Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kids Clothes Week & Perfect Pattern Parcel



Spring has finally sprung here in coastal Virginia, time to bust out the short sleeved shirts and shorts! Since there isn't a whole lot left over from last year that fits I have been back behind the sewing machine, just in time for Kids Clothes Week.:) 

All the clothes in this post were made using Parcel #2 from Perfect Pattern Parcel.  (I was invited to blog about Perfect Pattern Parcel and given the patterns for free.)  I chose to sew the Celestial Tee by Figgy's, Hosh Pants by LouBee Clothing, and Prefontaine Shorts by Made with Moxie (bonus pattern). 

Pattern Parcel #2
 
patterns(s):  Celestial Tee / Hosh Pants
size(s):  6/7 with an extra inch in length / 6
fabric(s):  Paris Green knit from Girl Charlee / pink cotton/lycra twill
mods:  added an inch in length to the tee using the shorten/lengthen line on pattern / cut off the pants to shorts length and didn't hem the shorts

Pattern Parcel #2

I love the slim fit and the flat front waistband of the Hosh Pants.  MG typically wears a 7 slim in ready-t0-wear pants and still has a bit of grow room in the size 6 Hosh Pants.   I'm hoping that Sarah will size the pattern up so that BK can have a pair.;)

Pattern Parcel #2
 
Instead of hemming the shorts, I sewed a line of stitching approximately 5/8" from the unfinished edge.  The fabric will gently fray (more) over time and leave a nice little white fringe. 
 
pattern parcel #2
 
size(s):  6/7 with added length / 5 (7/8 kid size)
fabric(s):  Royal Purple knit from Girl Charlee / stripes from IKEA
mods:  added 1 1/2" length to tee / stitched the outside seam of the shorts instead of overlapping
 
Pattern Parcel #2
 
The Celestial Tee has quickly become a favorite of mine.  I love the pleats at the neckline and the high/low hem.  It's a quick sew too.  It took me only 45 minutes to sew the purple one. 
 
Pattern Parcel #2
 
The shorts were a gamble for me.  I dug through my stash of bottom weights and wasn't feeling too inspired by navy, khaki, and olive green.  At the very bottom of the tote was this striped fabric.  Do I dare?  Yes, of course!
 
Pattern Parcel #2
 
I went all out with the stripes and turned them horizontal for the pockets, opting for black and white in the front.  I also used narrow white bias tape to finish the pocket openings and the hems.  I didn't want to take away from the impact of the bold striped fabric. 
 
Pattern Parcel #2
 
Per the pattern instructions, you overlap the front of the shorts over the back approx. 1/2" and stitch the layers together.  I didn't want to break up the stripes on the side with the bias binding so I stitched the outer side seams right sides together.  I was concerned that the stripes would be a bit over the top but I love the final look of the shorts.

 
Parcel #2 patterns and designers are:
Hanami Top or Dress by Straight Grain
Hosh Pants by LoubeeClothing
Celestial Tee by Figgy’s
September Tunic & Dress by Too Sweets Patterns Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations
BONUS pattern: Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie

For more inspiration, check out my fellow bloggers and their creations:
 Shawnta SewsP comme PlimplimCailaMadeWhile she was sleepingYoSaMistitched togetherSew Like My MomMarina Bebelexi.madesewVeryCall AjaireI Married SupermanGirl like the seaStitchedCompagnie M.Buzzmillsfloating worldfake it while you make itSewing Mama RaeAnnaOur Chez NousNeurosesGaloreBehind the HedgerowNeedle and TedKadiddlehopper2 little hooligansMax-California.comSiestas & SewingSo Cal Sewing Momlauren dahlLa gang à NatFrances SuzanneRadiant Home StudioModern HandmadeA Jennuine LifeIt's Always Autumnlea & larsI Seam StressedSo, Zo... What do you know?Andrea's NotebookSteph SkardalNutta!SewponyMade With Moxieimagine gnatsInder Loves Folk ArtPienkel
 



35 comments:

  1. more twin photoshoots please!!! so cute. i love both outfits and how they fit your girls so well with their slightly different body types. awesome. smart way to make hosh "cutoffs" too, i need to copy that!

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  2. Those striped shorts are fantastic! I really love the narrow white bias against the bold stripes.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad I went with the stripes. Much more fun than a solid pair of shorts!

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  3. Love the striped shorts!! And everything else. They look so cute.

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  4. Such pretty summer clothes. Lovely Cindy.

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. We've been having some nice weather finally so it was time for some new shorts and shirts.

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  5. I adore those shorts! I also understand why you like the tees, very cute and on-trend. But 45 minutes? You're a miracle worker! I hope you get to enjoy your spring!!

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    1. Thanks, Uta! Since I finally got a serger (in the fall), it's really cut down on the sewing time for my knits. Hemming the sleeves and bottom with the double needle is what took the longest.;)

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  6. LOVE the striped shorts, Cindy... the fabric, horizontal stripes on the pockets and they fit so well. The Celestial tees look great, too.

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  7. As always, your girls look terrific in their mama made outfits. Perfect fabric choices.

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  8. Great outfits and gorgeous pictures!

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  9. These outfits are just beach weather perfection. The girls look great in them! I love the frayed hem on the Hosh shorts and I do like the Ikea stripes on your Prefontaines. :)

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  10. I love these photos of the two of them!! Too cute! I really do love the striped shorts. I might have to copy you on that idea!!

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  11. Great outfits on both! And, great photos too!

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    1. Thanks, Janice! The girls really like them.

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  12. I love both outfits - the shorts looks really smart on them and the tee pattern looks like a winner (love the front pleats as well).
    I know I've said it before, but you do have beautiful kids :)

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    1. Aw, thanks Ana Sofia.:) The tee pattern is great and really easy to sew since there are not separate sleeves.

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  13. I love seeing both of the girls together :D What a fun photo shoot! Those tees look like a great pattern to have - with a bit of interest to them by the pleating than with a regular tee. The pink shorts are too cute and I like the frayed part. Those striped shorts are my favorite of the mix. They rock!! It will be snowing again tonight/tomorrow up here so I do envy you!

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  14. Looking good! Can't wait until we can start wearing shorts here...

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    1. Thanks! We had a few days of shorts weather but it looks like another blast of cold is coming our way.:(

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  15. I thought I recognised those stripes. Looks great as shorts. Oh no, I feel a trip to Ikea coming on.

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    1. lol! I've had those stripes for 2 years. I love the colors but couldn't make my mind up what to sew from it. I love it as shorts for my girls but I'm thinking of using the leftovers for a bag for me!;)

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  16. Both are great outfits! Great starts to summer wardrobes. I think you've used the stripe very well to keep it from being over the top :)

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  17. Perfect for summer!! Great job....

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  18. Aren't they adorable! I especially love the stripey shorts - am I too old??!!

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    1. Thanks! Never too old...I'm almost tempted to make myself a pair.;)

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  19. wow!!! What perfect looking clothes! Your kids are so lucky. I love the horizontal stripes on the pocket. What is a high/low hem?

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  20. The stripes are awesome! I like seeing how these look in the bigger girls' sizes. I made a Celestial Tee in a 6/7 and I think I'm going to do a Caroline Dress for my 7 year old this week (in time for Easter Sunday, I hope!).

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  21. Hello really nice collection on all types of clothing products, wanted to know more about Patchwork clothes, hope to see more updates on this,

    Regards
    Velumayil

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  22. The last photo is great (: What fun summer clothes. Otto had a knit version of those prefontaine shorts as while back, didn't they? I wish the sizing went higher, though. Darn, they keep growing!

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  23. Wow the girls are so grown up now! I would never have thought those outfits were hand sewn. They look totally perfect!

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