Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Little Bean in a Little Beanie

Yep, I'm a typical parent. The wee guy has a variety of nicknames including 'little sausage', 'the wee guy', 'bruiser' and 'little bean'. I tried a few different designs of beanies for the wee guy for keeping him toasty warm in winter this year, and became increasingly frustrated with seams around the face which just wouldn't work for me. Soooo I came up with my own seamfree design of beanie. Here's my little bean in the goshorty little beanie. There's a knot at the top which you can move up and down to adjust sizing, and it has fit him from 6 months til now when he's almost 1... and it's still going.

Merino, seamfree, stretchy, toasty warm, delicious.

Don't those eyes just melt ya?!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Little Boots!

I found this while browsing a few months ago and thought it was suuuuper cute, and after discovering that the wee guy has inherited my cold feet / ankles problem (apparently I have Raynaud's phenomenon according to an ex-pupil's nurse mum... I digress!) I thought I should make him some snuggly slippers with some fabric scraps.

Here's the link first: Bare Maked blog

And up top is my first effort that I "whipped up" while the wee guy was asleep yesterday! Very proud. I've got a pile of grey camo ribstop cotton that is earmarked for some denim cuffed pants, and lots of odds and ends of white microfleece that is used for nappies and bib backs.

I measured the wee guy's feet to be 11cm long, and gave myself waaayyyy too much seam allowance (the sole measurement pre-sewing was about 15cm! oops) but the fit around his ankles is fantastic. He actually made it through a whole day without being able to kick off his footwear. Now that's a first!

These won't be going into the goshorty line, however if I have a few scraps I'm sure I can "whip up" a few more for the stuff that never makes it to the store - that is, baby shower pressies! I'm so chuffed with them I'll try to make a few more pairs for the wee guy while he's still wee.

Now to decide if I should sew up some more bibs or some beanies. Or nappies. Or dresses. Argh! Where does that time go?!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

We're Back! Here's goshorty

and... I'm back!

Life got in the way. I left the daily grind in an office job for my first profession, teaching little kids. Then got pregnant, then had to leave teaching in a hurry when it was a threat that my son would arrive 13 weeks early. Then motherhood started...

So while I've been a stay-at-home-mum, I've also dragged out my sewing machine Naomi the Janome, dusted her off, and started creating! Rather than spending up large on gifts for friends' baby showers, I started sewing bibs and muslin wraps, and the more people saw them the more interest they got. People started ordering bibs and I decided that rather than just making them for nameless fun, why not get a label! So 'go shorty' was born.

The wee guy has been my #1 model for my own special design of seam-free fuss-free beanies, and has also been my product tester for booties, bibs, wraps and wipes. But I also got hooked on sewing little dresses - an updated pillowcase-style dress, and a tie-up reversible dress so far in the 'goshorty' collection. I'd be verrrry unpopular if the wee guy was a model for dresses so that's where my darling friends and their daughters come in. Thanks ladies!

More to come, watch this space!

Off to cut out parts for a sunhat for the wee guy. Bring on summer!