As much as I don’t like it when my dearest travels, it gives me full reign to stay up too late sewing, eat like crap (after making the kids eat well of course), and completely take over all surfaced with fabric. There is no sarcasm or superfluous language in that statement. Proof:
Sometimes I like to do the “one project at a time; from start to finish” but most times I like “full-on production shop” mode. I’m a binger. I like to binge. This is my man’s office covered in all manner of knit fabric for little girls.
I went for a production run of the Crafterhours Racerback Dress. You can’t beat the price, and it’s reeeaaallly easy. I also did some modified Colette Sorbettos, but I’ll save that for later. I also modified a leggings pattern for shorts – just some hacked Ottobre pattern – nothing unique.
The pattern was a breeze. I cut out the 2 year old size…and I really should have gone up. Zoe is only 2, she’s tall and skinny…but there was not enough room to fit her melon through the neck hole, nor could I do the front gathers. I’m not sure if that’s a pattern issue or what, but I just scrapped the front gathers, and cut the neck hole even deeper. Problem solved. See what I meant the other day about knits being EASY? Seriously. Find a flaw? Adjust midstream. No problem.
I used my machine to make even-ish gathers, and then I used the serger for all the rest of the construction. Here’s a close up of the serged inside.
Yes, I’m lazy with kids clothes. No changing thread color, no hemming…just quick, fun play clothes.
Here’s a close up of the back gathers from the right side and on zee model.
The pattern overall fit very well – so, in that regard, I’m glad I didn’t go up a size. She moves around easily, plays, gets sidewalk chalk all over herself…
As you can see…I made these early in the summer and they have been well tested!
And I made a LOT.
With matching shorts…
90% of the fabric used were whimsical buys from the Girl Charlee site. Great prices, fast shipping…it makes it a little less scary to buy what you can’t feel, but an adventure is always a good thing. Knits run the spectrum, so…yeah. Adventure! I’ll delve more into the different knits and what that means in construction, but it’s not anything to stress about if you’re looking to make this pattern. I highly recommend it. After all was said and done, I’d guesstimate each item cost me <$5 to make. Probably less actually. Well worth not having to buy McFashion.