Two weeks ago started another edition of Kids Clothes Week (for my non sewer readers – you do exist don’t you? – this is a super fun online event where you are supposed to sew clothes for your kids an hour a day for a whole week). After not being able to sew anything for the last two seasons (spring and summer) I managed to find a few hours to accomplish some projects! YAY
As some of you might have seen on my instagram feed I decided to transform a coat pattern, from one of my precioussss (Yes I’m a Lord of the Rings fan) Japanese Sewing books, into a robe; this particular one, titled A Sunny Spot, was a birthday gift and was bought at Retrosaria. By the way this is a lovely brick and mortar/online shop, which besides a beautiful selection of fabrics, sells amazing knitting yarns some of which produced in Portugal and designed by the very talented shop owner/blogger Rosa Pomar.
This was the first pattern I sewed from it, and naturally I feel like making all of them! Madalena was in need of a new robe since the one she’s been using is coming too small and when I saw the coat on the book I immediately thought it would be perfect.
I new I had to make a few changes to the original pattern to make it snugger, so I raised the neckline, added long cuffs on the sleeves and added a bit of elastic on the back to cinch the waistline.
I used this lovely flannel with foxes designed by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 (that I won on Mie’s Organic Cotton giveaway this summer, YAY!!!) as my main fabric and grey polar fleece for the cuffs and lining (I had it on my stash since I made M. a squirrel costume when she was two – it ended up looking more a cute wolf but she loved it anyway). I skipped the facing pieces and lined the bodice but not the sleeves to guarantee freedom of movements.
I’ve used this flannel in the past in various prints, and despite I love the prints and the fact that is organic cotton I have to let you know that last year one’s pilled a bit, I’m hoping that this one stays pretty a tad longer.
The buttons are from I honestly don’t know where I got the buttons, help anyone?? I also used another print from Rae’s collection for the pockets (which are lined with fleece for extra coziness) and for hemming the robe.
The photos ended up pretty dark or overexposed and out of focus, it was the end of the day here when Madalena agreed on wearing it for 5 minutes since it was still pretty warm in Portugal when I finished this. But I hope you can get an idea on the final result. 😀
The theme for this edition of KCW was Storybooks and though I didn’t manage to make anything related, I love Children’s books so we had to take a few photos with some of our favorites! 😉 By the way we totally copied this image as inspiration for the girls room makeover this summer. The original color is much softer and I like it way better, but this is what you get when you think you’re an architect and you can pick colors with you eyes closed hahahah. 😀
I also managed to finish another Aster Cardigan this time for Francisca, in the same cherry print I used for Madalena here. I know I’m biased but I think she looks adorable in it. ❤