Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pierrot Tunics

 Baby in her new tunic tapping the window pane to get the dog to come to the door!
 I've been working on some tops to layer over the girls clothes on cold days and I used the Pierrot tunic pattern from Made by Rae.  Its a very straight forward and simple pattern but I think it makes a cute tunic that looks free spirited.  I made the baby's from flannel as an experiment and it turned out pretty well.  The pattern is for lighter weight fabrics than flannel but I still think it turned out pretty good.

Big girl's is made of linen/cotton chambray.  Admittedly it looked pretty much like a plain old sack with out the kitty pocket which was her suggestion for making it look better.  She really didn't like it at first and now she is sort of ok with it.  You win some you lose some, hoping I can coax her into wearing it some time for more than ten minutes.    

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Handmade Christmas

I have been cranking out the handmade Christmas gifts once again this year (and I think every year that I won't do so much and I do anyway).  This is the Annabelle jacket from Peekaboo Patterns.  Its for the 17 month old.  I always try to make my girls at least one handmade garment for Christmas.    

Details on the pattern:  She's slim through the torso so I made a size 12 month with lengthened sleeves.  I just eyeballed how much extra sleeve I thought she'd need and it was perfect.  I like this pattern pretty well but I goofed the ruffle using the piece that was intended for a tie belt instead of the ruffle piece.  I actually think it turned out better than the ruffle piece would've because it made the ruffle more full.  A couple of small gripes about the pattern are that there are no button placement guides and the bottom portion doesn't overlap as well as I'd hoped it would.  Those details are for anyone who hopes to make it!  Also it is made in a plum baby cord from Hancocks and some flannel I've had in my stash for a while.  

Over all I think it came out pretty adorable, reminds me of Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club.  Its great for church when you need something a little dressier than a play coat.  For some reason these days this girl does not like a coat and shoes put on and she wrestles with me endlessly.  You can imagine I'm sure, you get one arm in and then they bronco kick and out it comes, you get one shoe on then they claw at the floor and screech and scramble out of reach.  Whew, counts as a work out in my book!