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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Romper and a Unique Sweatshirt


Even though summer has left us in the dust, I still wanted to make this romper for Molly (age 5). I had earmarked some of those last toddler patterns I'd be sad to have skipped, and this was at the top of the list.

I did make it large so she *might* be able to fit it next year.



The fabric is a stash-cured jersey from Chez Ami. The front closes with an invisible zip. It has two patch pockets, and some elastic stitched to the inside of the waist.

I imagine it's comfortable, but she thought it was a little weird and didn't want to wear it at first, despite being excited about the fabric.

The pattern is "Owl Tree Romper" from Ottobre 3-2013-28.








Now this one is more suitable for fall. It is "Tipitii Velour Tunic" from Ottobre 1-2010-30. I made it in a super stretchy sweatshirt fleece that was already pilling, blech. I figured I wouldn't be sad about the fabric if Grace didn't end up loving this unique tunic.

The front bodice is supposed to be gathered to the yoke, but the gathers just stretched as I sewed it. You can see how it should look in the back view. The sleeve caps are also gathered.


The pockets are my favorite part. I also lined the hood.









15 comments:

  1. Oh Joy, Molly is growing up so fast! She's all slender and tall now, like they all get in that kindergarten-ish stage. Sigh. And in that second photo, her profile looks like Alex's!

    And I love the pockets! I've wanted to make something with those semicircular pockets for ages, too, but I could never think of something the girls would actually wear. That's the challenge of sewing for kids, isn't it? We want to make something fun and interesting, and those are the very things the kids won't wear. Grrr.

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    1. These semi-circular pockets are pretty fun to sew.

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  2. The romper is so super cute. And I love the tunic - so cute and comfy for a little girl. Such a shame about the pilling. In my experience, it's always the softest, yummiest jersey that has been made into the most popular wardrobe piece that pills the most - and has the shortest life...I try to restrain myself from buying fabrics I know will pill but sometimes I just cant resist.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I should have known better about the fabric - it was cheap, heh, so not too great a loss.

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  3. Very cute, all of it. I made that tunic for DD, and she thought it "a little weird" and didn't really wear it, sigh. Also, I have missed the window of sewing up the last cute toddler patterns which makes me sad. Good for you for sewing them up in time!

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    1. Thanks, Uta! There are quite a few toddler patterns I would have sewn up, if only, but I just had to choose a couple of favorites.

      Grace has worn this unusual thing a few times, so that's something!

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  4. So cute :) love the details on the tunic!

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    1. Thanks, Nakisha! The details make it.

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  5. Love them! I know what you mean about trying to get to all the patterns before they grow out of them. That has happened with us. But, I think I'll hold onto them for sewing for grand kids one day LOL.

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    1. Yes, Grandkids. Hubby and I realized the other day we could have grandkids in 10 years. Ack, I can wait.

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  6. The term 'stash-cured' gave me quite a chuckle :-D Love the romper fabric too. Did your daughter get used to wearing it?

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    1. Thanks! It took a couple of weeks, but the little person did start wearing the romper quite a bit.

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  7. The romper looks very comfy! Perhaps it will transition through fall/winter with a long sleeve t-shirt and tights underneath?

    Grrr on the pilly sweatshirt fabric. I hate when that happens!

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    1. It does look comfy, and she's been wearing it quite a bit lately.

      Luckily, I haven't had too many pilly fabrics like that. Yet...

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  8. I just love that romper. I still want to make it up even though K is too big now, and she probably will not like it. It's just too cute :D
    I agree that it stinks about the piling sweatshirt fabric. It irks me when that happens. My fav. tee is piling away and I can't bring myself to get rid of it. Those circle pockets are cool on it though!

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