children's clothes,  sewing

Scrap Busting Sewing

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One of my favourite things to come out of lockdown has been to see my children develop a love of making their own clothes. Because of the lockdown(s) we haven’t been shopping since the beginning of 2020. As my girls are both tall and slim, shop bought doesn’t always fit properly. Clothes I make them (usually) actually fit. There’s the added bonus that they can choose the fabric. I try to be as economical as I can with the fabric to get as much use of it as possible. I have two scrap boxes – one with tiny scraps in that the kids can help themselves to, and one with larger scraps. We use these larger scraps to make pants or socks.

And now I have a new favourite when it comes to scrap busting sewing. The Sew Scrappy top from Ellie and Mac is perfect for using up fabric. My ten year old actually had this pattern on her Christmas list but sadly Santa didn’t deliver. Luckily Ellie and Mac patterns are currently on sale.

The front of the top is made up of several parts. We put the pattern pieces together on the table like a jigsaw and decided which fabric to use for each one. Unfortunately something went a bit wrong with our printer. As a result the diagonal stripe piece wasn’t the size it should be. (This was our problem, not a problem with the pattern). We improvised and added an additional diagonal stripe which I think works quite well.

My daughter chose the scraps from some Harry Potter fabric that I had used to make some pyjamas a while ago. She cut the fabric, but wasn’t keen on using the overlocker. That was my job.

I totally love the look of the Sew Scrappy top, and now the whole family wants one. This is going to be a very well used scrap busting sewing pattern I can tell. Luckily I have plenty of scraps to be used up.

scrap busting sewing: Rosie has made a long sleeved t-shirt using scraps of Harry Potter and coordinating fabrics.

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