Wednesday, May 12, 2010
WIP Wednesday : Kid's Clothes Week Challenge
You may have noticed this new button on the right hand side of my blog, I planned on mentioning it on Monday but completely forgot. I decided to join a few of my friends in the Kid's Clothes Week Challenge this week. This was just what I needed to get back into my sewing. My goodness, I have about a hundred dresses I want to sew for the girls for this summer alone and I really need to get to it. I don't know why but I just have a really hard time transitioning from knitting to sewing and vice versa. Since I have been so wrapped up in cabling, all my sewing just sat on my desk waiting for me to pick back up again. Well on Monday, I finally did.
I wanted to make K a dress to match C's birthday dress, since the girls love to be matchy-matchy. The problem with that project was that I cut the pattern to a size three for C so I couldn't make the size five I needed for K. Then I realized I could just do the other dress in the pattern for K since they are very similar.
I spent Monday cutting out the pattern and fabric with a little help from C (she loves to hand me pins as I need them, and put them back in the pin cushion when I am done with them). Then that night I sewed most of it together.
Tuesday morning I had K try it on (over her PJs) to see how it fit and she refused to take it off. She proclaimed it to be her 'May Faire dress' and went off dancing and twirling in it until I called her back for our pancake making time.
It seemed to fit well, I like my girls' clothes to be loose on them so I made it one size up and omitted the ties in the back that made the pattern more form fitting.
I did manage to get the dress back from her before bed Tuesday night and I tried to hem it but had no luck. C's dress was easy for me to hem as it was just a gathered skirt, but K's is pleated front and back so I am totally confused. I tried pinning it up different ways but no matter what I did, it was all uneven. I haven't had any hemming challenges in years so I am at a loss. Anyone have any tips or know of any online resources for hemming skirts with pleats?
I have just enough of that fabric left to sew the matching bloomers for both girls' dresses so I plan on doing those next (after I figure out this hem issue). I think I'll make one or two simple skirts for K this week, too. I need to buy more fabric soon so I can keep up with my dress assembly line. I have a decent fabric stash but most of it is in 1/2 yard or less pieces which makes it a bit hard to find clothes to sew for the girls with.
Since Mother's Day has passed, and Nana and Grandma both received their gifts, I thought I would share K's presents for them - Handmade book marks. I had her use a disappearing fabric pen to draw and write whatever she wanted to and then I embroidered the images in. The ink hadn't fully disappeared yet when I took the picture. Purple Grandma's had purple fabric for the back (surprise, surprise!) and Nana's had orange. We hope they liked them!
Ok, well back to sewing. Anyone else joining in this challenge? Wishing you all the best!