This summer I’ve been helping to test the new collection of children’s wear patterns from Madeit Patterns. I agreed to test only the garments that the girls and I liked and/or needed in their wardrobes, but that turned out to be most of the collection. I also promised to keep the designs under wraps. Until now…
The new collection Fold|2 is being launched with an online fashion week hosted by Needle and Ted, which gives me the opportunity to share some of the things I’ve been making. First up, and probably my favourite pattern of the bunch, is the Petal Fold Playsuit.
My love of rompers/playsuits/jumpsuits/whatever it is they’re called is well documented in this blog, and this one is no exception – all the glamour/fun of a dress plus the ability to cartwheel, climb trees and stand on your head modestly. The playsuit features a pleated contrast panel at the front, pockets with contrast piping, pleated culottes and an invisible zipper at the back. (It is also available as separates). I made it using a neon pink cotton and some very finely striped, blue and white, heavy cotton shirting. I graded between a size 4 in width and an 8 in length.
The pleated panel at the front requires a bit of patience with an iron but is satisfyingly straightforward. If you do fancy making one, my tip would be to use 2 rows of masking tape with a slight gap between to mark the centre rather than chalk as it holds all the pleats in place without the need for so many pins.
H loved the playsuit so much I made a second version straight away, this time omitting the pleated panel and adding a section of contrast fabric instead. The fabrics used were a lightweight denim and a sheer fabric embroidered with yellow flowers and underlined with cotton.
If you haven’t guessed already, the Fold|2 collection was partially inspired by origami, so they’ll be a fair bit of it cropping up during the week. For showcasing the Petal Fold Playsuit it seemed only right to use origami flowers, so H and I made pink water lilies and a bunch of yellow irises to use in the photos.
There are some pattern and fabric giveaways up for grabs during the week, just head over to Needle and Ted for details on how to enter.
I’ll be showcasing some more things I’ve made from the Fold 2 collection this week, but there are also loads more talented participants taking part. Check them out below.