When I sew, I like my clothing to be above all practical and comfortable to wear. I sew with a lot of bright colours and like adding fun details. I believe in dressing kids like kids, and don’t stress when clothes get stained or ripped through play.
I also wanted my outfit to reflect our lifestyle. We have a dairy farm in rural Alberta, Canada and I wanted my clothing to fit in.
The first item is a puffed sleeve tee with a cut out detail at the neckline. I started off with Ottobre 3/2012 #14 Hoops T-Shirt. I added length and cut out and bound a small opening at the centre front. I did a freezer paper stencil of a Holstein on the front.
The jeans are also Ottobre: 3/2013 #22 Summer Pull-ons coloured jeans. I really like the authentic look with the pockets and love the way the rivets make them look so professional!
The back pockets have K’s embroidered on them, although my daughter insists they look more like R’s. I did the embroidery on my regular sewing machine. The elastic waist makes these practical for my 4 year old. I added a welt zipper pocket on the leg for special rocks, cat treats, and other tiny treasures. the seam allowances on the legs are bound with bias binding so that they look nice cuffed.
The coral coloured stretch jean jacket was a labour of love! I used heavy duty thread for the topstitching and my coverstitch did not like it so I did all the stitch one row at a time on my regular machine. I used pearl western style snaps for the closures. The pattern is Ottobre 3/2013 #27 Cool Dude denim jacket.
To top it all off, I made a denim military style cap to protect her head from the elements and keep her hair out of her face. I used the leftover scraps from the pants and the jacket. I had a slight mishap while constructing the hat; you can read about it here.
Yay, you made it to the end of this very lengthy post. I want to thank the organizers of Project Run and Play for a inspiring month of sewing. I can’t wait until next season!