Hello all on this rainy Sunday,
I made a tie for my husband’s birthday which is …..today! I completed this as part of the May’s Menswear and Childrenswear Challenge for The Monthly Stitch Collective. So whilst it was made in good time, I held on until today in order to try and get a photo of him wearing it but before that ….. Childrenswear.
I have not had a lot of success with this. Sometime last year in my early sewing enthusiasm I made the little people matching dresses in fabric which I thought was gorgeously nostalgic (for me) called Making Paper Planes. I really messed up the yokes and ended up having to get the textiles teacher at school to give me a hand.
Would you like to guess how many times these dresses have been worn? Twice and one of those times was to take the photos. So I was dubious about attempting another childrenswear pattern but I do like to attempt the challenge so I bought what I thought was a funky Oliver and S pattern for the Seashore Sundress and decide to make it a joint enterprise.
Annoying I decided not to cut out the pieces for the pockets but when I went to sew it up realised that without the pockets there would be a big gap in the ruffle skirt- Grrrr. At that point we both lost enthusiasm and sadly this is the current state of the dress.
I will come back to it but not sure when!
Anyway, the menswear part of the challenge was more successful. I had already made a tie at a Clothkits workshop in December so had a pattern. I really like tie making. I used some glorious Liberty Tana Lawn from this season’s Alice in Wonderland collection.
I decided to use some little offcuts from another design in the collection and am very pleased with my placement.
I think ties make lovely gifts and I find them very calming to make. There is a fair bit of hand-sewing with a tie and I even did some on my morning commute!
So here is the finished tie …
…. and here is the Birthday Boy wearing it – not happy that it’s raining or that he has had to put on a shirt on a Sunday for me to take a photo!
Next month’s challenge is Indie Patterns – the Big Four would be more of a challenge for me because so far I have only sewn Indie.
Love the fabric choice for the tie! i had no idea you had children!
bestst as ever daisy j x
How funny – I am a total Matriarch!
Those girls dresses are gorgeous. i love the fabric. They don’t know how lucky they are.
They are Joules girls – that’s my fault from before I became a sewista! Are you settling in?
I really love the tie! I’d love to make my hubby one as he wears ties every day for work. But he doesn’t do Paisley or floral. His selection are various shades of blue 💤💤💤💤💤💤 I really must resolve his blinkered fashion sense 😀
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Hubby looking very smart in his tie. Lovely little girls’ dresses, but I spent ages making Helen clothes when she was small and they were hardly every worn. Where do you get the wonderful fabrics?
Hi, I bought the fabric for both dresses and tie in Clothkits, Chichester buy buy a lot online. Have a look at Ghani and Guthrie.
Love the tie (happy birthday mr ck!) I have had similar experiences with child sewing, it canbe disheartening but when it goes right it is totally worth it!
Thanks! I am going to have another go with the frock.
I’ve made the seashore dress. It’s a very satisfying sew and makes an adorable dress that was much loved in our house. Stick with it: it’s worth it. The directions are very clear and prettyfoolproof.
Having admitted I’ve let it fall by the wayside I feel guilty so I’m moving it up the pile for a June make!