Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Getting back into the sewing thing...

I feel like my sewing mojo is back after a brief holiday. I had a few weeks where life took over and I didn't feel much like starting a new project because I would only be able to snatch a few minutes at a time. I was doing a bit of knitting, but that is a story for another day....

After the birthday and end of term activities were done and dusted I sat down and assessed my sewing basket. Dragging my feet I tackled the UFO pile first, knowing it would make me feel better in the long run.

I started a school uniform Jump Rope dress back in early June but it seemed a bit snug on Boo, so I put it to one side knowing I would have to come back and finish it off so it could be put away for L.

I have made a fair few of these dresses in gingham now and they make the perfect summer dress for school. So smart and pretty. It is hard not to love the pattern even though it takes a little while to complete.

I am trying to top up Boo's dresses as she has just outgrown most of them. I tried a Simplicity pattern aimed for Tweens as I have noticed they have quite a good selection of patterns in that age range. Her measurements are taking her beyond some of the regular patterns that go up to age 8 and she is between a 10 and a 12 in the Oliver + S ones. I am entering  bleak territory....

This is Simplicity 6360 and it is a dress with princess seams, godets in the skirt, and a zipper down the back. The pattern itself was simple to follow and I didn't have any problems with the construction.

The fabric is a medium weight denim with punched holes and as with most things, was supposed to be for me. Oh well!

It is a smidge too big. The armholes are the big give away there, far too low for her at the moment. So I will come down a size and check the circumference of the armholes with a tissue fit before cutting anything out. Those godets though... they gave the full twirl factor when she tried the dress on!

So now that I am fully back in the swing of things I dug out my Hopscotch pattern. I have had this beautiful denim sitting on my shelf for a while now and when I bought it, I had this skirt in mind.

The thing I love about this skirt is the pockets. So unique and once you get your head around the folding and pressing directions, they are easy peasy!

I also made the tee from the pattern in good old white jersey. I am disappointed in the quality of the knit fabric though. I can't remember where it came from.... ebay maybe..... it hasn't coped with the seams very well, after washing it is peppered with tiny holes around the bodice and arms. I used fresh needles so know that isn't the problem. Sigh. 

Back to the skirt and this time I actually made the buttonholes. Since you don't need to undo them to get the skirt on and off, I have always skipped that step in the past and sewn the buttons on through both plackets. This time I just fancied doing it the proper way. My machine behaved itself too! No chewing up of fabric or stubborn refusal to complete the buttonhole.

The length was perfect no alterations needed.

This is one of her favourite jobs in the garden. Picking blueberries for tomorrows breakfast! We have a very healthy plant this year and they are starting to turn dark purple.


  1. I'm envious of that blueberry bush, loving the Simplicity pattern, pleased you got stuck into an unfinished project, jealous of your school uniform allowing gingham Jump Rope dresses, impressed with your pattern matching on the Hopscotch pockets and sad about anyone outgrowing Oliver + S patterns.
    A great blog post Katie! :)

    1. Ha! Thanks Shelley!
      I need to do a chunk of sewing now, autumn is fast approaching!
      When I bought the blueberry bush, it was a mere twig. Luckily it seems to really like our front garden and we look forward to picking the berries every year. If only I had as much luck with raspberries, they are my favourite.

  2. Such a nice gingham dress! I really like the punched denim for the Simplicity dress - glad you found some tween patterns you like! And I never would have guessed the Hopscotch was made of denim, what a neat fabric! Lovely sewing.

    1. Thank you Masha!
      The denim fabric is really lovely. It was a special treat purchase that I picked up in a sale.
      Searching for patterns for children older than the normal range is hard. I think I have a few good ones now. I discovered some vintage ones on ebay that I am looking forward to making.


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