Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

Cute sewing project idea for girls: a knit Handkercheif hem tank with a lace back. 

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

This handkerchief hem tank is a result of improvisational sewing. I read Angela’s post last week and my take away was to “let it flow”. So I made this project without much of a plan, and it was a nice break.

I used this stripey knit from Hancock’s (again.) You may recognize the print from a recent tank I made for myself, or maybe these undies. I had a couple odd shaped pieces left, and I really wanted to clean up the scrap bin a little.

Girls Striped Tee with Elastic Lace Neckline Finishing

That’s why the front is cut on fold…because get rid of all the fabric. The neckline and armcyes are trimmed with elastic lace again. I really like this quick, easy finish.

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

The back is elastic lace. It was a little tricky to hem.

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

In my mind, I pictured my niece wearing her handkerchief hem tank with leggings. When she paired it with shorts, I really wished I had made it a bit shorter or longer. But in the spirit of letting it flow: whatever. She’s cool and comfortable. This fabric has had the tendency to shrink up a bit despite pre-washing, so I may end up with more of a t-shirt length anyway. No worries:)

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

We took these photos for her moms birthday. I got some really pretty headshots and we had fun. Her brothers didn’t want photos taken, but you can see my nephew hiding in one of the pictures.

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

Pattern: Banyan Tee by Figgys

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Banyan Tee by Figgys

I’m way late for Kid’s Clothing Week. Here’s my Banyan Tee though!

Figgys Banyan Tee

I love the Banyan Tee pattern from Figgys. It features a relaxed fit basic tee, or a handkerchief hem in tee or tunic length. Flowy tops are in, and asymetrical hems are everywhere again.

Banyan Tee by Figgys

I live for Figgys patterns and own several of them. There hasn’t been a peep on the blog post since March…does anybody have any intel? Last October the Sunki Dress was made available in tween sizing. I loved my daughter’s tween sized Sunki Dress, she and I were hoping for more extended sizes.

Handkerchief hem tunic length t-shirt with leggings

My little niece wears the heck out of this top, but she has other plans today. Her eyes have not left the trampoline. You see, the big kids don’t like Sofia to jump with them because she’s so small and could get hurt. At this moment, the trampoline is gloriously unattended. We were going to try for some nice birthday pictures, but we just really needed to jump right now. So that’s exactly what we did. We can take birthday pictures when the next time the mood strikes.

Banyan Tee pattern by Figgys

Sofia’s bow is worth a mention; I have a few similar ones left in the MayenDesigns Etsy shop. I was on a big bow making spree last month and couldn’t seem to sew. Now I’ve finished a few sewing projects and can’t seem to write. Lol!

Floral bow with teal/ peach and gold metallic accents

 

I don’t set aside lots of time for blogging or taking pictures. My “blogging strategy” is to make something, take pictures if I feel like it, and write about it after everyone is asleep or waiting to pick up Bella from school. That’s if a project makes it past the photography stage. Not much of a strategy!

I read an interesting article on The Daily Femme about time chunking. Now, I make things as long as I’m in creative mode. When I get “blocked” or can’t decide what to make, I gather all the things I’ve made and take photos. Writing and photo editing is chunked together too. There is less switching back and forth between tasks and I feel don’t feel like I’m scrambling so much.

I still didn’t get a post up in time for KCW though…lol!

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Pattern: Banyan Tee by Figgy’s (tunic length)

Fabric: jersey knit from Girl Charlee

 

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Sunki Dress Pattern from Figgy’s (tween sizing!)

Sunki Dress pattern from Figgy's- with new tween sizing!

The Sunki Dress pattern has grown up! It’s now available in tween sizes; and you can get yours as a bonus pattern in the Tween Pattern Parcel #5.

Sunki Dress pattern: Tween Pattern Parcel #5

I think I’m the biggest Sunki Dress pattern fan on the planet. I made 2 for my niece last year, and it’s just as cute on toddlers as it is on big girls.

Sunki Dress pattern from Figgy's- with new tween sizing!

Just like my 80’s Sunki Dress, I used faux leather for the inserts and added a back yoke for a fun twist. Bella’s dress has a narrower yoke with a bit of a curve.

Leather yoke: tween Sunki Dress pattern flip | SewsNBows

I also used the Sunki dress pattern to make a bitty denim and lace version.

Perfect Pattern Parcel #5: Sunki Dress pattern from Figgy's

The Perfect Pattern Parcel #5 sale includes the little girl and tween sizes, so it will go from pre-k to pre-tween. (And beyond!)

Sunki Dress pattern from Figgy's with new tween sizing | SewsNBows

I was excited to find out I get to make this dress for my uber cool tween daughter. I knew the style would be suitable for her fashion aesthetic, because it’s not frilly with just the right amount of edge. It’s kind of hard to get her in a dress, y’all.

Tween Sunki Dress | SewsNBows

I’m pretty sure I’ll be making another one. They can easily be made in knit, which is a huge bonus. It’s actually designed a little short, as sort of a dress/tunic hybrid to be worn with leggings. My brat is kind of short so she can totally wear it as a dress until it gets chillier.

Figgy's Sunki Dress pattern | SewsNBows

I used a herringbone wool in grey, and it highly recommend a lining for this type of fabric.

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

I’ve really enjoyed sewing from this Pattern Parcel, including my Everyday Yoga Pants & Asymmetrical Drape Top. Tell me, what’s your favorite pattern from the parcel? Click below to purchase, and set your own price!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

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April Showers Scirocco Dress

Floral Scirroco Dress | SewsNBows

I’m calling this project my April Showers Scirocco Dress. The pattern is from Figgy’s and it’s my 3rd time making it. Last year I wrote a pattern review on this dress. I love Figgy’s patterns!

April Showers Scirocco Dress | SewsNBows

Shame on me for not pressing before taking photos! And double shame for not pulling Sofie’s hair up and out of her face. I didn’t have much time to prepare. I answer to this kids naptime.

Dress bodice detail with vintage button | SewsNBows

For the bodice, I used peach piping. I made it for a previous project and had just enough leftover. The button was a score from last years Dallas fabric trip. I can’t remember how much I paid for it, but it was more than I normally spend. Busting through this stash means using up what I have on hand, and letting go of my fancy buttons. I’m probably going to take that button back when my niece outgrows this dress though! (Judge if you must. It’s a fabulous button.)

April Showers Scirocco Dress | SewsNBows

This inexpensive cotton is a little stiff. So when I finished the twist in the back bodice; the seam line was pretty visible. I made a knot in back which formed a cute little bow. I guess if you make the dress this way, you probably wouldn’t have to do the twist. I’m not sure.

*to make the knot, I sewed a 1″ tube; tucked it into itself, and slip stitched the opening.

Floral Scirocco Dress | SewsNBows

It started raining minutes after we finished taking these photos. I guess all the April showers will bring May flowers!

Speaking of flowers, I planted some tall yellow ones last year that haven’t come up yet. I believe I’ll get some purple somethings and marigolds too. If they don’t choke each other out! It will be survival of the fittest, because I’m more of a vegetable gardener.

Floral Spring Toddler Dress | SewsNBows

Tomorrow, darling daughter gets her short arm cast. I’m hoping to show you how to bling it up and share some tips on dealing with a broken arm. It’s becoming an annual tradition to break a limb here…

Floral Scirocco Dress | SewsNBows

I’m going to have another niece, in Virginia! I’ve been making teeny baby stuff. It’s nice using up smaller scraps. Lately I’ve been wanting to just sew what I want, without stopping to take pictures or write a tutorial. I want to call it writers block, but it’s more like blogger burnout.

Floral toddler dress with 3 tiered flounce |SewsNBows

I put myself under pressure sometimes. I feel like I should be designing patterns & writing more tutorials like the big blogs do. My blog to do list is overwhelming. I need to write an about me page. But it needs to be fun and witty, and full of photos that make me look cooler than I am. My Etsy shop needs to be stocked. I need to make an Etsy button. My sidebar is cluttery. I need a tutorials page that automatically updates itself. I need to fix my HTML code to show accurate bounce rate. Blah blah freakin’ blah.

Scirocco Dress | SewsNBows

I just want to sew stuff.

Scirocco Dress | SewsNBows

Anyways, I’ve spent the week mindlessly sewing easy things. Monday I get to show you a dress I made for me! Soon I’ll be testing the new tween pattern from Peaches & Peanuts. Oh, and I’m hemming pants for my Uncle Mike. Other than that, no sewing plans at all. And it’s blissful!

Scirocco Dress | SewsNBows

Ooh! I got some new sewing goodies for my birthday. I can’t wait to tell you about it in my April expense report.

Floral Toddler Dress by SewsNBows

My current goal is to tame my stash and make it fit into 4 cabinets. Might take a while…Let me know your favorite scrap busting projects if you have some!

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Sunki Pattern Flip: 80’s Style

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
For a short time only, you can buy the Pattern Parcel #5 and get Figgy’s Sunki dress as a bonus pattern! You get the little girls + tween sizes. Here’s my Sunki from last year!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Sunki Pattern Flip: 80s Style! By SewsNBows

Here’s my second entry in the Flip This Pattern sew along at Francis Suzanne. My denim & lace Sunki was for practice. This is the dress I’ve been itching to make since I first laid eyes on the Sunki pattern! The boxy shape of the sleeves screams 80s to me, and it made me think of this vintage fabric in my stash.

Sunki Pattern Flip: 80s Style! By SewsNBows

Let’s take a look at the fabric. Do you see the freakin’ awesome 80s print? It has “imprints” of pieces of deconstructed jeans. When it’s laid out, you’ll see a bit of a pocket here, a piece of a zip fly there, even an occasional belt loop. It’s such a cool textile! There’s no stretch, and it feels like denim but the weave is different.

I got it at a booth at Bad Grannies in Oklahoma City. A couple of vendors there are rock stars; they pick up all kinds of vintage fabric and patterns from estate sales and such. I find such amazing things there, you’d just fall over and die. Anyway, this fabric was destined to be a Sunki dress.

SunkiPattern Flip: 80s Style! By SewsNBows

For my second Sunki flip, I used leather for the side panels and pieced a back yoke. (It’s not really leather. But we’ll just call it that. Wink.)

Sunki Pattern Flip: 80s Style! By SewsNBows

I also added a hot pink exposed zipper. The pink top stitching was my way of “tying in” the zipper. I was nervous Sofie would refuse to wear it if it didn’t have some pink. I’m not joking- the kid just turned 2 Thursday, and she has absolutely refused to wear a couple outfits I’ve made. If Sofie doesn’t like it, she declares it. Loudly. She’ll wear a diaper full of poop, but would never disgrace herself by wearing orange. SMH.

Sunki Oattern Flip: 80s Style! By SewsNBows

Thankfully, she loves it. Big sigh of relief!

I don’t think babies should be allowed to have fashion opinions though. Seems kind of unfair to me. Aunts should be able to make anything they want, then force their nieces to wear it. No? Well…Sofie didn’t go for it either. And now I must ask approval from a 2 year old before I sew anything for her.

Sunki Pattern Flip: 80s Style! By SewsNBows

Here she is, pretending to be sweet and innocent. I know behind that sweet face lies a calculating mind. I’ve seen my niece beat the crap out of her big brothers, making sure mom only sees the parts Sofie want her to see. Then the boys get in trouble for defending themselves! I have 2 brothers, and I remember that trick well. It works every time!

Sunki Pattern Flip: 80s Style! By SewsNBows

I just love the Sunki pattern. I’ll probably make some more next year. I have so many wips right now I don’t even know what to finish next. Holiday season is always nuts for me. If you have any tips for staying sane when your to-do list is longer than Santa’s naughty list; let me know! Thanks for coming by and reading my post.

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