For the Kids: a spot of refashioning

Mr Clootie Dumpling was throwing out some clothes a while ago. He doesn’t do this very often as he does not have an extensive or varied wardrobe – it mainly consists of t-shirts, jumpers and denims – although, he would like me to point out that he is not a slob or a scruff. He considers himself to be a snappy dresser owing to a penchant for Italian designer brands and, in particular, sports jackets. Whatever. I rescued two sweatshirts from his bundle and got into a spot of refashioning.


The brown jumper is ancient – 15 years old was his guess – and it was pretty faded and worn looking. It still is but I managed to cut around most of the really faded parts and now it doesn’t look too bad. The pink jumper was not that old but Mr Clootie never really took to the pink. He doesn’t have anything against pink btw, he just didn’t think it suited him. I used the recycled sweatshirts for all main pattern pieces except the cuffs and bands which were cut from new organic cotton ribbing from my stash. The only notable thing about the whole experience was the pink fabric. I’ve never seen anything like it. There are two layers of jersey joined together by evenly spaced threads – it’s like the jersey version of double gauze. I don’t think you would call it sweat shirting but it is very thick and snuggly nevertheless.



I used a dress pattern from my workhorse of a pattern book, Ottobre Design 4/2014, for the pink dress and hacked it into a sweatshirt for the brown jumper. This involved simply lengthening the top pieces and adding a band at the bottom. Easy peasy.

Now that the cold (and wet, so blooming’ wet!) weather is upon us the kids are very pleased with their new ‘not new’ jumpers. Dad had better watch out. We might all go poking around his wardrobe looking for some more old jumpers to refashion.


Candy Stripe Baby Top


Here I have a sweet candy striped top for Wee O, the bambino of the family. It’s a pattern from Ottobre Designs magazine 4/2014 with slight modifications. I love Ottobre Designs’ children’s patterns. They’re practical and modern and I find the sizing to be great. They list their sizes by height  – this is 86 cm which falls into the 12-18 month range. Wee O has just turned 1 and it fits her as I would expect – with plenty of room to wriggle and grow. It should see her through to 18 months with any luck. There’s nothing I hate more than baby/children’s clothes that come up small. They grow so fast but I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to get as much time as possible out of an item of clothing – especially if it’s something handmade. No quick turnarounds here please! Clothing generally follows a pattern in this house – too big, just right then too small. Then passed on to someone else with any luck. It’s much nicer for the planet that way.


The fabric is by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics. I’m not too keen on this. The print is nice but I don’t think the quality is all that great if I am being honest. It’s a bit thinner than the jersey I would normally use for children’s clothes and doesn’t seem to have the best stretch recovery so I’m not sure how it will hold out. It’s maybe a good thing that this is a loose top or we might end up with baggy elbows! Anyway I might be wrong. A few rounds in the garden with Wee O will test it out! I got it on Ebay for a few pounds and I’ve still got enough to make something else. Leggings? A dress? Might wait to see how this one fares before deciding how to use it. The fabric is, I believe, 95% cotton, 5% spandex but it is not organic. Still cute though. The neckband and cuffs are navy cotton ribbed knit.


All I did to the pattern was raise the neckline at the front by 1.5 cm and eliminate the pockets. Construction was easy peasy. All done on the overlocker except for the hem which was finished with the most amazing stitch that I came across on my sewing machine. It’s a jersey stretch stitch. I’ll write more about that in another post as it’s wonderful and needs to seen to be fully appreciated!



My wee pudding looks like an actual pudding in her stripes. How lovely!