Abstract print everyday dress

This is the second dress I’ve made using the free Peppermint Magazine everyday dress pattern created by In the Folds, and I think this pattern is well on its way to become one of my very favourites!

all the little happy things - abstract everyday dress

I love the simple shape of this dress, and the wonderfully functional pockets and side splits with the mitered corners are probably my favourite little details!

all the little happy things - abstract everyday dress

I made this version with a lovely cotton (sateen, I think?) from Nerida Hansen Fabrics, which features a beautiful abstract print by Alison Willoughby. I picked up about 2.2m in a remnant sale at the recent Finders Keepers market in Brisbane – such a lucky find, as there was just enough fabric to make this dress with very little waste! The everyday dress shows off the large-scale abstract design so well, and the fabric is lovely and soft with a nice drape.

all the little happy things - abstract everyday dress

As with my wearable toile, the only alterations I made to the original pattern were to shorten it by about 15cm at the lengthen/shorten line, and fold the sleeve hem under one more time. The relaxed shape of the dress makes additional fitting adjustments unnecessary, which is one of the reasons why this is such a quick and easy make.

all the little happy things - abstract everyday dress

I’ve already worn this dress to a casual catch-up with friends as well as to a wedding – the breezy style combined with the abstract print really makes for a versatile garment! I’m so glad to be adding it into my wardrobe, and I’m anticipating that a few more everyday dresses will be joining it in the near future!

all the little happy things - abstract everyday dress

Peppermint everyday dress – wearable toile

It’s well and truly spring here in Australia, so to celebrate, today I’m sharing a lovely floral dress that I made from a free pattern!

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

Yes, I’ve finally gotten around to making one of Peppermint magazine’s lovely free sewing patterns, and I started with a beauty – the everyday dress pattern created by In the Folds!

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

This dress has so many elements that I love – a super easy fit, the all-important pockets, sweet little side splits, and a lot of versatility! It’s reversible so you can wear the v-neck or the round neck at the front, and you can transform the look of the dress by wearing it with a waist sash (which is my preference) or leaving it loose and floaty.

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

I made this version as a wearable toile to test out the pattern, using a pretty floral-patterned linen/cotton blend from Spotlight. I cut a size 1 and altered the pattern slightly by shortening it by about 15cm so that the dress would sit at knee length (I’m a very petite 155cm/5’1″!), and folding the sleeve hem under one more time before sewing it down so that it would hit just below my elbow.

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

This was a nice quick make that I was able to complete in a day, and the pattern instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I can’t believe this was a free pattern!

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

I’m in love with my new everyday dress, and I’m anticipating getting a lot of wear out of it this spring and summer! I will definitely be making another one soon!

Felt enamel pin pennant + pin update!

You might be aware that I collect enamel pins, and last year I made some fabric bunting to display my pins. Well, since then, my collection has grown to the point where I was running out of room on my bunting. Thankfully, I remembered this lovely project by Essie Ruth, one of my favourite Australian makers, and set about making a felt enamel pin pennant of my own!

all the little happy things - felt enamel pin pennant

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Little black Bettine

My love for the Tilly and the Buttons ‘Bettine’ dress pattern is very well documented on this blog already. It’s also the pattern I’m primarily using for my ‘souvenir dresses’ – dresses made from fabric purchased during overseas holidays. Today’s Bettine is a little bit special – it’s my third souvenir Bettine, this time made from fabric I bought in New Zealand, but it’s also my fanciest Bettine yet!

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

I purchased this beautiful silk/cotton floral jacquard from The Fabric Store in Auckland – it feels so lovely and smooth, and has enough structure to give this dress a little more body than some of my other Bettines.

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

The best thing about making the same pattern again and again is seeing how different fabrics can really change the style of the garment. I’ve made relaxed jersey Bettines, smart-casual cotton Bettines, and now with this silk/cotton fabric, I’ve got a work-to-cocktails Bettine!

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

I made my favourite version – pockets and the cuff button tab. I used the last of my cute Japanese buttons on this dress as well, as the slightly shiny floral button really matched the slightly shiny hibiscus flowers woven into the fabric!

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

I’m really pleased with how this dress turned out, and I’m looking forward to wearing it to work in these warmer months!

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

Jersey joggers, AKA lazy pants

What do you do when you’ve got a whole lot of leftover jersey, but it’s all in fairly narrow pieces that you can’t fold over to make a dress or top? You make joggers/sweatpants, that’s what you do!

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

This is the first garment I’ve made that uses the ‘copy something that you already own’ method, and only the second time I’ve ever made pants, and I am so happy with how it all worked out! The jersey is SO comfortable (you might recognise it from my first jersey Bettine dress!), and the fit is nice and loose. They’re the perfect pants for winter pyjamas or lounging around the house on the weekends – which is why I’ve dubbed them the ‘lazy pants’!

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

I generally followed this tutorial on YouTube to get a handle on how to proceed without a paper pattern, and it was really simple and easy. And because these pants are just for lounging, I didn’t really need to worry about professional-looking finishes or super-accurate fitting!

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

I made the pants with in-seam pockets rather than patch pockets, and although the pants I used as a template had a drawstring, I decided to just go with a simple elastic waist. I might have cut the cuffs a tiny bit too short, but the jersey stretched enough to allow me to sew the cuffs to the bottoms of the pant legs without too much trouble.

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish in just one afternoon, and I’m feeling a little more confident in my sewing skills!

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

4 DIY cushions and a faux fur blanket

A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to refresh our living room a bit by changing up our throw cushions and adding in a faux fur blanket. I spent ages in stores and online trying to find pieces that were the right size/colour/texture/pattern/price… but to no avail. It was really hard to find anything that I loved, and then the things that I did love were too expensive. Then one evening, I suddenly realised – I could just make the things that I wanted, and that way I could make sure I got exactly what I wanted, for a reasonable price! It was such an obvious and simple solution, I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long!

all the little happy things - 4 DIY cushions and a faux fur blanket

I ended up making 4 different cushions using various methods, and a lovely soft faux fur blanket. All of these projects ended up being pretty inexpensive, and only took me about a weekend to complete! Keep reading for more information about how I made them, and how much it all cost!

all the little happy things - 4 DIY cushions and a faux fur blanket

all the little happy things - 4 DIY cushions and a faux fur blanket

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Tencel Cleo pinafore dress

I had a fair bit of polka-dot tencel fabric left over from making my picnic blanket skirt, and after realising how much I wear my denim Cleo dungaree dress, I decided to make another Cleo out of all of that leftover fabric!

all the little happy things - Tencel Cleo pinafore dress

I made the mini-dress version, with two back pockets and one front pocket. I didn’t have any dungaree buckles, but I did have a bunch of gold snaps (also leftover from the tencel skirt!) so I decided to go with a pinafore dress instead of a dungaree one!

all the little happy things - Tencel Cleo pinafore dress

As you can see, it’s not quite perfect – despite taking extra special care when sewing the straps to the back of the dress, one of them still came out a bit wonky… but it’s not too bad, and I don’t really mind!

all the little happy things - Tencel Cleo pinafore dress

The dress sits a little higher than I originally wanted to make it, and the reason for that is that I had a bit of a mishap when trying to put the snaps on the strap the first time around. I ended up having to cut the straps shorter and make do with it… but thankfully because of the soft drape of this fabric, the dress still looks good! It’s just a tiny bit shorter and higher than I originally planned!

all the little happy things - Tencel Cleo pinafore dress

I love how sweet and breezy this dress is, and the way the drape of the fabric gives the Cleo pattern a totally different look to my denim version!

all the little happy things - Tencel Cleo pinafore dress