Each year, I'd wait for the dress to go on sale and then buy one, and only one, with the coordinating leggings for my girl(s). They would wear the dress weekly and I always thought they looked so cute in them.
I was thrilled to be able to make my own. It's the Wood Mouse dress (#16). The dress is supposed to be long-sleeved with elastic gathering the sleeves, but even though I cut the dress in length according to Tia's measurements, the sleeves were too short on her. So I made the sleeves 3/4 length.
The dress was easy to sew and I had two light bulb sewing moments recently. One is that Ottobre patterns use elastic to gather fabric, which is absolutely brilliant. Gathering is one of my least favorite/most dreaded sewing tasks and this makes it so easy.
The second was about stretch thread. I wrote about stretch thread here. Using it solved my issues with broken hems, but I don't love the large cones it comes on. Also, I would really prefer to match my thread to my fabric yet I don't want to buy so many cones of stretch thread. Finally, it's so thick and bulky, almost like thread you would see on the hem of your jeans and it gets tangled in my machine.
When I made the peplum tops, Abby's pattern suggested using wooly nylon thread in the bobbin. I decided to try stretch thread instead and it is amazing. In the bobbin only. Many of my knits are white on the wrong side, so I use white or beige in the bobbin and then my regular thread in the needle. This has been working so well for me. I really couldn't be happier with the results! It makes sewing knits so easy and solves all of the aforementioned issues I was having.
I had enough fabric left over to make Iris the Meadow Green (#4) top from the Ottobre Autumn 2014 edition. It's gently gathered in the neckline and at the sleeves.
The kids and I joked that Iris looked like a college kid in this outfit. Or as Erin said, a slouchy teenager.
This fabric really was amazing to work with. In my post about the peplum tops, I mentioned the difference in working with the Birch vs Kaufman knits. Toni from Make it Perfect graciously explained to me that Birch knits are interlock whereas Kaufman's are jersey. She said interlock is easier to work with because it doesn't curl, but that it also doesn't have the same recovery as jersey. Jersey curls but keeps its shape. This fabric did curl, but I love the way it retains its shape.
These two girls really are the best of friends... and the worst of enemies.
Iris bumped her head this afternoon and exclaimed, "Tia!!!" I said, "Iris, Tia is nowhere near you. You hit yourself." She said, "Yeah, but Tia will hit me next time!" A preemptive scolding!
Yup, they fight and sometimes it even turns physical. And yet they're virtually inseparable. So tonight I read them Hands Are Not for Hitting (a great book!)... and then reminded them hands are not for pinching either. :)