The past week since my kids were at VBS Monday through Friday mornings, I had plenty of time to run errands, do some baking, and to learn to sew kids' clothes. I have made a number of things for my kids before, but I've never sat down to actually think about formation of clothes are put together. Kind of a big goal, I suppose, but I had the drive, and I had the free time to sit down, without distraction, and try it out. I was able to make about 7 items to completion and 2 more almost finished, which you'll see tomorrow.
I used Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing for Babies book and tweaked her pattern a bit by adding a ton of length for my 4 year old. The first pants, although they are adorable and are the most 'nicely done' of the three pair, turned out fairly short. These make excellent 'beach' pants, especially with the sailboat print, and would look adorable with a nice cream or blue sweater. (Another Lotta project here.)
These, although long enough, were made very quickly (running out of time!) and I free-handed (which includes guessing:) the pockets on each. I thought it was cute to do a matchy-mix up with the patterns, but in real life, the darker of the pair (i.e. non jail-bird looking) are my favorite, and look more sophisticated. The waistband fits Lu perfectly, and the length is fine, so these he will easily be able to wear out and about. I'm unsure of the blend of fabric on the darker (I believe the stripes is linen) because I got both of them as remnants way back when. At least I think I did. It's possible someone bought them for me and I just can't remember! ( I made Lukka a Montessori style smock out of that dark fabric, too)
Stay tuned for tomorrow's items: Girls' bloomers, capris, and dresses