Kids Clothes Week: Lion Summer Shirt

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I think I will take a rest from sewing for the rest of the day and enjoy the sunshine!

Kids Clothes Week : Ice Cream Top

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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They match really well with her Zara jeans! Unfortunately she will grow out of them before she grows into the top. 

Kids Clothes Week : Star Pyjamas

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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. 

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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. 

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Simple baby skirt

Simple baby skirt by azmiat
Simple baby skirt, a photo by azmiat on Flickr.

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.

Kids Clothes Week : Geranium Dress

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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!

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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.

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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!).

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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!

Wiksten Tank in Voile

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 🙂

Camomille Shawl

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.

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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. 

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The pattern is available in Danish and English via the website, there is also an American distributor I believe. 

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The Ravelry link for the project, with further details is here