Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kid's Clothes Week - Day 5 and 6

So, I was overly ambitious in thinking I would finish the flashback skinny tee AND the bubble skirt for day 5. The bubble skirt spilled over into day 6. Which is fine....if I attempted to finish it last night I might have thrown it in the garbage and then cried a lot. I made some changes to the tutorial I followed that caused me a bit of grief but worked out in the end, which is great because I really love the bubble skirt. I am so happy with how it turned out - I just need to move the button over so it closes all the way. You'll see what I mean in a picture below and I'll explain why the skirt almost wasn't completed.

I'll start with the Flashback skinny tee - I cut the size five and used some pink and white stripe knit that I got from It is very thin so I decided to line the upper part of the tee with some white knit and follow the neckline finishing directions that came with the Beachy Boatneck pattern. I really like how this came out! I am still not so great at using ribbing to finish the neckline of tees so this was a great solution and it helped to achieve the look I was going for. I also shortened the sleeve length to a three quarter sleeve and just folded the sleeve under a half inch and stitched it with a zig zag. So with my slight modifications, I got the look of a boatneck with the fit of the skinny tee. I probably could have cut the size four for my skinny mini since the five is a little big (not so skinny fit) but now it will last her through the summer and probably the fall and even into next spring - this kid does not grow very fast at all!

lining inside tee
The bubble skirt - ah the bubble skirt! I have wanted to make Erin a bubble skirt ever since I saw Simple Simon & Co.'s tutorial for their beautiful yellow bubble skirt. I love how cute it looks and I knew Erin would love it too. Why it has taken me so long to make one, I don't know. I thought that KCW would be the perfect excuse to finally make one. I followed the tutorial for the most part but wanted to try to make the skirt with no exposed seams and piping in between the waistband and skirt. This was the part that made me want to scrap the whole thing. It took me a few tries (and some cursing) to get it right. If it didn't frustrate me so much, I might have been able to share with you how I did it. I am sure that you could figure it out for yourselves and probably do it much better than I did anyway! The waistband is what gave me the most trouble, I re-did it four times! After the third date with the seam ripper last night is when I decided to call it quits and come back to it today. It still did not come out perfect - I had to do some hand stitching on the inside of the waistband which I really do not like because I am really not that good at it lol! It should have been very simple. In the end, I just basted the piping to the skirt then sandwiched the skirt in between the waistband. For some reason I was coming up with all these other complicated ways of putting in the waist band and piping. Hence the three dates with Mr. Seam Ripper *sigh*

inside of skirt
no exposed seam  - i'll spare you the hand stitching!
 After I finished the skirt today, we went outside for some pics. Erin was happy with the end product which made me REALLY happy since it took me so long to do!

Nice cheesy look!

oh how i love the piping!

more cheesy smiles ;)

i really could not imagine this skirt without the piping!
you can see here how the back of the skirt does not meet - just need to move the button over a bit!

flowers for you mommy for making me this outfit - aww she's so cute! 
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  1. So cute Meghan! I don't love using knit and binding either, so maybe I'll have to look into that boatneck pattern (I do love the flashback, though)! And that skirt is fantastic, so I'm glad you stuck it out for that fourth time! Total labor of love, I would have been in tears, but the piping was so worth it. LOVE!

    1. Thank you so much Monica!! The skirt was definitely a labor of love and I am glad I stuck with it too :) Sometimes you just need piping!
      The boatneck pattern is really great, I definitely recommend it. It was also very easy to apply a facing/lining to the flashback to create the look of the boatneck. I love the flashback too - it is such a great base pattern.
      Thanks again :)


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