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Childrens blocks for sale?

Children blocks for sale?  If Growclothes is to become my business, rather than just an interest, I need to consider making some income from my work. So yes, I'm just putting it out there, testing the waters as it were, is there any interest?

I have been pondering this possibility this morning , as Dave wonders if the tree I am climbing and the limb I have chosen to go out on is going to bear any fruit and I can not assure him it will.

Are you familiar with the expression,

 " don't be afraid to go out on a limb because that is is where the fruit is."

I use that analogy a lot, as its apt for what I feel am doing, except I am not sure I am climbing the right tree, never mind the branch.

Kinder-Blöcke zu verkaufen? Wenn Growclothes ist mein Geschäft, und nicht nur ein Interesse zu werden, muss ich in Erwägung ziehen, ein Einkommen von meiner Arbeit.Ich habe heute Morgen diese Möglichkeit nachzudenken, wie Dave fragt sich, ob der Baum bin ich Klettern und das Glied Ich habe mich entschieden zu gehen, wird sich auf keine Früchte tragen, und ich kann ihm versichern, wird es nicht.Sind Sie mit dem Ausdruck vertraut,

  "Fürchte dich nicht, auf einem Bein, weil das ist, wo ist die Frucht gehen werden."

  Ich benutze diesen Vergleich viel, wie der apt für das, was ich fühle mich tue, außer ich bin nicht sicher, ich bin die Besteigung des richtigen Baum, egal der Branche.

I have been engrossed, in my first group of patterns. I want to issue them all at the same time and its taking a while as these things tend to do. But all the while I acknowledge that I am not trained, just an enthusiast with a mission. So there is this little voice in the back of my head which is saying maybe you are a tool maker, rather than a designer, the user of that tool. Does that make sense?  I will not know the answer to any of my questions till I have put something out there. My blocks have taken some time to draw, and are relaxed sizing, meaning that they are not a tight fit to the body.

Ich habe vertieft, in meinem ersten Gruppe von Mustern. Ich will sie alle zur gleichen Zeit und ihre dauern als diese Dinge zu tun pflegen erteilen. Aber all das, während ich erkennen, dass ich nicht trainiert, nur ein Enthusiast mit einer Mission. So gibt es diese kleine Stimme in meinem Hinterkopf , vielleicht sagen Sie ist ein Werkzeugmacher, sondern als ein Designer, der Benutzer dieses Tools sind. Heißt das Sinn? Ich will nicht wissen, die Antwort auf eine meiner Fragen, bis ich etwas löschte es. Meine Blöcke haben etwas Zeit, um zu zeichnen genommen und sind entspannt Dimensionierung, was bedeutet, dass sie nicht einen festen Sitz für den Körper.

Example of an adult shirt block
So what I am saying is I have children's blocks from 3 months to 7 years and I was wondering if there was a market for them?

online poll by Opinion Stage

And  I was wondering how I would package them, for instance:

Bodice, sleeve, and pants for an age

Bodice and sleeve for age group

Pants for an age group

PDF for home printing and or SVG  or other for use in inkscape or a CAD program

I am assuming that sewers would know how to use the blocks, would that be a fair enough assumption?

Would you be interested in these?
Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated?

Example of an adult bodice and skirt block

 Also, was ich sagen will ist, ich habe Kinder-Blöcke von 3 Monaten bis 7 Jahren und ich frage mich, ob es einen Markt für sie? Und ich frage mich, wie ich sie verpacken, zum Beispiel:

Korsagen, Ärmel und Hosen für ein Alter

Mieder und Ärmel für die Altersgruppe

Hosen für eine Altersgruppe

PDF zum Drucken zu Hause und oder SVG oder andere für den Einsatz in Inkscape oder einem CAD-Programm

Ich gehe davon aus, dass die Kanalisation würde wissen, wie, um die Blöcke zu verwenden, das wäre eine faire Annahme genug sein?

Möchten Sie an diesen interessiert sein?

Anmerkungen oder Vorschläge würde sehr geschätzt werden?

Kind regards


Baby contraption

Okay this baby is not my baby or any relation, he/she is cute as a button and the gear he is wearing, I take it his Mum made, is cute as well. I just snatched the picture from the fabenmix site, and perhaps I should not have, but  I was curious about the contraption he was in.
He does not look the slightest bit bothered about it, he actually looks positively happy about it.

 Do you know what its for? 

I got it, its attached to his changing mat and it holds the babys legs up out of the way, while his/her bottom is being cleaned. Very continental, makes sense. Reminds me of stirrups. Not something I would invest in however. But the Mum has used the device to hold him in position while she took his photo. Can't fault that thinking, just visually a little different, a wee bit like seeing toddlers on those leashes.harness.

Pinafore patterns ~ grow them

Little girl pinafores are cute and easy to make and form a staple of many toddlers wardrobes and there are heaps of patterns out there for them. One thing I have begun to notice is that the shoulder straps/  tie downs, (for want of a better names for it), are never very long.
 The grey drawing above, is the standard presentation for a pinafore pattern. The blue is my suggested change, just lengthen out the strap. Normally one button would be fixed on the end of the tie down, in my suggested change there are three. This enables the pinafore to be adjusted to lengthen the garment and give it a longer wearing life.

If placement of the buttons is on the back strap/tie and the button hole is on the garment, the excess tie/strap will be hidden under the front of the pinafore giving the same look when being worn.

A small change could see your lovely pinafore lasting through 2 sizes or more for your daughter, what do you reckon!!!

I'm not sure why so many patterns do not use longer straps, maybe its a fashion thing?... Yeah nah, I don't think so, surely not... More than likely, like me,  ( as I have been known to make them with a short strap and one button), it just a thing you don't think about it.

It is an easy change to make, I would just draw out an extension on the back strap, following the lines of the original pattern.

Its a thrifty thing, saves time and money, and it's a small thing to do for the planet, lengthening the useful life of a garment.

What do you think, are you happy to give it a go? Are there are other  simple changes to garments that increase there life, without resorting to needle and thread?

Kind Regards Liz

PS. Would you consider making your own patterns? see my thoughts on selling childrens blocks

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RTW vs Home made

There is one thing that I have been mulling over in my head for some while and I'm not sure if I'm way off base, but here goes. Years ago there was always a fear that clothing made at home, looked home made...crime of crimes, oh my golly gosh. Twas not a good thing okay!!

Peter Alexander clothing designed for use inside houses, but invariable being worn in mall near you

But I don't know whether its my increasing blindness, or greater level of personal sewing skills or and here is the nub of the issue, that the RTW clothing is not being made as well as it was. Why? because I can't tell what is home made and I'm wondering if I'm preferring  home made in most times as its actually better quality fabric and fit.

What do you reckon?

Kind regards Liz

Finally we are all clean and I did not toss all my toys out of my cot

but yes, I felt like throwing a hissy fit.

Yep, been hacked, found it on Monday, a link scam. So I have torn up a few posts trying to get rid of it, so if you see odd spellings gaps in words that should not be there, that's why. I will work my way through over the next little while fixing the collateral damage.

3) Drawing Fatimas pattern PART 3 video versions

Hello again

My final 4 videos or 40 minutes of instruction on drawing Fatimas pattern.  I hope someone finds them useful to get them started. It is by no means comprehensive or professional. But there they are.

P a r t 5
P a r t  6
P a r t 7
P a r t 8

The link to the application for printing is:

 Kind regards Liz

2) Drawing Fatimas pattern PART 2 plus video versions

Continuing on from yesterday


The screenshot below is an image of where we are going. Having now copied the pattern I have some reservations about the measurements for the armhole. I will address this when we get there. Meanwhile lets get drawing.

How to draw your own pattern. Part One setting up inkscape to draw Fatimas pattern

Hello again, it has been a while, my Mum passed away on the 2nd of August, and I have been lulling about in some kind of haze since then. 

This week I have decided to pull myself back together but I'm at a loss as to where to start and not being sure what I want to do next.
So I thought I'd just start, anything is better than nothing.

Looking at my blog list, I noticed the Tunic Fatima had drawn yesterday. Its simple, its adaptable and its easy to make a pattern from. She has given the lengths for a large size 40 cm. But seeing as I'm 44 around the hips, what I will do is show you how I draw the pattern and how I size it up, in this instance to a 44cm hip, plus I will probably sew this as a mid thigh length tunic.


1) Setting up ink scape to draw Fatimas pattern  part one (here)
2) Drawing Fatimas pattern PART 2
3) Drawing Fatimas pattern PART 3
4) Adjusting the pattern to fit a size 44cm hip Part 4

The pattern as Fatima has drawn below and the link

If you are not aware of Fatima, check her blog, she is a very generous and talented pattern drafter, and there are literally hundreds of patterns on her blog. Some you don't have to draft yourself, but most you will. She takes styles she sees in magazines and drafts patterns to copy. If you don't like the pattern I have chosen, choose something else to work with that  you can work along with.

Oh, and Fatima blog is in Portuguese, but don't let that bother you, or limit the places you go. Patterns are patterns, a dart is a dart. But if you need to read every word, load a free translator on your browser and hit translate page when you want to read.

So okay, without further prevarication I will start this tutorial / how to.
Just a note, you could go blind trying to work out whats going on in my screen shots, use your zoom to see clearer, 150% should be fine. If I make the shots bigger the sidebars get in the way and its worse.

1) Setting up Ink scape to draw Fatimas pattern

I draw using a free open ware program called "Ink scape" available for down load here. I am not going to detail how to down load it, it's generally straightforward enough. My link is to the English version, take out the en at the end of the URL to get instructions in another language.

I will start from the point where you have actually loaded it on to your PC or thumb drive (there is a portable version), and you have opened it up and gone;

oh boy?!11?!, what do I do next.

Some of you will be reading this and saying, why go to the effort of learning how to draw it electronically, why not just use paper and pencil.

Agreed, that is a valid point, but the reason I started and persisted, (because I didn't get the hang of it straightaway) was that my drawing work is always available  if I have my PC. I can be waiting at the doctors and I can get it out and do a bit more tweaking, I can be at the airport, on a train, anywhere and I can do it. Storage is not a problem, if I loose my printed out copy, I can print another. Quite often I will want to tweak the fit, or merge styles or redesign, all easy once I have drawn it in Ink scape. If I want to share it, its easy to send to other people (if the copy right allows or its your own design).

So you have download Ink scape on to your PC, and it looks like this, the rectangle in the middle is your page outline.

First step, import Fatimas drawing. I do this chiefly so I can read her measurements on the page I'm working on, and I tend to do this with my own sketches. Its easier than going back and forth or resizing a page. This step also enables you to copy /  trace something that you might want to edit. In this case I have a picture (jpg file) of Fatimas instructions on my desktop, so I will load these into the active document.

Select File------>from drop down menu select import-----> go to the place that your file is stored, in my case the desktop ------> select the file --------> click open

A message will come up saying embed or link. I always select imbed, which means the picture, object or whatever is permanently in your inkscape file, so that if you delete it from say your desktop as in this example, its still in your file. If you select link and permanently delete the picture, object or whatever by accident, it will be gone, from your desktop and inkscape. If link and later move the picture/object at a later date, your link will need resetting or it will be broken and you will waste time looking for it.

Select embed ---------> select okay


A hand tool will come up which will allow you to move the imported file, to a spot out of the way of your page outline/working area.

There is a box in the right hand corner of your inkscape screen which tells you how large your viewing page is, if the page is to small for you just tap the top arrow button to increase the size, say from 35%  currently to 50%.

One thing I differ from other people that use Inkscape is that I don't worry about the page size till I have finished. I also don't use the pages option to print, I have it loaded, but I prefer to use another free application to print. 

Now if you wish to save you work at this point do so as follows:

Select File from the menu ------> Save as from the drop down menu-----> and select SVG from the file types -------> and select where you are storing it (for me its always the desktop).

SVG is a vector file and is the type that inkscape generate. If you select another type of file at this point and don't save as SVG, you will not be able to open and edit any further in inkscape.

Now you are nearly ready to work, we just need to adjust the measurements in inkscape. Fatimas pattern is in cm, don't panic if you don't use cm. Trust me, you will be okay and once you have copied her pattern drawing directions you can change the settings to inches, and go on your merry way in inches.

Having said that, cm are easier than inches as there is no 8ths, so you might like to get yourself a cm tape measure at the end of this and make your maths easier.

File ------->select document properties from the drop down menu -------> default units change these to cm ------> click on the tab named grids and select new----->

change the spacing Z to 1 and the spacing Y to 1--------> x out of the menu

Your work should look like this:

Save your work

Okay tommorrow 2) Drawing Fatimas pattern PART2

Regards Liz

PS I feel much better having started something. Also if I have missed something in my explanation let me know, don't be shy to tell me I have stuffed up, its not that uncommon.:)0

PSS Would you consider designing your own patterns? If so see my question regarding the sale of childrens blocks