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Sewing Clothes Kids Love: Sewing Patterns and Instructions for Boys' and Girls' Outfits Spiral-bound – February 1, 2010
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The only thing I'm not liking (and it's relatively minor) is that the patterns are printed on normal pattern tissue paper instead of the heavier white paper that individual Farbenmix patterns come printed on. It will make repeated tracings more difficult, for sure.
I understand that the individual Feliz pattern and a few others--Imke, Insa & Dortje, maybe?--are being discontinued, but they are included in this book, so you can still buy them and really it's cheaper this way. The fit of Farbenmix/Studio Tantrum patterns, and the ease with which they come together is so far superior to any of the "Big 3" patterns, I don't even waste my money buying them any more. The patterns in this book each cover sizes 18mo-2T to 11/12. Additionally, the first third of the book covers proper fitting, pattern alterations, and even instructions for making a dress form.
Here is a list of the patterns in the book:
Riviera Leggings and Shorts
Brooklyn Tank Top
Silver Lake Windbreaker
Feliz Party Dress
Manhattan Special Occassion Dress
Overall, I'm mainly totally geeked right now that I just got 10 Farbenmix patterns for around $20.
The photos are very inspirational and this style is great for using up stashes of ribbon and craft supplies as embellishments. Because of the way they are pieced together, you can easily make these clothes cheaply by hitting the local thrift store and finding large sized women's cotton blouses, pants and nightgowns as your fabric sources. A nice way to get a little one involved in the design process. This style is very DIY "Oilily" to me. Some of the pieces are so over the top, I'm not sure my little one won't feel too ostentatious at school, so we might tone it down a bit by choosing more subtle color contrasts and a little less embellishment than shown in the samples in the book.
My 4 year old is quite slim, and the smallest size (18mo) was still too big in the waist for her for the skirt - and the elastic I used ended up being a tish too big around the waist - you'll definitely want to do a fitting, or perhaps extend the waist on the tapered skirt gores north a bit before you cut your pattern pieces if your kiddo is a skinny minnie. I was in a hurry so I faked it, by extending the pattern south for longer hemlines, and snipping a waistband out of an old stained pair of leggings sewn into the yoke, and it came out pretty great anyway.
Overall I found the instructions clear - a few details are left out for you to discover - for example, if you are a beginning sewer like me you might not realize that if you are using tape to finish a hem/neckline/armhole, you don't need to leave seam allowance on those edges when cutting out the pieces. Next time I'll know, and it was fortunately an easy mistake to fix - just trim with scissors...
The girl to boy ratio is heavily slanted toward girls. Not too much in here for the lads, but some nice advice on design sensibility for little men.
A great inspirational book, the four year old was thrilled with her costume, and I'm looking forward to making more of these pieces!