Recently I have been hit by a clothes sewing bug. This means that when I have a about twenty other things to do such as prepare for our upcoming trip and work on projects commissioned by other people I am frantically sewing clothes for a four year old who does not need or even want any.
Part of the problem as I mentioned in my last post is that I am realising that N is fast outgrowing the pattern sizes that I have. The second equally significant reason to hit the panic button in my opinion is the fact that I have all these cute fabrics cut in half yard or metre. Very many of these are Japanese prints that I absolutely love and they have been too dear to cut.
But now it seems now that I have procrastinated. Not a very long time ago (ok, maybe until a year and half ago) I could fit a pair of pants, or even a blouse in these. But alas, no longer. And so…
This green skirt is a product of one such panic.
This pattern comes from one of my favourites–Oliver and S (no surprises here!) and I made this in the largest size which is a 3T and increased the length by 1.5.” My favourite part was making the kick pleat which comes together easily and looks really stylish.
As perhaps one can tell from the solitary photo (very posed) the response has been a bit lukewarm. I really like how it looks on her, except perhaps the length. Given that I cut my precious fabric for it, I wish that somehow it had been a bit longer so she could have worn it more, but oh well…maybe under tights. Ms. N “likes” it, she claims, but wanted something more flouncy. So this does not count as a “real” skirt. The print has saved me though, and she now wants another one but with “dogs” on it, preferably pink. AAAH, maybe this should have been pink elephants instead.
And, so the second one is…predictably pink!
And this one thanks to its pinkness, never mind the lizards has fared better. In fact we are calling it the “pink lizard skirt.”
The model as you can see is posing a little more happily in this.
The pattern is another Oliver+S one (yeah, I am kind of obsessed with these as you’ll see). If I absolutely had to choose, I’d have to say that this one is my favourite. I love the side pleats–they are so very adorable. And if you can tell it has these cute pockets. N does not care much for pockets but I love them, and this one was a pleasure to make. Again, I made in the largest size that I have which is a 4T, but I seem to be having some length issues. I thought this one would be longer than what it appears to be, but maybe these run a bit short? Anyway, I love this so much that I think you will see many more of these.
And the fabric, oh what can I say! While I do like elephants a whole lot better than lizards, there is something quite unexpected I think about having a pink skirt with black lizards crawling all over it.
OK, enough about skirts. I feel like this is getting to be a school essay along the lines of “an autobiography of the skirt”–and as in a school essay the life of this skirt (or skirts rather) will also end rather badly. Because these were not very wanted by the model in the first place, let me not jinx it.
The last thing made was this bear carrier from Liesl Gibson’s book.
I cut the pattern for this from an old cloth bag that I had. The fabric is very lovely and light cotton, and I really like the idea of this design having a pocket. And because we are travelling soon, I think a little teddy or doll is soon going to be carried in this. Very exciting for a four year old.
The important point here, and I’m happy to say that this was specifically made upon N’s request. Just so that you know that all sewing is not decided by me.
This is all for today. I hope everyone has a good Friday.