Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tried n' True.

I did not formally participate in KCW this time  around, but I was inspired by all of your makes to make some clothes for the kiddos. Last week I had a little bit of a downer week for sewing - I sewed two t-shirts for Steve and didn't like either of them. They're wearable, maybe, for working around the house, but not great.  That was frustrating. I might give it another shot and blog about the whole ordeal, or I might not. In the meantime, though, I find there are few things better for recovering from a sewing slump than sewing up a few tried and true kids' patterns. Yesterday I found myself taking an unexpected sick day so that Steve could visit his dad, who wasn't feeling well. He's doing better now, thank goodness, and with my unexpected time off, I sewed out an outfit for Maggie that was in my queue: a floral Class Picnic Blouse and a pair of pink cord Parsley Pants

First up, a Class Picnic blouse in a very soft, semi-sheer cotton which Maggie helped me choose from A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland.  This fabric is so soft and nice to work with,I knew immediately it would be perfect for this peasant blouse style. I made the top in size 2T with the only modifications being lengthening the blouse by three inches and adding eyelet lace trim to the yoke, which gives the top a flower-child (also, a little night-gown-like!) appearance. I find it impossible to make this pattern without doing piping or another trim along the front, this cut just screams for a little something right there.


The Class Picnic Blouse is a strong favorite of mine. It is such a classic shape, works for girls of all ages, sews up quickly, and lends itself to fun decorative details like piping or lace. This version was definitely inspired by the vintage tastes of Ana Sofia of S is for Sewing - I love her aesthetic and am always taken by her use of trim in girls' clothing. The garments she sews look like something out of a 1950s children's book.
Although, paired with these Parsley pants and glittery sneakers, the look is more "groovy 60s" than "50s children book," isn't it?

I haven't made up the Parsley Pants pattern in a little while, but it's still a huge winner. Since Joe won't wear long pants or pants with woven fabric touching his waist, I'm glad that Maggie is now size 2T and is now in the size range of this pattern. She insists on a lot of pink, but she will wear pants at least! Ay, these children and their pickiness!

These are in pink cord (a gift from a sewing buddy), with patch pockets and knee  patches. I used up some last scraps of hot pink piping on the openings to the pockets. Since the waistline tends to be bit bulky in thicker fabrics with this pattern, I just serged the top edge of the pants and folded it once to create a waistband, and stitched it down without turning it over again. I really like this worked out with this cord. (Also, cute tummy!!) Otherwise, there's not much to report about this pattern - it is super easy and fast to sew and the fit is great.

Maggie really played up the hippy vibe by picking flowers in the front yard for this photo shoot.

And for a little something extra, Joe joined the photo shoot and just happened to be wearing a t-shirt I made him a while back and never blogged.

This is another tried n' true Rae pattern, the Flashback Skinny Tee, in size 5 with extra length for my long-torsoed boy. I've lost count of how many FSTs I've made for Joe over the years. For this one, I used some miscellaneous scraps of knit I had in the stash. I love the mix of fabrics here. The bright green ribbing is a good one, but unfortunately I've forgotten when or where I picked it up! Argh!

 Not much to say about this make, except I have really cute, sweet kids. :)


  1. Yes, your kids are totally adorable. Maggie's tummy - eek! I love the Class Picnic top too; it was one of my favorites when my girls were Maggie's age. Hmm ... now I am wondering how it would work in knit? Anyway, it is a great groovy 60s outfit!

  2. Aw, the kids are gorgeous. And such cooperative models! I really like the lace on the class picnic blouse, and I love that sleeve length, too.

  3. You do have adorable kids! That picture where Maggie has her finger in her mouth should be in a frame on your wall! The top and pants are so cute together. I love the fit of the Parsley pants and they are such a quick satisfying make. I should definitely get the flashback skinny tee pattern one of these days. I know I would put it to good use on my long, lean boys.

  4. Love the hippie vibe! Maggie is too cute. ;-)

  5. Oh Maggie, what a great outfit! I wish I'd sewed up one last class picnic blouse for E before she outgrew the sizes. It was one of my very first Oliver+S patterns and so it will always be one of my favorites. And Joe- that is a great shirt! I love the mix of colors and patterns!

  6. Maggie is looking so much more 'little girl' than 'baby' with her hair pulled back. Gorgeous! Love those Parsley pants in particular (Pink Parsley Pants with Patches and Piping)! Perfect.

  7. Hey Inder. Making men's shirts is still a little beyond me (although after saying that, my next project will be an old Simplicity pattern for a western shirt for myself, wish me luck), but have you read any of David Coffin's shirtmaking books? They aren't specific to men's shirts, but have a lot of information about the details of men's shirts that are left out of other books. The TA in my sewing class at my community college recommended "Shirtmaking: Developing Skills For Fine Sewing". He also has the follow on: "The Shirtmaking Workbook: Pattern, Design, and Construction Resources - More than 100 Pattern Downloads for Collars, Cuffs & Plackets" for people that have already made a couple of shirts, and "The Shirtmaking Workbook: Pattern, Design, and Construction Resources - More than 100 Pattern Downloads for Collars, Cuffs & Plackets", and "Shirtmaking Techniques" which is a video DVD that has lessons on all the techniques. (Although wouldn't it be nice if the DVD was included with the first book, just sayin'.) I eventually will own all three.

  8. Totally cute hippie vibe. I love it!


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