Remember the post I wrote about independent pattern designers a couple of weeks ago? I mentioned a new project called Perfect Pattern Parcel that bundles and sells sewing patterns from indie designers. The pattern bundles are only available for a limited time and part of the proceeds go to an educational charity called Donors Choose.
Perfect Pattern Parcel 2 includes five stylish and modern sewing patterns for girls’ clothes.
I was asked to sew at least one of the patterns, but with so many great choices I ended up sewing 2 of them. And I’ll definitely be using the other patterns when I get a chance!
The patterns included in the sale are:
Hanami Top or Dress by Straight Grain
Hosh Pants by LoubeeClothing
Celestial Tee by Figgy’s
September Tunic & Dress by Too Sweets Patterns
Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations
Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie
First, I sewed Figgy’s Celestial Tee for my 3 year old. (Maybe because it reminded me of Celestial Seasonings Tea…and I love a good cup of tea!) It was very quick and easy. I managed to finish the whole thing during naptime. And I loved that the printed pattern only used 5 sheets of paper…very little taping!
My girls really need some good neutral pieces to mix and match with their bright patterned little girl clothes, so I chose solid fabrics in basic colors.
The only thing I changed was the hemline. I added about an inch in the front and shortened it about an inch in the back. I like the hi-low hemline, but I prefer it to be a little more subtle.
I had plenty of fabric left over and decided to make another for my 7 year old. Since the first shirt came together so quickly, I decided to experiment and add a printed fabric to the upper back.
The printed fabric is a sturdier knit and worked much better around the neckline. The tissue knit would have looked nicer if I had used a knit stabilizer (which was mentioned in the pattern, and I skipped because I didn’t have any…). I also stretched the second neckline a little tighter than the first. There is plenty of room for the tee to fit around a child’s head, so tightening up the neckline seemed to help keep the shape and structure.
I also decided to make some Hosh Pants by LouBee Clothing for my 3 year old. She really loves her stretch skinny jeans, and the Hosh Pants have a similar fit. I chose a gray stretch denim, which worked very well.
She’s between a size 3T and 4T in length, but has a tiny waist. I noticed some of the other finished pants looked loose in the seat, so I chose the smaller size. That was definitely the right call for her.
Her “frave-rite” skinny jeans have back pockets, so I added some little patch pockets as well.
This bundle is only available for a couple more days, until the 18th! (Individual patterns will still be available from the designers after that…)
Be inspired by the many lovely clothes made from these patterns!
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