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These cute shirts were my last finished project for KCWC. The girls have *loved* them.

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The pattern: The pattern is Oliver + S Hopscotch Shirt , which was my first successful knit experience. The pattern itself is so easy to follow! I have said this of every O+s pattern, but it’s so true. The first shirt I made was easy enough, but once I had sewn that one up, the second came together in no time. It’s love for me! I’ll be making this one many, many times, for sure.

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The fabric: It was so easy to make these, and I think a great part of it was the knit I was working with: a ribbed knit from fabric.com. I know rib stretches more, and time will tell whether it was a good choice or not, but the weight of the fabric made it incredibly easy to work with, especially for someone without a serger, like myself. Also, the pattern calls for stabilizing some key areas with interfacing, which really helped.

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The sewing: I am very satisfied with the results. These are the settings I used for sewing with this fabric:

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-A narrow zig-zag

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-As wide a stitch as I could use for joining pieces.

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-A narrow stitch for finishing hems.

Another important tip (I read this somewhere, but can’t remember where!) that made a world of difference is to match your thread to the fabric. Because the zig-zag will always show a bit, having the thread be a color match helped so much!

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See what I’m saying?

Now, I am not sure if I will hem these… Any thoughts on how best to do that?

Thanks, everybody, for the inspiration to try new things, especially Meg! I loved being a part of it, and can’t wait for next time.

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I have wanted to participate in Kids Clothes Week Challenge at Elsie Marley for a long time, and this time I’ll make myself do it *fingers crossed* I even have guests in town next week! So, I guess, I will just do my best.

Anyway, planning the pieces to sew has been great fun. Coordinating a wardrobe has always been a little tricky for me; sometimes I will love something that ends up getting little use because a) it doesn’t go with anything else in the closet; b) impractical style; c) did not love it to begin with. I sew for two girls who really know what they like, and really like to get dressed. This is what I am, eventually, going to finish for them:

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-Two On-the-border skirts from Mary Abreu’s book. I am using one of Sarah Jane’s border prints for one of them that will be darling.

-Two knit shirts in pink and yellow (which coordinate with the two skirts)

-Polka dot class music blouse. I will next sew a long-sleeve one, but not for this week.

Eventually, I want to make the hopscotch and music-class skirts in either chambray or denim, which will go with all of our tops. A rule of thumb of wardrobe planning is to have two tops to a bottom–that should cover it!

-I need to finish another of these pants:

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And I will have to make some kind of jacket. The Hailey would be perfect!

-I need to make pajama pants for my nephew, and pjs for my girls, if I can.

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Meanwhile, I’ll be working on the smocking to this dress and cutting up patterns. Hopefully, my fabric will make it on time for the challenge. What are you working on?

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It’s finally finished! And I am so pleased with the results. I have never *ever* worked on such an ambitious project, and I feel so happy I stuck with it and got it done. Thank you, Tasia, for such an awesome pattern and sewalong!

Materials: red wool crepe; lining: print quilting cotton, both from www.fabric.com I got the notions through Amazon, if you can believe it. It was great, I did not have to go anywhere!

Adjustments: The only adjustment I did on it was shorten the sleeves. Oh, and I did not add Velcro to the pockets.

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Notes about the fabric: It was great to sew with these two fabrics. They are both very forgiving when it comes to using your seam-ripper. The wool does not press well, but I was okay with that. Such a lovely color! It is the perfect fall/spring weight.

Difficulties: Stitching in the ditch and the final hem were the hardest for me. They look a bit wonky, but not too bad considering… I was scared to sew in the zippers, but everything turned out great. Tasia’s instructions on the pattern are absolutely fabulous.

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Techniques learned: I am not rembering the proper names for these right now, but I learned so many things! The most important lesson was to take my time preparing to sew– it is so worth it in the end! I also learned neat techniques for attaching lining, new ways of transferring pattern markings, the meaning of stitching in the ditch, a review of slipstitching, among others. It was great!

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Favorite features: I love everything about this jacket but, especially, the raglan sleeves with gathers, and the cinched waist. Gorgeous! My four-year-old asked me if she could get this jacket when she grows up 😉

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Thanks again, Tasia, for such a fun sewalong!

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Here’s the latest update. We only have a few steps left!

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Tasia shared an awesome technique for finishing the cuffs by sewing machine. It works! My finished cuff:

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I can’t wait to wear this. It’s a gorgeous pattern. Time to start thinking about fabric for the next one 😉

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It’s coming along! I worked on the lining on Saturday evening and could not resist slipping it in to see what the whole thing looked like. Fabulous! I *love* this pattern; it’s full of so many feminine details and has been great fun to put together.

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I am pretty in love with my fabric choices. The jacket is red wool crepe and the lining is a quilting cotton, both from fabric.com. I have never worked on such an ambitious project, but I think it’s coming along rather nicely 🙂

At this stage, the biggest lesson I have learned from the process could not be more simple: Take the time early on to prepare to sew. I did not transfer any of the pattern markings before, have not been too careful marking notches, etc. and now I really see why it’s worth taking the time to do all that. It makes the process go so much more smoothly at a time when you don’t want to stop sewing to take care of all those little details! (or when you have already put your pattern away!)

What sewing lessons have you learned the hard way?

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Amidst the chaos of getting our new house organized and moving boxes unpacked, I have had the most fun sewing my Minoru Jacket along with the wonderful Tasia from Sewaholic . I love this sew-along! I feel like I am learning so very much through the whole process. Thank you, Tasia!

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I loved Heather Ross’ book, Weekend Sewing. All the projects I have made from this book have turned out great, have been fast sewing, and fun.

Here is a picture of some pajama pants I made for me using Heather’s pattern. The picture is awful, but the pants were super easy to made and so comfortable to wear.

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I’ll definitely make more of these!

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