Thursday, March 5, 2015

Three clicks and she's home

All I can think of when I see that glorious green is Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. It truly is the most amazing shade of green, and in a great value cotton sateen to boot.




I used a couple of Liberty covered buttons and elastic loops to fasten the back of this dress because I'm all about easy dressing with my little peeps. Hand-worked or fabric loops would have looked lovely instead of the elastic though.


This is a self-drafted pattern, and it has a cute little front bow just like my last little yellow dress. I think the bow works beautifully with the style. I chose a medium/heavy weight cotton for my version because I wanted structure and body in the dress, but the style would work just as well in a lighter cotton or voile.

Like all new patterns, this one still has a bit of work to go, but it's already getting a big tick of approval from Miss Five.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A whole lot of squiggles in a playsuit

Those of you who follow me on Instagram might be under the impression that I'm a little bit besotted by wide leg pants. You've probably seen the pink pair of fancy pants that I made a few months ago. Well the obsession is far from over. 
  
 
 
  

This time, I've managed to create something that incorporates two of my favourite things: playsuits and wide leg pants, oh and we could also count squiggles. Mr Squiggle is, after all, one of my all time favourite shows.

 
The fabric I used is a gloriously sturdy cotton with a tiny bit of stretch. I'm so in love with those squiggles. I think they are perfectly suited to a playsuit and if they hadn't sold out in a fraction of a second, I'm pretty sure I'd be heading back for seconds.


The pattern is self-drafted and I'm very happy with the way it fits. The pants rock, but the bodice still needs a little work. I'm also pretty miffed with myself for not thinking of stay-stitching/applying fusible tape to the neckline and back of the pants. Sometimes I get a bit overexcited when I'm working on a new pattern and my brain stops working for a bit. Thankfully, those parts didn't stretch out too badly during construction. They just aren't perfect.




Friday, February 27, 2015

Kwik Sew 2724: Just another little leotard

I have some big, exciting dreams on the burner right now, which means that my mind is not really on creating wardrobe staples. This particular staple for little Miss Five, is a gym leotard for the Summer months. I'd been promising it for a while, mainly because her Winter suit is a little small around the legs (and I'm too lazy to make the comfort modification given she has a smaller sister following behind her).

 
The pattern I used was Kwik Sew 2724. Despite the fact that I've had such a rotten run of poor fit with this pattern, I still really like it for what it is, and that is, a quick and easy sew. I cut this version in a Size 6. I took a gamble with the size because my heart wasn't in customising it for her. The length fits her quite well (as I predicted), but there is just too much room in the width (as I also predicted). You can see all those horrible wrinkles and excess fabric in the crotch and bum. I should have simply lengthened the smaller size.
 
In any case, this child barely stands still for more than a second at the best of times, let alone when she's doing gymnastics. So in all her jumping, skipping, tripping, and tumbling, I think it's highly unlikely that anybody will ever notice how poorly her leotard fits. Phew!