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Shorts on the Line: Lesson Book Shorts

I’m joining in today for the Shorts on the Line series put on by Imagine Gnats and Small + Friendly.

Pumped!!! That’s what I am about these shorts.  I had serious doubts if I picked the wrong size when these were going together.  I had traced and intended to sew these shorts up during Kids Clothes Week, but never got around to the actual cutting and sewing part.  That happens a lot.

I’m so happy that these shorts will get worn.  They’re made from a soft french terry and a rib knit waistband.

As for the details of this pattern, they’re wonderful!  Seriously.  This book is filled with such great clothes for kids.  I love the way the waistband is put together, the pockets, the tiny bow and even the patch on the back pocket.  Yes, this book is in all Japanese, but it’s totally do-able.  The directions have lots of pictures which is really helpful.  I think if you have a few knit sewing experiences under your belt you can make these.  

I used a walking foot the whole time which was very helpful.  I serged all my seams to finish them, even tucked in the serger thread tails back up into the seam.  It’s also really nice that the waistband is made so that you can make the elastic bigger, perfect for when you kid hits that growth spurt this summer.  Just snip out the elastic and replace it with a longer piece.

Natalie has requested a pair so I’d better get to work!

Pattern: Lesson Book (N-2, size 100) Originally purchased at Miss Matatabi
French Terry: fabric.com
rib knit: Hancock Fabrics
Ribbon: Pinked Fabrics

This post is part of shorts on the line sewalong hosted by imagine gnats and small + friendly, sponsored by Jo-AnnPretty Prudent/PellonĀ®, and Hawthorne Threads
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Seafarer Top: Pattern Tour

I loved making my Seafarer Top!  I was so happy to say yes when Abby (Sew Much Ado) asked if I would join in on her  newest patterns blog tour.  I know for sure I’ll wear a knit top, so this one was fun to make!

I actually sat down yesterday morning and about 45 minutes later I had a top to wear.  And it fits!  I think I could have gone up to a Medium (I made the Small), but really, both would work, just depends on how you like the fit.  

I love not having to hem knits.  I can hem them and it works pretty well, but not having to is even better!  And quicker!  Abby includes options to use arm bands and a waist band for this pattern and that’s what I chose.  I think it gives a really nice finished look.

I used this really soft knit that I had gotten at Hancock Fabrics.  I was *this* close to making into a maxi dress or a tunic, but then I figured I’d probably get the most use out of the top.  I think I’ll try a tunic version sometime though.

Pattern: Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado
Fabric: random knit scored at Hancock Fabrics

kids clothes, sewing with knits

sparkly knit tank

Awe, this is such a cute tank!  I drafted it up the other day using another one of Emily’s tanks for a reference.  I wanted something swingy, something longer(ish), and with a little pocket.  I think I did pretty well for a first try.

I really love a cute tank, especially on little girls.  And Emily loves the pocket, it was so funny to see her poke her finger inside and be excited about it.  Totally cute.  I really want to savor every moment lately!  It seems like they’re growing up so fast!

Sorry this has turned into knit sewing central lately, hopefully you don’t mind too much.  I get really jazzed once the weather turns nice around here and actually feel the need to make clothes!  And summer is always a fun time to make stuff to wear!

Last week of school!

Gold dot knit: Girl Charlee
Pocket: Chambray