Sadly, this means Kid's Clothes Week has completely passed me by, but I'm starting to wonder if reading everyone else's blog posts and browsing the Flickr pool isn't enough for one week. Sewing as well? Well that just seems impossible, yet you all do it!
And all my cutting hasn't been for the kids. I'm revisiting the idea of Selfish Sewing, hopefully this time without the road trauma or blackouts. Since both of my projects from selfish sewing week were complete or partial failures I'm going to make the same things over again, and this time I'll get it right (I hope).
I found this fabric for the Lisette dress and it has that magical small amount of stretch that was desperately needed for the first dress. It also has a lovely cross weave this time in red and light blue instead of denim and bronze. It's perhaps a little heavier than the other fabric but has a lovely soft feel. I'm going up a full size over all and grading out to an extra second size up from about 6 inches below my waist. Hopefully that'll negate the need for another WAS (Wide Arse Salvage)
I got lucky and found the same self striped cotton fabric for $3/metre that I'd made the original Japanese blouse from. It was available in the same dark red, but having just bought the dress fabric I thought it might be overload and I couldn't bear to sew the same thing over in the exact same fabric. This time I bought a colour that could only be described as wet seaweed.
I've split the pattern vertically and added 1.5cm on each side, front and back, from shoulder to hem. I've also added 1cm width on each side of the sleeve armhole and along the sides of the front and back pattern pieces. Nothing scientific about any of that, they just seemed plausible amounts to add to get it to fit. Luckily I've found someone with narrower shoulders and a lighter frame to take the original one off my hands and wear it.
Onto the kids: Hats times four:
Not the most exciting sewing but they're long overdue. Two each for the kids. There are some bucket hats in there from the Little Things To Sew book, but that won't add to my tally as I've already sewn that pattern.
Next up I've finally cut a pattern that I drafted months ago. The Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress. I've no idea what this fabric would be called, but it's very sheer, has a self stripe through it and is kind of crinkly. It's threatening to be awful to sew and I've decided to cut two lots of everything from the cotton batiste lining fabric. I'll treat the sheer stuff and one lot of batiste as a single fabric for the outer and then the second lining layer will be the true lining. Will that work?
I didn't think I'd have to do anything for Halloween this year but the kids got an invite to a kindy trick or treating night. P wants to be a scary black ghost, A wants to be a happy purple ghost. I've drafted a pattern using the Happy Homemade hoodie, enlarged to spooky proportions. The broadcloth is on the line drying and I celebrated all this cutting by treating myself to some new scissors at the fabric store. Looking forward to tonight's cutting now!
Finally, I found this fabric also in the "everything $3/metre" shop. It's a medium weight cotton (probably best guess) with a tight weave and slight sheen. These wider stripes run across from selvedge to selvedge. I think it would be wide enough for the hem of a skirt or dress. I bought enough for something for me, and perhaps a little leftover for a skirt for A
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