Sunday, April 29, 2012

Striped dress

I have no idea why, but it seems that after nights of sewing, when I am really tired I go for the stripy fabric (remember last KCWC?).

This dress was high risk - no pattern and about 2 meters of fabric that I really, really like. The kind of fabric that  I don't dare to use because I don't want to ruin it. But I guess when I am really tired I need something truly inspiring. Things made under similar circumstances have gone terribly wrong, but somehow this has turned out well. A little big maybe. But it won't be when summer arrives.

And while thanks to KCWC her summer wardrobe is slowly taking shape, the little one has inherited many old favourites. This one for example she has now worn 76 hours straight. Not sure if or how I'll get it into the washing machine.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Maxi Smock

The smock I made for her little sister has turned out to be extremely practical and versatile. The number of little conflicts it prevents when eating, cooking, painting, planting etc. (It could be called a peacekeeping smock.)

So I decided to adapt the pattern for a 5 year old. A maxi smock, so to speak. With the addition of a pocket or a hiding place for sweets. Unlike her sister she doesn't eat all of her favourite sweets in about 30sec. She wants to make them last. Which becomes quite a challenge when your little sister sees some more lying around and doesn't care who they belong to.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Denim Dress

Looking at this dress I can't help but see prototype nº 2.  It makes me think of possible amendments to the pattern and prototype nº 3 and maybe also nº 4. Maybe this will get me closer to what I had in mind. Sometimes it just takes me many, many steps. And every little step is a lesson learned and unfortunately, can't be skipped.

She likes it. And as she can never have too many dresses she doesn't mind me trying.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1 hour skirt

I rarely make clothes just for an hour. The hardest thing is to start. Not having a studio or spare room, I draft patterns on the kitchen table, cut fabric on the floor and sew in the bedroom. Getting everything out and prepped takes about half an hour. So once I get started I would like to finish something before I have to clear everything away to make room for next days breakfast.
Which is why by the end of KCWC my kids have new summer clothes and a very tired mother.

But this skirt really does take no more than 1 hour.
+ Take hip to knee measurement (here: 36cm)
+ add seam allowance for sewing in elastic waistband (here: 6cm)
+ add seam allowance for bottom seam (here: 4cm)
+ cut rectangle of 140cm x 46cm
+ sew
+ done!

You probably think 140cm is a lot of fabric, but she wants her skirts to really 'fly'. If it doesn't 'fly' it's not a proper skirt. It's the first thing she checks when she tries one on. So they have to be big.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tiny Pocket Sweater

Starting with something sensible – a sweater. With a tiny pocket.
The pocket to her is a bit pointless. Too small for her hand and "Why so far up?"
"But it looks nice", I say.
"Only because it looks nice?"
"And why the stripes at the bottom? Why not just a bigger strip of soft pink?"

But she did make a double using wire and paper and called her Anna. Anna turns out to be very good at modelling when my real daughter is busy playing.

Maybe Anna likes the pocket and the stripes.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Preparing for KCWC

I am really looking forward to next week's KCWC and  preparing for it. Trying out new patterns, taking measurements and listening to their ideas: "Mama, I need a bridal veil".

The older they get the more they participate. At the moment, they are fascinated by the tape measure, measuring everything that comes their way.  Did you know that a Haribo Gummibärchen measures 2.2 cm?

What's on your list of things to sew?
I doubt you'll be short of ideas, but just in case... some past KCWC creations.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Mondays

The good thing about April weather.. watching the sky and the sea change colour.
Wishing everyone a Sunday kind of Monday... (maybe with your head in the clouds?)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sun Caps

As sure as after winter comes spring we are back to our daily discussions on whether it is warm enough ...

1) to wear "X" (insert whatever extremely light and short item of clothing)
2) to not wear "Y" (insert whatever sensible item of clothing for temperatures below 30ºC)

Finally, my daily mantra 'It is too cold. You'll get a cold and then you have to stay in bed' is showing some effect.  I have managed to establish some compromise (jackets on, but zipper closed only half way up). And now this. The sun is strong enough to burn their little pale noses. They have to wear a sun cap. But the jacket has to stay on!

I based the pattern on a Che Guevara style cap. To my surprise, even easier to make than last year's.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring jacket

... or actually,  an elephant costume that will also have to serve as a spring jacket/ vest.

They've been doing a cinema project at school watching and reenacting 'The Jungle Book'. As a big surprise (or present to her mom) she didn't choose to be the girl in the village, but one of the elephants.

Of course, a girl elephant with leggings and a jacket that could almost be a dress. And (very important!) a jacket with a hood to hide her long hair. Because Colonel Hathi has a tendency to just cut off long, unruly hair. Do you remember the elephant parade? I couldn't get enough of watching her practice her part. Too sweet.