I had these plans where I’d get everything photographed and shared really fast during Kids Clothes Week. And it sort of worked at first. I’d let V wear her new dress and catch some quick pictures right away that morning. It fell apart when I started sewing for E. So here is the rest of my KCW work days after it’s over.
I had some Liberty tana lawn to use for E too but she doesn’t really wear dresses much anymore. We settled on a top and I gave her some options. She chose the Violette Field Threads Lainey top.
The accent is some leftover eyelet cotton I had. I wasn’t planning on making the bias tape but I didn’t have enough store bought navy. I’m happy I didn’t have enough though. I like having the little flowers at the top too. The pattern went together well. There’s a weird pointy bit at the underarm (sorry, no picture). The pattern comes with a piece for cutting out the underarm on the skirt piece. One side is super pointy and that’s the bottom of the underarm. I figure something like that has to be a design feature rather than a drafting error but it makes applying the bias tape a little difficult. Otherwise it’s very cute. A little shorter than I would have liked and a lot more full than the pattern photos lead me to believe. I think E agrees with me. She didn’t seem sure about it when she tried it on. I’ll have to see if she wears it. I still have quite a bit of the fabric left so I’ll figure out something she might wear more.
And last, a couple totally unnecessary leggings. Both girls wear them a lot and I really really wanted to try the Wild and Free Lounge Pants pattern. Actually, I wanted to test that pattern but didn’t have the time.
V got a straight size 4 with bunny faces on her knees. I used some leftover ponte from UrbanSew. I really love it (and they still had some last I checked). It’s pretty beefy and a little spongy. I haven’t seen any traces of wear on the tunic I made with it and I can’t wait to see how it performs on leggings. The ears are floppy because I didn’t bother tacking them up as suggested in the pattern. I also skipped the interfacing on them.
E got a size 5 lengthened to a 7. She fit exactly the size 5 waist and both the size 7 height and inseam. The pattern does have some advice for lengthening a pattern but I’m not quite sure it works well. The crotch points aren’t lined up. So if I just lengthened the size 5 using the size 7 length lines, I would get a size 5 rise with an inseam longer than size 7. But since E matched both height and inseam on the size 7, I wanted her to also have the size 7 crotch depth. I finagled a bit but I’m not sure I got it quite right. I wish designers would match the crotch points. The Dressage Leggings have matching crotch points and it truly helps. In the future, I may mash up both patterns to make fitting easier.
I used ponte that I bought at Mood a long time ago for E’s kitty leggings. It was supposed to be a skirt for me but I got burned with some Girl Charlee ponte that pilled really badly and never made it up. I’m actually glad I didn’t now because E’s leggings are already starting to show signs of wear (she’s worn them 3 times since the pictures).
Hmmm, I wonder if I have enough of the Urban Sew ponte to make her another pair… I could stitch down the pockets too (the bags keep popping up)…
Oh! One last note! I used some Liberty lawn to make the ears and it is the best. Ears like that can be so fiddly. I turn a corner and the machine starts eating the fabric. Come on, you know what I mean! Well not this one. It did not get eaten and it tolerated being pulled every way like a champ.