Friday, April 27, 2012

kcwc update, a couple of cowl neck dresses and a bonnet

I've been doing really well on the sewing front this week,
not so well on the blogging front. 
There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day.............

I spent Day 1 (Monday) printing, cutting and taping patterns.
Day 2 and 3 , I made two Heidi and Finn Cowl Neck Jumper Dresses.

A dear friend has two little girls who both celebrated their birthdays this month and as soon as I saw this dress I knew I wanted to make one for each of them.

I bought the stretch fabric from my local fabric shop.

I really loved the stripey versions I had seen around blogland so that was what really guided my fabric purchases.

I think this is the first time I've made an actual garment from stretch fabric so my knowledge is next to zero about such things but I'm happy to report the dresses turned out fabulously.

I made them almost entirely on my overlocker, only using my sewing machine to hem the sleeves and the bottom of the skirt.

I made a size 2 and a size 4.  I really enjoyed making these super quick and easy dresses and will certainly be making more.

I made a little headband to go with the size 2 using some scraps and my hot glue gun.

I got Bethany to model the size 4, even though she has just turned 6 she fit into it. It's a little small and I would definately make her a size 5, but at least you get to see what it looks like on!

She was not happy to model it though :(

Day 4 (Thursday) I made a bonnet for Aimee using a pattern by Amy Karol.
I have used this pattern once before, funnily enough for one of the little girls who I made the Cowl Neck Jumper Dresses for.

Aimee is studying "the olden days" at school this term, and she will be going on an excursion in a few weeks time to a heritage listed house and the children are encouraged to dress in period costume.

This is once again a very quick and easy pattern to make.  I really enjoy making these bonnets, although I do think they are most suited to babies. 
Other then the excursion, I cannot see my kids wearing it out!

Today, like Jo from Bubala, I am giving myself the day off from sewing.
I spent today trapsing around Calmsley City Farm with 30 odd Kindergarteners (including my own) for a school excursion.

Suffice to say I am pooped! 

I'm still hoping to get a few more things made, or at least started, before the week is up.  Fingers crossed! 

How about you, how's your sewing for kcwc going?


  1. Those dresses are so cute and I love the stripes too! I'm not very successful at sewing stretch... wish I could! You have done a great job! :)

  2. Calmsley City Farm must be the go to excursion place for kindergarten, ours go there every year

  3. Great dresses Fran! I want to make one even more now! And good on you for making the bonnet, I'm always a bit puzzled over what to do for costumes.

  4. I love those dresses! My big girl loves knit dresses so I may just have to put aside my fear of sewing with knits and give one of these a try.


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