Oh my, it has begun. Again. Yes, Kids Clothes Week is back again. And the theme is “upcycled”, so why not join this fun?
I decided to use some of my thrifted clothes for this KCW. I chose this one, which I thrifted at local thrift store when I was in the US and was woman’s linen/rayon skirt but didn’t decide on which pattern to make.
I looked up in my pattern stash and finally chose Ethereal Dress by Figgy’s Patterns. I bought this pattern (which was in Heavenly Bundle) just after the bundle was released. I meant to make this dress then, but didn’t have a serger yet. The edge of the frill is needed to be finished with a serger. Though it could be finished with a regular sewing machine using “Rolled hem foot”, I couldn’t find that kind of foot for my sewing machine. So I gave up on making a dress with this pattern then.
I got my serger last January or so but then totally forgot about making this dress. Ha.
And this time, I decided to make this but totally forgot that I needed to finish the edge of the frill with my serger. So, after cutting and assembling patterns and cutting fabric (it was originally thrifted woman’s linen/rayon skirt), I noticed that I didn’t have matching thread for finishing the frill edge. Ugh. I ordered the threads online ASAP and it arrived yesterday.
This was my first time to do “rolled edge stitch” with my serger and man, IT WAS HARD. I don’t know why and I couldn’t finally figure out what was wrong, but the threads got tangled again and again… and it felt like forever for me to get the right stitch… Anyway, (though I don’t want to do that again. NEVER.) I could hardly finish the edge of the frill (though the thread color didn’t match perfectly with the fabric :() and the rest of the sewing went just fine.
And I have to say. I LOVE THIS PATTERN. Oh man, I know I have to tackle that edge stitch again… but I really want to make a dress next time.
Since I didn’t have enough yardage, I changed my plan from making a dress to a blouse. I needed to cut two back bodice because I didn’t have enough yardage to cut it in one piece. I just added 1/2″ to the center back and cut two mirrored pieces. It was a bit tricky to finish the back opening but I could figure how to do that out. I love sewing clothes from upcycled fabrics. Mostly I use thrifted clothes which are very big so that I can use them as fabrics. I still have a big pile of clothes to be “upcycled” so maybe I will write another post with kids clothes made with upcycled fabric this week 🙂 Hopefully.