Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Unselfish Sewing

DD decided to wear a skirt to school!!!!

So she asked me to make her a simple black skirt and it was a go, especially since I had black thread in both the sewing machine and the serger. 

I decided on a gathered skirt with 1.3 times her hip measurement and a simple fold over waistband. 


This child wanted it a little shorter (this is 16"). Uhmm. No. "Do you want a skort?" Ok then...

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I made matching mommy and me outfits for my friend and baby! Ok, "made" is a stretch...it's the pre-shirred fabric designed to be midi length. 

Baby K ended up with a banded bottom.  I didn't like how long the shirred section was and I cut off several inches (and did a 3 thread narrow overlock on the cut edge) and then added the band. I also added straps (7" for a 2 1/2 year old). 

Bonus: no hemming! 


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So, when the April Burda came out I was all over it and gaga and wanted all the things. I think June took April's spot. 

I made the most adorable top and shorts from the June issue for baby K. I've not used Burda's kids patterns before so I thought to use a 4T or size 98. I had to go down to the smaller size. I am totally in love. I really want to make a striped version of this top for her. I'll have to see how it fits.






It went together FAST. Even if I didn't know what in the Sam hell Burda wanted me to do with the button plackets.

I interfaced the buttonhole sides on the front of the shirt, folded over a narrow 1/8" and top stitched. 
I cut bands for the button side and stitched to the back. I also folded over the narrow 1/8" and top stitched.
Next time I'll double this side and interface it so it is sturdier for buttons.

I got the fabric from Walmart. A 100% cotton for a cool $1.50/yard! Woohoo!!

I decided to make only the left placket functional because hello, buttonholes. I used bias tape to finish the neckline. Now, if you bother to read Burda's instructions, please do as they say and sew the bias tape FIRST so that you can space the buttonholes and buttons properly ((Ask me how I know))





The shorts went together super fast too.  I used the fabric from the top for pocket bags (I forgot to topstitch). I left off the back pockets, created a fold over casing and used 3/4" elastic for the waistband. Fabric is leftover from my black S1430 shorts

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While I had the tracing materials out I decided to trace off the pleated top too. I think I made my markings wrong and this voile is pretty dang sheer, but this shirt is a winner. It is so cute! I think challis will be a great option for it. Crisp enough to take a nice pleat but flowy enough to not be stiff. If I were not afraid of silk it would be an amazing option!



I won't be making the pleats on the back...the back will be plain. Ignore the 3rd pleat. It was the second one til I realized it was wrong...

There is seriously 7 more things from this issue I want to sew. June will be epic.

28 comments:

  1. You do not sleep. I am convinced now more than ever of my super-alien-shift-shaping-sewing-goddess moniker.

    Oh. Nice clothes. =)

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  2. Or was it shape shifting? You get the point. LOL

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  3. Shhhhh!!! I told you not to tell anyone!!!!!

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  4. I'm with June - where on earth do you find the time? Love the Burda pleated blouse, I've seen something similar before and thought it was a winner. Looking forward to seeing the results :)

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  5. The blouse is to die for - the third pleat looks ok - no-one would know it isn't supposed to be there. I must make that one as well. By the way, what are you on to give you such a great sewjo?? I want some too :)

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    1. See, I was kind of thinking that way too Sarah Liz. Hmmm...that pleat is just minding it's business, not bothering ANYONE :)

      I go through these cycles! LOL! Where I can make all the things and then...poof...the mojo goes. I know enough now to capitalize when it's there though!

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  6. You never cease to amaze me with all your sew!

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  7. Please can I have some of your sewjo too?

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    1. Noooooo! LOL! :)

      Ok...maybe a LITTLE.

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  8. So I'm not the only one who's convinced you don't sleep LOL. Great job on everything. That pleated blouse is super cute!

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    1. Don't believe L! Hahahaha! :-)

      And I totally sleep a lot. Like 8-9 hours a night. I'm a sleep monster!

      Thanks!

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  9. I'm with the majority in thinking you do not sleep :P But you sure do make beautiful things!

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  10. That shirt is great. Sheer and airy. You do have me thinking: just use the same fabric colors and thread colors everywhere. Sometimes I leave the bobbin in whatever color I last used and only swap out the top thread.

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    1. I am totally starting to be more in that camp. If I know I have several things I want to make I will group them by white and black serger thread and try to finish them in batches. I'm still "on black" and will crank out a pair of pants and my daughters jacket, hopefully by the end of the weekend.

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  11. Oooh, that last top! I was really intrigued by it in the magazine - can we see it on you soon?

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    1. I hope so Gail! I had to "halt production" ;-) when DD decided she needed a black skirt!

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  12. You made so many great things! I love the kid's clothing! I am a fan of Burda and Ottobre for kid's sewing--the fit is so awesome! Your daughter's skirt is nice, as well as the matching outfits. I remember seeing that top in Burda magazine that you made. It is so cute, and I love the color!

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  13. Such cute kid's clothes you stitched up. And I traced that same top pattern out, too. June Burda is crazy awesome!

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  14. You have made some AMAZING things! I am so happy to see the pleated top! I was on the fence about that one, I didn't 100% like the pleats in the magazine for some reason but I love your version. Thanks for the rayon challis recommendation. I stocked up at the last Fabric Mart sale ;-).

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  15. Let's talk about how slow I am. I totally thought that dress was for DD and not me! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Hilarity! I am so excited! Me and that baby are going to match! We're going to have go to someplace!

    I like when you sew for us. LOL. And the black and white outfit is so cute! I can't wait to put it on her. Thank you so much.

    And for all the commenters, she does go to bed at 9 every night. 10:01 when Scandal is on. She's a sewing beast!

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  16. sewing for kids is so fun.., Love the cute things you made...
    And the blouse is beautiful. You are making some adorable garments. Happy sewing.

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  17. My goodness! Such treats! What lovely projects -- especially love that little black and white baby dress, it is 100000% adorable! Love the convo about skirt length between you and your daughter, hilarious. :)

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  18. Wow, great garments. You're amazing!

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  19. How satisfying to make so many different things! Love the toddler outfit. So adorable!

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