make – to wear

little miss

Something that I thought our family of four would never experience happened last February: we have an addition in the form of a baby human!

Yes, I said NEVER. I knew that having kids is not for me even at the age of fifteen. Somehow, I influenced my sister and she and her boyfriend went for more than a decade child-free. But plans change and now we have a Little Miss (who looks a lot like me *aherm aherm*).


So far, I have not been working hard at keeping my promise to make things for her. I have made her several blankets, this roly-poly dress (not this super cute gingham she’s wearing, sadly), and a mobile.



But now that she’s old enough for visits to little old Aunty Meream’s house, we can go ahead and start sewing/making cutesy things together. She even comes ready with her very own pin cushion, look!

mayaI kid, that’s not a pin cushion around her left wrist. That’s a plushie that makes sounds. But in my head, it’s a pin cushion and it’s a sign of things to come. We are sure to have many crafty adventures together, I am sure. I apologize for the blurry photo. She’s very good at that “shake limbs constantly” thing that babies do.


roly-poly pinafore by imagine gnats

My niece will be called Maya Ysabel. And this pinafore will be hers:

(Probably the star mobile as well but definitely not the books and the Chibi Totoro toy. Those are mine. Heh.)

When Rachael of imagine gnats invited me to be a part of her January pattern tour, I knew that I had to say yes. I was aware that she has several patterns for small humans and I wanted to go ahead and start sewing for my niece.

The Roly-Poly is a reversible pinafore. Choosing which fabrics to use for each side was quite the challenge. I had planned on adding a kitty-shaped pocket for the side with the umbrellas but I found myself wondering whether a 6-month old baby will have a need for pockets. They probably won’t so I settled for some printed ribbon.

For the reverse, I made sure to showcase the floral ribbon design of the fabric.

This turned out so cute! It ALMOST made me reconsider my “child-free for life” policy. Almost.

For playing under the rain:

For tea parties with imaginary friends:

To check out the other stops of the Imagine Gnats pattern tour, go HERE.

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baby in the brain

We are a family of four. There’s my mother, father, elder sister, and me. Next month, our family will have a new closely genetic addition; my sister will be having a baby girl.

You have no idea how excited I am to be crafting for a little human. And a girl at that!

For now, the following are serving as inspiration for the things that I want to make/sew. Aren’t they adorable?

Do you have a go-to pattern for babies? I’d love to know some of your favorites!

thrifted dress to tabbed skirt

Remember when I turned a dress into a skirt? Also when I made this skirt? And this skirt, too? I have tutorials for all three projects. Two days ago, I combined all three ideas and came up with this:

[Inconsistent colors are brought to you by our crazy tropical monsoon weather.] 

This skirt used to be a drop waist dress with puffed sleeves. I got the dress for about $4 at a thrift store. I find myself picking up dotted items from racks at any thrift store; that is how I found this dress. When I saw that the hem had bird prints, I had to buy it. Another reason why it came home with me was I found the vintage-inspired cut adorable. There was something Jessica Day about it.

But when I fit it at home, it looked all sorts of wrong. The top was boxy and the elastic waistline was too low on me. I thought removing the elastic would solve the problem but nope, it still looked odd.

So I decided to make a skirt using the bottom section. I cut a part of the dress 16″ from the bottom:

Cut strips for the waistline using the upper section:

Shirred the waistline using long stitches:

Added zipper to one side seam:

And then attached the bottom to the interfaced waistline:

Because I love the birds so much, I fashioned a waistline tab using some of the scraps:

More photos of the incredibly beautiful print. Aherm, excuse the white chalk. I totally drew on the right side harhar.

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