For my final Kids Clothes Week project, I decided to go more tomboyish than usual.
The truth is, my girls prefer dresses. Even when they're climbing trees or ankle deep in a creek looking for tadpoles. But I had this amazing giraffe fabric on my shelf, which I'm pretty crazy about. I didn't have enough to make another skater dress. But I did have enough for Oliver + S' new pattern - the school bus t-shirt. And how could our animal and Africa lover Tarikua object to a giraffe t-shirt?
This pattern has several options: long and short sleeves as well as cap sleeves for a more feminine look. It's so versatile and the price is right.
This is the cap sleeved version with the thinner neckband.
I happen to not only have a sewing addiction but also an audio/podcast addiction. Sewing while listening is my favorite indulgence. But we all know indulgences aren't always healthy. This particular combination of listening while cutting out patterns doesn't always end well for me.
And so it was this time. I accidentally cut out the front as the back and vice versa, placing the giraffes exactly where I wanted them on the front and lopping off the giraffe heads on the back. I had flipped the pattern pieces over to work with the direction of the fabric, so I couldn't see the pattern labels when cutting. I didn't realize I had cut the back as the front until I had sewn on the neckband. And I was out of fabric.
As I was considering my options, I tried the shirt on Tia, and it looked really great on her with the back as the front. I took off the neckband and scooped out the center front another 3/8" more or so, but I was happy with this unintentional pattern adaption.
I had planned to pair this top with brown linen Puppet Show shorts which I also made this weekend but they just didn't work together. Eh, you win some, you lose some. I do like them both separately, though, so I'll call it an overall win.
Can you believe I've never made the Puppet Show shorts before? I must be the last person on the (sewing) planet to make them.
The strangest thing happened with these shorts. They ended up not needing to be gathered at the bottom, even though I cut them according to the pattern instructions. It was not another podcast-cutting faux pas, I promise you. I'm blaming the linen. Linen, to me, can be frustrating to work with, because it's so shifty. That's the only thing I could think of that went wrong.
So to me, these look less like the Puppet Show shorts and more like something out of Happy Homemade, but I love that book, so I was happy with them nonetheless.
And that wraps up my Spring 2014 KCW!