Just a few weeks ago McCall’s, Butterick and Vogue patterns were on sale for 99¢ each and I ended up ordering just over 30 patterns, some being duplicates of patterms I already own. It seems it would be less expensive to buy a new pattern than to trace each onto the Swedish Tracing Paper like I normally do, so why not! This enticing sale also had me swooning over many of the kids clothing patterns; this McCall’s M6688 kids pullover top and skirt being one of many. Continue reading
I fell in love with this pattern when I first saw it at my local fabric shoppe and I was lucky enough to be in there on a day when Simplicity Patterns were on sale for $2.50!
Pattern Description: Misses’ and miss petite fit and flare dress or peplum top has princess-seamed bodice, short raglan sleeves, waistline seam and back zipper. Collarless jacket has 3/4 sleeves and braid trim. Straight leg pants have side zipper.
Pattern Sizing: 8-24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I didn’t use the “Peter Pan”. Continue reading
You can probably tell by now; I love sewing for my little nieces. Watching their excitement when they try on something aunty sewed for them brings me such joy. I really wish I had known how (and had the time) to sew when my boys were little, I would have loved to make boys clothes! I found this great adorable little chef gift set in the book One-Yard Wonders. It’s the most used book on my sewing shelf, and these wonderfully sweet little inspirations is a major reason why. Continue reading
This jacket totally rocks!
I love the fabric, the line of the jacket, the way the button (soon to be buttons) pop against the floral camo of the fabric. It’s just very. Very me!
From the Sew Serendipity book that has taunted me since I bought it some three years ago, I finally decided to pull out the pattern papers and make something, At first, I had no clue what I would make. The cover skirt is my favourite but clothing; fitted things like pants or skirts, scare me right now. A jacket seemed like a good idea, so voila! The Parisian Jacket, made with the finest $2 per meter fabric I could find! Continue reading
Dortje Pants from Sewing Clothes Kids Love; an example of what you can accomplish 15-minutes at a time, every couple of hours over a 12-hour day. Of course, I chose not to do the extra steps (contrasting knees, ruffles, etc) and I decided to keep it simple. I just didn’t have any suitable contrasting fabric, and I wanted the pants to match the Avalon Jacket I made previously. Continue reading
A creative and fun jacket with a flared petal hem. It can be easily made into a reversible version, or embellished with ruffles and embroidery. This kids jacket comes with pattern sizing between 18mo to size 11-12, I made this in a size 6 for my five year old niece.
Don’t you love it when something looks like it would be difficult and you doubt whether you are going to be able to do it? Then, as you are sewing it up, piecing it together, you see that you can do it, that those waves in the jacket are beginning to form and you might very well pull it off! I felt like a magician! Continue reading
I was looking at patterns to help me build my wardrobe for my sunny vacation in April and came across this McCall‘s pattern I got a few months back. I’ve had a few light knits in my fabric stash for quite some time now, and was reluctant to sew them because I don’t owner a serger. The knit fabric I chose to use is very light, soft and somewhat delicate (I got it as a discount because of a run right down the middle). In any case, this
Pattern Description: Misses Dress and Belt: Pullover dress has fitted mock wrap bodice, shoulder ties, elasticized shoulders and raised (seamed) waist, fitted narrow hem, thread carriers and self belt.
Pattern Sizing: 16-24, I made a size 20, but next time, I’ll probably made a size 16. I plan to use this as a cover-up at the pool, so it works as flow-y as it is.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow the directions for this dress and some helpful hints throughout for those of us who don’t own a serger. Continue reading
Over the holidays I bought myself a new sewing book; Oliver + S Little Things to Sew. It’s such an adorable book and having two nieces, I just love sewing them cute outfits and fun playthings. This book certainly has some interesting projects, but it was Red Riding Hood that really stopped my heart.
The pattern comes in two sizes, M (which fits toddlers and up to 5 year olds) and L (for 5 to 10 year olds) and is printed on one of 2 heavy folded papers pasted to the front and back of the book. It took me a few minutes to find the needed pieces (18a through 18g) as the pattern pieces all overlap each other, so I might just take an afternoon and trace each piece that I’m likely to use. Happily, the instructions are very well written and easy to follow and understand.
The cape is very easy to sew, with mostly long seams and only a few curved seams to deal with. The hardest part was finishing up the cape, the sandwich of cape front, lining and hood is mighty thick and quite heavy! I used a walking foot (for the first time!) and it made dealing with the weight and thickness much easier!
The cape seems rather large, and I can see it fitting a 10 year old, however, I am unsure how well it is going to fit my niece right now. I mean, I know it will fit, but the question is, will it float on her? If worse comes to worse, she’ll grown into it, and at the rate kids grow, I don’t imagine that will be too long.
Project: Red Riding Hood
Fabric: 2 yds of Amy Butler Hopscotch in Olive (online Canadian shop Fabric Spot)
2 yds of red twill (source unknown)
Notions: Fabric covered button size 30
Thread: Gutermann 100% Polyester col: 610
Sew again: Absolutely