Tree of Life" by Free Spirit that I received as part of a remnant assortment from Fabric.com and the shorts from a multi-tonal chambray from Robert Kaufmann (a little pink is mixed in the weave of the purple) ( similar color here, my shade is nearly sold out).
I had known the chambray would become shorts, but when I received the quilting cotton in the bundle (you never know what you will receive, but most of the time there are three yards I can use for something for me, and around four yards for projects for the kids), I was stumped. I knew one yard wouldn't cut it for a skirt, but I wasn't sure if any top pattern I owned would work either since most women's top patterns are cut long and with a ton of ease. Then I realized my McCall's 6519 pattern had a top pattern in it that could be made for my smaller pattern size (10) as long as I shortened it for my shorter torso. As long as I did both of those things, I could just squeeze this yard onto those pattern sheets. (It took me nearly as long to lay out the pattern on the cotton as it did to sew the darn thing up, ha.)
The shorts should look familiar if you are following my sewing journey, these are the same ones as I showed off here at this post (from the February 2013 Burda Magazine). I changed up a couple of things, I made the pleats in the front smaller and facing out to the pockets (that was a mistake, oops), and I shortened the waistband so the shorts would fit a touch better.
The shorts feature the "Burda Crotch Curve," which apparently is a big deal in the sewing world, since many of the American designed patterns are far too shallow and/or not angled properly for the true shape of many women's lower half. And so you all know, it isn't even big-bottomed women who need the "Burda Crotch Curve," since I have read that some flat-bottomed and small-bottomed ladies like it, too. Hmmm. I have made pants and shorts from other companies, and I have noticed that the area down there is a bit more *enclosed*, so maybe we do need to give the Germans some credit.
Rear shot. I had to take a bit of the back seam in to make the waistband fit properly (the waistband is a size smaller than the hips). I should have just made a dart and sewn it flat, but since I am still fairly new, it didn't even occur to me to try that. Oh, well, next time.
All in all, I spent about three hours total on the top, and about three hours on the shorts. I suspect those times will be dwindling down as I make more from these patterns.
main fabric here and similar contrast fabric here here) a bit before sewing it up last weekend, I like to cut all at once and then sew all at once, I cut a darling romper for Angus at the same time that I am also entering in the contest (still have to publish those photos).
I knew that I wanted to give her this Kwik Sew dress before she went to school so she could wear it to her teacher's meeting with her, but I also knew I wanted to enter it in the sewingpatternreview.com "Sewing for Children" contest, now that I am a member of that website. I don't have a chance in h-e-double hockey sticks of winning, but maybe I will grab a few votes? ;-) I think it looks pretty darn cute, anyhow.
I used this tutorial to teach me how to sew the button (I used my open toe embroidery foot to hold the button down), but forgot to re-check the simple details first. Don't follow my example!
I heard from someone that the Amish like to have mistakes in their quilts to show they are handmade. We'll go with that on this dress, too.
The dress was very easy to sew up, but because of the buttons and buttonholes (both my first real attempt at them), the dress took about two hours longer than it should have to sew up. The Kwik Sew pattern and instructions are very beginner-friendly, and this particular pattern is great if you have a little girl. (Especially one who owns an American Girl doll, since there is a pattern for a matching dress for her, too. Yes, I will make CW's American Girl doll a matching dress. No buttons, though!)
Okay, you all have a great day. No news of a Boden sale for Labor Day, but I will be keeping my eyes open for you all.