My final project for Kids Clothes Week is the Boy’s Classic Summer Shirt from Interweave. I bought this Ed Emberley print with a shirt in mind about a year ago, so I’m really happy I finally got to make it! My son’s current favourite bedtime story is The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman, which is about a little Indian boy who outwits fearsome tigers in the jungle. We’ve also recently been to Africa Alive in Suffolk, so he’s interested in lions too!
The shirt was easy to make, much simpler than the Sketchbook shirts I’ve made previously. The sketchbook shirts have a lot of charming details in them, such as the back placket and sleeves, but it does require a lot more effort and I wanted something simpler for Kids’ Clothes Week.
The pattern is however, a bit too simple in that it doesn’t give the seam allowances or any guidance about finishing. I serged the edges as I finished each seam and used a 1/2″ seam allowance. There are also no illustrations, so the experience of making the other shirts was very helpful in completing this one.
The sizing is quite generous, I made a size 5 for my son who will turn 5 in July, and it’s quite loose fitting. I happened to have some gold thread left over from this project which matched perfectly. I only had 4 buttons but think I got them on Ebay so will see if I can find some more.
I think I will take a rest from sewing for the rest of the day and enjoy the sunshine!
A quick post because I have to go out now, but here is an Ice Cream Top from the Oliver + S pattern. I’ve made an identical top to this before for my sister’s baby, so they both have cute matching clothes! Unfortunately, my niece is thousands of miles away in Egypt so I can’t take photos of them together!
I’ve made a few of these now, there are only 3 pattern pieces to cut (including the button loop) which makes it very quick to prepare. I love this beautiful Nani Iro print, perfect for spring.
I found the top is long enough to wear as a dress for now, although it is loose around the neck still. I made the 6-12 month size and my baby is 3 months.
They match really well with her Zara jeans! Unfortunately she will grow out of them before she grows into the top.
I finished these this morning – another quick and easy project. These are the pyjama bottoms from Sewing for Boys. I made them before and I love the fact they have extra length in the hem – my son is still wearing the ones I made a year ago! The flannel fabric really stands up well to repeated washing.
We just had time for a couple of quick snaps before school – these were taken before folding the hem. The pattern says to use bar tacks but I find it neater to just hand sew the inside of the hem after folding. I also used my overlocker to finish the edges then sewed 1/4″ either side of the seam to make a more durable hem.
A very quick project which was my ‘warm up’ for KCW – thanks to my overlocker it took less than 20 minutes from beginning to end! The free pattern is available here.
The fabric is a Heather Bailey print and I used about 1/4 yard across the length of the fabric.
I made this little dress as part of Kids Clothes Week 2013, hosted over on this blog. As I mentioned previously, I always miss out on KCW but this time I was ready and prepared and have got off to a flying start!
The pattern is the beautiful Geranium dress by Made by Rae. The construction is simple, with only 3 pattern pieces, so it is a great pattern for an advanced beginner. Rae gives lots of detail (and plenty of photos) in the instructions so its very easy to follow. I didn’t make any changes (I made Dress B) but in order to get a neat finish on the waist, I basted my lining after pinning so I could take the pins out before sewing in the ditch on the outside. I also basted a line of stitching to mark the hemline so I could make sure I had a neat and straight hem.
These buttons are simple but have a nice art deco shell detail. Buttonholes are not my strong point but they turned out ok. My Pfaff machine has a really simple method of doing the buttonholes so its just a matter of ensuring they are all the same size (which they nearly are!).
The fabric makes it really special – its an Indian block printed fabric from Lulu and Nat. The colours and details in the print are wonderful, it looks so summery! They have a great selection of ready made bedding and other items too.
I have lots of other projects to get through, the weather is lovely though so I’m not sure I’ll manage them all!
This was made a few weeks ago.. I really wanted to sew something simple and quick for myself, and had a half finished dress stuffed in a box which I thought would be perfect for this pattern. My sister said the dress looked like a nightie which put me off it, and I was glad to put the fabric to better use. It’s Shattered Sun in Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush voile.
I really enjoyed putting the pattern pieces together, oddly enough. I think its the wonder of printing a few bits of paper which can be joined up to make a proper sewing pattern! Matching the pocket was a bit tricky, especially as the voile has a tendency to shift, but I don’t think it turned out too bad.
I love this little vintage hanger I bought! Please ignore the dodgy stitching on the neckline 🙂
I’m a bit behind on blogging as I’ve been away for Easter. I finished this shawl just before I left – it’s made with Viola Fancy Sock and merino lace, both in Dew Drop. This is a colour I wouldn’t normally choose, a soft pastel sage green, very subtle. It happened to match the walls in the holiday cottage we stayed in over Easter.
The shawl is actually far more simple than it looks – a garter stitch body with garter lace edging. Admittedly, the edging took me about 3 weeks! The result is well worth it though. The pattern is written clearly and the book has lots of other lovely designs which work well with hand dyed yarns.
The pattern is available in Danish and English via the website, there is also an American distributor I believe.
The Ravelry link for the project, with further details is here