Hello Friends! I'm thrilled to be participating in a blog tour for Thread Faction* today. Liz Elliot is the designer behind the children's pattern company Thread Faction, and she's just released her spring/summer line. It's a fabulous looking collection of patterns using knits- perfect for easy summer wear!
There are links for the other stops on the blog tour at the bottom of this post, as well as details on the GIVEAWAYS so make sure you check that out!
I've sewn up #106- a girls skater skort perfect for my gals who love skirts but still need a little more coverage for play. After I decided on a pattern I took to my Kidcouture Pinterest board to get some inspiration, and came across this image that I pinned a year ago. I love how the stripes seem to curve due to the shape of the skirt and I love the simple drawstring detail.
#106 is the perfect shape for this, and stripes will get lots of wear since they're basically a neutral, right? I bought some double knit from Joann Fabrics (the same fun stripe/polka dot I used for this dress a couple years ago) and some white jersey to try to form some sort of drawstring out of. I ditched the drawstring idea because I was sewing against the clock, and by pure coincidence Liz posted this video tutorial for the knit fabric twine just yesterday so I took it as a sign and added it! I love the little something extra it adds and I love that Liz and I were on the same wavelength!
The shorts underneath mean they can run, skip, dig, jump, and climb without showing their unders. Caroline just recently toilet trained and not having to layer up separate shorts under a skirt will help prevent those wardrobe related accidents that seem to happen in the early days after ditching diapers.
The only changes I made to the pattern were to lengthen both skirts according to the pattern instructions for my tall skinny girls, and adding the twine detail on the front.
I hadn't sewn any of her patterns before, and I'm happy to report that I fully enjoyed my sewing experience with this pattern! There were lots of great tips included on things like fabric selection and tips for sewing with knits, and an included crib sheet for those who don't need the full instructions. The diagrams well drawn, clear, and easy to understand. This pattern had lots of extras but was still simple and straightforward without too much extra fluff. I love the waistband construction method and am really happy with how quickly these came together without sparing any quality. I'm already planning to purchase more and can definitely see myself sewing this pattern again! It could easily be hacked as separate skirt and shorts, too! You can find it and all the other patterns from the collection over on the Thread Faction* site.
Liz has an awesome giveaway going on over on her blog- head over to this post to enter to win an amazing prize package of fabric and patterns!
But wait! You can also enter here to win a pattern of your choice from the SS2016 Collection below!
Don't forget to visit the other stops on the tour for more inspiration on how you can sew up these patterns! Each link won't be live until their post date.
*This post contains affiliate links. I love this pattern and I think you'll love these patterns, too, so I signed up for the Thread Faction affiliate program. If you purchase through my link I'll receive a small commission. Thanks for reading!