two popular patterns that have made the rounds with those who sew for kids are kitschy coo’s girl skater dress (of the same fame as the uber popular lady skater) and made-by-rae’s flashback skinny tee.
girl skater up first…
i bought a medium weight cotton/lycra fabric months ago with promises that i would do something with it for kid #2, Sylvia. she always gets short-changed in the “mommy made” department since she has to wait for big sister’s hand-me-downs, so i thought it would be nice to make her something of her own. overall this is a nice pattern, though i feel the sizing could use some work. granted, it does look just as pictured, so really i shouldn’t be surprised. the pattern is designed to get two years of wear. year one: below the knee and loose fitting. year two: at knee or above and more fitted. while i appreciate the concept i would prefer the sizing to have a good fit and if i want it to fit longer, make it a size up.
since the sizes run in pairs (18mo/2y, 3y/4y, 5y/6y etc.) and Sylvia is average to small for her age (7, almost 8 yrs old) she ends up in between the 5/6 and 7/8 size. i decided to draft in an in between size with the bodice length of the 5/6 and skirt length of the 7/8. as it turns out, the 5/6 would have worked fine, though it would have been a tad short.
i was trying to give her a 3/4 sleeve, but utterly failed (i swear i measured her arm, so i’m not sure where i went wrong!). as it is, the sleeve hits at kind of an awkward elbow length, but she doesn’t seem to mind.
overall, i’m a bit ho hum about the dress. i’m not in love with the fabric (way too busy), and i’m not in love with the fit. others have raved about the pattern, so maybe there’s something i’m missing, but for the $10-ish USD i paid for it, i should have just used the flashback skinny tee pattern i already had on hand (the fit of which is far superior) and drafted a skirt myself. my brain just has a hard time letting my hands cut a 5/6 for an almost 8-yr old.
on to the flashback skinny tee…
if kid #2 feels left out in the clothing department, pity kid #3, Isabella. not only does she have to wait until clothes have made it through her two older sisters, but by the time they have, they are worn nearly to rags by the time she gets them. it seems that the older my kids get, the harder wearing they are on their clothes. at any rate, she turned six a while back, so i took that occasion to make her a new top. she loves all things cozy and snuggly, so i decided to make a cowl neck, tunic length top.
i’ve used the flashback skinny tee several times before (though never blogged) and the fit is great. it does live up to it’s “skinny” name, so take careful note of the sizing. my Izzie is a tiny girl, so i made her the size 5. to get the tunic length, i simply attached a wide hem band instead of turning a regular hem. then i nixed the neck binding in favor of a cowl.
i’d tell you that i meticulously worked out these bits, but truthfully i cut them out of scraps and made the hem band and cowl to the dimensions i had available. see, a while back, the lovely Gail of Today’s Agenda sent me some knit fabric remnants that looked kid-sized, and since i’ve made some really cute tees, this being one! the fabric here is crazy soft, drape-y, and was super finicky to work with. regular bindings or hems would not have worked well, but these serge-on bands worked perfectly. anyways, the top turned out super cute and this pattern is always a pleasure to sew. the only change i ever make is to scoop out about 1″ on the front neckline whenever i make it for my girls.
i have a few new tops sewn up for myself that i’m very excited about (awaiting pics), and currently i’m elbow deep in trying to decipher a burdastyle coat pattern for my oldest that is about to make my eyeballs bleed. oy, they just don’t make it easy. wish me luck.