Friday, 13 April 2012

First of many, I hope

Today Rachel and I spent the day sewing, together. This was her first foray into dressmaking. It is surprisingly difficult to find patterns for kids her age (12 and over). All the lovely modern kids clothes only go up to age 9 or so, and then there is hardly anything available until adult sizes. After a good deal of rummaging around on websites we settled on Simplicity 2689, made up in this gorgeous fabric. And finally, with the two little ones at camp, we had a day to ourselves.


It's been a long time since I made clothes (like, oh, about 20 years) and I was a little rusty, to say the least. The instructions really are written in another language and it felt very strange using such an enormous seam allowance. We managed it though, and she is really happy with the fit. I drew a heart on the inside of the back yoke, because of course there is no label to work out which way round it goes. And also, the love thing.


It's pretty good for a little light trampolining, too.


In other news, she loved her birthday quilt. I don't have a single photo of her opening it because I was too busy watching her with my actual eyes instead of from behind a camera. Shocking, I know!

11 comments:

  1. That is awesome fabric and it makes for a really really nice top! Well done you! Nearly bought some from Annie - might do now!!

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  2. Beautiful girl in a beautiful top - well done you two x

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  3. It looks great, well done Rachel

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  4. Oh I`d love that top in my size please. I posted today about dressmaking and apart from the odd thing, it`s about 20 years ago for me too!

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  5. It looks fabulous, in a great print!

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  6. It's great! What a fun thing to be able to do with her, and for her, you Rock!!

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  7. Oh it's lovely! I love Saffron's fabric - its perfect for that top :o)

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  8. How wonderful to do that with your daughter! Turned out very cute.

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  9. That's lovely! I keep thinking I should have a go at making something similar for myself, White Stuff have lots of tops like that but they cost a fortune. Every time I go in determined to buy SOMETHING, I find myself thinking - it's just a cotton top and with the right pattern I could make that at a fraction of the price. Haven't got round to either finding the pattern or making the top yet, however.

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  10. This is so cute! I love how it turned out. Have you thought of makeing her a "spring ruffle top" it's a tutorial on made by rae http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2009/04/spring-sewing-spring-ruffle-top-tutorial/ I made these for myself, my sister, and my nieces a couple years ago - they work up great regardless of age/body type as long as you use your actual measurements. :) My neice was about 9 when I made hers, and it was pretty cute - I left off the ruffle part of the sleeves on most of mine (I got sick of ruffling). Her instructions are really great to follow too!

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thanks for making my day!