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I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

Ella’s new top

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I finally made view C-2 from Koharu No Fuku and I don’t know what took me so long to discover this pattern.  Maybe Ella just needed to be the right size?  Maybe I just needed the right fabric? Whatever the reason, this won’t be my last. I made a size 90 for her and it fits perfectly.

I used the gorgeous Danish babycord from Astrid at Ella’s request.  ("You make me something from dis!")  The shape is so simple, that it is just perfect for highlighting a beautiful fabric.

I had a hard time getting pictures because Ella was so excited.  Since it is *very* cold here in Detroit, she’s wearing a long-sleeved tee underneath, but I think this will be a great transitional piece from winter to Spring.  I might even make some changes and include it in my Spring line…we’ll see.

Astridtop 001 EllaJan07

Actually, I did already make changes to the pattern. (Just not visible changes.)  I don’t like facings on little kid clothes…they always seem to need ironing, or they irritate the little ones.  I bound the neck and arms with a bias-cut babywale corduroy.  For the hem, I discovered a neat trick for making perfect narrow hems on curves.  Maybe you already know how, but I know some of the best sewing discoveries for me have been the simple ones, so I’m working on the instructable now so I can share!

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  • Jeannine January 8, 2009, 3:58 pm

    Adorable. I looked at that pattern all day yesterday, while waiting for Nicolas to come out of speech class. I did however decide to do the Ottobre one that has been laying on my table for a few days. I will have to try that one too. Very cute Karen.

  • Astrid January 11, 2009, 4:47 pm

    I never got around to commenting on this because Ronja and I were looking at this together, and she wanted to go on to look at more pictures of Ella – so we did. ;) It’s really adorable – and the shape is beautiful!

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