I had the wonderful opportunity to take part in a series that involved the Inspiration and Creativity of children’s designs.
This wasn’t just your typical designing of children’s clothing, this was taking the Inspiration of your child’s drawing (design) and making it a reality.
Jessica, from Me Sew Crazy is the Inspiration behind this FUN series and has rounded up a HUGE bunch of very talented Designers to take part in this 3 week challenge. So be sure to head on over and follow along on this VERY inspiring journey.
As you already know this is all about the Inspiration of your child’s design, so it all started with a picture.
The main body of the skirt is a soft baby whale corduroy in the prettiest shade of blue and the Rainbow is made of 100% cotton fabric in a selection of soft colors.
I cut two STRAIGHT cuts for the skirt body ( nothing fancy, here ) on the fold of the fabric and measured the desired length of the skirt itself. I then cut a 4 inch wide strip for the waist band.
I drew out a Cloud image and Cut it out for my pattern.
Using a textured cotton I pinned my cloud on the fabric and cut out 2 pieces. I then used my clouds as Anchors to gauge the size and shape of the Rainbow.
Taking the Rainbow drawing I taped it on a window and then taped each individual color fabric over that and traced the shape of that color placement in the Rainbow lineup and then Cut them out.
Still using my (un-sewn) clouds as a gauge I pinned them in there place and began building the Rainbow and then pinned.
Removing the Clouds I then Sewed the Rainbow strips in place using a Zig Zag stitch.
Once the Rainbow was finished I then sewed my Clouds in place being sure to leave an opening for stuffing.
And, stuffed they got…
After the stuffing was complete I sewed the opening shut.
It was now time to put the skirt together. Sewing the Right sides of the skirt front and back together at the side seams, and finishing the raw edges of those sides with a Serged ( or you can use a Zig Zag ) stitch I then gathered the top edged of the skirt and pinned my waste band right sides together to the skirt top.
For the waste band I finished the TOP edge with a Serged stitch and pressed over 2 inches, top stitched and left a small opening for my elastic to run through. I then stitched the opening closed and pressed.
For the PUFFY cloud shirt I bought a basic white shirt from Old Navy and using the same cloud pattern above, I placed it on the coordinating blue fabric and cut my shape out. Pinned it in place and used a Zig Zag stitch to applique it to the shirt body.
Because this was going to be a PUFFY cloud shirt I left an opening and my daughter repeated the same process of stuffing and I sealed the opening once finished.
And, there you have it folks…
The Inspiration that started it all.
A Big thank you again to Jessica from Me Sew Crazy for including me in this FUN series and not to mention being amongst a big group of some VERY talented designers.
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