kcwc fall 2012: day three

October 10th, 2012

kids clothes week challenge day 3

1. kcwc day3  2. a butterick dress experiment 3. flashback skinny tee 4. kcwc4

The flickr pool is bursting with beautiful hand sewn clothes!  How is your sewing going? Humming along? Or did you hit a snag? Are you ready to throw those pants (top, skirt, sewing machine) across the room?

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dancing floral leggings and tunic

This tunic has been on my to do list for years…years! How is it that my sewing list is that long? Probably because things like ridiculously flowery leggings jump in line to get sewn first.

floral leggings

the leggings

the pattern: drafted a pattern off some good fitting leggings

the fabric: a maxi skirt I bought on sale at Target

the sewing: wham bam!

tunic back

the tunic

the pattern: I bought this pattern at a thrift store when my daughter was still a toddler. Granted I barely knew how to read a pattern, much less resize one, but the topstitching and the little square pocket were too perfect (and it was 10 cents). Over the years the pattern has come out and written down as next on the list, but it always found its way back into the drawer. Now that my daughter is a size 6, I figured I better sew this sucker up once and for all.

simplicity 7241

the fabric: some really lovely wool blend that I was saving for a skirt for myself…for two years. There is still enough left for a skirt (I think), but now the fabric isn’t giving me the evil eye.

the sewing: The sewing went pretty well. It is a very basic pattern, but basic in 1975 is pretty advanced these days. I simlified the way they wanted me to put in the zipper–it doesn’t look perfect, but I didn’t rip it out ten times either. The direction for the pocket were in some alien language, so I totally winged it and it worked out just fine.  I’ll be honest, I’m pretty crazy for how this whole outfit turned out!

tunic in the woods

57 Responses to kcwc fall 2012: day three

  1. Rachel says:

    Meg, this outfit is perfection! I love everything about it. The understated grey with the flowery leggings! It works so well! Love love!

  2. Heather says:

    I’m pretty crazy for the whole outfit too! That tunic is fantastic.

  3. Jamie Lee says:

    All of that outfit is gorgeous! I have a serger but I don’t know how to use it.

    • meg says:

      get a big cup of coffee and your manual and sit down in front of it. you will thank yourself later. :)

  4. That looks so modern! I love seventies patterns.

  5. Laura says:

    Another great project, Meg. I confess that I love the leggings most of all.

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  7. Jenny says:

    Oh I love this outfit!! Love it.

  8. kirsty says:

    Oh I want that outfit for myself!

  9. Jenny says:

    Wow that is all so gorgeous – love the tunic and the leggings. I also love how your little flickr pool compilations all are coloured co-orditinated. I’m loving sewing this time round (my second KCWC) things seem to be coming together faster and better than last time for me… I guess I must have improved!

  10. Nancy says:

    I love this outfit. The tunic is especially great

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  12. Mary Jo says:

    I love that tunic! It’s hard to believe it’s an older pattern b/c it looks so modern! Especially when paired with those adorable leggings. Looove this outfit! (You’ve inspired me to use my flowery knit on leggings too…!)
    PS: Thanks for the mention with my Butterick dress. Made my night! :)

  13. Lucinda says:

    oh my – I love this outfit so very much.

  14. Karen says:

    So cute! What perfect leggings fabric! And this tunic… can it please be in my size, too?

  15. Gret says:

    Oh I just LOVE those leggings! Superb.

  16. Katie says:

    She’s too cute for words!

  17. frances says:

    This outfit is so perfect, I love everything about it! The floral leggings are the perfect print.

  18. Adrianna says:

    You’d be crazy not to be crazy. The whole outfit is so fun!

  19. Darci says:

    The alien language cracked me up, I just had to take a look. Had to laugh because it made perfect sense to me but I learned to sew as a child in the late 70s. The big pattern companies were the only option in those days

  20. sarah says:

    what a great outfit…maybe i can borrow those boots sometime? also i love the colored zipper on the light great top–such nice little detail

  21. mmmm loving those leggings! Inspiring!

  22. Lisa says:

    This outfit totally rocks – would love floral leggings myself like that .

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  24. Love… love… love. I’m coveting those leggings… I want them for myself!

  25. Katy says:

    Phew! I don’t understand those pocket pattern instructions either. I would have had to wing it! The whole outfit is stunning. So young and boho with the leggings and boots and the tunic is perfect