Kid’s Clothes Week – Winter 2014 has arrived
I love the rush of a dedicated sewing week and the fact that I always managed to get through so many of my much-belated projects (here, here, here and much more).
Nevertheless, for once, I have to admit that most of my winter sewing projects are completed.
I’ve sew winter PJs and coats for my 3 kids and a couple of pants to my younger boy (all not blogged, but still much loved around here). For my girl, once again several dresses/jumpers, dresses, blouses, tops and shorts were made.
Yet, I really couldn’t miss Kid’s Clothes Week, right?
So, I’ve added a few extra rules for my KCW sewing projects:
1. Only use fabric already in my stash. Also, pick fabrics that would not required a trip to pick additional notions/trims.
2. Priority should be given to patterns (that I already have) and that have yet to be tested or that I know (hope, lol) could make the transition into spring.
Simple and effective rules, I suppose, but hopefully these will help me to stay focused.
The week prior to KCW’s I selected the patterns and the fabrics. No extra trip to the fabric store was needed as I had evertyhting I need in my cupboard.
A few nights were saved for cutting and labeling the pattern pieces. So no additional stress was required and I could spend KCW sewing.
As in the prior editions, I know I’ll try to engage myself in a couple of sewing hours per night – KCW expects you to sew at least 1-hour per day during the week, but I’m hoping to sew for more than that (to my defense, I don’t have a sewing room, so I couldn’t justify setting up everything just for 1-hour of sewing (fun)).
My KCW Day One sewing project was actually completed yesterday, taking advantage of a cloudy rainy Sunday afternoon spent indoors.
I’ve been looking for a project for making a pleated tartan skirt for my girl for quite a while – I wore quite a few similar style skirts when I was young and somehow these look quite adorable to me.
Finding a suitable pattern was not an easy task, so when I discovered this pattern from Neue Mode (here) I decided to give it a go. I got it a few months ago and I just needed a great excuse to test it
For the fabric, I used a wool tartan I got from a stock out sale over one-year ago (it has been waiting for the right project).
I don’t recommend cutting a new pattern after the end of a long day. This skirt only has 3 pieces (2 skirt pieces and 1 waistband), and yet I failed to match the skirt pieces. To make it even worst, I only noticed it when taking these pictures (too late to go back or so I keep convincing myself).
It was my first time sewing a Neue Mode pattern and I must caution that the instructions for these are only available online. The pattern was quite easy to put together and I found the instructions quite detailed for a advanced beginner/intermediate level.
Complying with the above mentioned rules, I decided to sew a size 8 for length (size 6 for width) for my girl. I choose view A (simple pleated skirt) and added a velvet trim to the front skirt.
The fit is not perfect (a tad too big on her, I think) but it has some room to grow, which was my initial intention, so I might consider it a success.
I will definitely be using this pattern again (paying more attention when cutting the skirt pieces).
Aren’t pleated tartan skirts a must in a little girl wardrobe?
Thank you for reading
xx, Ana Sofia