More winter clothing….

I have lived in Florida  for about 8 years now, and I have never witnessed such a cold winter.  It has been very cold, and of course, I have had to pull out many german sweaters that have been sitting in my closet for years.  I am very thankful for the fact, that I decided to keep them, even though they have been collecting a lot of dust over the last years.  I have even worn what I like to call my “Russian Coat”, which is a large very heavy fake fur coat that I bought over 20 years ago.  It may not look like new anymore, but it is soooooo warm.  Love it.   I get stopped all the time when I wear it, because in Florida you cannot find anything like it in the stores.  Needless to say, I am relieved to know that I have the clothing that is necessary for this weather.

My children on the other hand are a completely different story.  I have sweaters, and jeans, and leggings, but nothing in wool, and very little in corduroy.  I think this is the first time I really needed to sew for Olivia.   As you can imagine, her closet stays quite full.  So I started to pull a few fabrics that I bought from  Germany and decided I needed to make something fast and warm.  So here is what I got.  This is an old fabric I bought years ago specifically for Olivia.  I only bought a yard because HILCO fabric is expensive.  I believe this was called the Pippy Longstocking fabric.  Anyways, Olivia picked it out, and wanted me to make something nice.

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I decided to use the  Lucy Lou pattern from Felicity Sewing Patterns.  I chose to make a size 5, because that is typically the size I use and buy in the stores.  It is a simple jumper pattern, and the author includes lots of options including ruffles for the straps.  Very cute.  The pattern was easy to follow, and her instructions are written very clearly.  I ran into two problems.  A size 5 was huge on my Olivia.  She is about 21″ in the chest, which according to her pattern I would have needed to cut out a size 18mos.  ?????  So not paying any attention to the measurement guide, I cut out a size 5, and not only could two Olivia’s fit into the jumper, but it was much too long.  So I removed the skirt, and cut 3 inches from the length.  Instead of taking in the side seams, I decided to use an old trick, and placed elastic underneath the arms.  Olivia is skinny and small.  Although she is almost 7, a size 5 fits her perfectly.  As a matter of fact, on most patterns, I have to give her a size 6 in length.  So this pattern runs a bit big compared to others I have used in the past.

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The elastic helps pull in the width, and brought the top up another 1/2″, which is just what I needed.  The other problem I ran into was putting the pattern together.  I no longer own a color printer.  I was tired of buying a new one every year, and tired of the ink drying out all the time.  I own a laser printer now, and I love it, but it will not print out colored patterns.  For the first time, I had a really difficult time putting a pattern together, and determining what size to cut.

So in conclusion, I intend to make this pattern again even though it ran so big.  Next time I will make it in a size 3 or alter the width of the pattern for that size.  The straps will have to remain a size 5.  I do love the pattern for its’ simplistic chic and the various options it has to offer.  Tops like this are a perfect accessory for leggings or jeans in the cooler months.   I was just hoping to find a pattern I could use in my shop, but this is not one of them.

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