Sewing for boys series: Formal wear

If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for a well dressed little boy. Today we’re going to look at how to create items such as a bow tie and shorts to turn your little man into an extremely dapper young gentleman.

I’ve already shared my story into making bow ties here; these are by far my most popular items in my shop, and you just have to look at photos of little boys dressed up in bow ties to see why.


This was the first time that I had thought to make some matching shorts to go with a bow tie because, to be honest, I thought that making dressy shorts would be fairly tricky and it was easier just to buy some.

That was until I came across this (free!) Sunny Day Shorts pattern by Oliver and S. It is such a comprehensive pattern, and very easy to follow – I couldn’t believe that it was free, I would pay for this pattern as it was so good. I added pockets to mine, but even the non pocket version would look super cute. I probably wouldn’t recommend this for a complete beginner, but they certainly weren’t too hard to make and didn’t take long.

With a project like this, I completely believe that fabric choice plays a massive part. With a bow tie, you don’t want something with a large pattern as that will be completely lost when the bow tie is folded; I think the shorts would look a lot less dressy also if they had a bold pattern on them. The fabric I used was a 100% cotton called Raindrop Geo Drops in Denim Gray by Cotton + Steel. I am a big fan of Cotton + Steel fabrics, their quality is amazing and they have so many gorgeous fabric designs. This was purchased from Sew Yeah Fabrics.


Are you ready to make your own cute set? I’d love to see what you make so feel free to comment below with either a link to your photo, or send me an email.

I have also started taking custom orders for these bow tie and shorts sets, so if you’re not confident to make your own just contact me and I can give you more info.


Sewing for boys series: Raglan tees

How many times have you heard something along the lines of “It’s so hard to sew for boys” or “If only you had a girl, then you could sew for her” and the many, many other related comments.

Well, I have decided to write a series of posts focusing on the exciting and on-trend items that you can sew for boys!

I’ll be kicking it off with my recent obsession: raglan tees.

This had been on my list of items to make for Cooper for a little while, and then I had a request come through to me asking if I could make a matching t-shirt and pants set for a little boy. So of course I said yes, and then hastily grabbed some leftover fabric scraps and made one for Cooper so I could at least make a test item first. I used the Brindille & Twig Raglan Tee pattern – though I altered it a little, as it was a bit of a snug fit – and it worked a treat! Their instructions are always very easy to follow and they have a wonderful collection of patterns that are especially for jersey knit.

This is the test t-shirt that I made:


Since then I have made a few combinations for my customers and I really love how versatile this style is.


I introduced a hood to my black and grey t-shirt – my lovely husband helped me draft it and created a pattern on the computer (the perks of being married to a graphic designer!) – and I really love the hood version. I’m of the firm belief that a hood makes everything better. These t-shirts are available via our Lime Hippo shop:

I’m looking forward to playing around with other additions and changes such as a front pocket, and also various length sleeves.

What will you try? Let me know in the comments.


Cake Smash Outfits

Cake Smash.


This definitely isn’t something that was around when I was younger. In fact, this would have resulted in a lot of telling off from my parents if I’d dared to stick my hands into ANY cake and make a mess.


I have learnt though that this is something that is now almost a given for any little boy or girl having a first birthday. Sorry Cooper, you missed out mate! Though Cooper is more likely to just eat the cake as he hates getting messy or wasting food. Yep, he takes after his Mum and Nana!!


So after a lot of suggestions and a couple of requests, I decided to make some nappy cover sets to go with our bow ties in our Etsy shop. That’s not all though. I also (quite by accident) decided on a whim to introduce bows for girls as well, so these sets are also available for the girls.

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One issue with now offering baby items is that – well – Cooper isn’t really a baby anymore. Which meant that I had to source some babies that could model our nappy cover sets.

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We managed to find some very willing parent volunteers and had a couple of photoshoots with these two gorgeous little cherubs. Ash was the photographer and he did a great job – he’s always been more into landscape photography because (quote) “scenery doesn’t move” so this was a bit of pressure to put on him, but he definitely pulled it off well. And our two models were amazing; they both had to endure a few clothing changes each, and both were due for nap time (because babies never sleep when you have something planned, right?) but they were both still very happy and smiley!

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I still don’t like to think about my lovely creations being totally covered in cake … but hey, that’s what washing machines are for I suppose!

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Boy’s Bow Ties

If there’s anything that tops a well dressed Gentleman, it’s a well dressed little boy!

I have been making bow ties for little boys for the past few months, ranging from newborn up to 6 years old. It absolutely makes my day every time I’m sent a photo of one of these little men all dressed up in their bow ties and looking so ADORABLE!

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I first had the idea to introduce bow ties into my shop at the start of the year as I had bought a shirt and bow tie set for Cooper, but the bow tie was so flimsy and felt like it would fall apart in no time. And – I mused – boys need some cool accessories too!

I immediately began trawling the internet for tutorials, patterns and ideas on how to actually make one (do you like my confidence about planning to sell something I hadn’t made yet?!) but I wasn’t happy with any of them. I even downloaded a pattern that I thought would be great, but the finished result – which was meant to be “one size fits all” didn’t even fit around my then 15 month old’s collar!

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So there began much research into collar sizes of shirts ranging from 000 up to size 6, and plenty of texting friends and family with strange requests of “Can you please measure your son’s shirt collar for me …” of which they all happily obliged! As a result, I could offer bow tie sizes of newborn to size 0, and size 1-6 with total confidence that they would actually fit.

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Then came the bow part of the pattern. I decided that I needed to have a tri-fold to give it extra thickness and the authentic look of how a bow tie actually looks once tied (my husband gave me this advice!).


So there you have it, the Lime Hippo bow tie was born. I am so happy that I put in that time and effort, because I have had countless feedback on how well made and sturdy our bow ties are — which is very important in the hands of little boys!




Diaper Pouch and Burp Cloths – Oh Boy!

Yes. I’m back. And I solemnly swear to be a better blogger from now on.

Ok, so what have I been up to?

I’ve been up to A LOT (but you’ll have to stay posted for updates on that, oh what a tease I am) but my most recent project was to sew a gift for a good friend who is due to have a baby boy. In fact, as of today she is a week overdue so we are anxiously awaiting happy news and lots of baby cuddles.


I decided to make a couple of items that I had made for myself and absolutely loved. I made some burp cloths (see my posts here and here)


and also a Nappy Pouch – or a Diaper Pouch as they are more commonly known.


I made this one about a year ago for myself as I was sick of digging around in Cooper’s nappy bag to find the nappies, wipes and nappy sacks while making sure he didn’t roll/crawl away on me! I still use it and absolutely LOVE it. I’ve used it sometimes just by itself if I don’t want to lug the whole nappy bag with me.

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So, for both of them, I used Noodlehead’s Diaper Pouch Tutorial and it is fantastic. It’s really easy to follow, and has lots of pictures to follow (always a plus!) and both of the pouches that I have made have worked out with no hassles at all.

The fabric I used for my pouch was Cosmonauts and Gamma Ray Navy from the Cosmic Convoy collection, purchased from The Natural Loom who are based in Wollongong, NSW.

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The fabric I used for the second pouch and the burp cloths was Pine Trees in Iron and Pine Trees in Mineral from the Camelot Bonne Nuit collection, purchased from FSWithLoveFabrics who are based in Adelaide, SA.


I’ve given them to the lucky future mama already (I hate waiting to give gifts!) and she loves them. So now just to wait for the little man to decide he’s ready to meet us all …

Happy Rainy Day Cot Mobile

Following our recent house move, Ash and I have been getting very excited about making this house our own. The first room that we are going to makeover (because it both needs it, and it’s the cheapest!) is Cooper’s.

I’m pretty excited about this as kid’s rooms are so fun to play with, also Cooper is at that stage where he’s really taking in his surroundings and smiles and laughs at all sorts of things. So I started off with something pretty simple but – I think – very effective and fun:

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A colourful cot mobile!

I’d seen a few similar ideas on Pinterest, but I really liked the idea of using pom poms. It had been years since I’d made a pom pom, so I thought I’d make it easier on myself and bought a kit from Nayana Iliffe’s Etsy shop. I used Liberty’s free cloud template which I scaled down to suit the size that I wanted, and used Gamma Ray Gray fabric, part of the Cosmic Convoy by Cloud 9 collection from The Natural Loom. I actually bought more from this collection for another project that I have almost finished, so I’ll keep you posted on that.

I love how it’s turned out, and Cooper loves it! The pom poms move by themselves when they’re hanging, even without a breeze or movement, so that’s pretty perfect. I’m kind of hoping he’ll be so focused on his colourful mobile above his cot that I’ll have less of these moments …

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3 months of busy happiness


Let me introduce you to our little man. Cooper Charles Borg, born on 18th November 2014.


He has certainly been keeping us busy, but we are really enjoying watching him grow (though he’s growing much too quickly, all the nurses say he’s going to be tall!) and it’s amazing to see how quickly and easily he learns new skills.


He also has the most infectious little smile in the whole world!


Just when we didn’t think things could get any better, we bought a house in December. So we will be moving into our very first house of our own next month, and couldn’t be more excited.



Luckily I have a cute little helper to help me pack …


I’ve already got some baby projects ready to go, so stay tuned!