Tuesday, July 21, 2015

One Pattern Three Ways: Dress all the kids!

Hi! I'm here on a fun tour today, One Pattern Three Ways by Sew Not Perfect! When I saw the sign up for the tour I was intrigued, and decided I needed to get in on this. With two girls who are close in age and clothing size, it's easy to make them matching or coordinating outfits. But I had to get my baby boy in the mix, too!

1Pattern:3Ways Blog Tour

The challenge was to come up with three different ways to use one pattern that we already owned. I've been one of those people who will buy a lot of patterns rather than mash the ones I already have, because it's worth it for me to have someone else do that work - I just want to sew it! :) But lately I've been getting interested in pattern mashing and stretching my skills, and this challenge was perfect!

I chose the Deep Sea V-Neck by Patterns for Pirates. I've owned it since last October, and had never made one! So for my first one, I made the pattern as written - the only thing I changed up was to add sleeve bands rather than hemming, to add a little extra pop from that bright yellow!

The shirt is upcycled from an XL women's t-shirt, with cotton lycra from Purpleseamstress. Natalie really likes the bright colors and the softness of the knits!

For Sam, my goofball toddler, I wanted to do something a little more girly and twirly. She's getting old enough to be excited about new clothes fresh off the sewing machine, and this dress was no exception!

I started with the basic v-neck, but removed the sleeves and added bands. I used the simplest crossover v-neck option, as with Natalie's shirt. I used a striped cotton spandex blend from Girl Charlee that I bought a year or so ago, and a random polyester jersey from my stash - probably from the thrift store. I cut about 4 inches off the bodice piece, then used a fork to evenly pleat the skirt. I cut the whole width of the fabric and just pleated until it fit the bodice, nothing scientific or mathematical over here!

I sewed a length of elastic around the waist seam, to help the bodice hold up the heavier skirt - it worked perfectly, and gives the bodice a fun bloused look, too!

A narrow strip of the stripes to complete the hem, some matching sandals (ha, coincidence!) and we have the perfect playground dress! It's soft, twirly but still casual, and she loves it!

Finally, the little man. For him, I wanted to do something totally different.
I started with the Deep Sea's front bodice piece, but (as seen in the *superprofessional* drawing below) I deepened the neckline and armscye, and gave it a little quirk with a shirttail hem.

Then I cut it out of quilting cotton!

This is a knit pattern, but it makes a great little woven vest - I just went up one size, and with the above modifications, it fit great! Oops. I should also mention that I added an inch on either side of the front, and did NOT cut on the fold - to make room for the snaps, of course! 

I used a quilting cotton from my stash with a fun sneaker print, a purchased bodysuit, and the Little Star pants from Puperita for his outfit.

Isn't he handsome?? (Even when he's sneezing, or whatever he was doing on the right?)

Some quick info about the Deep Sea V-Neck:

Sizes go from 3m-14 (Natalie is wearing a size 5, no mods, Sam a size 3, shortened with skirt added, Ethan size 9 months, sized up for woven with mods)

4 sleeve lengths, 3 v-neck styles, pocket and button tab options 

PDF pattern pages do not require trimming, easy to follow photo tutorial

I really do love how easy this pattern is, and how fast I could integrate it into each kid's wardrobe - taking into account their personal styles, likes and dislikes, and even make simple modifications to make whole new looks! It's a great wardrobe staple item.

We are clearly so, SO done with photos, Mom.

Here is the rest of the tour schedule! Miss a post? Click the links and find out what patterns everyone else is showcasing - three different ways!

1Pattern:3Ways Tour Schedule & Links

July 10      Creative Counselor & Sew-Not-Perfect
July 14      Sew Starly
July 17      From-a-box
July 21      create 3.5
July 24      Rebel & Malice
July 28      Sew-Not-Perfect
July 31      Lulu & Celeste
Aug 04      Bee Quilted Beauties
Aug 07      Hattilu Handmade

Finally - for some more fun, link up your own "one pattern done three ways", and/or enter the giveaway to win pattern packages!

You can do that HERE!

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