When I started sewing regularly 2 years ago, I never ever imagined that I would be able to sew a swimsuit. I would have thought that a project like this would be extremely difficult or fiddly. Where would you buy the supplies you need? the specialist swimwear elastic? I’m very happy to report that thanks to Suz’ latest pattern, the Cosi swimsuit – we can all sew bathers for our little ones. Suz writes and sews over at the blog Sewpony and this is her third pattern release. This project was no more complicated than working with a regular stretchy knit fabric and all the supplies I needed were easy to find locally. I’m pretty darn proud of this make! Mostly because of how nervous I was before I started. Being able to read the posts of other bloggers who have already reviewed the pattern was a help. I read a few times that basting the elastic first before stitching helps to hold the elastic in place and I can attest that this is a great tip. Suz provides thorough instructions and also a helpful list of swimwear fabric sources. The pattern gives 7 different style options and I chose view D. If you’ve been following this pattern tour, you will have seen many of the other options already. I also chose a full lining – not because my fabric really needed to be lined, but because I had the lining on hand. I made a size 4 for Miss A. She is almost 3 but has the chest measurement of a 4 year old. I’m happy with the fit on her. Given there are seven different options to the pattern – it can sometimes be a little challenging to keep track of where you are up to in the instructions. Make sure to look at the cheat sheet that Suz provides at the beginning of the pattern laying out the different pattern options and which instructions are relevant for that option. If you’re worried about finding swimsuit fabric, don’t be! I was pleasantly surprised to find a few great options at my local independent fabric store (including lining), and we are completely out of swimming season here. The swimwear elastic and the little do-dads for the crossover straps were sourced from my local chain fabric store (Spotlight, for those of you in Aust/NZ). The next piece of good news – Suz is offering 15% off the Cosi pattern for the duration of the tour. All you need is the coupon code: COSITOUR15. Be sure to head across to Jenya’s blog (While She Was Sleeping) as she is my co-tour guest today. Also be sure to have a look at all the other great cosi’s that are making up the pattern tour – I dubbed this #cosimania on IG last week (I’m @nearestthepin if you want to follow along). Now just to choose which view of the pattern to make up next! //stitchedtogether //grayallday//buzzmills//doguincho//kidapproved//jsmilaniandco// groovybabyandmama//minadotter//craftinessisnotoptional//welcometothemousehouse// whileshewassleeping//nearestthepin//thesewingrabbit//paisleyroots//rebekahsews// straightgrain//nestfullofeggs//sisforsewing//emmyloubeedoo//handmadefrenzy//
Phew – we’re getting there. Apologies to those who don’t come here for the kids sewing – maybe check back in a week or so when this Kids Clothes Week malarchy is over 🙂 I’m seriously loving it though – apparently I respond well when there are parameters added to my projects. Are you the same? Sometimes I find the wealth of possibilities of what to sew next a bit daunting – too much choice in patterns and fabrics, how can one ever decide? But add a timeframe and some limitations and I’m a sewing machine (ha ha). I am continuing with my aim of sewing with up-cycled and stash fabrics during this KCW.
Today I’m blogging a complete rip off. Some of you may remember that I was part of the blog tour for the Little Betty top by Suz of Sewpony Vintage back in January. Also part of that blog tour was Trine of GroovyBabyandMama. She totally knocked everyone’s socks off with her dress adaptation of the Little Betty and I’ve been meaning to
copy hers make my own ever since.
The dress is made from a thrifted ladies roll neck top and the leggings are from leftover knit from my Plantain tee. I used the Little Betty pattern pieces that I had cut out from last time (size 2), but apparently this girl has grown a bit since January (who knew?!) This dress is going to have to be worn NOW as there is not much growing room across her chest.
The leggings are made from the Tiny Path leggings pattern from Ottobre 6/2013 that I made for the first time last Kids Clothes Week here. If you can get a quicker or easier sew then I’d like to see it – these are about 15 minutes worth.
It’s the quick or the dead with getting blog photos sometimes – she practically ruined the dress within 5 minutes by covering it and her new leggings in sunscreen. Bless her heart. I’m still working on getting the greasy stains out…..still, it pays to be sun smart 🙂
So I did get a couple more small projects done for Kids Clothes Week last week. If you’re new to the concept, Kids Clothes Week goes on 4 times a year and challenges us to sew for one hour a day, for a week, for our kids. To make it more fun, everyone who wants to participate can share their creations over on the Kids Clothes Week website – right there is one amazing place for some sewing inspiration.
Please excuse the bad quality photo – it’s from my instagram feed. The reason these were not blogged last week is because my camera decided it needed a good lie down and is now in the hands of the professionals – fingers crossed!!!
The leggings are my first attempt at an Ottobre pattern – I love the magazines that these patterns come in, but I must admit to being slightly intimidated by the pattern sheets. See exhibit A (also from my Instagram feed).
However, crazy pattern sheets aside, I’ve been seeing some great Ottobre sewing out there particularly from Sabra, Laura and Lauren and this was enough to give me the push I needed. Ottobre pattern sizing for children is based on height.
Ever tried to measure your two year old? Ever successfully measured your two year old? Thought not….
Toni over at Make It Perfect has come to the rescue and put together this guide to give you an idea of what size (in centimetres) you should sew, based on your child’s age. This was a great help to me and gave me the starting point I needed. These leggings are size 92cms, which is roughly for a 3 year old. The pattern is the Tiny Path leggings from Ottobre Winter 6/2013. I found it slightly confusing that you have to add seam allowance to the pattern, but the hem allowance is already added. Hopefully it is just a case of getting used to them. I’m really happy with how these turned out – they are a quick and easy sew and have plenty of growing room for my 2 and a half year old.
I realise that leggings do not make the most exciting blog post – definitely going to try a more adventurous pattern next time 🙂
The skirt is self drafted and couldn’t really be any simpler. It’s just two rectangles of fabric with a casing at the top and some elastic.
The second and final KCW project is another Little Betty top. Love this pattern so much and this time I made a size 4 for my niece who missed out during the last Little Betty instalment. I have reviewed this pattern here and my thoughts on it haven’t changed. I’m planning to try a dress version next.
Not really taking on the world with this post, but hey, that’s what KCW is for isn’t it, getting some staples into the kids wardrobe? How did your Kids Clothes Week go?
I’m more than a little excited to bring you this post today. The very talented Suz of Sewpony Vintage has been working her magic again, in the form of a new pattern, The Little Betty Top. As much as I love to sew with woven fabric, my daughter is 2 and knit tops are the thing I most often reach for when dressing her – so comfortable and fuss free. A knit top with some personality is what I’m on the lookout for and Suz has ticked these boxes for me with her new pattern.
After seeing two long sleeved versions of the Little Betty yesterday (see day 1 of the pattern tour here), I’m showing the short sleeved version today. This pattern comes with sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve options and is sized from 6 months to 8 years.
It’s true to say that I enjoyed sewing this pattern up so much that I really couldn’t stop at one.
This is Miss A (2) wearing a size 2 and my niece Miss B (6), who is wearing a size 6 with size 7 length. The Little Betty top features a shoulder ruffle, a placket with button closure and a wide ribbing band. The placket gives a real look of professionalism to the top and is very simple to do.
The floral knit is from a women’s tank top that I bought specifically for this project. The range of interesting knit fabrics local to me is very poor, so I need to get creative with sourcing. I cut the sleeves so as to use the existing hem of the tank top instead of adding ribbing as is given in the pattern. Other than this change, I have sewn the pattern as directed.
I used the testing version of the pattern to sew these two tops – Suz has since lowered the neckline a little at the suggestion of a few of the testers.
There are some basic ‘working with knit’ skills that are required here: attaching the neckband, creating the ruffle and adding the placket, however nothing is over complicated and Suz’s instructions are very clear (with colour photos). If you’ve sewn a basic t-shirt, this would be a great next step project to build confidence with knits. Suz provides some handy tips for sewing with knits in her pattern instructions and in addition to this there are plenty of online resources, including two very comprehensive ‘sewing with knit’ series over at Made by Rae and One Little Minute. So, no excuses!!
This next photo comes with a confession…….
Yes that’s me, having an absolutely lovely time with the girls. We were away at an extended family catch up weekend and I had everything planned to photograph this post. My niece would be there, I brought the tops, made sure their denim skirts were matching, I even brought my sewing machine in case of some unforeseen sewing emergency. I did not however, remember to pack the camera!!!!!!!!!! Disaster – or so I thought (we were 4 hours away from home and my camera). Luckily, my very clever and not so forgetful cousin Kellie Giesen obligingly played blog photographer – and didn’t she do a fabulous job. Pity she doesn’t live closer to me so I could use her photography skills more often 😉 Thanks for saving the day Kellie!
Anyway, back to the tour…. To learn more about the pattern visit Suz’s blog and to purchase visit Sewpony Vintage. Suz is offering the Little Betty Top pattern for the discounted price of $7AUD from now until Jan 21, with the code LITTLEBETTY1. Be sure to head over to Dandelion Drift, my partner in the pattern tour today, to see what Teresa has been sewing with this pattern. There will be plenty more Little Betty inspiration in the coming days of the pattern tour, stay tuned to the Sewpony blog to see glimpses of them all.
Thanks so much for having me on your pattern tour Suz, it has been a pleasure.