Saturday, 24 October 2015

KCW continues...

I've had far too many late nights this week, but when you only get to sew after dark and when there are just too many things to sew, that's how it goes. Right?!

More for A. First up the Figgy's Banyan tunic and a tale of woe and caution with regards to ironing synthetic knits...


I was planning on keeping this top simple and making it all in the flower print. I added the tiny chest pocket, which was barely visible, stitching it on with purple thread.


But then, after attaching the sleeves and neck band I must have accidentally turned up the iron settings 'cause I burnt the heck out of one shoulder.


The colour ran, the fabric lost it's elasticity and it became somewhat see through. This was not the kind of ironing mistake that would disappear with a wash. This top was toasted. :(

All was not lost, as I recalled a gorgeous tunic that Shino made (Flickr link) which I'd been meaning to copy for so long. Now was my moment!


I gathered up a couple of long strips of raw edged fabric and created a kind of rosette over the singed area. It continues across the front neckline, and so I removed the tiny pocket as it looked a bit weird.


Shino's tunic is perfection with it's solid fabric. My ruffle-y rosette is a bit lost in the print and very hard to photograph, but in real life it's lovely. I'm kind of glad I burnt the fabric as I can't imagine the top without this shoulder detail now!

The tunic would definitely look better in a double sided knit as the handkerchief corners don't look so great when the un-printed underside of the fabric shows. I made the size 4/5 and it's a touch too small around the chest. Given that the cooked fabric may fall apart over the period of one summer I'm not sweating on the lack of growing room. :)


Next up, another pair of pedal pushers from a Japanese sewing book. I was nervous about the length of these. I mean, if the shorts were calf length, where would the calf length pants end up? Well, just right is the answer and in hindsight I'm pretty certain I traced the wrong length line for my previous "shorts"


The pattern is "g" from Girl's Sweet Clothes. I made the 120cm size and this book has pattern sizes  from 100-140cm.

They're a quick, easy sew with front pockets and a simple elastic waist. The cute detail is the ribbon bows around the lower cuffs.


The ribbon is a France Duval-Stalla ribbon which I was sent as part of a lovely package from Helena (Dubhels2003) after I'd posted an outgrown dress to her. It's just what these grey pants needed to get them over the line and girl approved! Thanks Helena.
 

The fabric, from memory, is a shot weave quilting cotton from Spotlight. For simple pants I love the fit of these. The front rise might be a bit generous and roomy but how cute is the back?!


I need to buy some buttons tomorrow and then all that's left of my Kid's Clothes Week sewing is to sew on four buttons. I'll need to go slowly so I can take my one hour of sewing to do just that. I really can't, for the love of sleep, start something else tomorrow.

G'night!


12 comments:

  1. MIss A is looking very cute.

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  2. Oh, I love the pedal pushers, they look so incredibly sweet on your girl! And I'm glad that your ironing accident turned out well:)

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    1. Thank you. I love the pants so much. I do hope she'll wear them. I never remember to add details or trims do the ironing accident was fortuitous!

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  3. These were worth staying up late 😊 congrats on saving a tee. The pedal pushers are simply wonderful. The lace detail certainly made them look sweet and girly 😊

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  4. I really like the style of that top on A, and good recovery from your ironing catastrophe! I think the ruffles and rosettes look great and give the top an extra something special. Pants are cute too; love the girly detail.

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    1. Thanks Marisa. I'll definitely have to try the top again in as better quality knit and a size bigger.

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  5. This is cute, Shelley! I think the accident was meant to be! Such an awesome top!

    While the sewing blog world is having a collective slow down, you are making up for all of us! Very, very impressive!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I'm just loving making stuff and i have a compulsive need to document it. That you all give me such nice feedback is like cake icing!

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  6. I've had a few ironing incident with fabrics myself. Your save was brilliant!

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    1. How do irons turn themselves up when no one is looking?!

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