I finally had a chance to finish getting some pictures of my other two makes from last week’s Kid’s Clothes Week. I had to resort to bribing with fresh fruit and sneaking in a few other pictures before meltdowns began, but we made it happen!
Up first, one of my most favorite things I’ve ever made for C: a Class Picnic top in some really soft, lightweight flannel (brushed cotton?). It’s just my style; sweet, simple, and cozy.
It started as a large button-down shirt from Goodwill that I’ve had for a long time, waiting for the right project. The fabric is so soft and dreamy I was hoping I could figure out a way to use it for myself, but there just wasn’t enough of it.
I sewed a 2T. My first Class Picnic top (here) came out loose around the neck so I made sure to tighten the elastic a little more on this one. The fabric was a shifty and delicate beast, especially the front and back yokes which I cut on the bias. I had to cut the back from two pieces and sew them together, and I tried SO hard to nicely match up the pattern. It was really difficult as I couldn’t get the fabric to press into nice crisp lines.
While serging the seam allowances where I sewed the back pieces together, I accidentally serged into the shirt itself! It was a near disaster but thankfully the fabric wasn’t cut and I picked out the threads without too much damage. Fray-check to the rescue! I used some shot cotton scraps for the lining of the front and back yokes and for the inside trim of the elastic casings. I hoped this would help keep the shirt lightweight since it will be worn in the spring and early summer, but it was also really helpful since I could press the shot cotton much more crisply. It was cold today so she wore it with another shirt underneath which made the arms bunch up a little, but they lie much more nicely when worn alone.
Just as the meltdown began because she finished her snack and realized mama had the camera out:
And finally, I sewed an Aztec Vest from a giant, shapeless sweater from Goodwill. The fleecy material was thick and strangely very shifty for not being very stretchy. It just grew and grew as I sewed, even though I used my walking foot for most of it.
I sewed the vest in 2T but I wish I had done 3T as there isn’t much extra room in the belly. The changes I made were to make the oversized hood a little smaller (and it is still quite large!) and to omit the welt pockets. I haven’t yet done welt pockets and I didn’t feel up to trying for the first time with this fabric. Instead, I used the pattern piece for the inside of the welt pocket to add simple, large pockets to the exterior. They are lined with the same fabric that lines the entire vest, which I got at Ikea a year or two ago. Also, I didn’t find a reversible zipper so the vest is not reversible.
This make is so far from perfect. The pockets don’t line up at all. The zipper is considerably longer on one side than the other. The lining fabric bags out of the vest a little. But, it’s still cute and functional and that works for me. C doesn’t approve of it so far (“No vest!“) but I’m hoping she’ll warm up to it yet. Hopefully those big pockets will win her over!
And that wraps up this season’s KCW for me. It made me smile to think about all the mamas and other women (are there any men participating in KCW?) putting so much effort into stitching precious things for their little loved ones last week. And then bribing and pleading with the kids to please just try it on and let me take a damn picture already! Or is that just me?