kid clothes week part two
June 26th, 2008
When I made a plan to just sew one kind of thing for a week, it was a good plan and I should have stuck to it. I completely lost my momentum and now it's just a chore to go down in my studio. Sewing from actual patterns didn't help. Everything was going fine and then suddenly: step 12. put in zipper or step 7. sew continuous lap. I still need a little hand holding when it comes to zippers (and who the hell wrote the instructions on the zipper package anyway? because they're crap) and they could at least define continuous lap even if they're not going to tell me how to do it. I did figure them both out (thank you internet) but they are definitely a little off. A continuous lap is where the buttons are in the cuff of your sleeve, if you'd like to know. You cut a slit in your fabric and then sew a piece of fabric to it in order to hem it, but not make it any smaller. That's very confusing, sorry--maybe that's why they didn't explain it in the instructions. Anyway, it's on the back where the buttons go on this striped jumper. The striped jumper that's too big. Oh well, at least it'll fit for sure next summer. I just can't figure out sizing with patterns. I measured her and picked the size that matched, but I guess it just runs big, like one size too big. The same thing happened with the other pattern I made.
But this is heavier than I expected--Joann's linen is not the finest quality, duh--so it might work well as a fall jumper. I haven't hemmed it yet because I can't decide whether or not to use the striped fabric I used on the collar and armholes or just fold it up and hem it. If I use the striped fabric do you think I need to make bias tape, or can I just cut it straight?
So I have a few things to finish up this week for my kids and other people kids, but next week I'm moving on whether I'm done or not. But when I do get back to sewing kid's clothes I'd like to be able to sell some, but I don't have the foggiest idea how to size them. Does anyone have any good resources about this?