Little Miss Kidlet has grown. A lot. Do they ever stop doing that?
Perfect excuse to try out some new (may have owned these for over 6 months cough cough) patterns for her.
First up is the lovely, sweet, Louisa. I just love the lines! A little bit of Belgium in a dress.
And those pockets!
Pattern: Louisa Dress by Compagnie M, size 4 (on my tall 3 year old)
Fabric: Thrifty finds of just the right size and matchy-ness, oh lucky day! The blue is a brushed twill, the pocket a quilting cotton fabric.
Tidbits: One great thing about this pattern – all the options – which led to one not so great thing – the PDF was ginormous for a little persons dress! You have been warned.
I am a touch late making this dress as winter is over here in Perth! So I made it the size up hoping it will be good for next year. Whilst there is a generous amount of hem to let down if I need, it is not as roomy as I expected, especially in this thicker fabric. Don’t grow too much little Miss!
Lessons: I didn’t have an invisible zip so I happily inserted my standard zip using the old baste the seam shut, sticky tape it down, sew up the sides, unpick the seam trick. This worked great until I went and read the instructions (which I must admit confused me at times) a little further and realised I had the order all wrong, making finishing the top of the zip and lining a awkward. For some reason I am SOOO NOT patient when making stuff for my kids, I just want it done wham-bam and on their little bodies. Sooo, instead of unpicking, I fudged some acceptable finishes and promise to do it better next time. Promise.
Kidlet Rating: 5/5 smitten (mum also thinks this might be our go to winter dress for the next few years or so)
That’s right, ditch the bear and get your model on girl : )
Ready for the second, not so successful make? At least I can blame pac man for this one. Wowsers, so much went wrong!
Knit Upsidedown Raindrops Dress
Pattern: Cotton Friend Boys T-shirt pattern with a wide collar band, with an intended gathered skirt on the bottom
Fabric: Organic Cotton Jersey
Ease: Should have been simples..
Tidbits: OMG, I am not sure where to start. Did you notice that I even cut the raindrops upside-down? The short version is – I wanted to use this top pattern for the bodice, but it turned out waaaay to wide, my original collar didn’t have enough stretch, and I didn’t leave enough fabric for a gathered skirt. Yep, I stuffed up the cutting, the pattern was a fail and one of my fabric choices was bad. To make it wearable I unpicked the collar, put a little box pleat in the front and back and put a new collar band on. Get it outta my sewing room. hurrumph.
Lessons: I really haven’t had any luck with Cotton Friend, so I really will dump it this time. Cucito patterns have been perfect for my kidlets shapes so I am not sure what that’s all about. Also, sometimes brain farts happen.
Kidlet Rating: 3/5 She wears it, and I shove a cute cardigan care of a very talented aunty over the top : )