|She chose to wear a cami under the shirt and you can see it a bit in the key hole|
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
So, having a great go-to pants pattern is essential for daily-wear sewing projects. But, that can seem a little boring. And, you don't want to make the exact same pant over and over again.
You can always buy a new pattern (and we do want to support Indie designers and others that design for tweens) but our wallets can only handle so much. Acknowledging this reality, I dedicated this post to showing how a change in fabric and technique can really change up the look of your standard pant.
Last year I reviewed the BurdaStyle dyed pant (After sewing so many burdastyle patterns I decided to be an affiliate and their add is on our page). It is a great skinny jean pattern with professional finishes (though the instructions leave something to be desired).
|Burda's Girl's Dyed Pant 02/2013|
They were Abi's favorite pant that I made so she requested new ones with a few adjustments. She asked for a pair to have wider ankles, a modified boot cut, and one with more straight legs.
The first new pair I made was out of a white stretch denim. Not the most practical of pant material for a child, but they have held up well over the last 3 months. I simply cut the pant more straight by not following the curves and then added some fancy top stitching with metallic thread to make them more special.
These are simple adjustments and she loves the jeans.
|(excuse the Christmas decor, please)|
Next, I made some that were inspired by motorcycle riding pants. On these, I uses some faux leather scraps to create accents on the pockets and fancy buttons to dress them up.
The changes I did to the pattern was to lengthen the leg and use some of her boot cut pants as an outline for the last 4 inches of the leg. That seemed to do the trick though she wants them wider next time. I also modified the technique for making built in knee patches that I learned from the blog MADE. Basically I cut out the knee portion of the pattern for the front of the leg and basted it to the top of the front legs before sewing. Then, I top stitched at angles with a thick top stitching thread to give the moto look. Abi and I love this look and it is very practical for your rough and tumble kids.
I use variations of this technique on all of my younger boy's pants.
What do you do to change up your pants patterns? Do you have a favorite pattern for boys or girl pants?
Friday, April 17, 2015
So this time around, we have a male/boy fashion trend version of "Would they wear THAT?"
Capris....what do you think? Will your male tween go for them?
And finally, the more harem style look...
Monday, April 13, 2015
Name of the pattern:
The Gloria Dress pattern is a lovely dress that is designed for a lace overlay. After several requests, Amy designed an add on that gives directions for a circle skirt and a peplum option.
|Gloria Party Dress|
The dress can be purchased alone HERE. Additionally, you can purchase an add-on (affiliate links) to the pattern that gives a pattern and instructions for a circle skirt; both at a dress length and a peplum length. The add-on costs an additional $3.50.
Where as in the black lace versions, the cut is elegant, here it looks rather frumpy. But, she still wears this practice version so it is not a complete loss.
Friday, April 10, 2015
I know Easter is usually the big push for fancy clothes and that just passed. But there always seems to be events in our lives that we need the kids to clean up and put on something other than jeans and a tee shirt.
BurdaStyle recently released a collection of dressy clothes that fit both tween girls and boys called the Fresh Air Collection. (This post contains affiliate links.)
|Boy's Suit Jacket|
|Lace Dress with Peter Pan Collar|
|Long Capped Sleeve Dress|
If you choose to sew any of these up, we would love to see how they look! Let us know any tips or tricks you learned.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
There are three pieces to this collection; Haven Acres Blouse, Dressage Leggings, and Sweet Pea Cap. The top is a lovely peplum blouse designed for woven fabrics. It has a single button closure and elastic at the waist. The leggings are inspired by riding pants and have an insert in the inner portion of the legs. The legging pattern also comes with a standard version without the insert (like two patterns in one!). And then there is a sweet riding hat with little ears on it. I have to be honest here, even though this hat is sized so that most tweens could fit it, they may not want it. Abi thought it was very cute, but she did not see herself wearing it. (But one time she did leave the house in it and someone did give her a compliment.) My four year old did love it though depending on who else lives at your house, it may be worth the purchase.
Special materials required: For the top, just about any woven would work great and you will also need bias tape (home made or purchased), 1/4 and 1/8 inch elastic, and a button (optional). The leggings need knit fabric but the inner portion can be successful with a stretch denim or similar fabric if the outer leg is sufficiently stretchy. And finally the cap needs an outer fabric, a lining and super stiff interfacing for the brim. Some people used flexible cutting boards and I used an old plastic place mat instead and that worked great.
Skill level required: The top is easy but the hat and leggings require a little (not a lot) of skill. The inserts in the leggings require some easing, so I would not pick this for my first knit project. But, it is not that hard and a confident beginner could tackle them with success. The hat is not complicated, but it does require accurate and straight sewing. So again, not a project for first time sewers but with a few garments under your belt you will do just fine.
Good: The pattern instructions were very clear and easy to follow. There were colored pictures and lots of diagrams. She writes clearly and I did not have to read the instructions over and over. I love the style of the Dressage leggings. The fit was excellent and I think there are lots of fun ways you could use color blocking or mixing of textures with this pattern. We decided on one with bright colors and one that had a navy knit on the outside and navy stretch denim on the inside. She wears the navy ones quite frequently.
Bad: Abi is not a big fan of the placement of the elastic on the top. I think she would prefer it to be lower and we both would like the top to be longer. These are easy adjustments and are a matter of taste though.