I recently came across the Cali Faye Collection after browsing the web for sewing patterns for kids and instantly fell in love with the Perri Pullover. My daughter Mia was suitably impressed too so after not finding anything that would work in the stash we set off for the fabric shop, Spotlight to be exact.
Now, I rarely buy fabric from Spotlight but I have found that their selection has vastly improved as of late, although there is still some way to go. It's great for basics such as cottons, denims and kid friendly fabrics. The first fabric we saw was a fleece covered in cat faces which Mia grabbed and held onto for dear life saying "This is the one!". Fastest fabric shopper in the west!
We bought 1.6m as required for a size 8. I couldn't find any information on the pattern about the width of the fabric required so I was disappointed to discover I didn't need so much and could easily have got away with a metre. I'm guessing the fabric requirements are for a shorter width of fabric. I also discovered that the finished garment is nowhere near as big as it is in the photo, the girl is obviously wearing a pullover many sizes bigger to give it more of a dress look.
The pattern was quick and easy to sew up, I cut out the pattern last night and sewed it together today in less than an hour. The only change I would make is the neck band, it seems rather wide compared to the image on the pattern cover. Next time I will trim it down a little.
I've not sewn for Mia for some time so she is very happy with her new cat pullover. It has pockets, it's warm and it passed the handstand test! Yay!
I enjoyed sewing this pattern so much that I whipped up another for a birthday gift for my youngest daughters friend. This one is made in cotton duck with ponti bands. Heidi has put in an order too!
There's even a women's version! Which I've already downloaded of course.
I love the Voila Blouse which comes in girls and womens sizes and the Haute Hippy Crop Jacket. The patterns for kids are available is sizes 2T to 10 and the womens patterns are available in sizes xs to xl and all the patterns are PDF downloads.
My middle girl is 8 years old but wears a size 10-12 and I'm struggling to find sewing patterns in simple styles without any fussy details that will fit her. She prefers stretchy comfortable clothes and rarely wears dresses or skirts but could be swayed with the right style. I'd love to hear from you if you know of any indie patterns that cover these requirements.
Have a wonderful Easter! We'll be taking a break over the long weekend and will be back on Tuesday.