter and husband. I take photos, I knit, I design knitting patterns, and I try and live thoughtfully (whatever that means on any given day).
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