Sunday, 26 October 2014

DIY Elsa Inspired Dress - Version 3

My friend asked if I would maker her wee girl an Elsa dress for her 3rd birthday, how could I refuse!

I have made this one and this one before and decided to make it a bit more toddler / young girl friendly.

All my fabric is stretchy so I decided to use the Skater Dress pattern from Kitschy Coo for the body and just attach a gathered skirt. I cut the bodice from the sheer blue and made attached the sequin overlay.

I gathered the skirt on elastic so it would have some stretch and it seems to have worked,

The dress has gone down a storm - the little girl it was for was wearing it to drop her brother off at school on Friday! I can see more of these dresses in my future...


Big E: Crisp sampling at Grandma's 60th Birthday Party!

little e: under the table at Grandma's birthday lunch!

Joining in with Jodi  for the 52 project. 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Charity Shop Success

I don't know why I have never posted about  my charity shop bargains before, it is time to change that since a lot of of my clothes come from charity shops or ebay!

Last weekend we went to donate loads of stuff to the Barnardos shop in South Queensferry. It is a donation centre but has racks of clothes, some of which obviously have been in the normal shop round the corner and not sold, for £1.49! We left having spent £14.41 and I got some great stuff:

A pair of jeans from M&S with no noticeable wear. I have since returned a new pair I bought when I was getting desperate but resisted wearing - phew!

A skirt from M&Co, love the fabric, need to shrink a teeny bit to be able to eat with it on...

A tunic top from M&S, again no noticeable wear. I really need a finer belt, it is quite obvious round my my less than small tummy :)

Possibly the most exciting thing was a Clone Trooper costume that Big E got for £2.49, including the mask!

I also got 2 candle holders that I plan to pour wax straight into using a set I got for my Christmas last year!

Husband got 2 shirts, 1 t-shirt and 2 books on the Forth Rail Bridge.

All that for less than £15, it was definitely my most successful charity shop expedition ever.

I have been raving to all my friends about charity shop shopping but they are reluctant, is anyone else a lone charity shopper among their friends?

Sunday, 19 October 2014


little e : doing a Halloween quiz on a day out

Big E: Needs a haircut!

Joining in with Jodi  for the 52 project. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

A last minute skater dress

There has been some panic sewing going on in this house, I got a bit confused, which is easily done, and thought this dress was needed for a week tomorrow, it's not , I need it for tomorrow! Little Z is going to be 3 and is Peppa Pig daft so thought I would dilute some of the Peppa madness with a Raccoon print dress (I know her Mum will love the fabric!).

I spent yesterday afternoon whipping this skater dress up using fabric I have had for over a year and a half. It was bought to make a baby outfit for my Nephew but I soon realised that this fabric is not what my sister would choose to dress wee G in...!

 The dress pattern and the fabric are from Kitschy Coo.

Little e has now decided she would like one, I think a trip to Kitschy Coo shop may be required!

Pattern: Skater Dress
Fabric: Lillestoff Raccoons (out of print which is a shame as I had promised Big E a t-shirt in it...)

In other news, my basket of doom is now 3 items smaller - progress is being made!

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