pintuck tunic with bloomers

The practice sample of diamond pintucks was put to good use yesterday:

The tunic is my own design and the bloomers were made using a pattern from the book, Little Stitches for Little Ones, by Amy Butler (love that book!)

A few people asked if the pintuck fabric was hard to use in a project, and the answer is, nope!  You do the pintucks first and then cut out your pattern piece just as you would on any regular, flat fabric.


 Here's the back:

I nearly lost my head doing those stupid button holes.  I like to think of myself as a fairly competent button-hole-sewer, having done it many times.  But for some reason last night, although I could make perfect button holes on my scrap fabric (every time!), when I tried to do them on the tunic, it wouldn't work.  I had to unpick it like 10 times, and I'm not even exaggerating.  The only reason I did not scream at the top of my lungs and hurl my sewing machine across the room was because I was in public (on Thursday nights I go to a sewing studio class with some friends to work on projects). 

So here I am, at my wits end, when I decide to just turn the tunic in the opposite direction.  And for some reason, that was magic, because the button holes worked.  Can anyone explain this to me?  I am still baffled.

Anyway, as more practice for the blessing dress, I worked on having no exposed seams inside the tunic.  I still have a few things to figure out, but I'm getting closer.

Want to know my favorite part about this outfit?  When Ruby wears it, she will match my mom's kitchenaid cover PERFECTLY!  ;)

38 comments:

Lise said...

What an adorable outfit!! I love the pintucks, and the design of the top. It's an unusual baby color combo, which I really appreciate.

Annie said...

Lovely! I've been stalking your blog for awhile now :) and I just have to say that I LOOOOVE the name Ruby. And Oscar and Ruby? You have excellent taste in names!!! Oh, and I like your crafting too. ;)

Bartlett Boys + Mommy said...

Awesome!

The Cottage Mama said...

Oh, great job - that is adorable!!

Lindsay

Chris said...

The tunic turned out great. I had the same trouble with button holes the other night...thank goodness for a new, sharp seam ripper. I need to find that sewing book you used for the pintuck idea!

theteo5 said...

Adorable! I'm still terribly intimidated at the process though!

Lucija said...

WOW!
Beautiful!

Cook Clean Craft said...

That is just a darling outfit. And I had a good laugh at matching the Kitchen Aid cover - please show some photos of the two together, that would be too cute!

The Garners said...

Holy cuteness Batman! The first time I ever tried buttonholes I was on the speaker "bluetooth" in my mother's car. She was driving my grandmother somewhere...and collectively they were trying to talk me through it. I yelled, they laughed. I didn't think it was that funny. But they still talk about it. Buttonholes are stinkers.

Melanie said...

that looks totally cute! I especially love the black piping and banding. Totally non pastel pink!

Katie said...

This is SO cute!

maddmomma said...

I love it! Love the back....buttonholes have always been my nightmare! Sometime I'll have to tell you the story about the 3 little jackets that almost didn't wrapped for Christmas! Way to hang in there and finish. It turned out darling. What size is this?

Jill said...

hey mama - you DID tell me that story. And I felt sad for you at the time, because my buttonhole foot works so well. Hmph. So much for that.

This is about a 3-6 month size (I think).

Natalie said...

THANK YOU JILL!!!... for explaining how you get all this sewing done - the weekly sewing class! - phew. I love your blog, but every time I read it, I wonder how you get anything done with your little toddler. I have three little ones and cannot get 5 minutes through a project before some sort of interruption.

Maybe I should go to a sewing class. That would be fun girl time.

Anyway, I second the person who wants a photo of your girl and the kitchen aid together. How fun!

FancyMama said...

That tunic is beautiful!! Did you use french seams? Any chance you will be sharing this pattern? :)

Love your blog!
Ceci

vgleeisme said...

Jill, this outfit is simply adorable. I've never even considered pintucks but you've sure made it inticing. Maybe? Thanks for all your info sharing! Veronica

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Oh so cute!

Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs said...

Now that is CUTE! Well done. :)

crafterhours said...

I love this outfit! Modern, cute, but not too girly or overdone. Can we get a holler for girls' clothes that aren't pink?!

Also, I'm very glad you mentioned the button thing. I thought it was just me. I have no problem with scrap fabric, but I have never, no not ever, been able to put a button hole in my actual garment without ripping it out several times. If there are more than 3 buttons, I always say screw it and use button loop closures.

Red de rOuge said...

You are a fairy! Everithing you do is so cute and so pretty!
I love your tutorials too.

Sophia said...

ok maybe I'm stupid but I can never get button holes to work ever.... any suggestions???

LiEr said...

Lovely pintucks, Jill! And how odd, those buttonholes working in one orientation and not another. Could it be the grain of the fabric? Or the seam allowances making the edge of the garment thicker on one side of the buttonhole foot than the other? It's a mystery!

Heather G. said...

This is absolutely precious! I love your work!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love that tunic! Would love to see a pattern. ;)

Amy said...

You make pintucking look so easy! I may have to take a shot at this! I don't have a little girl to whip one up for but I can think of a dozen other projects that could be inspired by this!

Jen said...

Great job Jill...just lovely! I wanted to share a cute free pattern I found online here:

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fmy.crazyartzone.com%2F%3Fp%3D311&sl=auto&tl=en

The tutorial is for a shirt but I extended the bottom three to four inches and it made an adorable dress. If you want to see a pic of mine look at halverson-family(dot)org

Thought you mine want to make one for your little Ruby

Landon and Kylie said...

I'm chiming in on the calls for a pattern for that tunic! It is so adorable, I want to make one for my niece!

Kelli said...

This is just TOO cute! I love it!

lifeinredshoes said...

Too cute! And what baby doesn't want to match a Kitchenaid

Larissa said...

I LOVE this little outfit. I am thoroughly enjoying seeing all the sweet little girl things you are producing.

Probably because with all my boys, I will never have an excuse to make these things, okay well try to make them!

Larissa

Connie said...

Is ruby what she is going to be called?, thats super cute!

Jessica said...

Very cute and adorable fabric!

Can I second this button hole mess!?! Does anybody out there have a good trouble shooting tutorial for button holes. I was so frustrated with some on Sunday night that 1) The dress is still thrown in the corner and 2) I have 3 pieces of scrap fabric with almost perfect holes that I almost want to frame, because it's all I can show for myself. Grrrr...

Paula Kathlyn said...

Thats adorable!!!

Jacinda said...

Love the diamond pintucks! Beautiful! What a great idea to use a fabric with a grid!

Elisabeth said...

You inspired me! I don't know if I'm having a boy or a girl, but I HAD to try this out. You can see picture of my creation here: http://www.mildlyamusingmusings.com/2010/05/if-its-girl.html

Thanks for the inspiration :)

Roselee said...

Hi!
A friend just sent me the link to your blog and I'm so glad to find you!
I've had the same problem with buttonholes - usually my machine is a champ with its fancy button hole foot. What I figured out was that it was bumping up against the edge of the fabric where it was thicker (LiEr said the same) and the foot was getting stuck and couldn't move forward. Maybe that's why yours worked one way but not the other?
Lovely blog!

Lisa said...

Great job! It is adorable. You are going to LOVE having a little girl! :)

Sara said...

love the pintucks! i'll have to try that.

btw, i have a Ruby of my own and we seriously considered naming our new baby Oscar. Love your choice in names! :)