KCWC Spring 2012 is ending today (at least, from where I’m posting, lol)
It’s been quite an amazing week!
One of my weakest spot is time management (in my humble opinion, of course. I’m often told that I have other major flaws, but I’m pretty sure they are joking lol) and this week it was all about time management: lots of sewing, a crazy work agenda (as usual) and very little sleep (I’m also used to it).
The initial plan was to get a start on my summer sewing list for Miss M (trust me its a huge list! Dressing 3 kids for summer is crazy even if you try to balance the sewing with some store-bought items) and sew to 2 rompers for the new baby nephews.
Not exactly what I expected (there were some changes to the initial plan along the way). Yet, I’m pretty aware that this has been one of the busiest weeks (speaking of sewing, of course) I’ve ever experienced.
It was a great experience (many lessons learn, which is always the best part), Miss M has some new items in her summer wardrobe (ready for summer, if and when it arrives…), and I need to thank Meg from the Elsie Marley blog, Constança from SaídosdaConcha and all KCWC Spring 2012 participants for the motivation and fantastic inspiration along the way!
Of course, I did try (ok, my husband did) to get some photos for the challenge. unfortunately, this time both the model (which is the sweetest girl but really not into the model business) and the weather (pouring rain during the entire weekend) didn’t help us.
Nevertheless, here are the possible photos and details:
Oliver+S Sailboat skirt (in stripped denim with red topstitching and buttons)
Easy and quick to sew (as most O+S patterns I’ve tried so far). Was not in my initial listing, but Miss M needed a skirt for school and I needed the motivation (lol):
Children’s Corner Mamie (Fabric finders floral, Size 5)
I wanted to try this pattern since it was released. A Flickr friend advised me that the pattern runs a bit small and she was right. This is a size 5 and still looks a bit tight on my girl. I’m pretty sure it won’t last her the entire summer (but then again, she’s currently outgrowing her clothes on a monthly basis).
It’s a sweet girly pattern and I’ve been advised that “its a ballerina dress! Look, mum it twirls!!”. So I’m pretty sure it will get lots of use by a certain “ballerina”:
Oliver+S Bubble dress (Toria Liberty in Blue, Size 4, but I wish I’d made a size 5)
I’ve been saving this fabric for this dress for a long time. It’s one of my favorite Liberty prints (it’s blue!) and the drape it’s just perfect for this pattern (it looks much better in real life).
If all goes according with my plan (i.e. if we have sun instead of pouring rain), she will be wearing this dress to her older brother “Profession of Faith” in a couple of weeks.
I just love this pattern (and one of the reasons I did a size 4 is because I don’t want to accept the fact that she is already outgrowing the pattern sizing (it only goes to 5T)
Oliver+S Birthday Party Dress (Metro Living Dots in Navy and red sating ribbon and buttons, Size 5)
Another favorite pattern from Oliver+S. Not the easiest and probably not the quickest dress to sew, but I always love the final outcome and it gets a lot of wear around here.
For a long time, I struggle with the shoulder construction on this pattern (slipstiching is not a favorite of mine). But now, I “break the rules” a bit; instead of constructing the shoulder hem using slipstiching I follow a different method (Mallory dress from CC) and always get flawless results. Please note that Liesl instructions are always perfect (the best I’ve read to date), yet for me this modification made a huge difference and now I’m using this pattern much more 🙂
Oliver+S 2+2 Blouse (Cape Ann Fabric, Size 4)
Another wardrobe staple that will get much use in the upcoming months.
The soft print of the toile doesn’t photograph well, but I love it in real life. It’s soft and perfect for my girl (and pink!).
Oliver+S Class Picnic Blouse (Children at Play fabrics by Sarah Jane, Size 4 with added length)
I planned on using this fabric but… for an Oliver+S hopscotch Skirt. What happen (you may be tempted to ask)?
Sibling talks (while I was cutting, arg!).
The story goes like that (short version): I was placing the pattern pieces on the fabric. Miss M was helping with the pins. G (which is 15 months her senior) watches and makes a comment “You’ll need to wear that skirt with a pink blouse!“, She replied “Of course! I’m a girl!“. After a couple of minutes, he added “You will look so tacky! That’s way too much pink!!” .
She stares at me, goes to the cupboard and picks the Class Picnic pattern. “Ok. It will be a new blouse, instead. And I’ll wear it with jeans and shorts. Blue jeans!!”
So, probably that probably explains why my girl doesn’t have an all-pink wardrobe.
Maybe I should thank G after all 🙂
It was great fun!
If you managed to get through the end of this (rather long and boring) post you’re indeed very brave.
My girl decided that modelling was not her thing, but found the perfect excuse to practice her teaching skills:
As for me, my plan for tonight involves white tea, banana cupcakes and KCWC Flickr/Blog (re)viewing.
xo, Ana Sofia