Monthly Archives: September 2015

Animal costume sewing pattern by sewabaloo

Anibaloo – Costumes for imaginative play

Last week I showed you the best bits of Briabaloo, my new dress (and peplum top) pattern, so this week I want to show you all about Anibaloo, my lovely animal themed dressing up pattern – perfect for Halloween!

Anibaloo is a fabuously versatile dressing up costume pattern for children aged 2-8.  It’s essentially a loose-fitting, lined, hooded waistcoat with ears and a tail, which give hours of pretend of make-believe time as your child’s preferred animal.

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Briabaloo sewing pattern variations: shirt dress, pinafore / jumper, peplum blouse

Briabaloo – a dress for all reasons

Briabaloo is my first published dress sewing pattern for children, and I’m thoroughly proud of it.  I’ve  carefully designed and drafted it with lots of thoughtful detailing for ease of sewing, practicality, comfort and playability.

It’s a short sleeved, collarless shirt dress pattern with patch pockets and ties, with two variations which make a sleeveless pinafore with inset pockets or a cap sleeved peplum blouse with a Peter Pan collar, or any combination of these elements, and it’s available from size 1-12.

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Upcycled Spiderman girls dress

Tutorial: Making a Superhero jersey dress from upcycled t-shirts

My youngest daughter has a preference for superheroes and monster trucks (Spiderman, Supergirl and Blaze and the Monster Machines specifically) but this doesn’t mean she doesn’t still like to wear dresses.  Like many families we’ve been frustrated by the lack of cool superhero girls clothes available in shops, but luckily for us, this is a sewing household, so we made our own from a boys t-shirt and a ladies t-shirt.  And I can show you how to make your own in this neat little tutorial.

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6 reasons I love to sew

6 Reasons I Love To Sew

Sewing, along with many other traditional crafts, is enjoying a resurgence of interest, but still I seem to be among the minority of my friends who sew.  And I really don’t understand why everybody doesn’t do it.  It’s so easy, so satisfying, and gives endless opportunities for ‘smug’, who doesn’t love the occasional ‘smug’ every now and again?

In case you’re reading this blog as a non-sewer, and in case there’s any chance of me persuading you to pick up a needle, here are the big reasons that I love, love, love to sew.

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