Sunday, August 16, 2015

Simplicity 1333 - Child's Tunic with Contast Fabric Front

I have a great-niece starting kindergarten this year.  Her birthday falls in August so in addition to gifting her with a toy, I sewed her four going-to-school tunics using Simplicity 1333.

Number one: Black knit sleeves, back and bodice with contract floral voile front with pink ric-rac trim.
Number two: Mustard knit sleeves and back with a cotton print front. The size 8 I sewed was just a bit too long to cut the front piece completely from the fat quarter so I added a narrow contrast fabric band along the lower edge.
Number three; Cranberry knit sleeves, back and yoke with a gold/red cotton print front. I added a purchased white lace jabot to the front also.
Number four: White knit front and sleeves with lace trim and cotton print back. The print was supposed to be in the front but I didn't realize until I had finished the neck binding that I had mixed up the front and back pieces.  Sheesh, after all these years I'm still making silly sewing mistakes.  I added three rows of white lace to the front because it was so blah.

Let me tell you, I was on a roll!  Each one took just under one hour to cut and sew.

Normally I wouldn't spend a gorgeous summer weekend day sitting inside sewing. But I'm still wearing a surgical shoe from my recent foot surgery and sewing sounded better than watching television. And I was having fun sewing for little ones.

Sooooo, once I finished the four tunics for my great-niece, I stitched up one more for a friend's daughter who is wild about giraffes. The front is a silk giraffe print (prewashed so mama doesn't have to hand wash the tunic) combined with a white cotton knit.
The pattern, Simplicity 1333, includes the tunic and leggings for Misses'(S to XL) and an 18"doll
It's a great basic top/tunic pattern that I anticipate I will sew again for the two girls.

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  1. She should love this; they are very cute and so perfect for back to school!

  2. Such cute combinations! Any trouble seaming knits and wovens together?



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