I realise the blog has been pretty quiet over the last few weeks, but it’s not because Kit’s Couture has not been busy. I find I prefer spending time at the sewing machine to sitting at my PC (in a cold bedroom) writing about the results. Recently I’ve been working on jeans for the girls, and this post showcases the results of my labours.
I started with the well-established Liberty Jane pattern for American Girl bootcut jeans, which I like not just because it’s an excellent reliable pattern with good instruction, but also because of the authentic detailing on the garments.
These jeans look like jeans should, with plenty of top-stitching and proper functional pockets. The instructions were very clear and well-illustrated, and it all went pretty smoothly, although I made the fly-front stitching a bit too long, I think. They are of course sized to fit American Girl exactly, and Kit looked amazing in them, as did Elizabeth, my Gotz Precious Day girl. Shona (Favorite Friends) is slightly slimmer about the hips, and the jeans are more roomy on her (but still fit).
With her new jeans, Shona wears a simple but stylish T-shirt made from a pattern from Rosie’s Doll Clothes Patterns. This would look great with the raglan sleeves and neck border picked out in a different colour from the main body, but I chose to use plain white jersey and pipe the raglan seams with yellow narrow bias binding. Shona is my Winter girl and white really complements her pink-toned skin and ice-blue eyes. The T-shirt fastens up the back with velcro, making the shirt easy to put on and take off, but as always with velcro, watch out for the hooky side snuggling up against any delicate garments (tights are particularly vulnerable).
After the success of the Liberty Jane jeans I turned my mind to making some for my Kidz ‘n’ Cats girls. Patterns for the Kidz are hard to come by, in fact I have found only two sources so far: Miss Connie in the USA; and Vanina in France. Both supply trouser patterns but they are not styled like jeans and each leg is cut in one complete piece rather than as a separate front and back, as per the Liberty Jane pattern. What I did have, however, was the trousers from Sophie’s ‘meet’ outfit and with these as a guide I drew up my first-ever pattern for straight-leg jeans sized for Kidz ‘n’ Cats.
Like the Liberty Jane jeans, these have functional pockets into which the wearer can slide a thumb for that casual pose, and there are real hip pockets on the back as well. The detailing continues down the side seams and around the hems…
Sophie’s new blue shoes are style #798, the Modern T-Strap shoe, from Monique in size 75/34.
Sophie has teamed her jeans with a box-pleat tunic with a ‘Claudine’ collar, one of the lovely French designs by Vanina of Les Cheries de Vaniline. Sophie has delicate Spring colouring, so I chose a lively print in clear warm Spring colours on a warm blue base which complements her blue eyes. The white collar and pink button add just enough interest to the front view…
…and the back is fastened not with velcro but with little poppers (press-studs). The pink buttons are purely decorative.
I have been very encouraged by how well my jeans pattern for the Kidz has turned out. I’m sure it can be refined a bit more, but as a first attempt I’m really pleased with it. I have already established that if I recut it with a little more ease and slightly longer in the leg it would also fit Maru and Friends. Watch this space!