Kids' Clothes Week

I have a backlog of things to show you, a husband who has the ridiculous notion that I should be cleaning the house right now and, ok, I really should be giving the floor a sweep right now. Still, it's Kids' Clothes Week over at Elsie Marley, so I'm squeezing in a quickie post.
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Kids' Clothes Week was badly needed around here: I tend to plan to make my kids some clothes, so I don't buy any, but then I don't get around to actually putting aside the time to make some. Luckily Meg has given me some motivation, as my daughter's belly was starting to peek out from under a few too many too-small shirts...
So, here's today's effort: a plain long-sleeved top, based a little upon the pictures that I've seen of the Summer Blouse in Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing. I made up a wee pattern and put a little bit of printed twill tape on it to add a little interest.
She wanted the sleeves rolled up, like my shirt sleeves were..
Thank you for all the sweet comments about the embroidery. I was asked if I planned on sharing any of the embroidery drawings - is that something that any of you would be interested in? I keep planning on researching pdf writers and working out how to put pdfs on blogger. If anyone can recommend a pdf writer, please let me know. It would make sharing things a lot simpler.
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I'm off to sweep the floor, then. Take care..

34 comments:

  1. I love it! So simple and classic. I think it would look great on a boy too, a little more "buttoned up". Can I ask you how did you construct the collar? It looks like you just used a narrow seamed facing but the collar itself is just the top of the shirt (I mean that you didn't cut a separate piece for it).

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  2. The twill tape is the best little detail!
    She looks so very fashionable.
    Nice Job.
    Happy Kid's Clothing Week!

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  3. What a charming shirt, I like the stripes and the little embroidered tape detail.

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  4. Very cute shirt! I have agree, the twill tape is the cutest part.
    Your drawings would go down well with those who embroider I'm sure, clean lines yet enough details to make them fun. I would offer some advice on pdf writers if I had a clue, but alas, I don't, sorry!

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  5. This shirt is so great and the model did a really wonderful job ;) Oh, and I had good intentions of commenting on your embroidery but was too lazy to click through. I can't believe you not only embroidered those but DREW them. So amazing.

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  6. I love the shirt. To make PDFs I use Open Office which is opensource and therefore free. It is really easy to convert files to PDF. Basically you press a button. I then put the PDF file on the Internet using Google Documents. Once you upload a file to Google Docs you can "share" a file by listing the URL to the file on blogger. If you want links to the various bits and bobs then get in touch. It sounds complicatedc but it isn't.

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  7. I Love the shirt and the little details. It looks great with the sleeves rolled up. Classic and comfy too. (visiting from the Elsie Marley flickr page)

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  8. Husbands 'bah humbug'....the shirt is fabulous and I love the printed twill tape it just sets it off.

    Nina xx

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  9. Yes, yes, yes to pdf embroidery patterns!!!

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  10. That looks fabulous! Puts the pyjama trousers I was s proud of to shame. Definitely going to look in weekend sewing and see if I can make that top for my toddler too...

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  11. That is a cute top. I love all the extra details you have added and the stripy red and white fabric is so cool.

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  12. Super cute!!

    Personally I think you should make your embroideries into patterns, but only if you think you'd enjoy doing it. Not because you feel pressure. I'd like to say I would use it but I haven't embroidered in years and the likelihood of my actually getting around to doing it is questionable.

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  13. Wow! This shirt is the cutest! I love the fabric you chose and the detail going on in the front and collar. The rolled up sleeves also add to the whole awesomeness.

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  14. Love the shirt and the little twill detail! Sure, embroidery patterns would be cool, but only if they're not too much of a bother for you.

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  15. I also love this little shirt and the twill details. I know exactly what you mean about making the clothing & not buying. I have loads of things I'd like to do and fabric, but finding the time...agh!! The irony is if I didn't have 3 kids, I'd have the time to make all their clothes. And yes, your embroidery designs would be wonderful to have:)

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  16. Super cute, I love the little twill touch and the fact that she wanted to roll her sleeves up like Mum! I use CutePDF, it's a free download and super easy to use.

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  17. This is such a great shirt and that little bit of twill tape is just lovely! So perfect!

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  18. this shirt is adorable!! and aces on that wee bit of trim...love it!! wish i could join in...xxx
    (and i'm not sweeping the floor either...)

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  19. Great top. I have the book and I have been debating WHAT to make for kids week! Until I saw your post, I forgot about that book.

    You can try dowloading PDF Creator (google it). I use it often. You draw in whatever program you need, then you "print to PDF" and it creates a PDF for you. It's FREE.

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  20. THat shirt is awesome. Love the fabric and the twill tape detail really makes the shirt. Great work!!

    I have a weekly Thursday blog party especially for people to share things they've made to be worn. Stop by if you'd like!

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  21. So nice you are in this clothing challenge too...it's great fun!
    Still enjoying our lovely fabric dolls house!! x

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  22. what a great idea with the twill tape. -kb

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  23. beautiful fabric and cut and detail. I could see my daughter wearing this.

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  24. this is everything i love !!!

    (& i'm glad to come across your blog!)

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  25. 當身處逆境時,要能忍一時之氣,吃一時之苦,並及早確立自己的目標,總有一天,你會嘗到那甘美的果實。

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  26. Love the shirt! And the twill tape is just too cute. I love small details that have big impact! Any your embroidery is beautiful. Patterns would be wonderful if it isn't too much trouble.

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  27. what a sweet little smock! you always do girlie just the way i like it: not too girlie ;-)

    how talented you are just whipping up your own pattern. i tend to plan to do a lot of things and then not actually make the time to do them!

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  28. oh WOW! lovely. I'm so glad that I've found your blog! I'm putting you on my list to have on my page so that I can keep up with all your lovely things! XO

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  29. love it! everything you make is absolutely lovely.

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  30. That is one fantastic shirt! Not only do I love the twill tape detail, I'm going to do it my grown-up sized weekend blouse that I hate flapping open and is too snug buttoned. You've saved my blouse from staying in the closet! Thank you.

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  31. I love that shirt! Want one just like it for myself. Yummy.

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