Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kids Clothes Week Challenge---Sleeveless Top

I made a sleeveless top for my little girl yesterday night to pair with the rainbow shorts I made earlier.
I did not have enough time to take some snaps of my kid wearing the top. So, I just pictured the top with the shorts. The fabric I used is a cotton eyelet fabric. I lined it as it was very thin.

I am happy that I was able to complete at least three projects. I had been procrastinating these projects for long. But now KCW challenge has helped me finish them all, so I can find no more reason to postpone any more. My thanks to KCWC organizers.

I made a skirt too, but the hem is not finished yet. So I am not posting it for the KCW challenge. 

Kids Clothes Week Challenge---Tiered Ruffle Dress

I made a tiered ruffle dress following the tutorial at Mama Says Sew. Although this is not meant to be a project for the KCW challenge, due to the difficulty level of it (it involves making layers and layers of ruffles), I opted for it because I had already drafted the pattern I had cut the fabric pieces ready, and my daughter was very excited, and she kept on asking me when I will make the fluffy dress after I showed her the dress on Mama Says Sew website and told her that I was going to make one for her.

It took almost four hours straight for me to finish this dress. But the final outcome was worth the effort. I first thought of using white and two shades of pink. But my little one has many pink dresses, also when I searched my stash, I found some fabrics in blue shades. So I changed my mind and ended up using the same nautical colors as in the original. Also I liked the cool colors and my kid loved it too.

Her tutorial was easy to follow. The neckline was a little tricky and needed some effort, but came off well.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kids Clothes Week Challenge---Kids' Shorts

I made a rainbow colored shorts for my daughter for the KCWC 2014. I self-drafted it for size 4. I am happy that it came out well and my kid liked it very much.

Some action shots:

I also made a ruffled frock and a skirt, but have not taken any photos of those yet. Will share it in my next posts.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kids Clothes Week Challenge April 7--13, 2014

I am all geared up for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge April 7--13, 2014. Here is a bundle of fabrics I have selected for this week's projects. I am planning to use some of the fabrics from this bundle. I have some more fabrics in reserve too, if nothing works out from this bunch.

I have not been much into sewing lately, but KCWC is one challenge that makes me start some work with my sewing machine, without searching for any excuses. Let me see how far I can go with this challenge. Fingers crossed........

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tutorial---How to Draft and Sew an 8-Gore Flared Skirt

Recently, I made an 8-gore flared skirt for my darling daughter. Today I am excited to share the pattern drafting and sewing tutorial for this girly, twirly skirt.

How to draft:

I developed this pattern from the A-line skirt draft (blogged here).

The draft shows 1/4th of the entire skirt. Draw a line EF that divides the 1/4th skirt into two gore panels. Label them 1 and 2. Measure up from D at center front to a point where flare breaks out (example = 4 inches). DH = FI = CG. Draw a curvy line connecting points G, I, and H, which is parallel to the hemline.

Extend the hemline CFD on both sides. Let us add flare to gore panel 2. Measure out from D to width of flare (example 1.5 inches). Mark it K and connect with H. Repeat for the other side of the panel. Measure 1/8 inch (0.125 inch) from K and J and label them L and M, respectively. Join L and M. Trace panel 2 and add 1/4 inch seam allowances at the top and at the sides and add 3/4 inch hem allowance. Repeat this process for gore panel 1.

Now you have two flared gore panels.

Remember, these two panels are for the front right side. You will have to mirror these pieces to get the two panels for the front left side. And then use these four panels to cut panels for the back of the skirt.

How to sew:

Serge or zig-zag each gore panel before joining. Join the front four panels with a 1/4 inch seam. Open the seams and press well. Top stitch on both sides of the seams.

Repeat this for the back of the skirt. And join the front and back of the skirt.

Hem the bottom. Attach the waistband and feed elastic into it (tutorial here). And you are done.

After finishing the skirt, I realized I shouldn't have used a fabric with bold prints (you can see in the image that the patterns do not match at the seams). So when you make a skirt like this, better opt for solid colors or fabrics with small prints.

Bye for now! Have a nice day!

--- Flora

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Beautiful Handmade Gift

My mom gifted my daughter a beautiful dress she made when she came to visit us yesterday. She made this dress using the left over fabrics from three different projects. I love the color combination in this dress which I think is a little unusual.

This is dress front:

and this is the back:

The dress has so many details. A pintucked bodice front with ruffles on both sides and golden buttons on the center, a sash cinched at the center with a golden button, ties to knot at the back, and a gathered skirt.

Thank you mom for this lovely gift.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tutorial---Color-Blocked Two-Tiered Flounce Skirt

I made a color-blocked tiered flounce skirt for my daughter recently. The pattern is based on the A-line skirt pattern I have posted here.

How to draft the pattern:  

To make a two-tiered flounce at the bottom of the skirt, we need to first decide the height of each tier. I kept the height for each tier 2 inches (for size 4). Let us call the upper tier, tier 1 and the lower tier, tier 2.

   From the hemline of the A-line skirt, mark the height of tier 2. To do this, mark several points on DF and plot the height (e.g., 2 inches) perpendicularly from each of these points. When you connect the plotted points you will get a curvy line that is similar to the hemline curve. Mark it as IJ. Plot the height of tier 1 (e.g., 2 inches) from IJ and draw another curvy line GH to get tier 1 (similar to how you created IJ)

In the graph below, the light orange section is tier 1 and the orange section is tier 2, and black is the main skirt.

   I used a connecting piece as underskirt for the tiers, whose top edge is joined with the main skirt and tier 1, and the bottom edge with tier 2. I wanted the upper part of tier 2 to be concealed under tier 1. For this, I increased the height of tier 2.

   We need to do a little bit of maths here. The height to be increased for tier 2 is one-third of the height of tier 1, and the height of the connecting piece is two-thirds of the height of tier 2.

   For example, if the height of tier 1 is 2 inches, and the height of tier 2 is also 2 inches, then the height to be added to tier 2 is: one-third of height of tier 1 (2 inches), which is 0.67 inches. Therefore, the new height of tier 2 is 2 + 0.67 = 2.67 inches.  

  The height of the connecting piece is two-thirds of the height of tier 1, which is 1.33 inches. 

  Mark the height of the connecting piece from GH. Draw the curvy line KL.  In this graph, LKDF denotes tier 2 and HGKL denotes the connecting piece.

Note: Instead of using a connecting piece, you can also use HGDF as tier 2 and join it with the main skirt along with tier 1. I didn't try this. But just an idea.

Cut out the sections.

How to draft the flounce tiers:

Take the paper pattern piece for tier 1. From the bottom edge of the pattern piece, slit at several points up to but not into the top edge. I hope the pictures below will help you understand how to do this. 

Spread the pattern out at equal distances and paste it onto a paper as shown.

Trace around the spread out pattern and cut the pattern out.

Now turn it back (I traced it again on another paper. You can do this if you prefer). There you have the flounce pattern. Don't forget to mark the fold side.

Repeat this process for tier 2.

Add seam allowances to all the pattern pieces. I added 3/8 inch seam allowance on all sides.

Cut the pattern pieces from the fabric. I wanted to make a color-blocked skirt. So I used three different colors. You will need 1/4 yard of fabric in each color. Remember to cut the pattern pieces on fold.  



And now, it's time to sew the skirt!

Join the sides of all the pieces. Sorry, I didn't serge the raw edges as I rushed to finish off the skirt. But you please do for a neat finish.

Open and press the seams flat in all pieces.

Zigzag or roll and hem the bottom edges of the flounce tiers. I did rolled hem by hand.

Here are the two tiers with hems finished.

Now, we need to attach the flounce tiers to the skirt. We will start with tier 1. First, with the skirt piece upside down, place the top edge of tier 1 over the bottom edge of the skirt at a side seam with their right sides facing each other. 

Then, take the connecting piece and match the top edge of the connecting piece with the skirt and tier 1, by placing it right side down as shown in the image below. Align it's side seam as well.

Now, start pinning the three pieces. Make sure you align the other side seam too of all these pieces. 

  Once you are okay with pinning the pieces all around (if you had correctly drafted and cut your pieces, they should align perfectly without any gathering), sew the pieces together. Topstitch over the seam.

This is how your skirt will look when you are done making tier 1. 

Now, let us attach the next layer, tier 2. Place your skirt like this with tier 1 upside down.

With seams aligning properly, pin the top edge of tier 2 with the bottom edge of the connecting piece.

Sew the pieces together. Topstitch the seam.

After finishing this step, your skirt will look like this. Cute, isn't it? I love the flouncy, bouncy tiers at the bottom.

This is how the underskirt will look. The seams will not be visible outside.

 I attached a glittering ribbon trim above tier 1 to add some detail to the skirt.

There is only one step left to finish off the skirt---attaching the waistband. For the 'how to', please refer to this tutorial

A lovely, twirly little color-blocked skirt for your cute little one. You can also make one for yourself.

I am happy that my little one loved this skirt. 

I have linked this tutorial to the link party on Sugar Bee Crafts.

 Enjoy sewing!