Styled by Clementine

When she came downstairs wearing this ensemble on Saturday, I have to admit I was a little jealous I hadn’t thought of it myself. Floral on floral? Brilliant and awesome at the same time.

She also requested that I make her “flower underpants and flower leggings and flower socks so I can be flower EVERYTHING!” Ummmm….I think that crosses the line, even for me.

But when this came walking downstairs on Sunday, I was pretty much blown out of the water:

I think she may have a special talent.

Pierrot with a Big Bow, blogged here.
Yellow Pierrot with pockets, blogged here.
Liberty skirt, blogged here.
Yellow chicken pinafore, handed down, vintage.
Striped tights, from Boden.

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On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

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….and Rae gave to me a Pierrot sewing pattern!

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Pierrot is a loose-fitting ruffle-collared tunic that can be extended into a dress.  It features elastic in the hem and sleeves that can be let out as your child grows, making it a sure fit for long wear.  Here’s a selection of the beautiful specimens of the Pierrot tunic as found in the Flickr photo pool:

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1. pierrot echino, 2. sitting on stairs, 3. with flower, 4. pierrot polkadots

Leave one comment on this post before 9 pm EST tonight for your chance to win this charming tunic sewing pattern. The winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of the Pierrot Tunic Sewing Pattern; all winners will be posted at the end of this series as well. Void where prohibited by law.

Exhibit 1: Washi Pierrot + Turquoise Cords

This week, as part of my personal countdown to KCWC, I’m throwing pictures at the blog of things I’ve made for the kids this year that never got blogged. It’s my own little challenge, to try and “clean out the virtual closet” before I go and make more clothes for them. I’ll even show you some of the new kids patterns I’ve been working on. Fun Fun!

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This is a Pierrot Tunic, except instead of using the elastic casing in the neckline, I sewed a few rows of shirring (with elastic thread in the bobbin) around the neck and sleeves (hemmed them first). I also trimmed down the sides so they would go straight down instead of angling out to the sides. The triangle fabric is from the Washi line by Rashida Coleman-Hale.

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The cords are turquoise baby wale corduroy from JoAnn, made with the same pant pattern as the green ones she had last fall. Only they came out too short and tight because I forgot she would go up a size, so then I had to add a strip along the sides and lengthen them, and by the time I was finished doing that, they were too short again. Which is why I am only showing you the top of these pants and not the bottom. Sometimes I’m such a dum-dum.

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She picked out the bird barrette.

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Pierrot with a very Big Bow

I wanted to make a spring Pierrot tunic for Clementine without the neck ruffle, which, if truth be told, is the only thing between me and a finished Pierrot in a half hour (under ideal circumstances of course). Pierrot is a very simple raglan swing tunic pattern, and while the ruffle really defines it, of course it also adds a bit of time.

{please feel free to pin the pictures in this post; I’ve purposefully included only photos I’m comfortable seeing on Pinterest}

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This blue floral version is a size 3T extended 3″ to make it a dress (there’s a nice little set of diagrams in the instructions to make this easy) and while it’s clearly a bit big on Clementine, it should fit well through the fall as she’s really more of a 2T right now.

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I had the “giant bow” concept in mind after seeing something similar at a children’s boutique shop, and I’m still thinking I might attach it over the shoulder. It’s adorable, but slightly impractical, with the bow in front. Think: stuffing dolls through it, threading hands and limbs through the loops, etc. She’s a creative little lady.

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The photos give you a rough idea of what it looks like when worn, despite my sad little uncooperative subject, and a glimpse of her new haircut, perhaps not at it’s MOST fabulous in these pictures but nonetheless: isn’t it CUTE??? I have dreams of aiming for the “little French girl” look all spring.

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So, Big Bow: I cut out a long strip that was about 5″ wide, roughly 2 yards long, folded it in half length-wise and sewed along the long edges with wrong sides together, then turned the whole thing right-side out and tucked the open ends inside and stitched across it.

The center of the bow is another little loop of fabric (again, about 5″ wide, maybe 4″ long) folded in half, stitched along the edge, and then turned right side out. If you tuck one end inside the other you get a loop that you can thread the big part through. So the bow isn’t “tied” at all, if that makes sense.

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And the fabric: I found this limited edition quilting fabric at Undercover Quilts in Seattle (the one inside of Pike’s Place Market) last fall. Such lovely flowers for spring!

Check out the Pierrot photo pool for even more Pierrot cuteness! I especially love this ruffle-less dress version. And the Pierrot Sewing Pattern is available right here if you want to make your own!

Here it is! Pierrot Tunic PDF Sewing Pattern

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The Pierrot Tunic features a lovely gathered neckline, swingy ease and comfortable fit and looks fantastic with jeans or leggings! The elastic neckline and sleeves can be taken out as your child grows. Pierrot can be sewn entirely with a sewing machine; no serger necessary. Instructions are also included to extend the pattern if you would like to create a Pierrot dress or longer tunic.

This sewing pattern is a digital PDF sewing pattern that you purchase, download, and print at home. The 32-page eBook sewing pattern includes detailed step by step instructions, color photographs, printable instruction summary sheet and full-sized pattern pieces for NINE sizes (wow!) for babies and children. Seam allowances are included on all pattern pieces.

The digital eBook including pattern and instructions will be sent to your Paypal email address (please do not request that we forward to a different address. Thanks!) via instant download link as soon as payment is received.

SIZES INCLUDED
0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T*

*The 5T tunic can be easily lengthened to make a size 6 or 7 (maybe even 8??). Instructions for lengthening the pattern are included, but because we have not tested these sizes, please be aware that you will need to determine how much length to add based on other well-fitting garments in your child’s wardrobe.

$10 – Pierrot Tunic Sewing Pattern PDF

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{Please read my purchasing/printing instructions first if you have never purchased an instant download PDF pattern before. Thanks!}

NOTE: This sewing pattern is intended for personal use only. A handmade sellers license for Pierrot is also available from the pattern page. For more information on the licenses and seller’s program, please visit the Seller’s Program page. If you purchase the sewing pattern without a license, please do not sell Pierrot Tunics or use the pattern for profit. Non-profit use for charity is usually fine, but please contact me first to request permission.

DIFFICULTY
This tunic is a “confident beginner” project. I would recommend this project to someone who knows how to sew a straight line backward and forward and can keep an even seam allowance on a curve. The following skills are also recommended: gathering, inserting elastic into a waistband, and hemming. Clear instructions are given for all of the steps, however, so a beginner who has confidence could definitely tackle this. I am always happy to assist you by answering questions via email if you should run across anything that is giving you trouble!

SERGER OR SEWING MACHINE?
Pierrot can be completed entirely without a serger. The ruffle edge at the neckline can be zigzag stitched (shown below left) or finished with a serger (shown below right); both take approximately the same time.

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MATERIALS
• Woven fabric such as shirting, cotton voile, cotton lawn, poplin, chambray, lightweight seersucker, baby wale cord, linen, flannel, or quilting cotton (see yardage chart below for amount)
• Elastic (1/4″ or 3/8″ wide, for neckline)
• Optional: prepackaged 1/2″ single-fold bias tape (or instructions for cutting your own bias tape included in pattern)

YARDAGE
(of 44” wide fabric; you’ll need less if your fabric is 54” or 60” wide)

Click here for size chart

What’s the difference between bias and straight of grain?
Cutting this tunic on the bias will give you a more “swingy” fit, but it can also be cut on the straight of grain to save fabric (I personally think it looks great either way). In the picture below, the tunic on the left was cut on the bias, and the tunic on the right was cut on the straight of grain.

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INSTANT DOWNLOAD
This 32 page PDF becomes available to you instantly via a download link as soon as payment is received* (Click on teeny tiny “Continue to download” link after making payment. Just in case you miss that, another link is automatically sent to your Paypal email address, but please make sure your Paypal email is up-to-date or you risk not getting it!). A chart is provided on the first page of the file so that you can save paper and ink by printing just the pattern sheets you need.

*e-Check payments take roughly a week to process, so your pattern will not be sent instantly if you use e-Check. The pattern will be sent to you automatically as soon as your payment clears.

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The Pierrot Tunic was featured on my blog on the following posts:
Pierrot Dress for Clementine (the red and white seersucker version)
I Couldn’t Help Myself (Another Pierrot Dress) (the blue chambray version)
Chambray Pants for Baby C
Another Pierrot (the hot pink voile version)
Friday Photos
Brace yourself for the cute: plaid pierrot (the red flannel plaid version)
Rockstar

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{Please read my purchasing/printing instructions first if you have never purchased an instant download PDF pattern before. Thanks!}

Share your photos: I can’t wait to see all of the cute little Pierrots you guys make! Please add your pictures to the Rae Made Me Do It or Pierrot Sewing Pattern photo pools so we can all see what you’ve made!

Thanks for your patience! As usual, please be patient with me as there are bound to be glitches at first. Please email me if there are any issues and we’ll get them worked out!

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Pierrot Testing

It always really amazes me how long it takes to make a sewing pattern. Theoretically each one I make should get faster but somehow that never seems to happen. I’ve had the sewing pattern for Pierrot more or less ready for two weeks, but between “being a mom” (which can mean anything: a trip to the zoo, the apple orchard, piles of laundry, a sick husband, and what I think was possibly the longest game of Chutes and Ladders in the history of the universe yesterday), friends visiting last weekend and a trip to New York, I really just haven’t had any time to get it up and running. The final push is always the most tedious, proofreading for what feels like the hundredth time, dealing with file size issues, making sure it prints correctly, making size charts for the blog…it’s that “packaging” at the end that always seems to take more time than anything else. I’ve learned over time to push away the frustration that comes with working at this pace…but still. As I write this the finished file sits fully completed on my computer, but I need a little break before I upload it and finish the “here it is!” post. So instead let me tease you with some adorable tester photos:

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One of my testers (Brit) has twins. TWINS!!! *dying of cute* I love that her neckband facings are contrasting/matching:

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Kristin from skirt as top made this one for KCWC last week — these colors are really amazing:

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a lovely ruffled polka dot one, also from skirt as top:

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Sharon sent over these great pictures of her little honeypie. I love her bun and her awesome attitude:

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This adorable Pierrot was made by Elaine who I met in New York at the Weekend Sewing workshop. It was so fun to work with her as a tester and then get to meet her in person!

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Here’s a couple by Shelby (you might remember her from Spring Top Week):

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I don’t know, can you even focus on the clothing when the face is this angelic?

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And I love this idea from Kelly of upcycling it from another knit top! What a great idea. It completely transforms it:

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Finally, this wonderful tasseled version with leggings from Suzanne:

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You can see the rest of the tester photos (that are uploaded so far) right here in the Pierrot pool. I think I had the largest group of testers so far; ten people helped out this time by making a Pierrot tunic, photographing it, and giving feedback on this pattern. I know that there are always many of you interested in testing, so I’ll make sure I put up a tester sign up sheet again when I’m ready to do another pattern. Thanks to everyone (Kathy, Kristin, Elaine, Suzanne, Sara, Shelby, Kelly, Jen, Sharon, and Brittney) who volunteered for this round!!!

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If you’re wondering what the title of this post has to do with a tennis racket, you’re obviously not my kid.

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Hard to decide if it’s more fun to play tennis or rock out with it, really…

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Two rockstars are always better than one:

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(She’s holding my old racket here, but don’t worry, we bought another one in her size this weekend. Wimbleton here we come)

On Clementine: Plaid Pierrot
On Elliot: Dapper Dillingers