Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kitschy Coo Puffed Sleeve Smocky top (and shorts to match)

I just couldn't look at scrub blue poplin any more, (and I needed some fabric glue for the neckline) so I decided to work on Myra's summer wardrobe.  Since she spent all winter busily outgrowing last year's summer togs, she pretty much needs everything.  And since summer lasts about 10 1/2 months here in Texas, she needs it soon - like yesterday.

I got this pattern by the amazing Amanda of Kitschy Coo a few months ago, just as it was starting to get cool out, so I've just gotten around to sewing it up.
I have to pause here and sing the praises of her completely awesome patterns.  They are a-may-zing.  This is the second one that I have sewn.  The patterns themselves are hand drawn on heavy butcher paper.  If it wasn't against my personal code of ethics, you could totally cut them up, since they aren't nested like typical multi-sized patterns.  Each size is individually drawn.  The instructions are a full color photo tutorial, printed on cardstock.  The instructions are so good I really think these would be great "learn to sew" patterns for total rank beginners.  This pattern also includes instructions for serger and standard sewing machine.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure this top is going to be the staple of Myra's summer wardrobe.  I traced, cut and sewed it (and a pair of shorts) all in one naptime!!  Seriously, total time spent was less than 3 hours.  And it is freaking adorable!  OK, so the shorts pattern was already traced, but still!
I know, it doesn't get much cuter than that.  Wait, check out the back!
That awesome little notch makes it possible to get this top over Myra's giant melon (for real, she's greater than the 95% for her head circumference) without buttons or closures.  Love that!  I got this fabric in a remnant bundle at Hobby Lobby, and I used every last shred for this outfit.  The ladybugs are a mid-weight quilting cotton and the solid green is a lightweight, loose weave cotton - pretty much perfect for summer.  It was a total fabric score, since the bundle was 2 bucks and I still have three more 1/2 yard and bigger pieces in different prints left!
The shorts are Simplicity 4203, which I've made before.  There isn't anything particularly special about them, except that the pattern was already traced in Myra's size, but it's a fine basic shorts pattern.
I added a couple of rounded pockets to both the shorts and the top.  Myra loves pockets.  Ariel has already hitched a ride in there.
So, now I'll get back to the scrubs, but I've decided that I'm going to try some parallel sewing, since I have two machines.  Janome will do all of the knits and anything delicate, and the Singer gets cotton and other sturdy fabrics, since she's a bit more heavy weight.  It's nice to be able to switch back and forth when I get tired of something that I'm working on.  Then I can come back with clearer vision for whatever had me slagged.  So anyway, that is why my "In progress..." box on the sidebar has changed.  Now there are two projects in progress - one on Janome, and one on the Singer.  Fun, eh?

17 comments:

  1. That's a cute outfit! Your little girl has beautiful, curly hair. Children are such a joy, if only they would sleep!

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  2. Oh my goodness! That is a.dor.able. I'm loving the bright green!

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  3. What a cute outfit! She looks adorable in it! I love her hair too!

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  4. Cute cute cute!!! and the model looks so adorable in them... Ilove the fabric

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  5. That outfit is adorable. Myra looks so cute and happy, she clearly loves her wonderful new clothes!

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  6. So cute! I see in your "in progress" bar you have a unisex pattern for the singer. Which outfit for which child are you doing next?

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  7. Thanks everyone! I love being able to dress my girl in something other than the ubiquitous pink...
    Jess - Next up is the puff sleeve shirt for Myra. I'm making it out of a crazy 60s-ish floral print. Should be fun! If I like the pattern, I may make it for Logan, too, but not in the floral print. :-)

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  8. Love it! I put Rylee's Kitchy Coo mini-mod dress on the other day as a sundress (previously worn with turtle necks only) and decide I was going to sew about a million more for her for summer. Maybe I'll pick up this pattern, too, to break up the monotony. :)

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  9. Cute.cute.cute. I love the green!

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  10. It looks fabulous, I love that shade of green and the pockets are a great idea. She looks ever so cute!

    I really appreciate the great pattern feedback too, glad you had an easy time making it :)

    BTW I tried to leave a comment about a dozen times yesterday but it wouldn't let me!

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  11. Cute! Aren't little kids fun to sew for? I'm trying to find something my 13-yr-old will like - they only thing I've made for him was a raglan sleeve T-shirt in blue camouflage.

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  12. Adorable. I love your fabric choices.

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  13. That's adorable. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who rates patterns by how many naptimes they take to complete. :D

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  14. That is so precious! I was showing my friend (new to blogging) your layout for some ideas and she squealed when she saw this outfit. It's really cute. :)

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