Sunday, September 15, 2013

Preschool Fall Collection {Part 1}

 My mission for preschool sewing was to create simple, comfortable clothes that didn't require too much energy or too precious materials to sew, but still represented my aesthetics.

Plaid Tunic

I love tunics for N. They can be paired with shorts in the hot weather and layered over long sleeve shirt and legging in the colder weather.


I used the plaid fabric in both directions: the top part is cut on bias & the bottom ruffle part - along the grain.
To add more interest, I attached a contrasting collar and a trim along the hem ruffles. 
I left the flutter sleeves and the hem edges raw with a bit of contrasting stitch.


But what I love the most about this tunic is its shape. I drafted this pattern myself based on a basic bodice, which I redraft with every new project in hopes of finding the best possible fit. In this little number, the hem is uneven but not because of the asymmetrical hemline. Rather, because of the difference in the height of the shoulder areas of the pattern. The back is longer giving the tunic this interesting silhouette. This pattern is one more experiment that turned out to be successful, so I've saved the pattern for future projects.



Grayish Blue & Plaid Reversible Pinafore

I love pinafores on little girls. I can't believe this is the first time I've attempted to sew one for N. 
I drafted this pattern myself inspired by many beautiful pinafores out there. 


My twist was to try to incorporate almost cap-like silhouette at the shoulder.
I love how this turned out. 


The plaid side paired with knee high socks looks like a uniform to me, which is so adorable on a three year old. 
In both photos N is wearing little bloomer-shorts I've made for her.



30 comments:

  1. Adorable! Great job Momma!
    with love,
    -Jo

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  2. This is adorable! I love the little flutter sleeves!

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  3. I really like the crisscross straps on your reversible pinafore but I love the plaid tunic that you cut from every direction...very creative & fun.
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! Btw, I love the classy outfit you've created this week of PR&P!

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  5. Both are adorable.....I'm loving the crisscross straps and reversibility of the second tunic though!!

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    1. Thank you! I think this is the first reversible tunic I've made for N, and now that we've tested it in action (spoiling one side, turning the pinafore in a blink of an eye, and having a totally new look for the rest of the day!), I'm loving it even more!

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  6. I love the plaid pinafore. Looks so sweet!

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  7. Love the reversible effect & the crossed back straps. It's the best pinafore I've seen!

    Mae

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    1. Thank you! I do try to add a new twist to the old designs whenever possible. Plus, the reversibility of this pinafore has proven to be sooo useful!

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  8. I agree tunics are awesome on little girls :) Great job on everything, especially drafting and sewing the pinafore, I am really loving it.

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  9. So cute! I love in pinafore look :o) I went with the classic plaid pjs for this challenge :o) Emily@nap-timecreations

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    1. Thank you! I love those pjs! Flannel pjs are next on my must-do list..

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  10. They are both great, and I especially love that cute tunic and how you used plaid in bias. So pretty!

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  11. Both of your works are super cute and very complement your little girl. She looks so darling. I most adored plaid pinafore, very clever done!

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  12. Really like the plaid cut on the bias.
    Great work!

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  13. Both dresses are adorable! Great job drafting them!

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  14. I also love little girls in paid with knee highs! And I really like the tunic that is cut on the bias!

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