Kids’ things are so cute! But sewing them isn’t always the easiest…those little seams, those little details, those little… Well, you get the idea. Everything is miniaturized, when compared to adult things, which is what makes them so darn cute in the first place.
The 62 contestants in this competition had to sew something for human beings newborn to age 12 who still fit into kid’s sizing. The sewn thing could be a garment, home décor item or craft intended for wear or use by a child or for decorating a baby’s or child’s room. See the rules for more detail.
Although the most popular items sewn in this contest were dresses, contestants also sewed games, baby booties, bow ties, sleepwear, vests, a ninja costume and a wall organizer. What variety! You’ll agree when you see the gallery photos.
Let’s meet the winners of this very competitive contest!
First Prize (by Member Vote): sugarduck for Butterick: 7186 (circa 1955) Girl's Sailor Dress
sugarduck made her winning entry from a vintage pattern printed in 1955. Described as “Girls' dress with front button bodice, sailor collar, and sleeve options. Back bodice is gathered at the waist seam with elastic. Collar and gathered skirt may be trimmed with ric-rac…” And that’s how she made it from 100% cotton for her 13-month-old daughter!
She had to grade the pattern down from size 2 to fit her daughter.
She found the organization for the steps very confusing and almost missed a step because of the way they were divided. The directions were clearly written, but she found the way the steps were organized to be “arbitrary and unnecessary.”
She followed the directions pretty much as written but decided to finish the armholes before sewing the side seams, rather than after because she just couldn't imagine fiddling with bias binding in such a small opening (there’s that little factor again!). She also added extra tulle to the skirt to make it stand out more.
What does she like most about the pattern? She says, “The little sailor collar and the ric-rac trim are so cute. The shape is so classic, but the little details make the resulting garment really special. I also like that the bodice has darts to provide shape; I don't know why modern children's patterns don't use darts anymore.”
She will probably sew this pattern again and recommends it to anyone looking for a classic girls' sailor dress.
Second Prize (by Member Vote): Lisa Gaskamp for BurdaStyle Downloadable: 10-2011-139 Girl's Duffle Coat
Congratulations, Lisa Gaskamp!
And congratulations to all our contestants!
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