Friday, 30 March 2012

Sewing Kids Clothes




With all the plans for sewing clothes for the girls swirling around my head, I've signed up for Elsie Marley's kids clothes week. I'll be away on the weekend for my nieces birthday but I'll make it work somehow. Hopefully there'll be buttons to handsew by then...

Sign ups are at Elsie Marley here

I'm still intending to do some sewing before then. V needs a summer coat and I thought I'd try to make one. With this unexpectedly summery weather I've washed all my fabric and line dried it...



And I'm ready to cut out. Straight from a simple shift dress to a vintage, no marking on the pattern, child's coat? I'm jumping in feet first....

Monday, 26 March 2012

It's about time I started this up again...

Here's a recent make.
Denim dress with button placket. I got the pattern from drawing round the pieces of a Clothkits shift dress, size 6, before I made it up.



The fabric was half price at Boyes because it had a fault line. I didn't use this piece for the dress, so no worries there! I have now hemmed the dress, since this photo was taken.




Here's the back. I used a vintage souvenir scarf from Australia for the lining and appliqu├ęs. I basically just bondawebbed them on and scribbled over the top with my machine needle.




And here's the lining. Can you see the koala peeking out.

Notes for next time.
Although this dress is a size 6 and E IS 6, there's very little room for growth here. I'd drop the armholes a little as they seemed a bit tight, and also lengthen it a bit in the bottom.