It’s Sunday we made it through Kid’s Clothes week! Did you get your whole list checked off? I didn’t, but I knew I had over committed. I’m excited I got SOME of it done! I’ve decided the next couple weeks are going to be dedicated to little boy pants, so I shifted my list a bit.
The pattern is designed to have a seam down the center front and center back. Now I knew I wasn’t going to follow their exposed zipper instructions. So I cut my front piece on the fold. I did put the seam down the back. I really wish I hadn’t.
If you have a pattern (like the heart) it is really distracting because nothing lines up. If I did this with a solid or a corduroy I may include the seams.
I Googled a number of ways to place an exposed zipper in. The one I found that was SUPER easy and fast (my favorite things) was on See Kate Sew. You can find it HERE
Now my zipper foot was MIA…so this one will need a little reinforcing and prettying up when I replace it. But it works for now! I hadn’t originally intended on leaving that bottom zig zag exposed, but I unfolded my fabric after I cut my piece and found a defect/whole in the fabric. I was so angry until I realized it may land right under my zipper! Lucky! But I need a little extra length so you’re getting the whole exposed zipper experience on this one!
Can you see the pockets? I think they have potential to be really cute. I actually put these in according to directions. I think with a solid it would be really cute to do that topstitch with a double needle, maybe in an accent color?
They Said it Would Fit
So I put this together based on measurements I had written down while she was napping- I should have known better.
I chopped a solid 2-3 inches off the length. (I should have known better) And while the back was hitting her right the front was pulling all kinds of funny. So I ended up pulling the front jumper up, and reserging the shoulder seams. Of course I wasn’t really hot on the idea of pulling off all this binding and doing it again. I improvised a little accent to contain the seam at the shoulder (you can see it in the first picture).
Overall I like the base of the pattern. I look forward to tweaking it into a basic that I love!
What do you think about the exposed zipper? It was my first try? I won’t be offended if you don’t like it- that has been the general feedback so far!! I think I’m ok with it, but not giddy to do it again. Though man they are easy to put in!