New challenge – first sew-along


The last two weeks  have marked the digression of progress on the unfinished drawer and also, my venture of self-drafting  (3 skirts and 2 pairs of baby leggings).  Moving forward and by no means forgetting about this drawer,  this coming week I have set a goal of participating in and completing my first sewing challenge – the kids clothes week sew-along, I’m looking forward to it and seeing what everyone creates.


Playtime Popover Vest by Red Thread Patterns


Yes, the first project from my unfinished drawer is completed.  Done.

So…for the details.

Pattern:  Playtime Popover by Red Thread Patterns, which I purchased as a pdf from their Etsy store.


Fabric: a medium-weight black New Zealand merino knit with a light-weight camouflage NZ merino knit lining for the hood.

Size: I made a 3-4 based on my two year old daughters’ measurements.

Modifications: I omitted the front pocket and also utilized some different stitches on the armhole and bottom hem (see previous posts for reasons why!).

Time taken: at a guess,  maybe 2-4 ‘child’ hours.  That is cutting and sewing with a small person present for most of the process.  Definitely would be faster for subsequent vests and also, obviously without the ‘little helper’ putting pins down the oil holes in my sewing machine.

Next time:  I would consider increasing the size of the armholes, found them to be just a little on the small side (+ particularly given that I made a size bigger than the suggested age).  I’d also love to lengthen the vest and create a slight A-line to turn it into a tunic.

Overall Recommendation & Tips:

A super practical garment for littlies.  Very simple sewing lines and I felt the pattern was well written.  I guess it was a success as my daughter didn’t mind putting it on (& keeping it on…yes I’ve deciding she is going to have it as opposed to the intended recipient as I was not 100% happy with the workmanship on this one) and my husband asked if I could make him one!  I did have to watch for the ‘bubbling’ effect of the hood seam (I guess I obviously stretched it somehow while sewing this – this is also the reason I omitted the front pocket as merino does shift quite a lot while sewing).  I would recommend this pattern as it is very easy to sew however, make sure you measure your child (or the intended recipient) first so that you are not disappointed.  Further to this, I have made this up with a basic sweatshirting fabric (same size) and found the neckline to be snug when popping-over my daughter’s head, so perhaps make allowances for this depending on the stretch of the fabric you are using.


Blackboard unfinished projects check one

Update – Unfinished Drawer 1.0

Hello there and welcome to my newest ‘followers’ I am thrilled to have you on board, thank you for stopping by.


So a short update on the drawer of  “unfinished projects“.

All progress has come to a halt as my machine decides that it would rather only do straight stitching!  (not ideal when working with knits).  I’ve googled what I think might be the problem but have come to the conclusion that I’d best let a professional do the honours.  This is, afterall, my late grandmother’s 1970’s sewing machine (the only one I own) and I would love for it to still be chugging along when my daughter wants to learn how to sew.  Which although at only two, she is showing some promise…gathering scrap pieces of fabric and climbing up on the stool to place the fabric under the foot, announcing that she is “sewing”.

First Challenge – the ‘unfinished drawer’

So what better way to kick things off, and address my ‘fabric problem’, than a small challenge.  To tackle the most neglected drawer in my sewing room, the drawer of  ‘Unfinished Projects’.

These projects are in various stages of production; half cut-out, cut-out with some piecing, half sewn or just a pattern & some fabric grouped together…like an arranged marriage with a long engagement.

This is going to be one mighty challenge as some of these projects have been waiting a long time in that drawer  and I have been deliberately avoiding finishing them due to the excitement of making other things with fancy fabric.  So, what is in this drawer you ask? in no particular order…

Blackboard unfinished projects

and on closer inspection..


I have decided to begin with project number 8, a hooded vest for a friends’ son who just turned 2.  As this is a birthday present, I have some urgency to complete this project. I will document my progress, one project at a time here, so I am accountable to you.  No more buying gorgeous fabric until these ones are all ticked off, and even then I need to start ‘de-stashing through production’.

It’s going to be hard, have you got an ‘unfinished drawer’ too? why not join me on this one.