Making up for Nautical and the Keyhole Mod Mini

Kids in Vintage

I missed the nautical theme week on The Sew Weekly as I was on vacation and decided to make up for it with a middy top and dress. They were not for me though but my kids. I showed the cover of Simplicity 2402 to my son and he immediately told me he wanted his outfit exactly like View 4. I’m not surprised since his favorite color is red. So, I bought some red and white stripe seersucker fabric from fabric.com and sewed the outfits for my kids to wear for a National Day gathering at a friend’s place. (Note: Red and white are our national colors) 
Here are my kids in their matching sibling outfits and the result of my very first attempt with kids vintage pattern.

The pattern used for my lil princess’ 1940s sailor dress is Simplicity 4246.  The collar is embellished with red and white polka dot bias tapes.  My lil prince’s middy top is from the 1958 Simplicity 2402. His collar is also embellished with bias tape but in gingham. He’s only 5 but tall for his age so I used a size 6 pattern. It was good that the 1940s pattern was unprinted while the 1950s one was so it minimized my confusion when sewing these up since I cut the pieces together. The 1950s pattern also contained both girls and boys versions so I hope to sew the girls’ version for my princess when she’s 5 or 6 years old, only if she’s still willing to wear the stuff I sew.

The princess was in one of her moods and not very willing to pose for photos, but the happy older brother was pretty enthusiastic about it so here’s his solo shot. To allow his gigantic head to go through, the vestee was designed to be attached to the neckline with buttons but instead of creating a buttonhole under his collar, I used snap buttons. I finished all seams with french seams and was happy with the technical construction of both pieces. However, I do think that the outfits look too much like uniforms.

Wished I had some of this irresistible buttons to adorn them with so that these outfits look less uniform like.

The kids, especially my lil prince, love the outfits so I’m consoled with that thought. Since I know these fit them well, I hope to find time to make another version which is more fun and less uniform looking and with cute buttons too 🙂

I have not sewed for the kids for sometime and just got reminded that small pieces can be harder to sew. Especially these things called sleeves 😛

The Keyhole Mod Mini

This week for The Sew Weekly Challenge, we are sewing up a 70s storm. You can find my post here and more fun photos below. These were taken at the outdoor play area at Vivocity, a mega mall in Singapore.

The plaid fabric is from Ikea’s home decor department and the side front panels were cut from remnant denim. The keyhole opening created an interesting neckline to an otherwise simple design while the contrasting side panels creates the illusion of shape and slimming effect to the wearer.

The thickness of the fabrics and interfacing made it really tough to top stitch the keyhole area and I think I managed to do only an average job with this. Before top stitching I have already changed the machine needle and loosen the thread tension so I am not sure how I can improve on topstitching such thick fabrics. Any tips?

The pattern used was Simplicity 9014 from the year 1970, two years before I was born. The instructions were clear and simple and even taught me how to sew my very first dart seam. My only deviation, as with most 70s pattern, is to under stitch the facings to the interfacing instead of stitching the interfacing onto the bodice. The dress looked rather shapeless and wide on the pattern cover so I was surprised that it was actually quite fitting and yet still comfortable.
I hope you are having a great day! Have a blessed week!
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7 thoughts on “Making up for Nautical and the Keyhole Mod Mini

  1. Dear Adey

    I love to see your kids’ nautical outfits! And you have beautiful children. I do agree that Malaysia and Singapore do use the ‘nautical’ style for kindy uniforms a lot. But I think your nautical minis are very well executed.

    Your 70’s outfit is very fun! For me, if the fabric is too thick to top stitch (this happens to me sometimes I have added piping to collars and it becomes too thick to top stitch), I will omit top stitching altogether. In my opinion, we can omit top stitching if the facing does not flop back and can hold its own. If the pieces still require top stitching to secure them in place, I will hand baste but to ensure only minimal stitching appears on the right side of the piece.

    I joined Sew Weekly Challenge for the first time and sewed myself a 70’s inspired shirt dress with notched collars. Do visit my blog http://www.sertyan.blogspot.com to check it out if you have time!

  2. That dressed turned out great – more fitted and shapely than the pattern cover suggests. Love the keyhole opening, of course1

  3. Those sailor outfits are sooooo adorable! (And so are the ones wearing them). The dress is fantastic – those interesting details really make it.

  4. Adey your kids are adorable and I love their outfits. I would not have thought uniform but I’m not that exposed to kids in uniforms I guess!

    I love your 70s dress too. It is just so fun. I tend to shy away from the 70s as I was a kid then and have mixed feelings about that era’s clothing style…you have changed my mind, so mod!

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