Friday, April 27, 2012

Kid's Clothes Week Challenge

I had no intention of taking on Elsie Marley's Kid's Clothes Week Challenge this week.  In fact, I didn't even know it was this week until Monday which was day 1 (or was it day 2).  However, I've been dying to make a Marissa dress for Grace, and I've been lacking some motivation.  I love a good challenge though, so this week was just what I needed.

Now I bet you're thinking I'd be spotlighting the Marissa dress in this post after that introduction.  Wrong. It's a Sunday dress, sew I'll take pictures of Grace in it on Sunday to share.

What I'm really sharing are my Knot Shorts that I took on yesterday.  

It's funny how when you are in the  middle of making something, for me it was the Marissa dress, all these other ideas just come to you of things to make, sew, cook.  Creativity is addictive and has a mind blowing domino effect.  I just don't have enough time for everything!

But, I'm off topic.  Back to the Knot Shorts.  Annee had an Epic KCWC last year, and she took them on, but gave us the hot tip of making sure that our patterns had a front and back piece to them.  Check.  I did that.  I then decided that since I've sewn sew many Quick Change Trousers that are fully reversible, that I would make these shorts for Grace fully reversible.

Just know when you decide to change a pattern or transfer a technique from one pattern to another it's going to make your head hurt.  At midnight I gave up because my brain couldn't figure out how to make the fully reversible Knot Shorts work.

Then at 3 a.m. for a middle of the feeding for Baby Hank I started going over it again and again how to make it work.  I figured it out, but I wasn't going to head to the sewing room then, but hoped and silently prayed I'd remember in a few short (pun intended) hours when I woke up for the day.

Baby Hank woke me up at 6 a.m., and while he played with mega blocks, I got some quality time with my seam ripper.  And by school time, I dropped her off in her new Knot Shorts.  These probably aren't the fabric of my dreams, but it's what I had on hand.  And for a kindergartener, I decided it was perfectly acceptable to wear the crazy loud shorts to school.  Seeing as Grace didn't know a pair of shorts before today and warm temperatures are upon us, I can promise more Knot Shorts are in our future.

I added a heart to the back side of zig zag side of the shorts, so Grace would know that I made these with love and also sew there was no confusion between the front and back of the shorts.

If I find some extra time (ha!) in my days, I'll put together a tutorial on how to make the shorts reversible.  It might have to wait though because I have another dress I'm hoping to sew quickly before the KCWC is over.  It will require a pattern from JoAnn's.  Let's hope my JoAnn's can come through for me!!

Over and out.

1 comment:

Summer said...

I'm in love with the marissa dress. Wow. I can't wait to see more pics :)

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