Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Folk Costumes for the little ones

I like garments inspired by traditional folk outfits. I did one for my son a while ago and he grew out of it. I keep meaning to make more. On the 1st December is the day of Romania and we are celebrating the reunion of Romanian territories under the same state. It seamed like a good time to make those outfits. I also was inspired by the make your own fabric contest on PR but even if I did finish in time the sewing we left for a small holiday on 30 and had no time for proper photos and review.
   The masterpiece is Andrei's shirt. I used the latest Ottobre shirt - 6/2016 #23 as the starting point and just skipped the front opening and did a placket instead and large collar.
I love the hem of this shirt. I need to do more like that. I have been embroidering on it for hours and hours... I have a 5x7 inch loop and now I would have loved a bigger one. It is the 1st time when I try to embellish such a big surface and I did quite a few mistakes. I have to unpick and hand repair some and there are still plenty left... but over all I love how it turned out.
   I have used the free Children'S Embroidered Shirt design pack :
One of the snowflakes here:
And the birds Art Deco Set from artisticthreadworks:
   For Eva I used the same Pocahontas to pattern... how predictable is that!?!... but I altered it a lot so it is not really recognizable:
For Eva the fabric is different and is an embroidered batiste- very light and beautiful. Sadly after the 1st washing the blue color in the center of the applique flowers faded significantly. I may fave to bring it back somehow.
For both of them I used the softer batiste fabric to fully line them and make them more pleasant on the body:
Eva's apron is cut from an authentic handmade towel. I used crochet work trims and other lace appliques for Eva's dress. I didn't had the time and patience to do some elaborate embroidery for her as well. Next time...
We used this outfits for the Romanian night party and for the tree decorating on the eve of St Nicholas:
 The sweet winter holidays are already here for us:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Magenta wool coat for Eva - Ottobre 1/2016 #5

I really enjoyed making and wearing my hoodie and I didn't bear leaving any of this beautiful fabric unused. I wanted to make Eva a small coat as well. It was a close call on the fabric and for the zipper facing and small cuffs I had to sew some small craps together. I barely had on square inch left in the end. I used the same Pocahontas jersey top I had close by and just split in on the center front to be easier to dress and undress and added the zipper and a hoodie ( so it will be more like mine).
It is a bit tight with the many layers he had under but hopefully she can wear it a few times when it is warmer or to some events that don't require standing to much in the cold before she outgrows it. It was really easy and fast to make like this with no extra time invested in pattern and the lining is the exact same cut with larger allowances to not pull.