Monday, 29 July 2013

Warm and woolly

In between birthday celebrations and party prep I have been sewing!

We decided that turning five was a very good reason to take the girls on their first trip to the snow - which for one reason or another has just not happened til now.

You never quite know what you will get when asking them to pose!
I remember going to the snow on camps as a young adult without the appropriate gear and feeling cold and miserable, so I was determined the girls would not be the same.

For that reason I made the most of The Fabric Store's recent sale and picked up some stretch merino in these gorgeous 'jewel' colours to make some layers for the girls.

The merino is very thin but super-warm and comfortable to wear, yet also has excellent water-repelling properties.

I chose two shades of their favourite colours each and made leggings and a long-sleeved top.
It is beautiful quality and was an absolute dream to sew, so smooth and lovely.

Still a little shy in front of the camera!
The tops are all made using Toni's Big Basic Tee pattern - I used the boy version as I didn't want the gathered sleeve head on this occasion. This is a great 'go to' pattern for me - quick and easy to put together and lots of options when it comes to mixing and matching fabric and also sleeve and band hem options.

Miss G's top is a size 6 with size 7 length on the sleeves and body and the other two are size 9's cut to the 10 length.

My purple-people-eater
The larger leggings are made using Ottobre 4/2013 pattern 30 and the smaller ones are also Ottobre, issue 6/2012 pattern 26, again with a little added length.

She finds it easy being green!
At one point today each of them declared they were too hot, so I think they well and truly did the trick.
Oh and these shots were taken after having been worn all day and for four hours in the car, so you can see they don't crush either!

I bought a metre of each and had enough left over to make 'the guy who lives here' a top too, with a blue body and green sleeves and there is still a little more left over, so we will see what becomes of that.


Natalie said...

They look fantastic, very warm and comfy :)

Cindy said...

Merino is a wonder fabric! I wish it was more readily available over here in the States. I love the colors that you chose...bright and cheery.

Little Munchkins said...

The PJs look warm and very comfy Karen!

Annie said...

Beautiful beautiful girls and a clever mummy!