Sunday, May 1, 2011

There Is Now An 8 Year Old Living In My House

And he still loves his Mummy made presents best of all :)

Sewing clothes for him this year was a little more challenging, as he is tall and skinny, so I need to make sure that pants will fit. So once I had got to the waistband part of his pants I blindfolded him (he was very excited to do this lol) tried his pants on him, marked where to hem them and roughly how much I needed to gather the back of the pants with elastic. Which was a fair bit. He managed to get in and out with the blindfold on and not pin himself once. Then he went on his way without peeking.

A top and pants, both from Ottobre. The top is a size 140, and this should give him enough room for growth and to get him through to the start of the cooler weather next year as well. It is #37 from 4/2010 made in stella from Crafty Mamas.

Pants are #39 from 4/2009 in a size 134. I love the details on the pants - pin tucks in the back yoke, shaped back pocket flaps, and that fantastic shaped front of the pants. Love it! There is nothing boring about this boy sewing.

The other challenge was that this year our Easter holidays were quite late, and I misjudged how much time I would have to sew while the kids were at school. This meant I had to sew when they were at home, but without them seeing (night time is no good as I make too many mistakes). So when it was rest time, I shut the passage door and gave them strict instructions to knock before coming out. It worked wonders and I got everything finished in time.

 Melly & Me - I Come In Peace alien - he is the favourite present and totally loved.

A new camera case to go with his new camera - I used the Keyka Lou pattern again, but changed the straps to make it more boyish, and added velcro to the back pocket to prevent the spare batteries falling out.

And we can't forget the cake - he picked out an octopus as a number 8, from one of the Women's Weekly cake books - they are just wonderful for kids cakes.



willow and moo said...

The alien is adorable.

The clothes are FABULOUS!!!!!

Tas said...

All gorgeous Liz but I particularly love the softie! Glad your son had a great day.

Joy said...

How funny that you blindfolded him! I'm sure that was half the fun of the gift!

The green/black shirt is fabulous. And I'll have to look at that pants pattern. The details are really nice.

Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

what a happy camper he is! Love the clothes and the alien is very cute.

Frances said...

Okay, so I'm not an eight year old boy, BUT... I would totally love an I Come In Peace alien! Lovely, lovely work, Liz. Your children are lucky to have you for a Mum.

toadstooldots said...

What a lucky boy! So much great pressies.

A n R said...

Pick me pick me as an I Come In Peace Alien giftee. Your kids are very lucky to have such a talented Mum and I love that they still love what you make for them.