Welcome, Peek a Boo Tour visitors! Donna and I were especially excited to get a chance to sew up this outfit for the summer tour since we would be able to work on it together- in real life. Typically Donna and I blog from a state apart, but the kiddos were due for a trip to grandma and grandpa’s house, so we made the drive down. Extra benefit: we got to sew up a new outfit for M together.
The best part about sewing as a team is that we have different strengths- and different pet peeves. It is the one magical time when putting something down because you’ve hit a step you don’t like does in fact lead to it magically being done by someone else.
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The Rosalie Ruffle Tee is a fun knit top, great for a girly girl who plays hard. I know there is some fear of sewing knits out there, but I think it is like any other sewing technique or challenge…a little bit of practice and proper methods go a long way. Once I started sewing regularly for the kids, knits and I became good friends.
There is a fair amount of bulk to tackle because of the great ruffle effect, so you may not want to make this your first knit project. However, if you’ve mastered a basic tee or pj top and feel comfortable gathering, this is an easy progression.
I wanted to create an accent ruffle, but still have the shirt tie together so it wasn’t just a chunk of accent fabric on the front of the shirt. I’m happy with the mix created! It’s fun from the front…and the back.
If you want to create the same look with your Rosalie Tee, here is how you’ll cut your top. Out of the accent fabric (we used this Girl Charlee print), cut all of your ruffles, your neckband, and both sleeves. From your main fabric, cut your front, your back, and the cuff for the sleeve.
Overall, I found the top a quick sew. I really like the shape of it and the sleeve, so I will likely use this pattern without the ruffles for my basic tee pattern. The only trouble I ran into was top stitching the seam allowance down right underneath the neckband. Since you’re running across the top ruffle on the front, it isn’t quite as clean of a stitching line as I would normally like. Knowing this, now I would make sure to choose a thread that was going to blend really well with your ruffle for this step.
M is a bean pole, so Skinny Jeans is a pattern calling her name. I upcycled a pair of my jeans. For as comfortable as we are with knits, denim was a new adventure. Donna took the reigns on sewing this one- she’s the more patient sewer so that was probably for the best!
As it turns out, the advice about denim thread causing sewing machines to have tangled heart attacks was very accurate. We only fed it through the top needle to help with the tangles- it still seized up a handful of times. In the end we kept the denim thread to only the top stitching.
The bottom of the fly stitching fell victim to a thread seizure- but overall we are really happy with our little pair of jeans. Since she is two, and the time you have to dress her is limited we swapped out the buttonhole for a heavy duty snap.
We lined our pocket with the accent fabric from the tee. A fun pretty place to hide her treasures.
We pulled our waist elastic a little tighter after this trial run, once she started running it became obvious we needed to snug them up! This is not an unusual alteration; she measures pretty small at the waist.
Overall, the directions for the Skinny Jeans were clear and easy to follow. There is a step clearly marked where we could have made our skinny jeans skinnier. I wanted these for cool summer nights, but also to have them as a great Fall staple so we left the extra room in the leg.
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