kids clothes week challenge: day 5

May 14th, 2010

After some pretty obvious frustration yesterday, I finished some projects. Some I just put away for another time and some I started because I knew I could finish them without loosing my mind.  This shirt pattern is from the super fantastic japanese book Happy Homemade Vol. 2.

There is a little keyhole detail in the back, but except for that it’s just a few pieces of fabric cinched together with a tie.  The tie works as the straps too and ties in a pretty bow in the back.  If I didn’t have to hem the entire tie  (and next time I’ll just cut two, sew them together and turn them out) it would have taken an hour start to finish. I don’t know if it fits yet, because little miss is at school, but it turned out so well I won’t even mind if it doesn’t.

I know for sure these shorts don’t fit, but they might in a few years. My son doesn’t care though. He wore them yesterday and today and the front is covered in breakfast, which is why I am only showing you the back. To make these you take a pattern for shorts cut the front and back pieces down the middle (slash and spread) so when you cut out your fabric you should have eight pieces total. Then sew the middle seams with the seam exposed and sew the side seams normally.  It’s kind of a cool detail, but I’m not sure how they’ll look out of the wash. I made them from a knit, so they shouldn’t unravel. If they come out ok I’ll make some more in the right size. someday. The pattern is “i” from Everyday Bottoms.

10 Responses to kids clothes week challenge: day 5

  1. Susan says:

    Love that green fabric…looks light weight and cool for summer :)

  2. samlamb says:

    wow – that top is great. i love how full both the straps and bodice feel, plus the colour is dynamite.

    perfect boy shorts too, and i hear ya on the breakfast deal. everytime sadie tries something on it gets dirty. it’s magic i think.

  3. whitney says:

    I love that green top!

  4. Kirsten says:

    I just was looking at that top in the book last night . . . think you might have pushed my enthusiasm for it to the top of the que! What fabric did you use? The weight seems perfect for it! Looks kind of seersucker weight to me?

  5. pamela says:

    what is the green fabric? is it something repurposed? both very nice!

  6. meg says:

    I got the green fabric from a thrift store a long time ago. It’s like an eyelit (is that how you spell it?). I was saving it for myself, but it was just so perfect for this project.

  7. michella says:

    where can I get a copy of this great book?!

  8. trula says:

    Indeed it is. The fabric and the pattern are a perfect match. I would wear that myself.

  9. They both look great. I love that variation on the pillowcase type of dress.

  10. That top is so cute, and I really, really love the dress you made the other day. So great! I can’t believe how much knit sewing you do… I have been sewing 17 years and sew almost exclusively with woven fabrics. But I love what you do :)