I sew A LOT for myself (clearly). I have sewn some things for my girls but one of the biggest hindrances to sewing for the kids was a lack of interesting or ‘cool’ patterns for them – or rather my inability to unearth them. Patterns that interested me to sew and patterns that interested them to wear. There seems to be a lot of ‘pretty’ patterns for little girls… and not much for the tweens.
So when Pattern Parcel contacted me again about Pattern Parcel #5 Girls and Tweens – I was ‘yes ma’am‘.
I chose to make up the Sunki Dress which is the ‘Bonus Pattern’. I’ve always liked Figgy’s Patterns – they just didn’t extend far enough in sizing for my girls… until now. In fact, I like all of their range as it’s modern and girly without being fussy or frilly. I think my girls would wear their entire range, I hope they extend their sizing for more of the designs.
ELH and Giselle conducted this photo shoot on their own, while taking Banjo for a run on the beach. This weekend I’m on ‘dance mum’ duties at the local dance eisteddfod (story of my life for the past three weeks, if it’s not an Eisteddfod – it’s practising for one!).
The fabric for this make came from the ‘Fabric Library’. Some time ago I picked up a couple of pieces of batik fabric from the ‘op shop’ (charity store) for just $2. It’s a firm cotton with a border print – it has absolutely no brand or markings anywhere on it, which makes me wonder if it was purchased as a souvenir while travelling… it just seemed perfect for this…
The only thing I found worth mentioning about the pattern is that when sewing in the front panel and pockets it refers to the notch on the pocket piece (or that is how it seemed to me) – however this is on the side panel not the pocket piece. The pockets are a tiny bit fiddly to put in – however with a bit of pinning & flipping it all becomes obvious.
I did size up. The girls are growing so rapidly I can barely keep up. Giselle is nine years old and this is the ‘small’. It’s a very roomy, boxy tunic – however the side panels given the dress some shape and style (and yes, there are pockets).
I didn’t hem the tunic as the border print is finished and it seemed a shame to lose any of the fabric in a hem.
I love the shoulder overlap detail and the sleeve head pleats…
I’m really liking the Mimi dress in the Parcel… I think it’s simplicity would appeal greatly to my eldest daughter…
and this is a ripper of a shot of Banjo, taken by Giselle. The little hound corners at great speed… he’s almost horizontal!
THE PATTERN PARCEL…
Parcel #5: Girls and Tweens includes:
- Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns
- Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle
- Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM
- Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs
- Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman
- BONUS PATTERN: Sunki Dress by Figgy’s
Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy’s. The pattern includes both size runs, so you get 18 months through a 16 tween sizing.
More about Pattern Parcel here…
Friday, September 19: Pienkel || Cookin’ and Craftin’
Saturday, September 20: The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter
Sunday, September 21: Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs
Monday, September 22: Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober
Tuesday, September 23: Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose
Wednesday,September 24: Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal
Thursday, September 25: Make It Perfect || Mimi’s Mom || Climbing the Willow
Friday, September 26: Needle and Ted || Our Family Four
Saturday, September 27: Froo & Boo
Sunday, September 28: Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations
Monday, September 29: Cookin’ and Craftin’ || The Crazy Tailor
Tuesday, September 30: mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren
Wednesday, October 1: lady and the gents || That’s-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober
Thursday,October 2: Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows
Friday, October 3: sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara
I have so many things to blog! Hopefully with Eisteddfod season over, end-of-term school concerts and projects finished I will have some breathing space!
Note: I’ve chosen not to use the tracking code for ‘clicks’ for Pattern Parcel for the fabric competition.
Absolutely love your Sunki dress! I’ve been eyeing this pattern off for a while for my girls but as I haven’t been sewing that long have been too much of a chicken to give it a go! Total newbie question- how do you stop your overlocking threads from unravelling when you don’t do a hem?
I know just how that feels. Often if you just go slowly, lots of pinning, fiddling & thinking even beginners can manage trickier projects than they might think. I also find if I sew in short bursts I make less mistakes. I think because I just accept I only have time for one step, rather than rushing through a project.
As for the overlocking… you can use ‘fray stop’, or use a tapestry needle to thread the ends back up into the seam. Other run the seam through & flip it over and run back up the seam if that makes sense?
Thank you, totally makes sense!
So cute! I’m sure tweens are very discriminating about what they wear and are quite fashion conscious so this is ideal.
Oh they are indeed!!! I was remembering fondly their careless wardrobe attitudes as one of the girls had a wardrobe meltdown trying to find something to wear!
Cute dress!! Re: the fabric- I am 99.9% sure it’s hand-stamped Indonesian batik, probably from Java. The figures are Indonesian shadow puppets! (I used to live there and have an enormous stash of batik)
Ah that makes me love it more!! The cotton just felt like the genuine thing.
It’s lovely. So unusual and looks perfectly sewn!
Thank you! It’s one-of-a-kind and I really enjoyed making it up. When it’s for someone so special it’s worth the extra time 🙂
Ok, I want this one for me!!!!
Me too! I’d love it in ponte!!
Lizzy! This looks smashing. Great fabric. 🙂
Nice! I made this dress for some toddler friends a while ago and I loved how it turned out – http://www.cashmerette.com/2014/01/everyone-loves-christmas-party-dress.html
Oh they are CUTE!
She looks wonderful! Nice work Mum.
Thanks Maria – I think it suits her oddball personality!