I actually make about 85% of Élodie's clothes with the rest being made up of hand-me-downs (less frequent now), gifts and occasional charity shop clothes (only occasional because being the only granddaughter/niece on one side of the family she is bought quite a lot!). Now that she is 4 I have found that I don't have to make her clothes so often as things don't get grown out of so quickly. For example she has some trousers/shorts which actually say 2-3 on the label but still fit her waist, they are just a bit shorter than they used to be.
However, I realised I was coasting along last summer making a couple of bits for her but the majority of her summer clothes were from the year before, or the year before that. So I have suddenly been hit with a very depleted summer selection, hence my panic sewing!
|Copying her mother's favourite MMM pose!|
Her first choice was this lovely whale fabric because both the colours and the whales themselves reminded her of the Octonauts! For the top I lengthened the Skater pattern to make it into a t-shirt length (I added 13cm to the bottom) and squared it off then used the stripes to make the bindings. Very straight forward. I made this in a 3-4 which is still fitting her well. For the skirt I used Amanda's tutorial to make a tennis skirt. I cut out a 5-6 but did a smaller waistband so the skirt looks a bit more gathered than it should. It worked, I'm happy!
Her second choice was these amazing rainbow coloured fish, again because of the Octonaut connotation. I had originally intended to make a peplum top (tutorial here) but realised with only half a metre of each fabric I didn't have enough. Instead I used the skirt pieces from the dress pattern and cut it off half way down. The back skirt section is cut upside down but I don't think it will notice unless you are looking really hard! Again I used the coordinating stripe to make the bindings.
The shorts are Go To Leggings size 4 in short length. I have made these leggings up a few times and they are brilliant, a really useful pattern to have and one which, I am sure, will get used almost as much as the Skater dress.