I’ve been so slow with this little Alabama Chanin style baby bolero. It was supposed to be a quick project, ha! In reality I only pick it up for a few minutes at a time every few days if I have a chance, so I shouldn’t be surprised that it took probably a month (like everything seems to.) Also, it has the time consuming reverse appliqué.
Soon (I hope) I’ll be done and have nice modelled photos, but for now here is a peek:
I’ve also cut out some simple onesies that truly are fast to stitch. For these the worst part is pinning on the binding and the decorative stitch for it. Even very small T-shirts can fit this pattern until Mini grows some more, so I was able to thrift a few very nice colours. I can carefully fit a bolero jacket too most times! (She grew overnight from 28,5″ long to 30″ so I am afraid I may be needing new patterns again.) With the appliqué and thickness of layers I found the bolero could use more width in the sleeves and perhaps to be lengthened too? The pattern is a few months old and this is the first time sewn, so perhaps she is just bigger too, but I had tried to plan ahead of that.
For this bolero, which was supposed to be oh so quick, I roughly drew a design to reverse appliqué. I’ve found a Sharpie works best for me most times and will not venture into fabric paints for a while. This pattern did not make an ideal stencil for such stitching and cutting, but I can work with it. I’ll improve it. For now it was haphazard, and I also free hand drew random circles to fill the voids a little. I tried to let loose and not plan ahead like normal. This means I see less than ideal placement now. Sigh.
This time I felled the seams, but it becomes very bulky with the layers involved. You may notice that the pattern pieces look wonky. I should fix the arms? Bleh. So much for copying ready-made clothes for patterns.
The lavender onesie is almost as complete now as this jacket with a few minutes of stitching, hah! I’m using pink thread for it. The fabric colour doesn’t show well here at all, but eventually I’ll take decent photos.
That’s all for now!