Friday, 31 October 2014

My Kids Clothes Week Round Up

I started KCW with a very rough plan of what I wanted to achieve. My big girl needs more trousers. Jeans, joggers, leggings are all outgrown. 

So this was my list at the start:

  • Clever Charlotte Raven Pants (size 8) Beige Corduroy - for Boo
  • Figgys Banyan Pants (size 4) Grey moleskin - for L
  • Titchy Threads Small Fry Skinny Jeans (size 7) Grey moleskin - for Boo
  • O+S Class Picnic Top (size 7) Seersucker - for Boo

I also have an ongoing knitting project that I am dipping in and out of (but not getting much done). My knitting speed is quite relaxed and I am at a step that I need to concentrate on, so no distractions.

Also my Mum was visiting this week so we had a few days out and things to do in the midst of everything. As a result, I only got 2 out of the 4 items on my list ticked off. I just caught up with the third and am starting on the fourth now.

I made up the Raven pants first and they are fitting in well with our cooler weather. 

I made up the size 8 as that is where her measurements fall but could go down a size to make them fit better. Her waist measurement always puts her in a bigger size, which means I have to size up through the hip and leg. I think if I could adapt these to a fly opening, then she could go down to the size 7 and they would sit better around her middle.

Saying that, these are good play trousers and the colour goes with everything. 

Next up (and still within the time limit) I made up this Picnic Top. I got this fabric free within an order when I couldn't get the print I wanted, and it was originally set aside for pj's. On a whim I decided to make it up into a top to pretty up jeans and a cardi over the winter. This is only my second version of the Picnic top, but it is so satisfying to sew up that I want to make a few more in some solids. 

The bonus is that my daughter doesn't have to worry about which is the front or back with this one, they fit the same!

Just out of time for the weeks challenge was a pair of Small Fry Skinny Jeans. I did cut them out in the challenge week though, so they count right? 

The fabric is a grey moleskin that I bought for a song on Ebay. I truly wish there was enough to make myself something with it but I unselfishly cut out both girls a pair of trousers and am very happy about it. They will both have something soft and smart to wear.

This is my first time with the pattern and I am thrilled with it. The sizing is spot on and the instructions are so thorough it puts other patterns to shame. There are clear directions on every stage and different options to use. I used a full fly on these jeans as Boo is old enough to get herself dressed, but the half fly option will be perfect for L. Can't wait to get started on a pair for her!

The soft grey picks up the grey leaves in the Picnic Top too!

I found a jeans pocket design on Pinterest that I really liked so I copied it and it turned out great!

I have already started on the Banyans for L which I also cut out last week. Having made that pattern once before I am hoping it will be plain sailing. 

I need to make a strict list of items that need making up because we now have the fabric to replace the lounge curtains and I want to get those done before Christmas. Also I have a request from my SIL for some Christmas presents. Once I start on those, clothes will have to wait!


  1. It looks like you had a really productive KCW. I love your fabric choices and your skinny jeans look amazing, those back pockets are so fun. I'm so happy to hear that you like my pattern so much.

    1. Thank you! I honestly can't say enough good things about the jeans pattern, it is brilliant!

  2. Great sewing Katy. That is an awesome back pocket!

    1. Thanks Shelley! I don't do much embroidery so it was nice to have a small space to play around on. I don't know why I have never put any detail on the After Schools. It would be a nice touch I think.

  3. Echoing the comments on pocket stitching…fun!
    Pants and top turned out nicely.
    Anxious to see what all those knit cables become, are they from the KAL?

    1. Thanks Deb! I have added the project to my Ravelry project pool for you to have a look at. It is a cable yoke cardigan. The cable instructions are very good in the instructions (I just had to look up how to do a wrap and turn for short rows) but I did practice a bit of the KAL and that helped enormously with the general technique.

  4. I love all your pieces - the back pocket stitching is so cool :)

  5. I love, love, love those Small Fry jeans! The pocket design you used looks great too. The Class Picnic blouse and Raven pants are wonderful too!

    Last year, I made a pair of Raven pants with a zip fly: It's easy enough to do!


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