Saturday, 24 January 2015

Some Pattern Busting and a Sew-along



I took part in my first sew-along! Something I have attempted (or tried to plan for) several times but for some reason or another, never managed. This time was a success!

Oliver and S hosted a sew-along on January 6th for the culottes either from the Lunchbox pattern for kids, or the Girl Friday version for women. I have already made one version of the Lunchbox culottes for my youngest, and fell head-over-heels for the pattern. It is wonderful.


My fabric is a floral needlecord bought at Croft Mill. I always wanted to make Boo a skirt from it but had the 2+2 in mind. I am glad I couldn't get around to it straight away because when the Lunchbox pattern was released I instantly knew it would be perfect.


The box pleats disguise the fact that they are shorts and make the skirt luxuriously full. She gave them a big thumbs up for comfort and the side seam pockets are very roomy. I think these will be perfect for school. Expect some grey ones very soon.

I did take 2" off the length because I prefer them to hit the knee rather than below.

While the pattern was out on my table, I traced off the long sleeved tee as well. This view has concealed pockets to the front, similar to the Book Report Dress. They are so clever.


I made the tee as per the pattern but next time will be adding some length to the arms and hem. My girl definitely needs it and it is such a great pattern that I am looking forward to making a few more for both girls. I really like the sleeve cuffs on the other version too.


The Field Trip Cargoes have been on my list (and in my stash) for a very long time. I even had the size 6 traced off but never got time to make them. Another great O+S pattern that I will make again. At least I will have the 6T ready for L when she is older!

These are the size 8 and I opted for the larger size so they would fit her for a while. One thing I have learned about making pants for Boo, is that she grows upwards fast. Too fast. The legs are quite roomy on her now but she will still be wearing them in the summer, I hope. 

This is Robert Kaufman chambray in Indigo. A gorgeous fabric to work with and a January sale treat to myself. 


The cargoes are a bit time consuming with all the pockets and top stitching but they are so worth the effort. I kept the contrast stitching to a minimum as I want these to go with most of her wardrobe. But I did sneak a pink butterfly onto one of the leg pockets as I knew it would make her smile.


I had the cargoes and this Bimaa Sweater cut out at the same time. We are a bit low on warm sweaters at the moment and this pattern comes highly recommended. I can see why, I am really pleased with it. The Bimaa pattern itself comes with 3 different neckline options, a hood, a shawl collar and a cowl neck. I can't wait to try the cowl version.


This is actually an Ikea blanket bought for the purpose of being cut up into something warm. It doesn't have quite as much stretch as the pattern dictates so I sized up and made a 10. The hem band is a wee bit snug on her but it still works.

The hood is nice and deep and comes up around her face and under her chin like a warm shield against the wind. I lined my hood with some interlock jersey to make it extra soft and snuggly.


All those clothes have been readily accepted into her wardrobe but I lucked out with the last piece I am showing you. Which is very disappointing because I happens to be my favourite. The Firefly Jacket

I made this up for a Christmas present and although she loves the fabric, she says it makes her look 'daft'. She doesn't love how short it is. You can't win them all I guess.


The plain side is a navy linen and although it is impossible to get a decent shot of such a dark fabric, trust me it gathered beautifully and looks really smart.


The other side is a creamy butterfly print. I prefer the navy side as it goes with more but I adore these little butterflies.


The pleat on the back of this jacket make it so beautiful to look at and the construction of the sleeves is genius.

I think my clothes sewing is done and dusted for January but it has started well for the year.

18 comments:

  1. So much beautiful sewing Katy.
    I love your Lunch Box culottes, I agree, perfect for school. The tee looks pretty cute too, thanks for the tips re length.
    You did a beautiful job of those cargoes, I have some cut and waiting to be sewn for Tildy, I can't wait, my big girls wear theirs all the time.
    That jumper looks very cozy, how clever of you!
    I saw a pin last night of a sheep costume made from the Ikea mats I have in our bedrooms. Who would have thought?

    As for the Firefly, I think it is so pretty but I have a black woollen version that has never been worn, sigh.....
    What a fabulous start for the year Katy!
    xx N

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    1. What a great start to the year! And my daughter really likes the shoes in the first few pictures.

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    2. Who doesn't love sparkly shoes! Thank you!

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    3. Nicole, it took me so long to make up the cargo pattern and now I absolutely love them!

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  2. You have been very busy and everything looks so wonderful! I really love the jacket and the culottes, my favorite pair I have seen!

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    1. Thanks Sharon, try the culottes you will love them!

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  3. Wow, such a lot of sewing!! Those culottes are beautiful, and the field trip trousers look so useful. I love all of these! (Not showing my child this post because she will make me sew something for her!!) x

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    1. Lol! Don't interrupt all that beautiful knitting! Thanks Jenna.

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  4. Wow you have been a busy bee! I am undecided about the culottes but yours look fantastic. The Firefly jacket is so sweet, maybe she will change her mind about it :) Also glad to hear about the Robert Kaufman chambray, I've been wanting to try that.

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    1. Thank you! I am glad I treated myself to some nice fabric, it really makes a difference.

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  5. I made a gorgeous Firefly jacket for my little one as well a few years ago and she hated it. Never wore it.

    I love all the stuff you made! Those chambray pants much be so nice to wear, I bought a similar fabric for Sofia and made her a dress from it. Lovely!

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    1. That is funny about the Firefly Jacket. So between you, me and Nicole, not one jacket has been worn. Weird.
      Was that your Hide & Seek Dress? I loved that!

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  6. Well done, Katy! So many lovely pieces. The culottes are my favorite...I think that length is perfect.

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    1. Thanks Cindy. I know the longer length is probably more fashionable, but we really like the shorter ones too.

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  7. So much lovely sewing. Pity about the firefly as it does look very elegant. Perhaps as a jacket over a dress for a formal occasion. Nothing daft about going to the ballet in a jacket like that one!
    Your Field Trip cargoes are awesome. Such a satisfying sew.
    I'm looking forward to making some kiddy culottes soon and love yours. Very skirt-ish!

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    1. That is exactly why I made it! I wanted a smart jacket for party dresses. She does like the Sunday Brunch Jacket, I should have gone with that.
      I can't wait to see what you do with the culottes.

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  8. I love all your creations. I've not been on board with the culottes (yes, I know - how could I not love and Oliver + S pattern!) but I love your version. I think the shorter length and the floral really work. I can't believe your daughter though she looked "daft" in the Firefly jacket - it's adorable!!!

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    1. Thanks Janice. I think it is the cropped length she is not wild about. She would wear a longer version though so I might give it another try in the future.

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