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Yesterday I sewed Meg a pair of Dortje Pants from the book 'Sewing Clothes Kids Love'. I am completely thrilled with them. Meg loves them too. Double thumbs up!
My sister bought this book last year and showed it to me over the Christmas holidays. It is all about colour, groovy details and fun design. All stuff that kids love. In true sister fashion, I pinched this book from her bookshelf (did she think I wouldn't?) while she was off negotiating the ski slopes in Japan. (Check out the ones she made for Lucy.)
Insanely, I didn't actually trace off the right size. It wasn't sizing I was familiar with (and I didn't read the sizing page..duh), so I guessed. I guessed wrongly! I think I actually traced off a pattern for a child who is most likely 2...perhaps 3. Meg is 5. Which brings me to a few mistakes:
1. The length of the pattern was way too short, which I identified and rectified before cutting out the fabric.
2. The back rise is too short resulting in unsightly butt-crack when sitting. Oh well. She doesn't know about this and I'm not about to tell her. Shhh!
3. The pants were too narrow which meant I had to add a side strip down both side seams. Luckily I can get away with this one - more is more in this case!
- Front detail -
- Back detail -
Obviously I can't seriously review this pattern because of my sizing error, but my instincts tell me it is a winner. I also can't comment on the instructions because I didn't use them, opting to use 'the force' instead.
You have to admit though, they are uber groovy and a fabulous scrap buster to boot! I used up a heap of my own scraps and some I won through a giveaway last year (Thanks! Sophie from Her heart, My hands). I really did have a fun time sewing up these dancing pants. How did they get their name? Well, Justine Clarke's song Dancing Pants was playing on ABC2 when she was trying them on for the first time. Fun!
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