MakeIt Kids: Figgy’s Banyan Tunic for Winter KCW

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Like clockwork, I’m back for more Kid’s Clothes Week.  I’ve been at a full-time freelance job for the last three months, which really put a damper on my sewing and calligraphy (and cooking dinner and doing laundry and basically operating as a functional adult) but alas, my gig ended about a week ago.  The upside is, it ended just in time for me to get back in the swing of things for KCW.

I’ve had the Figgy’s Banyan Tunic pattern stashed away in my sewing files since before we left London, but I never got around to doing anything with it.  But Ellery, just weeks away from turning three, is growing out of her clothes yet again, so I figured now was as good a time as ever to make her up a quick t-shirt.  The Banyan Tunic pattern has short sleeves (as does the Banyan Tee that comes in the same pattern), however with the multiple polar vortexes (vortices?) we’ve been experiencing this winter, I drafted a long sleeve using the sleeve cap from the original pattern and the length of an existing shirt sleeve from her wardrobe.

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The shirt came together quite quickly, and I popped into City Sewing today in the garment district to pick up some new double needles to give the neckline and hems a more professional feel.  I took extra care with this first go-round (plus tracing the whole pattern out took an hour or so), so it probably took me several hours total, but I’m confident I could bust out a few more tees in no time at all.

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And in fact I might!

I haven’t tried this on the kiddo yet, but I’m sure she’ll want to give it a whirl first thing in the morning.  If the fit is good, I may play around with changing the hem from long on the sides to more of a hi-low.  We shall see…

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My goal is to get one more project in before the bell rings, ending KCW for another season. A good friend had a baby girl a little over a month ago, so hopefully I can throw together a thing or two for her.  Thanks for popping by!

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MakeIt Kids: Liberty Modified Edelweiss Dress

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Just in the nick of time as Kids Clothes Week wraps up today!  I didn’t get to as many projects as I’d hoped to this week, but I certainly did meet the requirement of working at least an hour a day on kids’ clothing projects.

This dress was truly a labor of love.  It’s my own twist on hey june’s Edelweiss Dress. Before delving into my version with changes, I first made a muslin of the original pattern.  I don’t always make muslins, but since it was my first time sewing with the gorgeous Liberty London Tana Lawn fabric, I felt I really needed to make sure a) I was capable of completing the pattern and b) that it would fit Ellery correctly. More after the jump!

MakeIt Kids: Rolled Dolman Sleeve T-Shirt Dress

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Edit 16 July 2013: I’ve just discovered Kids Clothes Week so I’m adding this project to the mix.  Hopefully it’ll nudge me to post a bit more and to get some projects done this week.  I’m currently working on a very special one – a dress for Ellery to wear to a family wedding in a few weeks, and my first project in Liberty London fabric (yum!).  Stay tuned for more…KCWC

I’m not sure if Kin by John Lewis is new, or just new to me, but I like it!  John Lewis is a department store here in the UK, I guess the closest thing I can compare it to back home would be Bloomingdales.  It’s one of those huge places that has absolutely everything and they happen to have a haberdashery department so I find myself popping into the one at Sloane Square (actually that one is called Peter Jones but it’s the same store so I don’t really know why) when I need a bit more elastic or some velcro or needles or such.  Haberdashery is conveniently located on the children’s clothing floor so I took a spin around recently and discovered one of their clothing lines called Kin.

The pieces are comfy and laid-back looking, and they look like adult clothing shrunk down to kids’s sizes.  And let’s be honest, I wish that half of Ellery’s clothes came in my size, too, so it was right up my alley.  I love this t-shirt I’d bought her from the line.  It has a dolman sleeve (aka easy to reproduce because you don’t have to set in a sleeve) so I figured it was a great template for a t-shirt dress.  I’ll definitely be making this one again – either from the same pattern or perhaps with some different design details.  More after the jump!