Wednesday, 27 April 2011
KCWC Spring 2011
I am delighted that Elsie Marley is running the Kids Clothes Week Challenge again. I can't wait to get started! As well as the challenge of finding an undisturbed hour a day to sew, I've added the extra challenge of using only patterns and material from my (ridiculous) stash. I've loads of cottons, buttons and interfacing too so hope I won't have to spend anything at all.
I've taken part in the Spring challenge before (under another name) and found it really motivating. I managed to complete a skirt and a dress, which both can be worn this year too. The Autumn round defeated me though as I couldn't make the time. This year it's my intention to get to work first thing in the morning, before the household awakes, else the day can easily slip away from me. I am determined!
I also intend to do the pattern tracing and cutting in advance so that my hour is really spent on construction and completion.
I'm (ambitiously) planning:
Project 1 Butterick 3772 View A in a read and white polka dot cotton. The material was a charity shop find cost just #1.75 for 2 metres. This should be super-quick to complete, although the button holes will test me. Having compared the body measurement chart to my little girl's statistics and having placed on the pattern a similar dress which currently fits, I've decided to make a size 6. I'd rather it was too big than just the right size as it can always keep for another year.
Project 2 is an Oliver and S ice cream dress in size 5. The cottons I'm using were both bought on a recent trip to Japan. The patterned fabric is by Fumika Oishi D's Selection.
Project 3 is the blouse version of the ice cream dress and this time my fabric choice is literal! It's Confections from Robert Kaufman which I picked up at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts last year. This feels a bit of a risk as the size of the design could overpower my little girl and it all might be a bit sickly sweet. However, if you can't wear a themed print when you're three, when can you?!
If time allows, I'd like Project 4 to be the completion of a ruffle skirt which I started a year ago. The material is very slippery and frustrating to work with but I'd like another try.
Ambitiously, I have projects 5 and 6 lined up too. These two prints were purchased from The Eternal Maker about eighteen months ago to be made into Oliver and S Lazy Days skirt. Will I get that far........................?!?