It’s KCW time again 😉
This season the theme is “Wild Things”! Exciting, right?
I wouldn’t describe my sewing style as Wild, and as I wasn’t planning on adding anything remotely wild to my kid’s wardrobe I reckoned I wouldn’t be joining the fun this time.
Yet, you can add every project to KCW (even the ones that are not related to the proposed theme). You just need to sew for 1-hour a day, every day of the KCW week for your kids. And that I can do!!
So, here’s my not so wild outfit for KCW:
The blouse is from a BurdaStyle magazine (April issue) and I had it cut for a sew-along proposed by my friend Sonia. The Sew-along happened last week, and although I had everything ready I never managed to find the time to actually sew it.
This blouse (model 135) features butterfly sleeves (very trendy at the moment) and a set of small ruffles at the front. Here’s a technical drawing taken from BurdaStyle website:
The pattern was not difficult to sew (at all). I really recommend Sonia’s sew-along (even if you don’t understand spanish, the images will help you a lot along the way) but this was a rather easy pattern to sew.
The most challenging part were the front ruffles (trying to get them aligned), but after these are set, you’re almost done. I used a Geometric Hilco print from my stash (remnant) and although it’s lovely (and surprisingly soft for a quilting cotton), it was impossible to photograph.
Because the blouse was so easy to complete, I decided that I could easily add up a skirt to match. Oliver+S just released their new Spring 2015 patterns and I knew the Butterfly skirt would be a great match.
This skirt has been rumored to be a very fast sewing, and trust me: that’s so true!!
The skirt pattern includes only 3 pieces (yes, front, back and front waistband) and it’s seriously one of the fastest sewing projects I’ve made so far! When I finished I had to read the instructions again just to make sure I didn’t skipped any step.
Like the blouse, I also find it impossible to capture the skirt properly. I used a dark chambray from Robert Kaufman and although it looks grey it’s actually blue!
Because I was also advise the check the hip measurements before choosing a size for this skirt (thank you Ashley and Emily <3) I picked a size bellow (6 years) for my girl and add adjustable elastic for the waistband. The fitting was perfect!
I’m tempted to sew this skirt using a lighter fabric, although a heavier weight fabric is more suitable to this design (think canvas, denim and home decor fabrics) – the front pleats are adorable, but they actually need some weight to “behave” properly 😉
Summing up, and because these were both very easy projects (the skirt took me less than one hour, including cutting), I would definitely add that the most difficult was really to capture these pieces: Indoor lighting is always bad and at the end of the time is even worst, plus my “model” was only available for 3 (!) photos (she was rushing to do her “homework”).
These were Wild Things!!
xo, Ana Sofia