On my learning-to-sew journey, I started with sweater felt mittens and dolls, then moved on to simple on line tutorials, then on to printable patterns--- picking up new skills (and new outfits for the girls) along the way. Finally, I decided to tackle tracing patterns from the Japanese pattern book I bought back in January, as well as the bonus issue of Ottobre Designs that I received with my subscription. I taped some IKEA paper roll (for the kids' easel) to the patterns sheets with low tack tape, held them up on our big window in the kitchen, and started tracing. ("Those are plans for breaking into the Vatican, right?" asked Q, looking at the mass of intersecting lines and curves.)
Here is the resulting outfit:
I love it-- but it's too big. :) In this photo the shirt is precariously positioned on her shoulders, and the pants are hiked up. They're supposed to be capris. Still, at least she will be able to wear them for two summers.
Details on the top, from Happy Homemade Vol. 5:
This is the top from the cover, on the right. I haven't learned to do button holes yet, so I just did snaps. There is a dress version of this that would be sweet to make, and if you just leave the elastic out of the bottom it becomes a tunic top. I'm still totally in love with this fabric.
In terms of figuring out the instructions in Japanese, I mostly just followed the pictograms, although I did use a page of sewing translations to figure out two important words: front and back. After that it was smooth sailing. The top would take about 30% less time if you used a package bias tape for the trim, rather than making your own. I do like the co-ordinated look, though.
The pants are from this issue of Ottobre:
The capri pant pattern is named "Audrey", so of course I had to make them! Audrey's height was in between sizes on the pattern, so I made the larger one. I chickened out on putting in the invisible zipper and went with elastic instead. Still way too big. I'm thinking of adding a drawstring waist, and hemming them up about 3 inches. I love the little side vent!
Still perfecting that "I'm getting my picture taken" face.
After all this sewing, my machine had a little breakdown last night. The feed dog isn't moving the fabric along. Anyone have any ideas why this might be happening?
Maybe she just needs a rest-- my paper trimmer is ready to go, though!