i signed up for elsie marley's kids clothes week challenge a couple of weeks ago and got a jump start on my sewing over the past weekend. shane took maesey to bendigo to spend time with visiting family and i took the opportunity to stay home and have some alone time, probably my last for a good long while! they left early saturday morning and came home mid-afternoon on mother's day so i had plenty of time for a little op shopping, fabric shopping, cheesecake eating and lots o' sewing (and, of course, a bit of house cleaning, too). mae really just needs some winter basics to i pulled out my ottobres last week and picked some simple options:
grey sweatshirt made using pattern #2 from ottobre 1/2010. i left the bottom hem unfinished in hopes that it will roll up a bit after washing. the bell sleeves are really cute!
simple, super soft cotton jersey long sleeve made using pattern #11 from ottobre 4/2008.
another cotton jersey long sleeve made using pattern #11 from ottobre 4/2008. (a perfect basic t-shirt shape, if you ask me).
another one made using pattern #11 from ottobre 4/2008. i had to do some fun sleeve modifications as i made this out of one of my tank tops and didn't have enough fabric for the full sleeves but i think it turned out kinda neato.
cotton knit hoodie made using pattern #9 from ottobre 4/2009. easy peasy and super cute! the pattern is for a reversible version but i just went with lining the hood.
i know t-shirts aren't expensive and i probably could've picked up this lot fairly cheaply but i really enjoyed making all of these. i tried to use different techniques or materials for all the cuffs and necklines and picking out the colours and patterns was VERY satisfying. i've made a few other things for mae in the past few weeks that i finally got around to photographing when i snapped this lot:
perfect blue cotton/linen shirt made using pattern Q from japanese craft book ISBN978-4-579-11194-7. i love this shirt, even though it was a pain to make and the japanese instructions were a bit baffling. wish i could whip one up in my size...
a sweet, velvet pinafore in the most perfect blue EVER. this is a first draft of my own pattern and is sadly just a smidge too small for miss mae but i will pop it away for number two to wear next winter : )
i redrafted the above pattern to fit mae and made her another version in a soft, dark denim. success! i foresee many more of these in her future.
whew! i think we are all caught up on the sewing now (except for a few things i have made for myself and haven't photographed), i hope to do a proper may update this week. time is just slipping away from me these days...