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kids clothes week challenge: leah tunic

 Up first on my projects for kids clothes week was a Leah Tunic for Emily.  In case you weren’t following along, my friend Jess of Craftiness is Not Optional hosted a fun sew-along for making your very own Leah Tunic.  Her four part series is here, here, here, and here.
I really had fun trying to jump out of my comfort zone and make my own pattern.  You see, always always when I would sew with my mom we would use patterns.  I had no idea that people made up their own patterns at all.  So for me, sewing without a pattern seems kind of like winging it.  But using your kids’ existing clothing to make patterns is pretty fun.  And I think this top was pretty successful.
I just love the cute little pockets.  And the voile is so soft and lightweight, it’ll make a really great summer shirt – perfect for checking out all the cool bugs outside.

21 thoughts on “kids clothes week challenge: leah tunic

  1. holly p says:

    What a cute shirt!! I love that AMH voile print. Your daughter’s face in that second picture is killing me…she is so adorable!!

  2. Tammy says:

    That’s very cute! I love it! I’ve been sewing for YEARS but I’m just now being introduced to the idea of making your own patterns. My grandma, a professional seamstress, taught me how to sew. We always used patterns. Without exception!

  3. It turned out great! Jess has so many great tutorials on her blog! I’m the same with patterns–I need to get out of my comfort zone on that as well!

  4. Chris says:

    Well done! I love the fabric you chose. I go back and forth with making my own patterns and purchased ones. I start to think it’s too hard…but it isn’t. Way to go for it.

  5. Jeannie says:

    You did awesome! I don’t sew without a pattern period 🙂 the thought of “winging it” gives me the chills..hah.a.ha.haa. I don’t mind altering one but making up one is a lot different. It doesn’t surprise me you can do this!!

  6. Jan says:

    I mainly use patterns for clothing, but the first thing I ever made, when I was 8, I didn’t use a pattern. I made a pair of shorty pj’s.

    I’m a quilter, for those I mainly wing it.

  7. Bayside Gal says:

    I am so afraid of not using a pattern. I even take something I like apart to copy the pattern LOL. Did you use pony tail elastic for the button closing???


  8. Carolyn says:

    Gorgeous! I love your fabric choice – what a perfect fabric for a summer top! What a beautiful job you did!

  9. Emily says:

    It turned out darling! Your sleeves look so much better than mine did. 🙂 I like the yellow loop closure and the fun button.

  10. Jess says:

    Oh Anna! I love it! it turned out so, so cute. I need to get my hands on some voile! Your projects always look so soft and gorgeous. Glad it worked out for you!

  11. Vanessa says:

    I so need to make one of these! But I know what you mean about winging it being kind of scary. I think you did a great job. Super cute top and adorable model.

    p.s. awesome exposure in these photos! white walls scare me too 😉

  12. I love the top and the fabric – your little girl looks amazingly cute in it (and surely in everything else too) 🙂
    Happy sewing!

  13. love! i just recently discovered CINO blog and love it! I hadn’t even gotten to seeing this Leah Tunic yet … love the pockets & everything! 🙂

  14. Jenny says:

    She looks adorable in it! I love it, Anna!

  15. What a fantastic top (and very cute daughter!) I can’t believe that you made your own pattern for it – I’m definitely in the ‘have only ever made things from patterns’ crowd.

  16. Pascale says:

    It’s gorgeous! Where did you get the fabric? Me too I learned how to sew using patterns – we bought pattern magazines like Burda and Knip. If you wanted to make something, first you had to copy the pattern in the corresponding size on special paper, cut out, … An endless process if all you wanted to do was sewing. Now, I usually make my own patterns, starting out from something existing or sometimes from scratch. I don’t sew clothes very often anymore, however…

  17. I love that print. This shirt is so adorable. I’ve been anxious to try out this sew along. I’m hoping to get to it later this month.

  18. Vicky says:

    Lovely fabric choice. It really suits her

  19. hart44 says:

    What a perfect summer top 🙂 your daughter looks lovely in it 🙂

  20. virginiamae says:

    It is adorable! Your kids are too =) The skirts turned out well. I’ve been out of commission this week so I didn’t get 1 thing sewn.

  21. Anna says:

    i love this, it’s so cute. i want to try and make one of my girls one now 🙂

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