It’s ugly, but functional. When I cleaned the sewing room a while ago, I just piled up all the UFO’s and projects-in-the-making on these two barrels. I do have a paper “to-do” list, but this one shows more drama, more urgency. It’s not that I’m a huge sluggard, but I have more plans than I have time or inclination to finish.
This week’s project is a follow-up from the Burda top I made last week. I used some of the leftover knit jersey, plus added a length of orange knit jersey and a remnant of orange and brown striped jersey. I made the girls some Imke tops, using the FABULOUS patterns and ideas in Sewing Clothes Kids Love by Nancy J. S. Langdon and Sabine Pollehn.
I don’t know how I can say enough to convey how much I love this book. The clothes herein are creative, fun, and crazy easy to make! The book retails for about $25 but you can find it on Amazon at a discount. I bought mine at Borders with a 50% off coupon they gave me. You can also find it at JoAnn Fabric and use one of the %-off coupons that they give away. Patterns for ten articles of clothing, with their many variations, are included in sizes 3 – 12.
I hope the girls like to wear these tops as much as I liked making them!
This Imke top pattern:
You can choose to make it with a pointed hood or a rounded hood, or a tee-shirt collar, pieced sleeves and bodice, short puffy sleeves, bell sleeves, short puffy sleeves on top of pieced or straight or bell sleeves, with a bell-shaped hem for girls, or a straight hem for boys.
And you can applique or embellish it as you wish.
I appliqued monkey motif’s to the hoodie, using fabric from a prior project.
These patterns, like the Burda and other European patterns, don’t have seam or hem allowances so you have to add it.
I’m sewing the stretchy knit jersey seams with a 2.5mm zig-zag stitch on the machine, then overlocking the seams. The necklines are topstitched. The hems are a sewing machine flatlock stitch that turns out very stretchy.
I sort of pushed the envelope when it came to using up remnants from my Burda top, but hey! Less waste. Some day the pile of remnants will become small enough that I will be able to throw it out with a good conscience.