Monday, March 2, 2015

A whole lot of squiggles in a playsuit

Those of you who follow me on Instagram might be under the impression that I'm a little bit besotted by wide leg pants. You've probably seen the pink pair of fancy pants that I made a few months ago. Well the obsession is far from over. 
  
 
 
  

This time, I've managed to create something that incorporates two of my favourite things: playsuits and wide leg pants, oh and we could also count squiggles. Mr Squiggle is, after all, one of my all time favourite shows.

 
The fabric I used is a gloriously sturdy cotton with a tiny bit of stretch. I'm so in love with those squiggles. I think they are perfectly suited to a playsuit and if they hadn't sold out in a fraction of a second, I'm pretty sure I'd be heading back for seconds.


The pattern is self-drafted and I'm very happy with the way it fits. The pants rock, but the bodice still needs a little work. I'm also pretty miffed with myself for not thinking of stay-stitching/applying fusible tape to the neckline and back of the pants. Sometimes I get a bit overexcited when I'm working on a new pattern and my brain stops working for a bit. Thankfully, those parts didn't stretch out too badly during construction. They just aren't perfect.




Friday, February 27, 2015

Kwik Sew 2724: Just another little leotard

I have some big, exciting dreams on the burner right now, which means that my mind is not really on creating wardrobe staples. This particular staple for little Miss Five, is a gym leotard for the Summer months. I'd been promising it for a while, mainly because her Winter suit is a little small around the legs (and I'm too lazy to make the comfort modification given she has a smaller sister following behind her).

 
The pattern I used was Kwik Sew 2724. Despite the fact that I've had such a rotten run of poor fit with this pattern, I still really like it for what it is, and that is, a quick and easy sew. I cut this version in a Size 6. I took a gamble with the size because my heart wasn't in customising it for her. The length fits her quite well (as I predicted), but there is just too much room in the width (as I also predicted). You can see all those horrible wrinkles and excess fabric in the crotch and bum. I should have simply lengthened the smaller size.
 
In any case, this child barely stands still for more than a second at the best of times, let alone when she's doing gymnastics. So in all her jumping, skipping, tripping, and tumbling, I think it's highly unlikely that anybody will ever notice how poorly her leotard fits. Phew!
 

 
 





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A playsuit for Miss Five

Miss Five has had her heart set on a cheetah print playsuit for a while now. She fell in love with a silk swatch I ordered a while back and I convinced her that it would suit a little playsuit. The idea of her in cheetah print kind of appeals to me. But because I was drafting this pattern myself, I thought I'd test it out with scraps first.


The bodice is made using some beautiful Art Gallery scraps from my Carolyn Pyjamas and wrap pants. I had such a small amount of this left that both the front and back bodice pieces have centre seams. It's not ideal, but you can hardly notice with the busy print.


 

 
 
 
The pants are refashioned from my long yellow kimono jacket. When cutting the pattern pieces, I positioned them along the side seams to preserve the pockets for the playsuit pants. The kimono rayon is heavy and drapey, but those pants would work just as well in another type of knit or even a woven fabric.


Gaucho pants and culottes are so hot right now and I love being able to translate this trend into some cool kiddie clothes. Miss Five fell instantly in love with this little playsuit and I can see her getting loads of wear out of it in summer. It's comfortable, cute, and most importantly, she can get it on and off without too much bother.