Guess what, it's still boring sewing two of the exact same thing this way too, but by following my rules (I'm so strict sometimes), I had two darling jumpers for Sunday, and that wasn't boring at all!
McCall's pattern 5694
I can endorse this pattern 100%. It gives me very little to complain about. The instructions are clear, and even come with a few helpful illustrations. Who can resist a pattern that doesn't call for any notions?!
My only caution, this is the size 4, with two inches of added length! My girls usually wear a size 6 at Gymboree. I think that means this pattern runs large? I could have probably sewn the size 5, but I like how it's so fitted in the bodice.
Inspired by this unknown piece of fabric that I stumble upon, I even sewed myself something this week. First of all, I still love the fabric! That's huge for me. Often by the time I've made it into something for myself, I get to the end and I've lost the love I once had for the fabric. But not so with this one. I LOVE THIS FABRIC!
At first I thought it was going to be a table cloth. And to tell you the truth, I've used it as a table cloth twice before I realized I wanted to wear that table cloth! So for that reason, I felt a little bit like Frolign Maria from the Sound of Music, when she turns her old drapes into clothes for the children.
Secondly, this is the Schoolhouse Tunic pattern by Sew Liberated. I endorse it 100% as well! I have long been a fan of the Emmeline apron. Liz and I have each sewn it several times. The Emmeline pattern is perfection. And I think the designs that come from Meg of Sew Liberated are truly lovely. So, I confidently bought the Schoolhouse Tunic pattern a while ago, waiting less confidently for the courage to wear one of my own creations. After seeing this fabric neatly folded in my fabric stacks, inspiration hit, and I thought, "I would wear that as a Tunic!"
The rest is sewing history.
Thirdly, I really, really, really hate posing for pictures of myself in something that I've made. I've been trying all day long to find a shot that I wouldn't be too embarrassed to post. These ones only barely pass.
I thought the addition of the ruffle band on the sleeve, in the contrasting border color was just the finishing touch I was looking for. Maybe I made it two inches too short? Other than that, the pattern is once again amazing. The pieces fit together perfectly. The instructions never once left me in tears. Once I had everything cut out, I think I had my first version complete (photos of that one on a later date) in very close to two hours. And best of all, I've made two already, and can think of making at least one more. The options really are endless.
P.S. Isn't that awesome that Ruby is patting my belly as if she is reminding me, "don't forget to suck it in Mama!"
P.P.S. I offered to make Henry and George ties out of the Riley Blake fabric. Can you believe they turned me down?!