Sunday, February 28, 2016

Kid's Clothes Week: Ayashe Blouse

I decided to end Kid's Clothes Week with a new, non-Oliver + S pattern. This is one I bought at a fabric shop in Portland almost 2 years ago, called the Ayashe blouse. It only takes a yard of fabric!

The sizing is a little different than I'm used to, so I made a 6/7. I opted to make the Mandarin collar version, and used a drawstring in the bottom rather than elastic. The pattern instructions are poorly written with few illustrations. I ended up making the yoke without directions, then following Nicole's directions for collars from her Sketchbook tutorial, and then I finished the rest of the blouse using tried and true Oliver + S methods (iron the sleeve hem, attach the sleeve, then sew the entire side of the blouse and sleeve in one seam). The sleeves were actually not long enough to hem the way the pattern suggested, and the blouse hem was much deeper than it needed to be for a drawstring or elastic casing. I added button holes in the front center of the hem for the drawstring. This shirt seems to run small, as it looks like it may get too short quickly.

Pattern: Ayashe Blouse from Figgy's
Size: 6/7
Fabric: Oh Happy Day Sprinkles by Dear Stella
Changes: Assembled differently than instructions, shortened the blouse hem and added buttonholes for the drawstring.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Kid's Clothes Week: Croquet Dress

This may be one of my favorite dresses I've made in a while! I made one when Miss H was a toddler, and it didn't fit her very well. I recently found the next size range in this pattern on sale and have been holding onto it for a few months, working up the courage to give it another shot. A couple days ago I was going through my fabric and patterns, trying to come up with my next Kid's Clothes Week project, and nothing was working for me. Eventually I found this cactus print at the bottom of a bin, and some coordinating solid coral. Because Miss H has grown so much recently, our pattern selection in her size is limited, so we landed on this Croquet Dress pattern. It fits sooooo well!

Pattern: Oliver + S Croquet Dress
Size: 5
Fabric: Cacti Field in Festival from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery, and a solid coral from American Made
Changes: I added 2 inches to the bottom of the skirt length. Next time I will top stitch the collar down around the edges. I thought about it this time because I was worried that it would pop up or wash funny, but talked myself out of it. It does pop up funny on the initial wearing, so we will see how it washes.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Kid's Clothes Week: Swingset Skirt

A couple weeks ago when my parents were visiting, we went to a little town called San Juan Bautista to check out a little quilt shop. While we were there I found this cute colored pencil fabric for a clothing project! I bought it and some solid yellow that coordinated for a skirt for Miss H, but wasn't sure which pattern I'd use. Here is what I came up with. It fits well, and she loves that it twirls!

Pattern: Oliver + S Swingset Skirt
Size: 5
Fabric: My Pencils in Natural by Alexander Henry, and an American Made yellow cotton
Changes: I added 1.5 inches to the length of both the skirt and lining, and I changed the drawstring a little by using a zigzag stitch down the middle of it rather than the strait stitch I've used in the past. I've had trouble with the strait stitch breaking when you tug and tie the drawstring.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Kid's Clothes Week: A Hopscotch Dress

Here is another one of my favorite Oliver + S patterns, the hopscotch dress! I have made many of them in different sizes. They are very very quick to sew, and they fit my skinny girl well. I feel like this dress can easily look like a nightgown, depending on the colors used. For us, the darker colors look good as dresses, and the lighter colors look like night gowns (at least in the non-toddler sizes). I picked this fabric because it was on sale and because it looked like it would be fun to make something to wear on Saint Patrick's Day. Don't worry, it will get lots of other wear as well!

Pattern: Oliver + S Hopscotch Dress
Size: 6 (this dress runs smaller than most O+S patterns)
Fabric: Pretty Potent Interlock Knit in Grass by Anna Maria Horner
Changes: I added 2 inches in length to the bottom of the dress.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Kid's Clothes Week: Garden Party Dress

I haven't participated in a couple of the recent Kid's Clothes Week seasons, but the timing for this one is perfect! Miss H has outgrown all of the warm weather dresses I made last year, as well as her skirts. I've chosen to ignore the suggested theme of toys (how do you make that into clothes?).

This dress is my first Garden Party dress, and I am in love with it! It was fun to sew and it fits very well. Grandma brought this fabric last week when she visited, and it is a hit!

Pattern: Garden Party Dress by Oliver + S
Size: 5
Fabric: Climbing Trees from the Tiger Lily collection by Heather Ross, pale green contrast is a Kona solid from JoAnn
Changes: I added 2 inches to the dress length at the bottom of the skirt. Also, if you are making the sleeveless version of this dress, note that the pattern length for the bias armhole binding is about an inch too short, so cut it longer!