I did some sneaky Christmas sewing this year....
I love what I made for Elsa.
She looked absolutely amazing in it.
I used Newlook 6372 for the soft coat. The fabric is a rayon from Spotlight that has a slight 'twill' finish. It was a nightmare to sew, it frayed badly and did not want to take a pressed fold.The pattern directed you to just turn and stitch the hem but I didn't think that was a nice enough finish so I decided to bind all the edges.
I made binding using my bias making tool (which was not a happy task) but by damping with a water spray, running it through the tool, placing weights on the made bias and then promptly rolling in on some card, it made a pleasing bias.
A favourite among my girls, the Bento tee (View B) was my choice for the top. I used a very soft, very stretchy cotton/modal from Elizas Fabrics.
This is such a nice pattern but all Liesl patterns are!
Liddy was rather keen on the one I made Elsa...The shorts pattern was an Op Shop find. The pattern was well worn and quite tatty so I guess the original owner liked them too!
I made the 'Jamaica' version which were super, super short.
I added elastic to the back casing, to create a great fit but keep them comfortable to wear.
I had quite a bit of fun putting this outfit together. Elsa seemed to like it but admitted it was not an ensemble she would have come out with.
Although a very simple pattern, the nature of the fabric made the soft coat a challenging sew (which I enjoy)
The Bento tee is always a good sew, the neat, shaped sleeve cuff sits so nicely. The neck band is very slim so I tend to machine baste it in place and then run it through my overlocker.
The shorts are a fabulous fit and I have already sewn another pair for Elsa and cut two pair for Liddy. I did use View A, with the longer leg, as Elsa felt the Jamaica shorts were a bit 'cheeky' for her.
A lovely sew for my gorgeous girl!
Thank you for reading.... xx Nicole