If you haven’t noticed I’ve been focusing on my thoughtful wardrobe this summer. I missed summer KCW and made a whole bunch of stuff for them during the Upcycled Kid series. That means I have hardly sewn any kids clothing this summer. A few weeks ago I found some beautiful striped seersucker fabric in the remnant bin at Joann’s. It hung on the back of my sewing chair for awhile waiting to be used. Luckily, inspiration struck I made a simple and quick flutter sleeve tunic for my daughter. (I’m also starting to plan our three fall wardrobes and I’m getting really excited about it!)
This fabric was fantastic to work with and I used almost all of the remnant. Toddler sewing is so satisfying because you use such a small amount of fabric. I used the free peasant dress pattern from Once Upon a Sewing Machine and shortened it to a tunic with a curved shirttail hem. I also shortened the sleeves to be flutter sleeves. As she has worn it, I realized that the armpit is cut much to low. I might add a little piece of elastic or some shirring under to the sleeves to keep it from gapping open. (I’ve made two other versions using this pattern, a toddler shirt dress and a chambray tunic.)
It’s a little long for a tunic right now, but it is so roomy she’ll be able to wear it as a tunic and shirt as she grows. (If she doesn’t stain it first.) It’ll be great with leggings in the fall. I’m really happy with how it turned out. My daughter is barely starting to understand that I will make something for her and she loves trying something new on.
This girl is a firecracker, and I love it. She’s got a big personality and a petite little body.