Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sewing Stream: KCSW (Kids Clothes Sewing Week)

I have seen posts about Kids Clothes Sewing Week for several years, but have never had my act together enough to join. Last week I happened upon the host blog and realized I could actually participate in this sew along. The idea is to sew for a minimum of an hour a day for a week. I managed to sew (trace patterns, cut out pieces, troubleshoot, sew, embroider...) each day! I have finished 2 projects this week and will begin another tonight.

Project 1: Jump Rope Dress by Oliver + S

After reading the feedback for this pattern (Jump Rope Dress, view B) on the Oliver + S Discussion Boards I decided to make a 2T rather than 18-24 months. Normally these patterns run big and I have a tiny girl. However, other sewers have said that the shape of this dress tends to make it hard to put on and get back off, and Halcyone has been growing too! Again, I am grateful for the detail in the pattern instructions. This was my first collared project. As usual, I opted for Snap Source snaps rather than buttons and button holes. I used a deep purple corduroy from Jo-Ann and a quarter yard of nicer quilting cotton from a local shop for the contrasting pieces. It was fun to sew, but it took a bit more fussing and time than some of their other patterns. 

Project 2: The Lucy Tunic by Shwin Designs

I saw this Lucy Tunic pattern on Pinterest a few months ago and purchased it. I had been waiting for the perfect fabric to try it on and found a great voile top at a clothing swap last weekend that no one wanted. I grabbed it and a few others to cut and make into little girl clothes. This is a reversible top; the other side is a basic lavender cotton from Jo-Ann. I made the size 2. It is a bit big, but will be fine for layering over a long sleeved white shirt this winter. I LOVE the way it turned out! It was easy to sew. The hardest part was ironing and hemming the sleeves together. Again, I used my handy snaps rather than buttons. I will definitely make more of these!

Project 3: Simplicity Dress #1949

I found this cute dress on a blog this week. Tonight I'll be cutting out the pattern papers and hopefully the fabric pieces! I'll be using some older fun Heather Bailey fabrics from her Nicey Jane line.


  1. I just found your blog off the Shwin photo group. I think that website for snaps is going to put a dent in my sewing budget. ;) Thanks for the link!

  2. I love the Lucy tunic and was considering making one myself! Looks so sweet. You left a comment on my blog asking where I found the Ayashe pattern and i couldn't find an email address, so I thought I'd just write it here- this is the link:

    Bec, x.


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