Sewn for Project Run and Play’s May Challenge: The Summer Chevrons Shirt.
Now that the weather has warmed and the flowers are blooming, Little Miss has decided she will only wear dresses. This also comes after I sewed up several pairs of new shorts for her. In true 4-year-old fashion.
She also wants all of her dresses to be long enough that she doesn’t have to wear shorts with them. This part has proven to be a problem, since most of her dresses from last year are about knee length. If there’s an excuse to sew more dresses… I sew more dresses.
Pattern: this is a bit of a mash up of the challenge pattern, The Summer Chevrons Shirt by Crafty Cupboard, and the Tiered Maxi Skirt by Make It & Love It. Tragedy of all tragedies, I didn’t have enough fabric to make it as long as I wanted to. That bottom tier is 96 inches around, so I had to patch three pieces together.
Fabric: This is a very-lightweight satin from Ragtime. Frayed like craaaazzzyyy. Each tier of the maxi skirt is finished with a french seam because of that. The color match to our roses was accidental, but delightful. My original plan was for this to be all pink, no frills other than the features of the design. When I showed it to Lottie the first time, she immediately went to my trim box and started pawing through, eyes lit up, examining options. It was fascinating to see her mind working and really delighted me that she was thinking “How should I embellish this dress?” Wee seamstress in the making! She had an aha moment, went to her room, and came back with this sequined belt, which came from JoAnn’s and is part of another dress I made her about a year ago. She was so excited about the match, I made it work.
Lottie’s response: Loved it. Didn’t want to change out of it. Wanted to wear it to Grandma’s house. She decided it looked like Sleeping Beauty’s dress, so we’re calling it her princess dress (unlike the thirty other princess dresses she already has).
I’m kind of freaking out about the cuteness of these shorts. The shirt: eh, details below. But these shorts, man! So cute!
Pattern: I finally broke down and bought the Kid Shorts pattern from MADE. I didn’t want to spend money on it, but I really wanted to figure out how to do flat front shorts. I thought it would be tricky. Little did I know… the tutorial is on her blog and I didn’t really have to buy a pattern anyway. And not really very tricky. But, hey, support someone doing something cool, right? The pattern has a lot of variations, including boy and girl sizing, it comes together quickly, and I’m sure I’ll be using it a lot. It is also shaped a bit more precisely than other shorts patterns I’ve tried, so I think it’s a winner.
Shorts Fabric: Tiger Stripe from the Zoo Menagerie collection from Westminster. When I first saw it, I thought it was ghastly. I (however stupidly) told Lottie she could pick whatever she liked from the clearance section at Ragtime. She was so enthused about this that I couldn’t say no. Actually she wanted this one and a blue version that was, I think, penguins. I made her pick one. Now that I see it in these cute little shorts, I think it’s fabulous. I ended up having to do in-seam pockets because the direction of the print meant that I couldn’t eke out enough for the front pockets I wanted. I added the buttons because a dash of pink really increases the odds that she’ll wear any given article.
Shirt Fabric: The shirt. Ugh. Stupid shirt. This yellow shirt was made from a hand-me-down from my mom, who said it didn’t fit her right. Well, it didn’t fit me right either. So I used The Cottage Mama’s Pocket Smock Top pattern to scale it down to a kid-sized shirt. WHICH DOESN’T FIT LOTTIE RIGHT EITHER! It’s like this shirt was doomed to failure from day one. She claims she likes it, but it doesn’t fit very well at all. It’s too short in the back and the arm holes are too small. I finished the arm and neck holes with a bias binding, so there’s not enough stretch (but the pattern was made for wovens… so… what’s up with that?). Also, my machine nearly ate the ears off that poor applique tiger. So she wore this outfit to a birthday party, where she promptly got a big stain on the shirt. It just really wasn’t mean to be. The shorts more than make up for it though.
This would have been great for Kid’s Clothing Week, but I was just too darn busy piecing together triangles for the Quilted Reversible Sling Bag to participate that week! BUT that turned out to be a good investment of time because I wound up in the top ten!