Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Kids Clothes Week: chevron top and triangle skirt

I time-shifted my KCW sewing, knowing that this week was going to filled with preparations for R's 6th birthday party (just 25 of her closest friends, plus their parents, plus R's grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins). So what I'm showing you here was finished last week and photographed today. You'd think I could have photographed it in time to get in early for KCW, but R had so many excuses for not modelling, it took forever to convince/bribe/threaten her so I could get it done (and I still don't know what she was doing in the photo at bottom right - fighting off an imaginary foe, perhaps?). Anyway, I'm relieved to be blogging this at last, in between packing lolly bags, sewing bunting and researching make-ahead finger foods. 

Here are the details:

Grey triangle skirt with elephant pockets

Fabric: cotton from Spotlight
Pattern: based on skirt C from Sewing Lesson Book, but essentially self-drafted (the Japanese instructions looked too complicated, so I just cut pieces by eye and put them together in my own way).
Result: I'm very happy with this one, especially given my very gung-ho approach to making it. It's a great fit and the big pockets are perfect for stuffing with acorns, which R can never resist picking up. 

Orange chevron top

Fabric: cotton jersey from Spotlight
Pattern: the beachy boatneck, with sleeves modified to be slightly puffy. I used this tutorial and added 2" to the sleeves.
Result: this is a good fit with a bit of room to grow. I was aiming for a little more puffiness in the sleeves, but they're perfectly acceptable as is. 

Chevron skirt (mini-me size, suitable for wombats)

R's toy wombat scored a little skirt. A wombat in a skirt is, of course, totally absurd, but that's what she went with when I asked her to choose which lucky toy would be getting new clothing. I must say, it's pleasingly fast to sew things for toy wombats, and they are very cooperative when it comes to trying things on. Unlike children.

And lastly...

I made R this fishtail rainbow-loom bracelet to match the top - the chevron shapes of the bands coordinate so brilliantly! If only I'd remembered to get her to wear it while modelling - or maybe I should have put it on the wombat...?


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    1. Thanks Heidi! Pity we're heading into winter here, but I'm sure it'll still fit her next summer :)

  2. Marisa, I decided to come and visit too. The skirt is so cute and the top with a chevron print is so adorable!! I like your blog, and will visit from now on. See ya!!!!

    1. Hi Patty, thanks for visiting! I'll be watching to see what else you sew, too. I have one more thing in the works but I think that'll be it for me this week - I'm just too busy.

  3. LOVE the skirt, Marisa. And a very very happy birthday to R! Wow! 25 guests, that sounds like quite a number. I am impressed that you have found the time to blog.

    1. Yes it's a bit crazy, but after days of solid rain the weather forecast is good for sunday so I'm hoping the kids will just run around outside instead of trashing the house! Today is a frenzied day of baking and cleaning...

  4. so adorable!!! I especially love the skirts.

  5. this outfit is so awesome and all three of my girls laughed at the skirt wearing wombat! :)

    1. Glad the girls enjoyed seeing it! Now that I think of it, little skirts for toys might be a good sewing project for kids...