My SO welcomed a niece into his family recently and I'm very excited to have a small creature to make silly outfits for (particularly as I have been banned from making guinea pig costumes). I though that she needed something sciency to inspire her into the correct career choice and that baby grows look a lot like space suits.
She is only a month old so I made the outfit in the 3-6 month pattern size as I hear they grow quickly (the booties didn't fit!).
The main fabric was made from white sweatshirting (hoodie material) with stretch black ribbing to make the patterns.
I used shiny silver fabric for the base of the moon boots and was going to use it as a helmet on the edge of a hoodie but I wasn't sure if babies were allowed hoodies so didn't add it in the end.
I hope she likes it! And hasn't already grown too big to wear it...
These chocolates are delicious and not too sweet. They're also really simple to make and are great Christmas presents.
200g milk chocolate
250g dark chocolate
1/2 tsp star anise
3 tea bags
Heat the cream and leave the tea bags in to stew for 10 mins. Add the chocolate and heat until melted stirring continuously.
Then leave to cool in a tray lined with baking paper. Cut into squares and coat in cocoa.
With the SO starting a real job for which he'd have to wear a suit all day, I decided to make some shirts for him that would actually fit and wouldn't cost huge amounts of money: they're only cotton after all!
I think it's ridiculous that men's shirts are sized neck size and that's all! It's really hard to put on weight on your neck; how can that possibly be representative of your girth! The SO has a really large neck so shirts tend to either choke him or float around him like a tent.
I used the Burda 7045 patten and made shirt A for all of them but got rid of the collar loops because they're silly. I'm still not very impressed with Burda as a pattern company as they're instructions aren't excellent but now I have a sewing machine that does button holes for me, shirts aren't that fiddly.
I managed to find some Paul Smith shirting fabric on ebay and some 'designer Italian fabric'. You only need 2m and about 13 buttons which means most shirts are less than £8 each.
I made four shirts in the end, including a test one in light blue. I used a large neck and collar size and then slimmed it down below the underarm and made it the correct size by the waist.
I didn't do much top stitching as I noticed that shop bought shirts didn't seem to have it.
The shirt pattern was relatively easy but you do have to be very careful when working out which sleeve is which! A couple of sleeves have extra darts in from where I had to pick out the placket.
You rip what you sew!