Woodlands Unicorns

My little sewing/crafting break has been nice but I’ve started to miss it and made some time for myself in the studio this week.

The Sew Liberated Woodlands Shirt pattern has been on my cutting table for a couple of weeks, along with the fabric (beautiful unicorns from the Far, Far Away line by Heather Ross for Kokka). I finally remembered to wash the fabric, so it seemed liked perfect timing to whip up a cute little shirt for my little sweetie.

If you have not touched the Kokka double gauze, you’re missing out. It’s so beautiful and soft, really just a gorgeous fabric. Sewing with it was easy peasey and the weight of the fabric is just perfect for clothes. I think I need to pick up some more for spring and summer sewing.

I really like how the top turned out, although I wish I had added some length to the sleeves and bodice. Miss L is a size 5 but has a long torso, which made this shirt a perfect fit for her — as long as I did a narrow hem (unlike the nice double-stitched hem called for in the pattern directions).

I almost left off the funky buttons but decided the shirt would look even cuter with them. I’m glad I did! They’re really fun and Liesl loves them. She also likes that she can manage the snaps all by her big girl self. Yes, the independence thing is a big one around here!

I’m looking forward to making this top again, maybe in more of this sweet double gauze or even some of the Anna Maria Horner voile. It’s a nice, easy-to-wear piece and flattering, too.

Summer Tunic

There were a few projects from Weekend Sewing that made my must-sew list but after seeing Jona‘s take, the tunic jumped to the top of my list.

I grabbed a few yards of this pretty floral from the clearance bin at the shop and went to work on a wearable muslin. I altered the sleeves and made them about three-quarter length with a ruffled cuff. I also added a little length because I like a bit more coverage in the mid section.

There are a few things I’ll change the next time I make this. The first: Sew a smaller size. I rarely err on the side of too large but this was one of those cases. In fact, even my older son told me it was too big and would look cuter if it were smaller.

I also made the gap in the yoke too wide so there was no stitching it closed without creating a goofy looking pucker in the front of the top. It’s OK on this one, which will be my to-the-pool-and-back top this summer, but I’ll be sure to actually measure and draw a line on the next one instead of eyeballing it.

The top came together pretty easily and I’m looking forward to sewing another and getting lots of use from it.