These outfits were all finished on time, but I couldn’t share them until I had my computer issues dealt with. So for your viewing pleasure, completed kids’ clothing projects!
The boys’ shirts are the Kai Shirt pattern from Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching. The pattern comes in sizes 1, 2, and 3 so for Noah I made size 3 because it was the right measurements around his chest and I added some length. Though, he’s growing so much this spring, he’s already getting a little too tall for it. Oh well! Guess I’ll have to find another shirt pattern for him — the boy likes his button down shirts! (*Update: Noah grew an entire inch the month April and the shirt now comes to his belly button! Yikes!)
For Levi’s shirt, I had some trouble with my machine when I tried button-holing and had to make a last minute repair to the fabric after my 5th or 6th attempt at a button hole. Instead of continuing to frustrate myself, I sewed on snaps and put buttons on the front placket for looks. For Noah’s I skipped the button-holing fiasco altogether and went straight to cowboy shirt style pearl snaps for lightweight fabric. I LOVE the look of these — I think I’ll probably be using them more often!
Anna’s dress is my own concoction based on inspiration from the Midsummer Dress found here and the circle skirt (find a tutorial here). I widened the should straps, kept a wide sash and made a long circle skirt. The longest I could make the skirt wasn’t “long enough for a princess” so I added a ruffle along the bottom that reminds me of boho-style dresses from when I was a kid. Anna chose the fabric — it’s poly-cotton from the Tutti Fruitti Collection we found at Jo-Ann’s. The best part: it REALLY twirls! 🙂