It’s Kid’s Clothes Week time again and project #1 is complete. This is Pattern B, Dress with Square Neckline, from the book Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids. I traced a size 4, shortened to be a size 6 equivalent tunic length.
I have a couple Japanese sewing books that I’ve been too intimidated to try. I figured this English-translation would be a good stepping stone. Overall, I was pleased with the whole experience. Tracing was a bit tedious as you have to hunt down the needed pieces and add seam allowance. The directions are mostly picture-based and brief but I only had trouble with a few steps. The binding on my back placket doesn’t lie flat and I couldn’t figure out the fancy button loop method described in the book. So I just made the loops like an Oliver+S pattern. Which was pretty much my entire approach: rely on my knowledge from other sewing patterns and use this book for the pattern pieces and order of assembly.
I bought the main fabric a while ago from Dry Goods Design (maybe this?). It is lovely and very forgiving with wonky topstitching. I’m happy to have enough left over to make myself a bag someday. The pockets, lining, and armhole facing are Bluebird Park Bunnies in Tangerine. E fell in love with the fabric and kept asking me when I’d use it. The pattern didn’t originally have pockets so I added them for a bit more color and rabbit fun. I drafted the pattern inspired by these cute pockets here. And then I stitched them to the back of the shirt instead of the front. Oops. But nothing that some seam ripping couldn’t fix.
I used french seams for the inside and decided to use covered buttons to keep the orange theme going:
I’ll definitely use this pattern book again. It has 20 basic patterns in sizes 2-8. I like almost all the patterns and there are patterns for girls and boys. At less than a dollar a pattern, that’s a great deal. As for the fit, I’m glad I added the length (and wish I’d added a bit more to get us through summer). The bodice is a bit too wide and bunches, but better that than too small.
I’ve decided that the most challenging part of this Kid’s Clothes Week so far has been getting pictures taken. Taking pictures in dark and rainy Seattle with a 3 year old who has far better things to do with her time has been a challenge. It has involved funky lighting, umbrellas, and some jelly beans. She does seem happy about the rabbits, though.
Next up, some shirts, underwear, another Japanese pattern, and maybe something for O. I’m having fun seeing all the other fun creations pop up. How’s KCW going for you?