We're heading in to autumn weather here, which means time to pack away the sundresses and layer up a little bit more. I was starting to plan some warmer clothes to make for M when I was invited to try out the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 - a collection of patterns for little girls by independent designers, which are on sale as a bundle for two weeks.
I liked all the patterns in the collection (I have already purchased and made the Hanami dress, which is one of the patterns included, and love it) and was impressed by the variety of styles and pieces. The first pattern I tried from the parcel was for the Hosh Pants - these are slim, stretchy trousers made up in a woven fabric. M wears leggings under her dresses and skirts almost every day, but they get holes in the knees quite fast, so I was keen to try woven pants to see if they'd be more durable. These are made in a navy stretch sateen from Spotlight and were so quick to sew, and I like the way the buttonhole elastic waistband comes together.
I sewed a size 5 for my tall 3-year-old, and they are a good fit. She also usually wears a 5 in ready-to-wear, so I would say they are pretty true to average size. The only change I made was to sew the inner leg and crotch seams with a slight zig-zag stitch for stretch - otherwise there's a risk that when the fabric stretches the stitching will pop, and no-one wants that.
It's hard to do justice to the Hosh pattern in photos, but they really are a great basic - comfortable, easy and quick to sew, and I know they will get a lot of wear. I've already cut out a second pair in a print sateen that I think will be perfect for preschool.
To go with them I made a September Tunic, in some Amy Butler Forget-Me-Not voile that I ordered from Hawthorne Threads a year or so ago. I sewed a size 5, but if I make it again I'll make a size larger - kimono sleeves need some extra room to avoid those shoulder-to-underarm drag lines. The instructions say that this can be made in anything from a voile to corduroy, but I honestly can't imagine it in a heavy fabric - I think it would get very restrictive around the arms. In voile, however, it's lovely, and the light fabric looks great with the gathered cuffs and "skirt". I made it following the pattern instructions, except to add a strip of interfacing to strengthen the centre back edges where the buttons and button holes are sewn, otherwise I think they'd get ripped through.
The Perfect Pattern Parcel is available for sale for another ten days, and includes 5 patterns in total:
I already have a Celestial Tee cut out and ready to sew, and after seeing Rachel's beautiful version of the Caroline party dress here I'm looking forward to making one too.
The patterns are priced in an interesting way, where you pick the price you are prepared to pay, and a portion of profits goes towards supplies for disadvantaged students in US schools. If you pay $24 or over (which seems quite reasonable if you plan to sew with two or three of the patterns) there is a bonus pattern for a pair of Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie. If you have a little girl to sew for and enjoy sewing with independent patterns it's definitely worth a look.
** I was provided with a complimentary copy of these patterns to review, but my opinion is my own **