It’s Summer Kid’s Clothes Week again. This time around we were camping for most of the week so I only have two things to share. I hope to squeeze in my hour of sewing tonight and get something for O completed. Until then, E has some new summer clothes:
The top is blouse A from the Japanese sewing book Girly Style Wardrobe, in size 110. The exterior fabric is quilting cotton from my grandmother, likely part of her collection of 1930’s inspired fabrics. The print is actually a bit bizarre- some kind of Jack and Jill crossed with Humpty Dumpty, I suppose?? I used a light-weight red cotton for the lining.
This is a very simple pattern but I ended up making a few modifications. I skipped the pockets and topstitching and added a full lining (rather than partial as in the pattern). I also added to the length, but next time I’ll add to the middle (Liesl explains here) rather than adding on at the bottom, as this made the top really flare out. In Japanese patterns I think E actually needs size 100 width and size 120 length, as this is too big on top. But hopefully it will last until next summer.
My sewing pal Christine and I both had this book and we decided to try out one of the patterns together. Her version is so sweet and I loved sewing together. We’ll have to try something again soon. It was also reassuring to have a buddy as this was my first Japanese pattern that wasn’t from a translation. It turned out to be a fairly simple sew, apart from the fantastically crazy pattern sheet.
The shorts are Oliver+S class picnic shorts, size 4, in a lightweight denim.
I love this pattern. I have already made two pairs of shorts (blue linen and modified green terry), and two blouses (umbrellas and flannel, some of my first sews for a tiny E). I do feel like these shorts are a bit wide and too short on her. She could probably fit into the size 4 again next summer if I lengthened the pattern. Which is great because it makes me so sad that she is outgrowing all my Oliver+S patterns that end at size 3 and 4. There are so many left to make or remake. Sigh…
But we’ll enjoy them while we can. And at least I have something to show for Kid’s Clothes Week.