The start of the summer holidays always seems to begin with the realisation that all the children’s summer clothes that aren’t school uniform no longer fit. Cue some panic sewing before we leave on our extended camping trip.
First a lightweight cotton top, breezy but offering plenty of coverage from the sun.
The pattern is self-drafted but a very simple shape – drop shoulders with large gathered rectangles for the frilly sleeves. I added a centre seam at the back so I could add a slit with button closure at the neckline so it could go over her head easily.The cotton fabric was an offcut from the Clothhouse Warehouse shop in Camden.Shorts are a summer holiday essential, so I made a pair for both girls using the free City Gym shorts from Purl Soho.The yarn dyed cotton is from Fabrics Galore which I combined with some blue chambray for contrast bias binding and waistband.
Lastly some self-drafted gathered culottes in an bright circus print upcycled from a set of curtains I bought at a fleamarket in Amsterdam.
Fabric from Nosh generously gifted