Lazy Days Skirt

One of the easiest patterns I know of, that is perfect for beginners, is the Oliver +S Lazy Days skirt.

It’s a free pattern with no seam finishing – which is my least favourite sewing task.

Lady Days Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
The easiest pattern I’ve ever sewn: the Lazy Days Skirt by Oliver + S.

I don’t have many construction photos of this skirt because I made this years ago. This is actually the third kid to wear this skirt. Yay, for hand-me-downs!

Lady Days Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
Third time is a charm.

Summary

Pattern: Lazy Days Skirt by Oliver + S.

Fabric: Quilting cotton.

Size: One size.

Cost: Pattern: $0 Fabric: About $10.

Sewing Level: Beginner.

Modifications: none.

Results: Great. Makes a fast, easy skirt.

Up In The Sky – Kitschy Coo Skater Dress

Sometimes it’s fun to make something quick, easy, and adorable and the Little Girl Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo checks all those boxes.

Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This is the size 7/8 in a watermelon colour theme.

This is the second time I’ve used this pattern. Last time I did this in a winter dress with long sleeves and using french terry. This time I used cotton jersey and made the sleeveless version.

Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This is the size 5/6 in red and turquoise.

The fabric is from l’Oiseau Fabrics. I used their jersey for the dresses and ribbing for trim. All are really high quality and perfectly suited for the pattern.

Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This is the size 3/4 in turquoise and purple.

The pattern combines two sizes in one, and this works great for my kids, since they can wear the dress for a long time. I didn’t make any alterations at all.

Various cotton spandex jersey prints in a sky theme.

This project is part of the Kids Clothes Week sew along, the Monthly Stitch August challenge: Triple Trouble, and the Stashbusting Sewalong.

Summary

Pattern: Little Girl’s Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo available in sizes 18m-8y. I chose the sleeveless view. There are also short sleeve and long sleeve versions.

Fabric: Starlight Jersey Knit in red and turquoise. Cloudy jersey knit in pink. Stretch ribbing in Aqua, purple and lime. All 95% cotton, 5% spandex. All from l’Oiseau Fabrics.

Size: 3/4, 5/6, 7/8.

Cost: Pattern: £7.20 Fabric: About $24/dress.

Sewing Level: Beginner.

Modifications: none.

Results: Great. Makes a cute, comfortable dress the kids love.

Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment
Little Girl Skater Dress sewing pattern by Kitschy Coo, as sewn by The Finished Garment

A Quick Summer Dress

It’s been a really, really busy summer. I haven’t had much time to sew and even less to blog. And yet, I still managed to have a blogging backlog.

This is the Sugar n’ Spice Romper and Dress by Heidi & Finn, which I made earlier this summer. I wanted a nice quick project that would get my daughter something fun and comfortable to wear in hot weather, and this definitely fit the bill.

Sugar n' Spice Romper and Dress sewing pattern as sewn by The Finished Garment
I really like the length of the dress.

I used ITY (Interlock twist yarn), a synthetic knit for the dress. The bright print was something I had left over for a dress for myself, and the pink was a remnant that just happened to match perfectly. Both are from one of the local chain stores.

Sugar n' Spice Romper and Dress sewing pattern as sewn by The Finished Garment
The colours worked out really well. The pink was a remnant.

The pattern was really quick and easy to sew. My only complaint has to do with the fabric I chose. The ITY doesn’t have a lot of structure, so in the bodice it tends to curl a little. Next time, I’d use a fabric with a bit more structure (even cotton jersey) for the bodice, or make a bit more effort to make the outer layer of the crossover bodice a bit more snug.

Sugar n' Spice Romper and Dress sewing pattern as sewn by The Finished Garment
The cross-over bodice could be a little more snug.

The dress has been a big hit and gets lots of wear.  So I will count this one as a belatedly blogged success.

Summary

Pattern: Sugar n’ Spice Romper and Dress by Heidi & Finn available in sizes 12m-12y.
Fabric:  ITY.
Size: 7.
Cost: Pattern: $11. Fabric: About $10.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: none.
Results: Good, but next time I will make the outer layer of the crossover bodice a bit more snug, or use fabric with a bit more structure.

Tiny Assassins

A couple of years ago I made bat costumes for my kids for Halloween. The kids loved them and wanted to wear them all the time, but they were maybe a little costume-y for regular wear.

So this year, I used the same pattern, the Red Riding Hood from the book Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, to make capes the kids could wear this fall.

Red Riding cape from the book Little Things to Sew, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Red Riding cape from the book Little Things to Sew, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Red Riding cape from the book Little Things to Sew, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The small was lined in a purple and red floral print.

I made the capes in three sizes: small, medium and large. The pattern only comes in medium and large so I had to draft my own small.

Red Riding cape from the book Little Things to Sew, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The medium cape was lined with this fun turquoise print.

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern, and even hand finished the arm openings for a nicer finish.

Red Riding cape from the book Little Things to Sew, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The large size was lined with the very last of this pale purple print.

I used some wool suiting that I bought out of season ages ago and chose a different quilting cotton to line each one. These were also from my stash. I think my total stash busting for these was about 8 meters (about 9 yards). Even the buttons were lonely singles from my button jar.

Black Button
Even the buttons came from my stash.
Grey Button
I think this button had no siblings, so a perfect project for it.
Red Riding cape from the book Little Things to Sew, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I love the large hoods in this pattern.

The kids love the capes, especially the big hoods, and they are really well suited for easily fall and late spring. My husband likes them too, though he thinks they look like little assassins from the video game Assassin’s Creed. So maybe they are still a little costume-y after all.

Red Riding cape from the book Little Things to Sew, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The lining is especially pretty in the hood.

This post is part of the Stashbusting Sewalong.

Summary

Pattern Review: Red Riding Hood from the book Oliver + S Little Things to Sew.

Fabric:

  • Grey wool suiting
  • FloraDots in Violet from the La Dee Da collection by Erin McMorries for Free Spirit Fabrics.
  • Happier Bugs in Blue from the Happier collection by Deena Rutter’s  for Riley Blake Designs.
  • Pick A Bunch Organic Blooms in Orchid by Nancy Mim’s from Robert Kaufman.

Sizes: S, M and L.

Sewing Level: beginner.

Modifications: None.

Results: Excellent! I’ve made these several times before. I would highly recommend this pattern.

Red Riding cape from the book Little Things to Sew, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The capes are great for cool, but not cold weather.
My husband thinks the kids look like junior characters from Assassin's Creed.
My husband thinks the kids look like junior characters from Assassin’s Creed.

Note: This post contains affiliate links.

One Last Hurrah for Winter

Spring has finally spring here in Montreal, so I thought I’d share my last winter sewing project before it’s embarrassingly late.

Here in Quebec, it isn’t unusual to see temperatures around -30°C (-22°F) in the winter, and then +30°C (86°F) in the summer. It takes two different wardrobes. So each year I box up all the kids’ winter clothes and bring out all the summer clothes and take an inventory. It seems that over the winter my kids have all gone up at least one size, and one thing everyone was missing was pyjamas.

Bedtime Story Pajamas sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
One last pair of PJs before spring.
Bedtime Story Pajamas sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This fabric has been in my stash for ages. I’m really glad to get all that space back. Flannel takes up a lot of room.
Bedtime Story Pajamas sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
I sewed little tags in the back to they know how to put them on.

Once again I used the Bedtime Story Pajamas sewing pattern by Oliver + S, for the bottoms, and store-bought t-shirts for the tops. I used flannel for the bottoms, which may sound a bit crazy if you live somewhere warmer. But here, it’s likely be chilly at night right into May. I finished these in March, and they’ve gotten tons of wear. This fabric was chosen by the kids and has sat for ages in my stash, so it was time.

Bedtime Story Pajamas sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
They are getting so big!

I’m not sure how many times I’ve used this pattern anymore, but it’s a lot. So I was sooooo sad to see that it only goes up to size 8. I’m sewing size 7 now, so it looks like I’ll have to branch out pretty soon.

Hope you’re enjoying the change of seasons.

Bedtime Story Pajamas sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
They’ve almost outgrown this pattern.

Summary

Pattern Review: Bedtime Story Pajamas by Oliver + S.

Fabric: Flannel Star Wars Angry Birds Flannel in Blue from Camelot Fabrics.

Sizes: 3, 5, 7 and 7.

Sewing Level: beginner, intermediate if not just the pants.

Modifications: None.

Results: Excellent! I’ve made these many times before. I would highly recommend this pattern.

Just to be clear: Angry Birds and Star Wars names and images are licensed to Camelot Cottons by Lucasfilm Ltd. and Rovio Entertainment Ltd. The pjs shown here are not official licensed products and are not available for sale. But you can always buy some fabric and make your own!

Rawwwr, Rawwwr, Dinosaurs!

Nothing says Saint Patrick’s Day like a velociraptor! Amiright?

Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Velociraptor!

I wanted to make the kids something green and fun for today. I found some great lime jersey, and figured the Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver + S, which I’ve used before, would be a good match for the fabric.

Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Tyrannosaurus Rex!

Then I spotted these amazing dinosaur iron-on vinyl transfers on Etsy. They are pretty cool, and fuzzy! And so a very dinosaur-themed Saint Patrick’s Day came to be. So much fun!

Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Always joking around, these two.
Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
So much dino.
Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Love these iron-on transfers!

Summary

Pattern: Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver + S available in sizes 6m-12.
Fabric:  Stenzo cotton-spandex jersey in Lime stars and lime solid from L’Oiseau Fabrics.
Sizes: 2, 4, and 7 (not shown).
Cost: Pattern: (gift). Fabric: About $10-20/shirt.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I added bands to the sleeves, and didn’t put pockets on the shirts.
Results: Rawwwwr!

Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Rawwwr!

Sewing for Boys / La couture pour garçons

Someone recently asked me where to find sewing patterns for boys. Here is the list I put together. The person asking, sent me the question in French, so I thought I’d do a bilingual post for a change, and also include some links for French speakers.

On m’a récemment demandé où trouver des patrons couture (en français) pour les garçons. Ooof! pas facile. Voici ma petite liste. J’espère que vous la trouvez utile. Et oui, je présente le tout dans une article bilingue pour faire changement. 

A list of great independent sewing pattern companies with patterns for boys.
A list of great independent sewing pattern companies with patterns for boys.

 

Boys Sewing Patterns in English /
Patrons couture pour garçons en anglais

 

Oliver + S
Digital and paper patterns in English to US size 12 (EUR 146).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 146).

Blank Slate Patterns
Digital patterns in English to US size 8 (EUR 128).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 8 (EUR 128).

Brindille & Twig
Digital patterns for knits in English to US size 5/6 (EUR 116).
Patrons numériques pour tissus extensibles en anglais jusqu’à la taille 5/6 (EUR 116).

Made by Rae
Digital patterns in English to US size 14 (EUR 164).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 14 (EUR 164).

Titchy Threads
Digital patterns in English to US size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Elegance & Elephants
Digital patterns in English only, to US size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Shwin Designs
Digital patterns in English to size 9 (EUR 134).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 9 (EUR 134).

Burdastyle
Digital patterns in English to size EUR 152 (US 12), though you can also get the magazine, which contains mostly women’s patterns, in French and other languages.
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152), mais c’est possible de prendre la magazine, qui contient surtout des patrons femmes, en français.

Lou Bee Clothing
Digital patterns in English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Heidi & Finn
Digital patterns in English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Peekaboo Pattern Shop
Digital patterns in English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Ottobre Magazine
Pattern magazine in English, French and more and goes to size EUR 170 (US 16).
Magazine de patrons disponible en français, anglais et autres, tailles jusqu’à EUR 170 (US 16).

Zonen 09
Digital and paper patterns in English, French and Dutch up to size EUR 134 (US 9).
Patrons papier et numériques en anglais, français et néerlandais jusqu’à EUR 134 (US 9).

Citronille
Paper patterns in French and English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons papier en français et anglais, parfois jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

 

Boys Sewing Patterns in French /
Patrons couture pour garçons en français

 

Ottobre Magazine
Pattern magazine in English, French and more and goes to size EUR 170 (US 16).
Magazine de patrons disponible en français, anglais et autres, tailles jusqu’à EUR 170 (US 16).

Zonen 09
Digital and paper patterns in English, French and Dutch up to size EUR 134 (US 9).
Patrons papier et numériques en anglais, français et néerlandais jusqu’à EUR 134 (US 9).

Citronille
Paper patterns in French and English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons papier en français et anglais, parfois jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Gasparine
Paper patterns in French only to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons papier en français uniquement jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Filles à Maman
Digital patterns in English and French to size 14 (EUR 164)
Patrons numériques en français et anglais jusqu’à la taille 14 (EUR 164).

Jalie
Paper and digital patterns in English and French to size 13 (EUR 158)
Patrons paper et numériques en français et anglais jusqu’à la taille 13 (EUR 158).

If you need more ideas, there is a group on Flickr called Celebrate The Boy which does just that. It’s full of people’s amazing sewing creations and often the patterns used are mentioned so you can look them up.

Il existe aussi une groupe sur Flickr qui contient uniquement des créations couture pour garçons, ainsi c’est possible de suivre les liens pour savoir quel patron les gens ont utilisés.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments.

Vous en connaissez d’autres? Laissez les infos dans les commentaires.

Une liste de patrons couture indépendants pour garçons.
Une liste de patrons couture indépendants pour garçons.

Pattern Review: Retro Sweatpants

It is cold and snowy here, but my blogging backlog means I get to bring you a couple of photos from the last sunny days of fall.

This is the free Retro Sweatpants Pattern by Elegance & Elephants, available in sizes 12m to 9. I made size 6. I used leftover fabric for this project bringing the total cost to 0$.

The Retro Sweatpants pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
What our backyard looked like this fall. Right now we have a couple of feet of snow on the ground. Green grass – remember that! (sigh) Me either.

The pants are interlock, leftover from some shorts I made my husband, and the cuffs are jersey, leftover from another project. The interlock is very soft inside, so they are the go-to comfy pants for Kid No 2.

I skipped the drawstring since Kid No 2 doesn’t like anything fussy, and the pockets. That made this pattern super quick to sew. Free, easy, super soft – what’s not to like?

The Retro Sweatpants pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The pants are black, so they are a bit hard to photograph.

Project Summary

Pattern: Retro Sweatpants Pattern by Elegance & Elephants, available in sizes 12m to 9. I made size 6.
Fabric: Sweatshirt fabric.
Cost:Pattern: free. Fabric: $0 (leftover from other projects).
Project Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I skipped the pockets and drawstring.
Results: Quick, easy sewing.

Valentine’s Day Sewing

This fall, when I made my kids t-shirts there was a lot of extra fabric. So I decided to take all the leftover fabric and make some matching hats for everyone and skirts for the girls.

Slouch beanie sewing pattern from Brindille & Twig, sewn by The Finished Garment.
These kids are always being silly!

I used the Slouch Beanie by Brindille & Twig. It’s a very simple, fast easy project, but the results are just sooooo cute! My kids look like little elves.

Slouch beanie sewing pattern from Brindille & Twig, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Ack! Just like an elf.

The hats are reversible, and they can be worn, as designed, like slouchy skater beanies. It’s great when mum is doing the styling. But my kids usually fold up the bottoms and wear them that way.

Slouch beanie sewing pattern from Brindille & Twig, sewn by The Finished Garment.
How I style their hats.
Slouch beanie sewing pattern from Brindille & Twig, sewn by The Finished Garment.
How the kids style their hats.

The skirt pattern is from Collection privée filles & garçons by Atsuko Maruyama and Noriko Onoda (a French translation of the Japanese pattern book シンプル&デサイン おんなの子服 おとこの子服 ). The book contains 27 patterns available in sizes 90-140 cm. I made the “#12 Jupe – legging” (skirt with leggings) in sizes 120, 110, and 90.

Slouch beanie sewing pattern from Brindille & Twig, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The red skirts are cute.

The pattern comes with attached capri leggings, which are adorable. But here in the land of Hoth, where tights are pretty much required for six months of the year, they seemed a bit impractical, so I left them out.

Both patterns were super quick projects and I made the hats in a day and the skirts in another.

Project Summary

Patterns:

  • Slouch Beanie by Brindille & Twig, available in sizes preemie to 6T. I made sizes 5/6 (not shown), 3/4 and 2/3.
  • Skirt: from Collection privée filles & garçons by Atsuko Maruyama and Noriko Onoda (a French translation of the Japanese pattern book シンプル&デサイン おんなの子服 おとこの子服 ). The book contains 27 patterns available in sizes 90-140 cm. I made the “#12 Jupe – legging” (skirt with leggings) in sizes 120 (not shown), 110, and 90.

Fabric: Jersey.
Cost: Hat pattern: 4.50$. Skirt: 0$ (used for another project). Fabric: $0 (leftover from other projects).
Project Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: For the skirt, I did not include the leggings.
Results: Fun, easy sewing.

Slouch beanie sewing pattern from Brindille & Twig, sewn by The Finished Garment.
My kids’ version of “cheese”.

Turquoise Skater Dresses

In the after-holiday sales I picked up some really bright turquoise French terry. It was only 5$ per metre so I let each kid choose there own piece of clothing. Two chose mini-hudson pants, and two chose the Little Girls’ Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo.

Little Girls' Skater Dress sewing pattern from Kitschy Coo, sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the size 5/6.

I had been looking at the Skater Dress pattern for a while, but didn’t really have the right fabric. Ideally this would be made in jersey, but I thought the French terry be a little cozier. The dress ends up being great for our current cold weather, but still fun to wear and very comfortable. This French terry has a lot of stretch, which makes the dress very wearable, especially for kids.  It’s like your favourite sweatshirt, but it’s a dress.

Unfortunately, it’s been too cold for outdoor photo sessions and the light hasn’t been great lately generally, so you’ll have to settle for less than ideal photos this time around.

Little Girls' Skater Dress sewing pattern from Kitschy Coo, sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the size 7/8.

I let the kids choose the colour of the contrast cuffs from my scrap bin. The cuffs are so bright, but they do really make the dress. With solid colours for the main part of the dress, they might be a bit plain, without that crazy pop of colour.

Little Girls' Skater Dress sewing pattern from Kitschy Coo, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Kid No 1 chose hot pink cuffs.

The pattern is sized to fit over two years. They fit a bit large. My kids are both at the lower ends of their ranges, but definitely too big to go down a size. I double checked the measurements, and tried the size 5/6 on my normally size 7 kid to check. Next time I might take the dress in a little through the bodice for my skinny girls, especially if I use a heavier fabric again. In jersey, it would probably be fine.

Little Girls' Skater Dress sewing pattern from Kitschy Coo, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Kid No 3 chose bright red cuffs.

This pattern is a really quick sew. I finished both dresses in an afternoon. The instructions were great and everything came together without any problems. I also have the women’s version of the skater dress, so I’m pretty excited to get to that soon.

Little Girls' Skater Dress sewing pattern from Kitschy Coo, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The dress is on the big size, but is supposed to last two years.

Project Summary

Pattern Review: Little Girls’ Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo, available in sizes 18m-8Y (in 4 different sizes).
Fabric: French terry, with jersey cuffs.
Sizes: 5/6 and 7/8.
Cost: Pattern: About 14$. Fabric: $5 per dress.
Project Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: none.
Results: Great. The kids love wearing these.