Sunday, May 3, 2015

Little Kiwis Closet Bow Back Beauty Blog Tour

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and it has given me the kick start I needed to get back into blogging again.

I am always a fan of the patterns from LittleKiwisCloset and this latest release is no exception.  So what is the Bow Back Beauty?  Well really a better question is probably what isn't it!  This gorgeous pattern is a tee/peplum/dress and even onesie all in one pattern.  It covered sizes nb-12y and is even suitable for boys if you omit the bow from the back.  The other options include the following.
Sleeve options:
~ Sleeveless with binding
~ Short sleeves
~ Short sleeves with cuffs
~ Long sleeves
Skirt options:
~ Peplum
~ Dress
~ Hi-lo
~ Double peplum
~ Skirt + peplum
~ Natural waist length
~ Hip length
~ Onesie (nb-4 only)
~ Plain back
~ Bow back

So how do you choose just one option from all of that?  Well I decided to check out my list of what was needed in Miss M's wardrobe and go from there.  As we are going into winter I chose the long sleeve option and decided to make a tee over a dress as that is what she needed.  Also due to the cold weather we are expecting I decided to morph the plain back with the bow back to omit the open back but retain the bow :-)

Since it had been a while since I had made anything for Miss M I did a quick measure and chose to make her the size 2 with size 4 length and to cut the bodice hip length.  I let Miss M choose from a selection of fabrics and I must say she was thrilled with the result (and so am I).  I used a cotton/lycra 4-way stretch for both the tee and the bow, and the same white cotton lycra for all the bindings.  I found the printing, taping and tracing of this pattern all went very smoothly and the tutorial was easy to follow.  I really like the finish given of the binding technique used in the pattern.  It's not the induing technique I usually choose as it gives a slightly more bulky finish, but it was perfect for this particular top.
Because I wanted to morph the plain back with the bow back this meant that I ended up with 2 bound edges together at the front of the envelope neck, as this was bulky I offset them slightly with the bow piece in front and used the shoulder mark of the bow piece to match the backs/front before adding the sleeves.
Construction was very straight forward and I was surprised at how quickly this wee top went together considering the details that are included.  Really once you have bound all the neck/bow edges you are pretty much done.  The only other change I made from the pattern tutorial was that I sewed the sleeve/side seams before I hemmed the sleeves (this is purely personal preference).  Also I tried the tee on before hemming the sleeves and decided they were too long so I cut approx 4cm off before hemming.  I was surprised about this as I've never had to shorten sleeves for Miss M before, and it turns out I shouldn't have this time.  They have turned out a little on the short side now - gah!  I still love it and they look cute but next time I will leave it alone!  Other than that the fit is spot on.  It is nice and slim through the body and I think I may even size up through the body next time I make a tee, but I wouldn't if I was doing the open back version as I'm pretty sure adding any extra width would result in gaping of the lower back portion.
So here is our end result.

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  1. This is adorable! I love the look of the closed back.

  2. The top looks great! Love the fabric!