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kids clothes week challenge

Last week, I happened upon Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge and decided to join in on the fun. The challenge was to work on children’s clothes for an hour a day each day. I didn’t sew each day, but it definately gave me the spur I needed to work on some of the ideas I’ve had floating around in my head.

I made Esther a pair of summer pajamas out of some “vintage” (a.k.a. old) fabric that I  bought at the Senior Citizen’s fabric sale. For the top I used a pattern, Simplicity 4206, for the bottoms I just traced a pair of pj’s that we already had and added an inch all around. Since I hate hemming, I added a little orange ric rac to the bottoms of the legs and the sleeves.

I also made a shirt for Phoebe out of some cute cotton voile fabric we got at the same sale.

To make the shirt I:

  • Cut 2 peices of fabric – about 24″wide and 22″ long
  • Sew up the 2 sides to make a tube. I used a french seam. To make a french seam pin fabric wrong sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam. Trim seam to 1/8 inch. Now, put fabric right sides together, pin and sew the seam again using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 
  • After tube is made, cut a triangle off of each of the top corners- these are the armholes. I measured about 2.5″ in from side and 5.5 inches down from top, then used those marking to to make a straight line to cut.
  • Make a casing for the elastic across the top. Fold the fabric down 1/2 inch and then again. Sew along the edge.
  • Cut the elastic – measure across the chest to determine how wide you want the top of the shirt to be.
  • Insert the elastic and sew it at each end to secure it.
  • Using bias tape finish the armholes and make ties.
  • Make elastic waist – measure about 3″ down from each armhole and mark a line on wrong side all the way across (I used a “marks be gone” pen). Then I cut a piece of elastic that was comfy around Phoebe’s waist and sewed that on the line stretching the elastic as I sewed.
  • Hem the bottom.

I wish I had been able to actually sew everyday, but I feel pretty good about finishing these. Esther still needs a few more pairs of pj’s and Phoebe would like a couple more of these shirts for the summer. Now that I’ve got the ball rolling, I’m going to try to sew at least a couple of days each week for the summer.

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