Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Simplicity 2627

As I mentioned, Myra has a serious need for some summer gear, so I hit up my stash and came away with an impressive stack of cotton prints and jersey, all in a hot pink, green or orange colorway.  I decided to do a sort of SWAP for Myra in an attempt to make a wardrobe that was a little bit more mix and match.  This is my first piece of that.
I knew I was going to need a pretty simple pattern for this crazy print.  It is actually somehow even more bright in real life.  I've had Simplicity 2627 in stash for some time, as I actually bought it for Logan, but since I mostly sew Ottobre for him, it has been languishing.  I have to say that I actually was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this pattern.  The instructions were very logical for the Big 4!  The sleeves are even set in flat, and y'all know how I love that.  There was an excess of ease in the sleeve cap, so I'll shave off about a quarter inch next time and it should be fine.  It is a serious cheater placket, which I am OK with as long as I don't have to match any stripes or plaids across the front seam.  It made for a really easy sew.
And so cute!!  I'm definitely going to make this up in Logan's size.  I have noticed that unisex patterns tend to actually be designed for girls, so to make it for Logan, I'll make a few alterations to "man-ify" it for him.  If you look at a man's short sleeve shirt as compared to a woman's, you'll notice that the man's sleeve typically has a slightly extended shoulder with a longer sleeve that hangs almost to the elbow and has at least a one inch hem, which helps the sleeve to hang well.  A woman's shirt, on the other hand, typically has a fitted shoulder line with a shorter sleeve and a narrow hem.  This shirt is designed more along the lines of a woman's shirt, and in my experience, no matter how "manly" the fabric, your little guy is going to look a little girlie in a shirt like that.  So, just cut the shirt a bit bigger to extend the shoulder line, and cut the sleeve longer, so that it hits near the elbow with a nice deep (3/4 to 1 inch) hem.  You'll be glad you did!
Next up on the Singer will be some denim pants to coordinate with this top.  I find that I really enjoy sewing my kids clothes on that old machine.  Sitting at that table, knee to lever, machine whirring, I feel a bit of solidarity with the mothers who have sewn clothes for their wee ones on machines like this one.  I'm starting to really see the appeal of the vintage machine.  I also have to say, that girl can sew!  She is so reliable.  She may not be fancy, but what she does, she does really well.  And her buttonholes are a thing of beauty.

15 comments:

  1. I love this pattern. I use it constantly for my Logan. I used it to cut up daddy's pants to make jeans for Logan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tawnybee/4195695137/
    I also used it to make his Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtle shirt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tawnybee/3973883147/

    It's been road tested a lot in my house. A few minor adjustments and I think you'll like it for boy's clothes as well :)

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  2. So cute! Those little flower buttons are adorable.

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  3. Awww, that's so cute. :)

    Is the blouse fabric Little Folks Voile?

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  4. What a cute little top! The buttons are so perfect for that print. :)

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  5. That top is super-cute! I love those colours and the print is perfect for such a lovely little lady!

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  6. Thanks everyone!
    Tawny - Logan is so cute in his jeans and shirt! I'm definitely going to make this up for my Logan!
    wendy - The fabric is from the stash, but I think I actually got it at Walmart. Sometimes you get lucky! I've heard good things about the Little Folks voile though and have been thinking about giving it a try.

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  7. Those colors are beautiful on her, and the buttons are too cute.

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  8. Very adorable and love the buttons!

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  9. Very cute! I love the bright fabric, it's so cheerful.

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  10. How cute! The blouse and Myra. I love her little pink sandals! What a fashionista she is at such an early age!

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  11. Aww!! T his is SO cute! I love the little buttons!

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  12. Oh that is so sweet! The print and buttons are perfect, and I love the pink sandals.

    Have you tried the Burda patterns for Logan? There are some smart small boy things hiding in the line drawing sections, I don't have Ottobre, but find that the Burda patterns are much more true to size and have more fun details than the Big 4 patterns for boys.

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