Sewing for me and her…

Filed under: Family,Sewing — November 18, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

Last week-end was all about rain and crappy weather. To try and keep the girls happy, I suggested we do some sewing together… My older daughter kept herself busy making a cardboard doll house for her sister’s Barbies, and sewing barbie clothes on her own (10 year old and she can now nearly handle the sewing machine on her own !).
So I had a couple hours to finish off another “Lubin t-shirt” started months ago: I loved my first one so much I’ve always wanted to make more. Then a friend gave us tons of fabrics from his late mum’s stash. Score ! Those fabrics are not true knits (more like the kind of fabric intended to make those shapeless retirement home dresses.. ;-) ) but you can see how the grey and plum ones work perfectly for this. Good news being that I still have tons of yardage both in those same colors AND different neat colors.

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It’s a raglan style t-shirt, and the collar always comes out a little large. I gathered it using a repurposed pink knit cut out from a repurposed turtle-neck t-shirt … Works like a charm !

And the little detail I love: having those stripy orange and fushia sleeves popping out from my warm woolies all winter :-D

Pattern : “Lubin” from french sewing book “Sarouels” by Valerie Roy.
Size made : 38
Alterations : longer sleeves, and cut the bottom slightly curved.

Then my younger daughter came around and asked if we could get started on her leggings now (her second passion in life after chewing-gums ;-) )

That ones loves colors ! I chose this super funky thick jersey knits (the kind of fabric used for sweater-shirts), given by a neat aunt lately. Yes, I’m so lucky to be given fabric :-D
This fabric is quite heavier than what I usually use for leggings, but then we live in a cold place and she’s loving the fact that she can still wear leggings despite the temperature drop !

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We got ready for the photo-shoot, but noticed the big stain on her sweater. Off went the sweater… Now to rearrange the matching headband made in 2 seconds with the leftovers…

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And here she goes, ready to run and play… perfect clown as usual !!

Pattern: “Riviera leggings” from the book “Sewing clothes kids love” by Nancy Langdon & Sabine Pollehn.
Size: used a template cut previously for older daughter in size 140. Ended up way too long for my 8 year old, but that was easy to fix. And width looks great.
Alterations : not much, only recut the bottom of legs to shorten them. Sewed a large hem, so I can lengthen it later if needed when she keeps growing…

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