KCW: Dress and swimsuit

The Kids Clothes Week (KCW) is over. Last week was the summer edition of KCW, a week to carve out a little time each day to sew. I had a pattern (Burda Style 06/2011, number 133) and the fabric cut before the week started, and with a bit of time in the evenings at the end of the week I had a new summer dress for Sara ­čÖé

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Sara was very pleased to get to wear it on the weekend. It is so nice to get such enthusiasm back.
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The dress is made with a linen in fuchsia. It is very fresh and summery. I specially like the back, with the crossing stripes.
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As you can see, I also made the coordinating hair tie.

So let us do the pattern review:

Pattern Description: Summer dress with shoulder stripes crossing at the back.

Pattern Sizing: I made size 116 cm for a four years old. It fits well and at the same time it has a lot of room for growing. I bet we can also use it next summer.

Did it look like the original photo/drawing once sewed?: Yes, though the frill seems bigger than in the drawings.

Were the instructions easy to follow?: The instructions were not very clear. Specially the first step concerning the armholes. It took me a lot of time until I figured out that the bias stripe was supposed to be a kind of facing (and therefore you cannot see any seam in the inside).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?: I still have my problems with yokes.

Did you learn anything new from this sewing project?: It has a pleated frill, so I learn to make the pleats. I used french seams except for joining the frill, as it would have been to bulky. There was also a lot of gathering to be made, which is something I did not do so often until now. I covered buttons for the first time for this project. They were quite small (11 mm in diameter) and it was impossible to cover them with the kit they come with. At the end I had to stitch the outer circumference of the fabric circle and pull the thread. In this way you get the fabric to lay down flat in the interior of the button and it can finally be closed using the tools in the kit.

Fabric Used: Linen.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?: Yes, but I think I would make the frill a bit smaller (in the circumference).

Here a detail of the frill:
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After finishing the dress I still managed in the weekend to finish a project I wanted to do for some time: a bikini for Sara:
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I used jersey knit and plain elastic band, things I had at home. No swimwear fabric, no swimwear linig nor any special elastic. I just wanted to try out a new technique: sewing with elastics. I followed the instructions found here. It is not easy and for sure requires much more practice. But I was happy with the result of this kind of muslin. It was a kind of experiment, but I┬┤m sure it will get to be used at the lake this summer.

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Pants for Pablo

Pablo is needing some summerly clothes, so I started making some shorts. This one here is the first one, but there are still two to come (at least that is the plan). They are made using the same linen fabric I used to make my shorts. And though very different, we have now coordinated shorts ­čÖé

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I used again some facing to finish the hem and also the waistband. It is a kind of vintage fabric which I like a lot. The pattern is from Burda Style, from the issue 07/2012, model 144 B in size 80. It is a very quick sew (though not as quick as my shorts!).

And here is the happy toddler in action with his new shorts:
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I want to start introducing a small review of the patterns to keep track of the problems that had to be solved on the way. I borrow (with modifications) the template that Merche from Aventuras de Costuras is using:

Pattern Description: Toddler pants with elastic waistband (with casing).

Pattern Sizing: I made size 80 cm for my one and a half years old son.

Did it look like the original photo/drawing once sewed?: Pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow?: The instructions were fine. I did not follow the part of the hem nor the part of the waistband casing, as I wanted to add some contrasting fabric, but I guess they were straightforward to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?: It is easy and fast and gives a well-fitted pair of pants for everyday adventures.

Did you learn anything new from this sewing project?: Not from the pattern, but I made french seams for the first time.

Fabric Used: Dark blue linen and a retro-looking flower print with bright colors.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As said, I added a facing at the waistband and hems.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?: Yes. But as 80 cm was the biggest size, I guess I will not be making it again. But I do like the final result.

Sew-along: Shorts for the CC (sew-along) MRdM

I got again involved in a sew-along organized by MiRinc├│nDeMariposas. I have sewn the first piece of garment for myself: a pair of shorts for this summer. The pattern is really flattering and the elastic waist makes of it a very comfy wardrobe piece. If it would not have been for the sew-along I would have never made the reinforcement top-stitching, and it is great: it gives a professional-looking finish.

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Thanks to MRdM for this sew-along and for the final push to make something for myself:-)

The fabric is a dark blue linen. I did not include any pockets as I wanted to finish as quick as possible. I have several running sewing projects, that I would like to finish before the holidays. I might include later on a small snap pocket though. The hem was done using some contrasting fabric to make a hem facing as explained here. It adds a nice touch of color.

Here a detail of the hem:
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and of the top-stitching for the reinforcement of the seams:
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