Kid’s Clothes Week – Spring edition is here again!
Similar to the previous editions, KCW rules are simple:
- Sew clothes for your kids
- 1 hour a day
- each day for 7 days
If you follow this blog, you may recall that usually Kid’s Clothes Weeks are a must for me.
I do manage to sew quite a few pieces and if the Kid’s Clothes Week dates are not always suitable to my schedule, I even try to plan/sew in advance.
Yet, this time, I knew KCW was not going to happen: 1) I’ve been dealing with a couple of work-related deadlines (love it, of course, but they don’t make it easier to accommodate KCW’s sewing schedule), 2) KCW is happening right in the middle of the Easter School break (3 kids, no school and a exhausted mum. Sorry, I couldn’t see it (sewing) working) and 3) my younger boy was submitted to a (scheduled) ear surgery earlier this week (he’s doing great, btw) and needed extra cuddles.
I was sure, I was going to skip Kid’s Clothes Week -Spring edition this time.
It was day three of KCW already and sewing time had been quite nonexistent.
Then, I managed to secure some “quality sewing time” (explanation: “quality sewing time” is what happens when everyone in the house is asleep and you’re still too much awake and not in the mood for more work-related tasks).
In a subtle attempt to schedule my KCW sewing list, I had selected/printed and cut a couple of patterns I was hoping to work with. Oliver+S Hide and Seek dress pattern was on my list. Within a few minutes, the pattern pieces were cut and I was ready for some late night sewing (love it!).
Confession: Oliver and S Hide and Seek dress was not a love at first sight. I was not entirely convinced when it was first introduced, yet I was sure I would change my mind.
Somehow, it always happens with Oliver+S patterns.
You start by convincing yourself that you really don’t need another pattern, that the design is not exactly right (for you) and, a few days later, you see a couple of gorgeous versions (here, here, here and here and much much more) and suddenly … you badly need another Oliver+S pattern. I’m quite sure some of you can relate to this (right?).
From cutting to finish, it took me about 3 hours (nights are great for sewing) and I can honestly say there will be more versions. I just love everything about this dress – the front yoke (perfect for using small pieces of fabric), the welt pockets and cuffed, three-quarter-length sleeves. It’s truly an adorable dress! And the it sews like a dream – not a quick project, but you can easily complete it in a long sewing session.
I used small dots for the main fabric and a small piece of Liberty Mitsi in green for the front and back yoke.
I also added a lace trim to the front yoke.
As for the fit on my girl?
Love it! (sorry about the pictures, but with no prior planning, I do considered it a victory to have some action pictures to show here).
I’ve selected a size 5 for her, despite her measurements putting her in a size 6. I was hoping for a more fitted look as the dress fit looked a bit loose to me.
I plan to search my stash for those little fabric pieces and make few couple more before the summer really hits us (probably I’ll be making the tunic version next).
As for the reaming KCW days, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to sew another piece of clothing. Yet, so far I’m quite pleased with myself.
I always love a beautiful dress :)