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Hero Vest, Make It Perfect, Uptown Girl

.Baby Poppy turned 1.

At the beginning of July baby Poppy turned 1. She is the sweetest little thing. All smiles and cuddles with the most adorable wispy, blonde hair.

For her birthday I made her a little size 1 Uptown Girl – I love how the smaller sizes use hardly any fabric, perfect for some stash busting sewing!


This jacket is made using quilting cotton for both layers with some left-over quilt batting in between for snuggly warmth.


And for when it’s cold, but not cold enough for a big jacket, I also made her a girl-style Hero Vest.

 Quilting cotton exterior with polar fleece lining and cute circular pockets.

Oh, and here’s a shot of the other side of the Uptown Girl jacket, a little less bright and busy.

Make It Perfect, Uptown Girl pattern
Amy Butler, Soul Blossoms, Joy Buttercup in Spearmint
Amy Butler, Love, Sunspots in Mint
Make It Perfect Hero Vest pattern
Saffron Craig, Wombat Wonderland, Sunray in Blue

Make It Perfect, Poppy Tunic, Serendipity, The Honey Blouse, Uptown Girl

.NEW Instant Download Patterns.

Just incase you haven’t heard…I’ve added a few more patterns to the Instant Download section of my website.
The following patterns are now avaliable in a PDF Instant Download format:
Little Mini Poppy (6 months – 5 years)
Big Mini Poppy (6 years-10 years) 
Big Uptown Girl (6 years – 10 years)
 Little Serendipity (6 months – 5 years)

If you prefer to get your patterns delivered instantly to your inbox rather than waiting for snail mail or driving to the shops, then be sure to check out the whole range of Make It Perfect patterns that are avaliable as an Instant Download PDF format.  
Happy sewing!

Make It Perfect, Uptown Girl

.Sewing for Nancy.

Checking in to share some recently finished sewing projects. I made these for my niece, Nancy’s first birthday.
A teeny little Uptown Girl:
Reversible and made snuggly with a layer of quilt batting in between.

And here’s the busy little girl trying it on – she is super busy…I forgot how hard it is to get a photo of a toddling 1 year old!

I also made up a long-sleeve top and leggings set from Ottobre Spring 1/2011. The top is “White Rabbit” and leggings are called “Sortilege”.

The leggings have gathering at the bottom with a covering trim and buttons. Easy to sew and easy to wear!
Make It Perfect Uptown Girl pattern
Michelle Engel Bencsko, Simpatico, On Point in Peachy
Anthology, Sweet Tea, Scattered Ombre Dots in Multi
Make It Perfect, Uptown Girl

.Uptown Girl in laminated cotton.

I’ve been wanting to try an Uptown Girl jacket in laminated cotton for awhile now. Actually, I bought this fabric about a year ago for that exact purpose but I guess it’s taken a decline in weather temperature for me to cut into it!

It’s been about 2 years since I last made Lil an Uptown Girl. These jackets keep fitting and fitting…and this one is super roomy on her so will fit for at least 2 years! Lil is on the small size for her age and doesn’t turn 6 until August. I made this jacket in a size 6 though, I like the extra length – particuarly because it is a raincoat, and I wanted to be sure that it will fit her for awhile because laminated cotton is pretty pricey.
I didn’t want the jacket to be too bulky, so left out any pellon or wadding from the inside of the two layers. Instead, I lined the laminated cotton with flannelette from Fabric2Go to give it some warmth though. Because the laminated cotton blocks out the wind, and the flannel is nice and cosy it actually ended up really warm and toasty and will be perfect for all winter chilliness and rainy weather. (Find flannel here, and discount code avaliable here at the moment.)

We were in luck last Saturday when we stumbled across free face painting at some shops for the kids. Lil is a face paint junkie – makes me want to invest in some good quality face paints and learn how to do it myself!

I can’t go without some pics of Tommy’s super cute pirate face. He was SO excited and spent the rest of the day with exclaiming “Argh…captain!” in a very grumpy voice!

We’re not sure what the hand on top of his head has to do with a being a pirate, but he sticks it up there every time he is playing pirates so it must be important!

Make It Perfect, Uptown Girl pattern
Amy Butler laminated cotton, Lark, Floral Couture
Doodlebug Design flannelette, Candy Stripe

Make It Perfect, Uptown Girl

.Finished Uptown Girl.

I’m cranking out the unfinished projects this week!  Unlike most crafters, I try to finish a project before starting on the next one.  Quilts are my only exception as I like them to take a little longer, but I am VERY strict and make sure I don’t start anything new without  completing the old.
I’ve been working on a new pattern over the last couple of weeks and have been finding it really difficult to get stuck into it with all of these half-finished bits and pieces lying around so I took some time out to quickly finish them up and the pattern designing is flowing much better now 🙂
Remember my Cool Shops! review with Quilt Fabric Delights?  Well I sewed up an Uptown Girl jacket for Lil using the lovely Riley Blake fabric Sarah sent to me:
I decided to go with a size 4 for the jacket – Lil turns 4 in August (winter) and I wanted the jacket to last at least 12 months.  Her last jacket is a size 2 (woah – how tiny was she!) and she can just squeeze into it but not very comfortably.  I love how the Uptown Girl jackets fit forever without looking too big or too small.  Great value for sewing time 🙂
This time around I padded the jacket with left over quilt wadding – I love the softness and warmth that it adds without being too bulky or puffy.  Plus, it’s a great way to use up wadding left over from quilts!
I am really happy with the reverse side too – will be great to wear with a patterned skirt and gives the jacket a total different look.  As  we turned it inside out and put it back on Lil said…”Now I have a Little Red Riding-Hoody Jacket!”
Yes you do!
(P.S. Thanks Quilt Fabric Delights for the beautiful fabric!  Their shop has recently had a face-lift and looks fantastic!)
Make It Perfect, Uptown Girl pattern 
Riley Blake, Love Birds, Love Bird Main in Pink
Riley Blake, Love Birds, Cheery Circles in Cranberry