It’s been quite a while since my last post
As usual, it was not intentional especially because KCW fall 2013 is already on, but for the last couple of weeks work assignments took the best of my time (and energy, to be honest).
However, I planned ahead and “got myself a KCW” one week before its official launch – I followed the same rules (sewing a couple of hours everyday for one week for my kids) and now all I need to do is to blog about it.
So, as KCW day 3 is already here, I might as well let the blogging begin (before it’s over …)
For this season KCW fall 2013, I decided to sew practical comfy pieces that could I can mix-and-match for my girl.
I thought about shorts and matching blouses/tops in cosy fabrics.
For the shorts I used corduroy from a local shop. As this was not my first time with the Finch pattern, it went quite smoothly (and quickly), but you should take your time making the pleats right and adding all the details – the outcome is pretty worthwhile (as usual, I used french seams for the inside, so it looks really neat).
The blouse was made using a lovely viyella from a recently-discovered online store and to my surprise the weight of the fabric was just right for pleating and smocking. The Agnes pattern is truly a lovely pattern (with a bit of hand sewing) that captures the french sewing style – the front has a smocked panel (somehow I only managed to smock a bit, but if you do it properly you should have a full smocked front panel) and the back is gathered (and I do love the back closure. Very clever, indeed). As most Citronille patterns, the instructions are just enough and covered the basics (it does come with a separate leaflet with a brief explanation for hand smocking). However, I enjoyed sewing this quite a lot as I was marveled as the blouse unveils right in front of my eyes
Still, I’m loving this technique so much that I’ll definitely need to improve my smocking skills
Both patterns were a perfect match and I’m pretty sure you’ll see more of them during this KCW …
And finally, a couple of action pictures (taken at the end of a busy day at the countryside):
The blouse underneath was needed because everything was muddy and it was indeed cold (we went near the mountains in order to get proper fall weather). Wearing a coat was not an option as it would be impossible to see the blouse.
The pink kitty’s wellies were her suggestion and I’m kind of okay with it (I know which “fights” to pick and these actually make the outfit look cool and fresh).
When I was editing the photos, I realized I didn’t get a proper stand-up picture of her wearing this outfit, but I love the colors, the fit and almost everything about it.
Oh well, there will always be a next time
See you tomorrow