Up In The Sky – Kitschy Coo Skater Dress

Sometimes it’s fun to make something quick, easy, and adorable and the Little Girl Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo checks all those boxes.

Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This is the size 7/8 in a watermelon colour theme.

This is the second time I’ve used this pattern. Last time I did this in a winter dress with long sleeves and using french terry. This time I used cotton jersey and made the sleeveless version.

Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This is the size 5/6 in red and turquoise.

The fabric is from l’Oiseau Fabrics. I used their jersey for the dresses and ribbing for trim. All are really high quality and perfectly suited for the pattern.

Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This is the size 3/4 in turquoise and purple.

The pattern combines two sizes in one, and this works great for my kids, since they can wear the dress for a long time. I didn’t make any alterations at all.

Various cotton spandex jersey prints in a sky theme.

This project is part of the Kids Clothes Week sew along, the Monthly Stitch August challenge: Triple Trouble, and the Stashbusting Sewalong.

Summary

Pattern: Little Girl’s Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo available in sizes 18m-8y. I chose the sleeveless view. There are also short sleeve and long sleeve versions.

Fabric: Starlight Jersey Knit in red and turquoise. Cloudy jersey knit in pink. Stretch ribbing in Aqua, purple and lime. All 95% cotton, 5% spandex. All from l’Oiseau Fabrics.

Size: 3/4, 5/6, 7/8.

Cost: Pattern: £7.20 Fabric: About $24/dress.

Sewing Level: Beginner.

Modifications: none.

Results: Great. Makes a cute, comfortable dress the kids love.

Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment
Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment

Stash Busting for Seasonal Change

I can’t believe summer is almost over. I just added fabric for a swimsuit to my stash and created a caftan inspiration board on Pinterest. But really, it’s just the right time to get started sewing for fall.

So to get in the right state of mind, I’ve collected some of the best new patterns for early fall sewing. Because even when you’re stash busting, it’s fun to have something shiny and pretty.

The big four pattern companies have just released there fall patterns, or sometimes just their “early fall” patterns and there a few really good ones.

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I sometimes find that Butterick patterns don’t really grab my attention, so I was really happy to see three new patterns I like. Gertie has a new vintage-inspired dress pattern, Butterick B6380. Lisette has a great coat pattern, B6385, with various cup-sizes included. And I also spotted a cute and original dress pattern, B8388, that looks great for knits.

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Vogue has some new patterns, but one real stand out, V1517, an amazing Anne Klein jacket with skinny pants.

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Over at Simplicity, Mimi G has a really cute motorcycle jacket, 8174. I just wish you could still buy Simplicity patterns in Canada.

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Not many indie pattern companies have released their fall lines, but quite a few have some nice spring patterns that also work for fall. Oki-Style has a very unique cowl-neck dress. Vanessa Pouzet has her Folk dress, which could work for work or evening. And Named patterns has released a sleeve addition for their very popular Kiehlo dress, making it a great addition to a fall/winter wardrobe.

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In separates, there is the new Rosarí skirt by Pauline Alice. Closet Case has the new Morgan boyfriend jeans pattern. And over at Bootstrap Fashion, the tunic with yoke, though an older pattern, I think, would make turn everything into a little mini capsule wardrobe.

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And finally, over at Waffle patterns, is the Tosti utility jacket. I think this one is my favourite.

Stashbusting Outerwear

Now that summer is officially over and the kids are all back to school, it’s time to bust that stash!

For a couple of years, I’ve been participating in the Stashbusting Sew along. It’s a very casual sew along, where the goal is to use up the fabric (and patterns and sewing notions) that you already have. There are themes each month and people are encouraged to participate when they can – which is exactly the type of easy going sew along I like best.

Brindille & Twig slouchy beanie.
Brindille & Twig slouchy beanie.

This year, there are guest leaders, and this month it’s me! My theme is outerwear, and seasonal change- both of which are perfect for september sewing.

In my sewing room, the one fabric that keeps piling up is fabric for outerwear – but often it’s “reserved” for big, complicated projects that I never seem to get around to. So my goal this month is to complete some outerwear projects.

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew.

But I also wanted to share some cool links for outerwear projects to help get people in the mood. I decided to feature some independent patterns that you might not have spotted before, and to choose ones that are especially quick to make. Hope you see something that inspires you!

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants.

Outerwear Sewing Patterns for Kids

Hats
slouch beanie by Brindille & Twig
Little Cap by by Leila & Ben
Huck Finn Cap by Sew Liberated
Balaclava by Make it & Love It (free)
Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew.

Shoes
Toms-Inspired Baby And Toddler Shoes by Homemade Toast (free version available)

Coats, Jackets and Capes
Agatha Coat by papillon & mandarine
Urban Weekender Coat by Heidi & Finn
The Cape by Vanessa Pouzet
Lars Jacket by Zonen 09
Black Pearl Coat by papillon & mandarine
Quilted Baby Coat by BurdaStyle
Dinosaur Hoodie Tutorial by The Sewing Rabbit

Outerwear Sewing Patterns For Men

Mister Comet Hoodie by DaWanda
Honey Crisp Conductive Mittens by Seamster

Outerwear Sewing Patterns For Women

Hats
Slouchy Beanie by Imagine Gnats

Jackets
Jett Biker Jacket by StyleArc
Zinnia Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
909 Jacket by Shwin Designs
Bernadette Quilted Jacket by République Du Chiffon
Jacket Vest by i love sewing (free)
Manufacture Top by aime comme Marie

Coats
Sophia Coat by Tamanegi-kobo
Eagle Jacket by Vanessa Pouzet
Frakke Coat by Stoff & Stil
Eve Coat by Schnittchen

Some Vintage Inspiration from my mother’s sewing pattern stash.

Simplicity 5928
Vintage pattern from my mother.
Vogue 9308
Vintage pattern from my mother.

And maybe this year, I’ll finally make myself a cape…

Simplicity 7866
Vintage pattern from my mother.

Stashbusting in 2015

Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge
Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge 2015

For the third year in a row I’ll be taking part in the Stashbusting Sewalong and this year I’m also a monthly theme leader. It’s a super casual sew-along where everyone is encouraged to use what they already have. Instead of going fabric shopping, we try to shop our fabric stash.

Personally, I have trouble finding the time to sew all the things I plan. That means that the fabric (and patterns!) start to pile up. Making a game out of using up what I have helps keep everything under control. I also like that this sew-along is very low-key. My favourite kind of sew-along is the kind where there are no deadlines and no pressure.

I just added everything up and it looks like this year I sewed about 47 metres of stash fabric. Crazy! And that’s not counting all the notions, batting, buttons, etc. I used every piece of batting I have larger than a place mat. Next year, I’ll try for 10 pieces of fabric. I’ll count up the metres at the end of the year.

This year there will also be monthly leaders and I’m one of them! I’m super excited! I will be stash busting outerwear this September. Will I finally get that wool coat made? A cape? Or maybe a Minoru jacket? Find out this fall!

If you’ve followed the sew-along before, you’ll notice there are new themes, and project sew-alongs too. But you can also participate by sewing whatever you like, as long as it is from your stash.

Optional Monthly Themes:

January: Renewing Sewing with Emily at Tumbleweeds in the Wind
February: Fabric Contest with Judy at Stoney Lonesome Sew Works
March: Patterns We Have with Heather at Handmade by Heather B
April: Vibrant Color with Kristen at Sew Classic
May: Lingerie with Andrea at Obsessive Creativeness
June: Knits with Nancy at Surfing in Surf City
July: Dresses with Sarah at Musings of a Seamstress
August: Face your Feared Stashed Fabric with Jagoda at Fit Not to Fit
September: Outerwear and Seasonal Change with Shannon at The Finished Garment
October: Sewing for Charity with Orsolya at Borsmenta’s Creative Room
November: Containment and a Japanese Bag Sewalong with Sue at Fadanista
December: Christmas Mayhem with Emily at Tumbleweeds in the Wind

The sew-along starts this month and runs all year. So if you’d like to join the sew-along, hop over to the official 2015 Stashbusting Sewalong webpage to join and then sign up for the Stashbusting Facebook group and/or Stashbusting Flickr group. Hope to see you there!

Field Trip Tees for the Kids

I’m not sure how your October was, but mine was crazy! October is when work gets busy, homework piles us and then, Halloween! I managed to get a bit of sewing done for Kids Clothing Week (KCW). But did I get around to blogging it? Of course not.

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

I try to sew my kids what they need, so with the approach of crisp fall weather, some long-sleeved tees seemed like a great project. I used the Field Trip Raglan T-shirt pattern by Oliver + S, and sewed it up in sizes 2, 4, and 6.

This is a super fast project. The instructions are great and there are only a few pattern pieces. The only change I made was to add bands to the sleeves. Partly, this was because I like the look, and partly this was because my kids are on the tall skinny size and I wanted to be sure the shirts last through the winter. Next time, I might go up a size, at least for the three bigger kids.

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I added bands to the sleeves for a bit of extra length.

I used my regular sewing machine, as a I don’t have a serger, but this worked really well.

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Love those stripes.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The polkadots are fun too
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Who doesn’t love rainbows?
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Love this colour combination.

The kids picked these fabrics themselves ages ago. Mostly I used cotton jersey from the Riley Blake collection, but the dark grey is from the Robert Kaufman Laguna collection. The Riley Blake colours are really bright, which I love, and the kids do too.

This pattern looks great colour blocked, especially with stripes. I’m seriously considering copying at least one of these tees using a grown-up pattern.

Jersey is usually about 60″ (150 cm) wide, so I found I had a lot of extra fabric left over. But that just meant that I had enough for a couple more cute projects that I’ll be blogging soon. Yay!

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the shirt in size 2.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the size 4.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is also a size 6, but Kid No 1 is just a bit taller.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the size 6.

I really, really love these shirts. Even though they were super quick and easy projects, I’m really happy with the results. It’s really hard to find t-shirts that are fun and bright but that aren’t pink with sparkles or covered with logos. I’ll definitely be making more.

This project was part of Kids Clothing Week and the Stashbusting Sew Along.

Summary

Pattern Review: Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver + S available in sizes 6m-12.
Fabric: 

  • Cotton Jersey in Heathered Knit Pepper from the Laguna collection by Robert Kaufman.
  • Cotton Jersey in small chevron in aqua, small chevron in rainbow, small dots in red, solid red, and 1/2″ stripes in red, all from the Riley Blake Knits collection.

Sizes: 2, 4, and 6.
Cost: Pattern: (gift). Fabric: About $10/shirt.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I added bands to the sleeves, and didn’t put pockets on all the shirts.
Results: Amazing. My kids love these shirts and wear them at least once a week.

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Peekaboo!