Today we woke up to a cool crisp fall morning. Perfect weather for H. to don her new fall Little Red Riding Hood Cape. I made this a few weeks back and haven’t had a chance to post post it. H. loved the cape I made her for the spring, so I thought it would be fun to make her another one she could wear during the fall.
I made it reversible. For one side, I used red velvet.
For the other side, I used this super soft pink and red corduroy from the fall Little Lisette line.
H. decided to wear the corduroy side for her bike ride to school this morning.
Speaking of biking, at the end of the summer H. asked me to make her a pair of shorts she could wear on weekend bike rides.
Using one of the many Japanese Sewing books (ISBN 9784529045261) I have but rarely use, I made these simple shorts.
I used fabric by Michael Miller for the shorts and organic cotton from Cloud 9 for the yokes on the pocket
H. is going through another growth spurt and outgrowing a few of the school clothes I made for her. Making a few modifications to the dress C pattern, I finished a new dress over the weekend. H. should (hopefully) be able to wear it through the spring, summer, and fall.
This time around, I cut the collar on the fabric’s bias, adjusted the sleeves, so they aren’t as angular, and created a pleat both in the front and back of the dress. Even with these simple changes, I ended up ripping and re-sewing the collar and parts of the dress 2-3 times before I was satisfied with the fit. I still keep seeing things I can adjust, but I am tired of making little tweaks.
For this dress, I used filigree print from Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line.
Using fabric by Robert Kaufman, I made H. dress C from another one of my Japanese sewing books. Girly Style Wardrobe by Yoshiko Tsukiori (ISBN 9784579111329 or ISBN 457911132X) has so many adorable patterns.
Since I don’t read Japanese, I tried to pick out a pattern that I could follow along fairly easily by looking at the illustrations. Dress C fit the bill. It has angular raglan sleeves, a sweet little pleat in the middle, and bow at the neckline. I made this in the 110 cm size for the ever growing H.
Since this dress was so easy and quick to make, I cut fabric to make another one that H. can wear at school. I am going to make slight modifications to the pattern. Additional details are soon to follow…
More and more fabric by Anna Maria Horner seems to be creeping into my stash. I adore her new lines! I recently purchased some prints from her Little Folks cotton voile line.
Out for the two purple prints, I made these two scarves.
This one is a bit thicker.
I made this one longer and thinner.
I am ready for warmer weather! In the midst of the current New England cold spell, I have started thinking about clothes H. can wear in the summer. I’ve been looking through my patterns and coming up with a mental list of items I want to make for H.’s spring and summer wardrobe.
Since I am a sucker for Japanese sewing books and have an entire book shelf to prove I have an unhealthy obsession with them, I’m determined to make most of her new clothes from the books I already have.
A few years back, I purchased this lovely little book by Junko Okawa
I held off making something from it since all of the patterns start for 4-5 year olds. Make Good Books has been translating Japanese craft books into English and recently translated this one.
Using some a light blue and white striped fabric and a white on white polka dot print from my stash, I made the dress with ruffle trim from this book. The hems of both the ruffle and the dress are unfinished. When I washed the fabric, the selvedge for the white polka dots had a nice even fray to it, so I used that for the ruffle and the lining. I went ahead and finished off the hem of the dress since I had added a longer seam allowance when I was tracing the pattern. For the button, I used a navy blue button from my vintage button stash. The pattern called for the adorable ruffled sleeves, but I left those off. Now, the dress is totally reversible.
Here are photos for the blue and white striped side with the polka dot ruffle peeking out:
Here is H. trying on the white-on-white polka dot side of the dress:
I made it for a 5 year old. Even though the dress is still a bit big in the chest area, I think I could have made the dress a bit longer.
Do you recognize the hat H, is wearing? I made this bobbled tam for me last year, but H. has claimed it as her own. I think it looks much better on her than it did on me.