15.7.10

She gets to wear the pants

I think the whole harem pants trend is goig to pass me by...although I have made some for my daughter.

I'm having to eat my words here.  In a recent email correspondence with Jacqui, I was saying that I don't buy many children's patterns, instead just use the same few over and over again with different fabrics.  Then I saw on the Ottobre blog that they were reprinting the Spring 2008 issue because it was so popular.  Well, I thought I had better have a look at it.  It is choc-a-block full of very simple clothes, many with a Japanese aesthetic.  So I bought it, and the day it arrived I was so impressed with the designs that I made these pants up straight away.  Not too hard given that it only required tracing off 1 pattern piece.  For the pants I used a Japanese cotton from Tessuti that I actually purchased for myself.  The Selfish Seamstress would not be impressed.

 

The blouse is made from a remnant of Liberty print cotton lawn.   It is a raglan sleeve peasant-style blouse, which will be great for the summer months here.  I rushed to complete the embellishments and take photos yesterday because I thought the deadline for the PR children's wear competition was closing.  Turns out I go the date wrong.  Anyway, one of the requirements is to show photos of any embellishments. 

The flowers were made by ironing Vlieseline® Vliesofix Double-sided fusible web between 2 pieces of fabric and cutting out the shape.  I didn't know if it would handlethe washing machine so I made it removable.  The flower on the front is attached with a snap.  Yes Kristy, my snap envy got the better of me and I finally bought my own snap press.



The sides of the legs are gathered with elastic at the hem and embellished with a ribbon.

As you can see, these clothes are very comfortable to wear.

9 comments:

  1. Very cute. I love the pink embellishments on the tops and pants - both add a groovy touch.

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  2. The MC Hammer pant trend will most _definitely_ be passing me by, but after seeing your version I'd actually consider making some for Hazel. The Ottobre issue does look nice, I spotted some very cute little outfits in there, and there is that Creative pack with tshirts that I've been wanting... oh dear!

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  3. Very lovely blouse! And I don't think I'd wear the pants myself, either, but they're really cute on a kid. Comfort is most important.

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  4. thanks for the tip! that mag looks great.

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  5. I believe those pants are the first pattern I ever made up twice. Nice job!

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  6. Verrry nice - lucky daughter to have mum sew her such stylish things - she looks totally gorgeous and I love all the little details - the ribbons and accessories, not to mention the "perfect for girls" fabric, liberty prints.

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  7. Fabulous outfit! Looks great and comfy for running about. Good luck with the PR competition!

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  8. oooh I was so tempted by the magazine but passed it up since I do have heaps of kids patterns, but after sewing your gorgeous creations I might have to get a hold of it. Have fun with the snap press, they are a joy to use after trying the torturous method with a hammer!

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  9. That issue is the only one I own! I love the spotty pants and your flower.

    I have made that blouse for my dd in jersey finished with foe and she really liked it. Are the pants comfy? Does the crotch bunch up much?

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