Sunday, 17 April 2011

Introducing the mini pinnies...

So I finally finished the two pinnies that my colleague ordered for her 14 month old granddaughter Lila and my biggest lesson learnt was that sewing on a mini-scale is extremely fiddly! 

I got the boyfriend to hold them up to highlight just how tiny they are – despite his protesting, I think he secretly thought they were cute and enjoyed posing with them...haha!



The oilcloth pinny was a dream to sew up, largely thanks to the tips I found online and posted about here. The absolute key was using a strong enough needle and I found that the one for DENIM that I used was ideal. 

Anyway, I just love the Scotty Dog print and it looks super cute together with the baby-blue-polka-dot fabric that I used for the ties and as lining. I decided to use ties for both the neck and waist so the pinny will fit for longer as Lila grows.




Although the cotton pinny is probably my favourite of the two, it was not as straight forward to sew up. In fact, it was so fiddly that at one point I could have cried...but then bias binding saved the day! Thank you bias binding! Again I used ties at the waist and a button for the halter neck so it can easily be put on and taken off. 




This was certainly educational and a challenge, but despite the super cute results, I'm not sure that baby attire is my calling in sewing. I wouldn't say never of course, but I'd have to get a lot of practice in before giving it another go.

Have you lovely people sewn anything on a miniature scale before? If so, how did you find it? Do you have any tips you can share?

14 comments:

  1. Those are adorable! You did an awesome job! :D

    -Allie

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  2. Aww, they're so cute! And very tiny :)
    I sewed a princess dress for my little sisters 6th birthday. While not as small as your aprons, it was still pretty fiddly! The skirt was huge and gathered onto the tiny little waist. That took forever!
    Ashley x

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  3. These are darling! I give you a ton of credit for making such adorable pinnies - whenever I work on a small scale, things unravel or holes appear in weird places...I'm waiting until my boyfriend's niece turns at least 4 before I attempt making her another pinafore. Fabulous work, dear!

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  4. Those are just cute. I always find it odd when I sew something small. Strange really because I started out sewing Barbie Doll clothes and even made little doggie hats.

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  5. These are so adorable Marie! I particularly love the colours on the fabric one, gorgeous! x

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  6. Oh my goodness - they are gorgeous!! I bet Lila will love them!

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  7. Thank you all for such lovely comments, they make all the blood, sweat and tears worth it ;o)

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  8. Wow, those are gorgeous! I bet those'd be a sure hit for your upcoming shop...

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  9. Aahhh, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite so cute. I made a dress for my niece for Christmas and it amazed me how quickly each stage took. No sooner had I started a seam than I was at the end of it! x

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  10. Thanks Sarah and Jane! My Etsy shop is coming along dreadfully...hopefully once work gets quieter come June, I'll have more time to sew stuff...hmph!

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  11. Oh, those are so cute! I used to sew clothes for my Barbies and other dolls when I was a little girl. They were some of the first things I learned to sew when my grandmother was teaching me. Now, I don't think I could ever sew such small clothing. You did such a great job, though! I'd say it could be your calling, unless you abhor doing it. ;)

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  12. I love your blog and these mini pinnies are so cute! I think I remember reading that your freind got you the labels, but do you know where they are from? I am after some for my own stuff (but just for my own vanity not to sell hehe!)

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  13. Thanks verityclothing and Katie! My labels are from http://www.easy2name.com - they are sew on, woven 12mm ones if I remember correctly. I really recommend easy2name as you can create some pretty cool labels if you have time to mess around ;o)

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