Saturday, February 8, 2014

Swing Skirt

I started sewing the Compagnie M Swing Skirt back before Christmas, and finished it a few days before Kid's Clothes Week started. I fell in love with it when I saw the Probably Actually version.

I had some blue Essex yarn dyed linen that I had been saving for an extra cute project, and since it looked good on the Probably Actually skirt, I figured it was worth a try. I really liked the piping option, but I was out of my usual thinner piping and opted for some iron-together piping by Nancy Zieman. I will not use this kind again! It is super chunky and you can't get your fabric wrapped tightly around the roll.

In the end I like the way the skirt looks when it is worn, but this has got to be one of the rougher patterns I've sewn. The zipper doesn't line up well or look crisp at the end when finished, and the hemming needed more thinking through since some finishing top stitching had already happened. I also had a hard time determining which size to make. If I measure my daughter, I should make a 12-18 month size. In the end I went with a 3 and made an adjustable waist band.

If I make this skirt again, I will make a flat back waist band, omit the zipper, and just use elastic. I think it would also work better with quilting weight cotton and wouldn't feel quite so bulky (you sew the pockets into the hem!). I'm glad Miss H likes this skirt, because it was a bit of a disappointment to me when it was finished.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Zip-Up Pouches

I have admired the Noodlehead Zip-Up Pouches for a long time, but never got around to making any. Once my Kid's Clothes Week projects were finished, Miss H and I picked out some stash fabric and she chose some zippers.

We both love the way they turned out! They are pretty quick to sew once you've got the idea down. We made three in the sizes suggested, and one smaller, just by dropping the cutting and box corner dimensions a little bit. I did use some pretty stiff iron on interfacing on these, and am thankful I did as it makes them more manageable for 3 year old fingers.

The only thing I haven't completely figured out is how to get the long sticking out end of the zipper not to wrinkle where the seam crosses it! More trial and error I guess...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter KCW: Geranium Dress

Most people who sew clothing for their little girls have been sewing and talking about the Geranium Dress from Made by Rae for about a year.  I have been admiring many of the versions that have come from my favorite bloggers, in particular this one from Probably Actually. Well, she is not just one of my favorite bloggers, she is my favorite blogger. I love everything she makes for her kids!

I downloaded the pattern last summer, but never sewed it because I am always disappointed by non-Oliver + S patterns. I should have made this one sooner. The pieces fit together so well! It takes less than a yard and a half for a size 3, and scraps for the bodice lining.

This is easily a favorite project for me. Miss H adores it too. I know I will be making more of these for the summer.

The only thing I was not entirely impressed with were the sewing instructions. Because I've sewn quite a bit, I was able to figure my way through pretty well. I think part of the confusion may have come because there are so many versions of this dress you can make, so you have to pick your way through the instructions to compete your own version. I was very impressed with how clean the finished dress looks, especially with the bodice lining!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Winter KCW: Reversible Swingset Skirt

Here is my second size 3 Oliver + S Swingset Skirt. I decided it would be fun to make it reversible, so I used some bicycle fabric for one side, and some smokey lavender shot cotton for what would typically be the lining. Rather than cutting it "lining length," I made both layers "exterior length."

This is the first time I've done much with shot cotton. I've read that it wrinkles quite awfully, so we'll see what happens. I don't really have many clothes that we iron at this point!

Again, I love the way this skirt fits Miss H. I made the elastic a little bit smaller around on this version. So far it is a hit because it twirls!