10 January 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year peeps. New Year brings new projects, fresh starts and clean-ups. This weekend I started on some new childen's clothes using a pretty pink cheesecloth and asweet little floral jersey knit. I used my favourite Sabine Pollehn pattern for the top (from the book 'Sewing Clothes Kids Love') which never fails to leave me satisfied. For the bottoms I wanted to use a pattern for bloomer type pants I used many times when Maggie was a baby but I'm buggered if I could find the damm thing now so I had to adapt another pattern.


This is where the problem lies. Silly billy pattern sizing. Does anyone else have problems with pattern sizes? I intended to make size 18 months and I thought they looked abit on the large size when I started to cut, but I'm trying to train myself to do as I'm told, to follow patterns and instructions properly. Well flippin nora, I should have trusted my judgement as now that they are finished I would say they'd be size 4-5!


I always seem to have this problem with patterns! They are always larger than they say. I even checked the measurement charts and seam allowances and still everything I make is larger than it says it should be.


Maybe this year I should resolve not to do as I'm told and trust my judgement more. Sounds way more fun anyway. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out though despite the size issue and it's nice to use the trimming I bought from a garage sale in Marrawah. Marrawah of all places, a remote surfy village on the rugged wild west coast of Tasmania where we spend most of our weekends in the summer. It's a gorgeous place, abit like a second home for us. I'll have to remember to show you some pics from our New Years trip.


I hope you all had a jolly Christmas and are full of New Year enthusiasm. What new projects are on your table?

5 comments:

delia hornbook said...

Ahhh sweetie those are so cute ;-) Love the style and the fabric its always best to trust you own judgement i reckon i hate following patterns i always get stuck half way through and then just go off on my own with them. Hope you had a great new years eve away. It was so lovely to catch up with you on xmas day i hope your presents arrived in time for xmas i forgot to ask. I have been busy finished off my patckworks im so pleased with them both. And have now learnt the granny square so im in the middle of making myself a crochet blanket and im loving it and blending and mixing the colours together i can't get enough of it ;-)) Love to you and big hugs. dee xxxxx

Malea said...

Very cute outfits, love the doilies on the front! I always seem to have an issue with pattern sizing too, especially when i use vintage patterns & think perhaps kids were way bigger back then?! lol Thanks for visiting my blog x

Allana said...

Wrong size or not they are absolutely adorable Claire! Bugger, another size up and The Munchkin would be one happy girl as I'm sure however is lucky enough to take one home will be :)

Sew Country Chick said...

First of all I am so jealous you live in Tasmania! Second, i love that book too, and third I try to measure patterns now to get an idea about how big they actually will be. They are designed to confuse and frustrate us for some reason. But vintage patterns always seem to be accurate. I love the outfit and the embroidery and would love for you to post it on my linky party Saturday.

Sew Country Chick said...

Ooh thanks I will be featuring these today!

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