Tag Archives: kcw – spring 2013

Little Red – FO 9/2013

KCWCrikey, I’m late posting this final outfit for KCW, but I do think I saved the best for last!


Oh those bruises…she’s such a tomboy!

The stripy red Beachy Boatneck and red Bubble Pocket Shorts.  So far, so nothing new for this week.

But…this time I made the sailor version of the shorts.

IMG_7934_edited-1They are cute beyond all words.  I love them!

IMG_7933_edited-1I found these fabulous buttons at The Buttonhole in Chorley. They really pop against the red.

And the Beachy Boatneck refashion is great with them.


Where did that baby of mine go? I’m still getting used to this big girl.

Although I kept to a very simple plan for KCW it was a huge success for me. Miss Button has cute new weekend wear that, with the RTW she already has in her wardrobe, will do nicely until the summer holidays, and KCW summer!


KCW Spring 2013 – Sailor blues


miwi150buttonedited to link to Make it Wear It over at The Train to Crazy

Sewing has ground to a halt here…we’re having a lovely family weekend and the sewing loft is the last place I want to be just now. I will get those red shorts whipped up soon though!

However, another day, another new outfit for Button.


I LOVE this outfit.  Comfy, cosy, practical, cute.  Both of these garments are an age 5, and she’s petite enough that she’ll get some wear out of them, but they’re not completely swamping her.

IMG_7907_edited-1We found the cute spotty shoes just by chance on Friday evening.  I couldn’t resist!


They’re just the ticket to round off this outfit.

KCW Spring 2013 – Giverny Ruffle Top – FO 8/2013



edited to link to Make it Wear it over at The Train to Crazy

I’m pushing the boundaries of Kids Clothes Week by including this as it was finished last week, but, hey, isn’t that what boundaries are for?

IMG_7881_edited-2It’s Elegance & Elephant’s Ruffle Top in the tunic length made up in the last bit of Liberty cotton leftover from my Giverny dress of last year.

IMG_7887_edited-1I did consider using the pink from the shorts to make the bias for the ties and the neckline, but I’d purchased this ready made bias as it’s a perfect match for the pink in the pattern.

I think it would have worked well either way, but I do like the extra dimension the two pinks bring to the outfit.


Now all we need is some lovely weather. When it does arrived, we are prepared!

PS… These pictures make our garden look fabulous…but don’t be fooled.  It’s not!  It needs a lot of work.

KCW Spring 2013 – Navy Bubble Pocket Shorts – FO 7/2013

Wow – I’m on a roll.  Today I finished another pair of Bubble Pocket shorts.

IMG_7837_edited-1These are in a very stable double knit jersey which gives them quite a different look and feel.  They are a little bulkier than the cotton versions, obviously, but I think they’ll work.  We’ll see when I can pin down a wee small girl long enough for her to try them on!

I now only have a pair of red shorts to sew and my plan for Kids Clothes Week is complete…watch this space!

KCW Spring 2013 – Holy High Speed Tee Shirts, Batman – FO 5 & 6/2013


I really didn’t think I’d get any sewing done yesterday. I’d been at a PTFA cinema club all afternoon and we didn’t get home from school until gone 6.30pm.  As bedtime is normally around 7pm, this was late by our standards. By the time the kids were abed I was one tired mummy and not really up for anything except sitting on the sofa waiting for the Great British Sewing Bee to start.  But I thought I’d just have half an hour in the sewing loft….

40 minutes later I had the first tee shirt finished!


I’ve never made a garment so quickly in my life.

I did take a short-cut – the original tee shirt that this was upcycled from was a v-neck, and I was a little short on length for the fronts and backs…so this version is straight across at the hem rather than shaped as per the pattern. I cut all 4 pieces on the original hemlines – saving myself having to stitch the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves.


I’d been really reluctant to purchase a pattern for such a simple garment, but I’m really glad I did. This is perfect.  Sure, I could have drafted it myself, but it took all of 15 minutes to print, tape, pin and cut out. Sometimes it really is worth spending the money for someone else’s (superior) expertise and to save yourself some time.  No way could I have drafted this in that space of time.

Cost wise, the pattern came in at a little over £5 at the current exchange rate. As the fabric is upcycled and the thread was already in my stash, each of these little tees cost less than £3. And they are a really good weight of jersey, so perfect for spring days when it’s a bit chilly.  £3 will normally get you a skimpy supermarket tee which will shrink the first time you wash it and be constructed from much thinner jersey, so these represent very good value for money in my book!

Also, going forward, I won’t need to include the price of the pattern in the cost of future tees.

This is a very well drafted pattern. I swear that any beginner who can pin fabric together and sew a straight line could make this shirt and get a great result. And you don’t need an overlocker (serger).

I can see myself making this over and over again…and making cute little tee shirt dresses too. A Blank Slate indeed!

Today I also finished the red/cream striped tee.


Again I cut the sleeves using the existing hems, but this one had sufficient fabric in the original shirt to allow me to cut the shaped hemline.  I finished it with a quick twin-needle hem


I am in love with this pattern.  It’s unisex, so great for The Boy too – he’s a small growth spurt away from being out of all of his tee shirts, and as he flatly refuses to wear a cotton button through shirt this pattern will be a life saver.

I’m planning a photoshoot for the weekend to capture these tees and their matching shorts (the blue pair is nearly done!), together with a couple of other garments that were finished before KCW began, but still haven’t been showcased here.

Now…the waistband and cuffs of the blue shorts are calling…hopefully I’ll get them finished tonight too!

KCWC – Spring 2013


It’s Kids Clothes Week this week and I’m taking the opportunity to clear down some projects that have been languishing in the sewing loft for quite a while. There are 3 t-shirts from Ma SIL, a 1/2 yard length of double jersey, and the red fabric I bought on Saturday, which has been claimed by Miss Button.

I would point out that I knew she wanted a red dress, so bought her some fabric with KCW in mind…


…only to be informed, in no uncertain terms, that it was entirely the wrong colour of red and therefore completely unacceptable.  That girl of mine certainly knows her own mind!

The piece I bought on Saturday, on the other hand, was immediately swooped upon with squeals of glee…so we are sharing it!


I’m nabbing the original piece to make a top for me, to go with a skirt from the solid red.  I’ve been jonesing for a red outfit for a while…this will certainly fit the bill.

But I digress. The idea of KCW is to spend an hour a day on sewing dedicated to the small people. Yesterday I spent the time happily cutting out t-shirts and shorts.  It would be so easy to make a huge list of things, only to be beaten by the clock. I’d rather have a small pile of quick wins and get some more pieces out of the loft and into Button’s wardrobe.

So…I’ll be making 2 Beachy Boatneck tees:

beachy boatneckand 2 pairs of Bubble Pocket Shorts, of course:

bpsI think it’s a doable list…we shall see!