There’s something about bright highly contrasting colours that I find attractive. During the last SEWDOWNDEWSBURY I bought 1 meter of such psychedelic swirling colours at Fabworks. Its not the best quality jersey – the pattern is printed – but it is not the worst either. It washed well and kept its brightness well for the quality of jersey it is. That is to say, it lost about 20% of the colour.
The pattern was one of my #burdachallenge2018 planned makes for April 2018. Its style number 128, here is the line drawing:
I think this particular issue of Burda has a lot of great kids patterns and I will be making more from it.
I traced the 110cm. They are 104cm currently, so they can grow into these. The pattern is a super fast sew. For the neckline, I just turned under and sewed with zigzag stitches. The contrast yoke is a scrap fabric that I picked up at a swap.
The fit is just as I have come to expect from Burda – spot on for them. Up next I’d like to make these in a better quality jersey like maybe AGF.
They love the dresses and they have been worn A LOT since I sewed them up:-).
Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!
I have been on a roll of making clothes for my kids lately. These were made earlier in the year and were well received by the wearers.
Kitchy Coo Skater Dress
The girls’ skater dress is described as funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, high neckline and a curved flared skirt. With a generous cut, the dress is designed to be worn for up to two years per size, here the skirt hits at the knee in the first year and just above the knee in year two. There are options for a sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve version, with bodice pieces drafted specifically for either sleeved for sleeveless.
Its only available as a PDF on the Kitchy Coo website. The size range is from 18months to 8 years. I traced the size that corresponds to 4 years age (4T) and the fit was spot on. The instructions are easy to follow and well supported with pictures. Just like the Lady Skater dress its also easy to sew up.
I used fabric that I bought online from Girl Charlee during a half-price Christmas sale. The orange and black fabric held up well and is still going strong even after several washes. The pink spotty one didn’t hold up well, unfortunately. We have had to throw it out as the fabric got ever more distorted with each wash.
Despite this – they love their dresses and I am currently making another one to replace the pink dress.
Ottobre Kids Design Summer 2015 T Shirt
This was a fun t-shirt to make because of the very interesting sleeve style. I had never come across a sleeve that’s half raglan and half normal sleeve. The sizing is just as expected for Ottobre – perfect. The fabric is a cotton jersey that he chose for himself when we were in New York last year.
He cut out the fabric but I sewed it up since the sleeve detail was more complex.
Verdict – he is a happy boy!
BurdaStyle drop Crotch leggings –
They vaguely resemble Hammer pants for those of us old enough to remember MC Hammer. We weren’t very keen on them – whether its the fabric or the crotch, we don’t know. I used leftovers from my Aurora dress and cut the fabric on the cross grain to get the pattern pieces to fit. The attraction for these was that they would be easy to sew up (they were) but I am beginning to think that they need a different fabric so I am curious to try with a different fabric when time allows.
Simplicity 1473 refashion – The sweater dresses I made over 18 months ago had become too tight on the chest. The fabric was in still in very good condition so I had an idea to refashion into a skirt by chopping off the bit above the pocket and sewing on an elastic. Voila! The twins love their ‘new’ skirts.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time Happy Sewing!
Peace and love,
PS. If you’d like to see them in action they are after the menswear section of this Youtube video.
I literally finished these yesterday and the twins were wearing them this morning. This is one of those projects that I got so excited about when I snipped the last thread and I couldn’t wait for them to be donned.
The pattern is from the summer 2017 issue of La Maison Victor – a magazine that I was introduced to by my dear friend Eleanor (www.nelnanandnora.wordpress.com) Its attractively priced at £5.99 (might have changed since I bought it). Lucky for me it is available from WH Smiths so I could peruse before buying.
This particular pattern looked sweet and the fact that it calls for a woven fabric caught my eye. I have tended towards only making knit leggings for my twins and thought it would be good to branch out.
The fabrics used are both from B&M Fabric in Leeds market. They chose the fabric themselves and I think it certainly represents their personalities very well. The dotty one is a Riley Black quilting cotton.
I traced the size 4T which corresponds to 4 years and the fit is good. This size was based on their height and chest measurements. Overall I am very happy with how easy it is to get them on and off. The seam allowance has to be added to the pattern after tracing.
The instructions are very (very) easy to follow and well supported with illustrations. I think this would be a great magazine to dip your toes in the world of sewing magazine patterns if you find the likes of BurdaStyle daunting. The pattern sheets are clutter free and minimalist.
The waistband is meant to have a drawstring but lacking a suitable alternative, I just used elastic and left it at that.
Verdict from the twins – they love them! Especially the pockets (which have scooters fabric ) – the love to collect things and are constantly picking up little stones, leaves to add to their collection so pockets are handy.
I will definitely be making more of these as they do look like they have some room to grow in them too.
Anyway I couldn’t wait to share this cuteness so its a rare occasion where I have sewed, photographed and blogged in 24 hours :-). Add to that I also ran 4km and swam 500m in the same time period makes me feel like I am doing ok.
Looking forward the next thing I want to make from this magazine is this lovely top for my boys.
Thanks for stopping by! Until next time Happy Sewing!
A random #burdachallenge2018 post on IG made me aware of this BurdaStyle kids sweater pattern.
Surprisingly I haven’t paid too much attention to kids sewing patterns in BurdaStyle Magazine.
I decided to give this a go because of the simplicity of the pattern.
No neck seam but just the shoulder and side seams only.
I used a fleece lined scuba fabric that I bought last year from B&M Fabrics (Leeds Market). This was one (pair) of my January #burdachallenge2018 makes and I was happy with how they turned out.
I used hot pink cuffing for the sleeve band and green jersey for the hem band. The other alteration was to omit the zip. My fabric had more than enough stretch to easily go over the head. With the zip this pattern would work with wovens.
They got the seal of approval from the twins and they love their sweaters. The sizing was spot on. I traced size 110 for their 104cms height. They will be wearing these for at least a couple of more years yet.
I am now going through my collection of magazines with a view to finding more kids patterns that I can try out. Have you sewn with the kids patterns from Burda?
Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!
Over the past year I have been doing a lot of sewing for my kids. They love choosing fabrics whenever they come fabric shopping with me. Unfortunately I don’t always have time to write the individual blog posts for them so I have collected all the pictures I could find of some of the kids clothes.
I truly love sewing for them. This year I am aiming to do more kids sewing too.
Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Sewing everyone!
When my twins turned 3 years old in 2016 I left it until the very last minute to make them birthday outfits which turned out ok, but I knew they should have been so much better. You can read about it all here <link>. In 2017, armed with the determination that is bourne out of a desire to learn from a past mistake, I set out to make them the most awesome birthday dresses I could.
They love fabric shopping as much as I do and so I thought I’d let them choose the fabrics and the pattern. They flipped through my Ottobre Kids Design Magazines and they choose this fancy looking shirtdress. I heard them say things like twirly swirly.
Though they are identical twins they actually have very different personalities. The floral print is a Liberty craft cotton and the multicolour geometric is a cotton lawn. Both were purchased from Leeds Market. I was really proud of myself for cutting into the Liberty as I had been precious about that for over 2 years :-).
Once the dresses were sewn up, they went through my buttons collection and made their choices.
The twins love their dresses and they love twirling in them.
I really enjoyed making these dresses with them. In future, I will take that co-creative approach as opposed to me just making something without their input. In theory, it should mean they are more likely to wear it.
I rate Ottobre Kids patterns as they are so true to size. I sewed size 110cms and my girls are about 102cm tall. The instructions are excellent. The armhole is finished with bias binding.
Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, Happy Sewing!!!!
Since making a dogs dinner of my twins’ birthday dresses <link here>, I vowed to make it up to them (&myself) so when Easter presented the opportunity of making them something special I jumped on it.
Using the same pattern as before and some long-term stashers I produced these dresses and leggings for them. The faced the hems with the same fabric as the leggings to make them matching sets. My girls love them and wear them constantly. These dresses have gotten so many compliments.
I am so glad I finally used up that Lillestoff fabric which I bought in early May 2014!!!!!! Its only been waiting 3 years :-). Heres to using up more precious stashers.
My greatest sewing pleasure is sewing for my little people – but sewing for the twinks is my joy. I love choosing contrasting fabrics to make them garments that are the same but different. I have a soft spot for Simplicity 1473 as it was one of the first garments I made for my son. The top I made then in 2014 is still around and my twins wear it now <link here>. Here is the pattern cover. Continue reading →
Continuing with the theme of sewing for others, I am happy to share one of my favourite kids makes from last year.
My second little person was a sheep in the Christmas play. I felt the costume he was given to wear by the school was sub-par and inconsistent with his tremendous talent!!! So I took it upon myself to make him a sheep costume. After my zeal and indignation had fizzled out – I came to the conclusion that I wanted to make something that would also get a lot of wear even after the play.
With 48 hours to spare I got this jersey fabric from Fabworks Mill Shop (not available online) which has the most amazing soft texture! It was incredibly pricey for me at 12£/meter (I bought 3/4 of a meter) but I quickly rationalised as follows:
He is number 2, therefore, numbers 3, 4 and 5 will wear this as well and if you calculate the cost then in makes it worth while.
I was with hubs who is my biggest enabler. ” Just buy it and love and let’s go” is always his response (I can’t complain).
I washed it at 30 degrees and tumble dried without noticeable loss of texture or length.
I lined the hoodie with a blue jersey fabric as blue is said little person’s favourite colour too. It sewed up in under 2 hours and he was able to wear it for his production. He loves it and wears it almost everyday. The only issue was that little persons 3, 4 and 5 also wanted their own sheep hoodies too! Baaaa!
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon with another non-Hila project :-).
I made some more dresses for my little people’s birthday outfits. This is the pattern that I used.
I made one change which was to have a straight skirt rather than a gathered skirt. Much as I’d love to say this was intentional – it was down to poor time management on my part. I wanted to make the dresses with a tulle underskirt as well as the gathered skirt so they could have swirly twirly dresses. I arrogantly thought I could whip them up in a couple of hours, however, by the time we got to the eve of their birthday we’d had 60% of the little people ill and I could feel that I was catching it too. Energy was low and I realised I had to make the dresses (because they had been promised) but I altered them to make in the quickest way possible.
I am not proud of myself for this, but I do promise that this year I will do better. The girls loved their dresses though (which made me feel even worse ironically). They turned 3 and had a brilliant day with loads of gifts and games and cake. I cant believe that its been 3 years already!
I bought the jersey from Jacks Fabrics at Leeds Market. Its a lightweight poly jersey at £3 per meter. It pills like mad though so its not something I will use to make day to day clothes. I have about 2 meters left which will make some PJs for the kids. I dont mind pilling on PJs as much.
Here is a picture from their birthday wearing the dresses.
I have made more dresses from Ottobre Design Kids 04/2014 issue. It’s the sweater dress here.
This will be the third time I have made this pattern, <link here for earlier makes>.
I used a lovely soft fleece backed yellow knit fabric. This is something I picked up from a car boot sale in Essex last year. I actually finished these in September but they are too big so they have been put aside for next year. I traced the size that corresponded with 4yrs in error – I only realised my mistake after tracing most of the pattern pieces so I just carried on. Surely if its big they can grow into it – better too big than too small I think :-).
I have some shocking pink cuffing/ribbing which I used as a contrast. Though these are summer/spring colours, the weight of the fabric is perfect for colder weather. I used the overlocker for all the construction except for topstitching.
Having made this same pattern SIX times now means it’s a super fast make and they were done in one sitting.
It is very difficult to photograph little children! They were not interested at all in posing for pictures so these were the best I could get to show what’s what with them.
I am quite pleased with how these turned out and no doubt they will be workhorses just like the other ones – they still wear those ones!
Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Happy sewing!
PS here is the YouTube clip from when I finished them….
I made some more dresses for my little people. In particulr my twins.
I bought the cotton jersey from B&M Fabrics in Leeds. For the pattern I used an Ottobre Spring 2014 pattern called Funny Faces.
They came together very quickly. I like how the hem is faced – it adds a lovely weight to the dress. I found the neckline a bit too high and had to trim 1cm off the neckline.
They are zany and the girls love them. Unfnortunately I didnt have enough fabric for 4 dresses but I managed to squeeze in 3 dresses.
Sewing the scraps together yielded a T shirt. The T shirt is the same pattern as the dreses just without the skirt attached. I used black ribbing cuff material that I got from B&M Fabrics.
The only other problem was that both girls really wanted the hot air balloons dress and there was a fair amount of crying. Which has made realise that I cant make their clothes too different otherwise its chaos (now you know why parents of twins dress them alike:-) Incidentally when I found out I was having twins I was very much like “ Yeah I am not going to be dressing them alike – I want them to be individual” Lols -doesnt quite work like that!). As it is there is a fragile truce based on taking turns to wear the hot air balloon dress.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
Peace and love,
PS Here is my Youtube video from when I completed them