Geranium Dress

It’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge!!  Woohoo! I was hesitant to write about it beforehand because the last time I posted about KCWC, I ended up not sewing anything.  Big let down.

BUT this time I made something.  Now let’s not focus on the fact that I messed it up and cut the pattern out wrong, but let’s focus on that I actually cut something out and sewed it up in an afternoon.  I’m pretty proud of myself. Once I’ve tweaked it so that it fits right, I’ll post a picture.

KCWC is basically a fun challenge every season to focus an hour (or more) a day for 7 days straight on making fun clothes for your kids.  Always good to have a motivator and to see other people sewing and being creative.

This afternoon I bought the uber popular Geranium Dress pattern by Rae. Savannah is in between sizes of most patterns and so I’ve been holding off on buying any until she’s gone up in size.  I was able to buy both sizes of the Geranium Dress and I couldn’t be happier with all of the different options.  Tops! Dresses! Flutter sleeves! Neck Options! I can see how this pattern will be a solid one that I keep coming back to.

What’s up for the rest of this week?  Who knows, maybe something for fall or some bigger sizes for next summer? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, maybe I should just focus on fixing the dress I botched today.

KCWC Day 5, 2011

At the beginning of this week I made the little yellow dress for my granddaughter, Emily.  She is very much into purses, so I decided I’d make the purse that was in the pattern for her as well.    I wanted the sides to be somewhat stiff, so I used fusable craft interfacing, which was stiffer than what you’d put into shirts.  And since the eyelet fabric was so pretty, I decided to fuse the interfacing to the lining instead.  I used a lighter-weight interfacing for the gusset so they purse could fold on itself. 

The first step was to stay-stitch the gusset.  Since the pattern has 5/8" seams I normally stay-stitch at ½".  Then when I cut up to the stay-stitching, there’s no chance of cutting too far.  This photo shows the stay-stitched and cut gusset being pinned to the side of the purse.

Here’s the completly pinned piece. 

Laying behind it is the interfaced lining gusset that has been stay-stitched but not yet cut. Once I got the purse sewn together, I realized that it was going to be awfully big for a 2-year old, so I trimmed 1" off the top of everything.

I decided that I wanted some buttons on the purse for decoration.  So I stitched those on next. 

Then came the handles.  I’d used the lighter weigth interfacing in those as well.  They had been sewn with a 3/8" seam.  I sewed the end of one of them to make it easier to turn right side out using an unsharpened pencil to push.  I basted them to the top of the purse using ½" seam so that it wouldn’t show when I did my final 5/8" seam, and I could just leave that basted seam there as well.  You can see how the handle at the top of the photo has the end sewn.

Next the lining was put together in the same fashion as the purse, but with a few inches left open on the side where the gusset attached so that the purse could be turned right side out at the end.  This photo shows the purse all pinned to the lining and ready to be sewn.

After doing this seam I trimmed it and then understitched the seam to the lining to help keep the eyelet fabric from moving into the inside of the purse.  With the stiff interfacing it was a little hard to turn the purse right side out.   You can see the purse coming out of the opening and the lining has to turn yet in this photo.

Next the open seam in the lining had to be sewn by hand.

And we have a finished purse that can stand up by itself.  I hope Emily will like it!


Today was PHENOMENAL at all of our campuses!! Souls saved — Lives changed. #ifreakinlovemychurch #KCWC

My Nanomango/November (to now) comic project is now available, all together, in order, in a couple places:

It’s on my Blogger, http://www.emilyhann.blogspot.com in webpages.

Or, if you really love clicking through individual pages you can view them in their own folder in my deviantArt gallery here

And now available in a *handy* .pdf

And if anyone’s interested, I wrote a blurb on the mini comic, how I drew it and the reference resources I used link