Pinafores and bloomers

I don’t think I have to say much – the photos are enough 🙂 I made these two sets for newborn twin girls


Sneak peak…….bloomers

I am making little sets for a friend whose daughter is expecting twin girls later this year. Decided to use the same fabric for both sets and just smock with different colours, and use different coloured ribbons. For the first time I am deciding how to make the dresses based on the diaper covers (or bloomers, as I feel like saying). Here is a sneak peak of the beginning of the little sets 🙂 The front is smocked, with just elastic in the back



Baby present

I find it difficult to make boy things and therefore it is always a challenge to put together a gift for a baby boy. Decided to make a nappy/diaper bag with lots of pockets and just add some diapers, knitted cardigan and booties (yes!!!!! I knitted those!) and a smocked romper.

Next time I will make the bag a bit bigger, but in general it is very practical. Hope the new mum loves it

Several years ago I bought a sewing magazine with a lovely smocked dress on the cover – I specifically bought the magazine because of the dress. At that stage I just couldn’t find the perfect fabric to use for this dress and the magazine was put away. And I totally forgot about it. A few weeks ago someone posted the cover photo in a smocking FB group and it reminded me that I always wanted to make the dress. Found the magazine and realised I now DO have the perfect fabric. And yes, it has been made and I am so glad I waited for the correct fabric. And so glad I bought this fabric last year because I wanted to use it for another dress, but it wasn’t right for that dress and I put it away. It all came together in the end 🙂


Once again – biopsy time :(

It just seems as if my body has to try something new every single year. And of course, 2018 is another such a year. I’ve had this ‘spot’ on my arm for a long time, there is a similar one on my foot. Just a pale, flat spot. Two weeks ago the one on my arm came alive ……….swollen, red, itchy, bigger, angry. Every night I told myself to make an appointment to see the doctor, every day I ignored it. To be honest, I was scared and worried. Decided yesterday morning it cannot continue like this and called the doctor’s rooms. Living in a small town we often have to wait more than 2 weeks to see a doctor and I was emotionally prepared for that.

Nope, not Thursday – they could fit me in the same day. So off I went, and the spot was inspected with the bright lights and magnifier (I am sure there is some medical name for this but I didn’t ask). Next minute another doctor was called, another good look at the spot and decision made……….biopsy. So yes, here we go again. Hopefully the results will come back all good and that will be the end of the 2018 adventure


I have been smocking quite a bit and sorted out the five little unmade dresses. Made sure I had all the bits and pieces together and decided to sew one of them. Really happy with the outcome. And the first dress to be labelled 🙂 Still have to make the buttonholes, but otherwise it is all done

A pregnant friend asked me to make her a nappy/diaper bag. Fabric and pattern have been sorted and this is on my to-do list for next week


label bag

I feel like a grownup, although I have been one for longer than I can remember. The reason? My own little logo and labels!!!!!! Yes, I now have a label to sew on the smocked dresses – with my own logo, the care instructions and ‘made in New Zealand’. I also have a smaller label with only my logo, to use on bags and other needlework. Oh, and I nearly forgot – teeny weeny little size labels for the dresses. No, I am still not going to sell the dresses, but it will be nice to get my name out there – a little girl will be wearing a smocked SP dress!!!!!


This is not important to me, but it is nice to have it and I have been thinking about getting labels for a while. Shelley, at Labels by Shelley, designed the logo from a very basic idea I had. And I love what she has done. The good thing is that I can also use the logo as a watermark on my photography. See……. grownup stuff!!!



Before totally moving into quilting mode I made a couple of dresses this week. One for a friend who gave me the fabric. And the other just because I felt like it. I have one more already pleated, ready to be smocked

For the blue dress I combined smocking, beads, buttons and the embroidery machine. Love how it turned out

Not totally in love with this one, but I think it came out ok. Hope my friend will be happy with it

Winter is here and poor Mollie is cold. She threw out fabric to make room for herself in the bookcase I use for my fabric


Um, um and yep, nope, maybe………

I embroidered a pair of booties to go with a little romper, for a pregnant friend. After lots of umming and yep and nope I decided I wasn’t 100% happy with those and embroidered a new set of booties this weekend

These are the first ones, but I decided it wasn’t done well enough to be gifted


Now I am happy and the set will be gifted to the pregnant mum this weekend. These are the new booties and they are perfect!


I have smocked for a very long time and still enjoy doing it. Wish I knew years ago how well the smocking and the embroidery done on the embroidery machine would compliment each other