So happy to be here on the Riley Blake Designs Knit Love tour with you! I fell in love with Patty Young’s Vivid collection at first sight and knew these sweet colors and fun designs would be perfect for a girl’s play set made from my Opal Flutter Sleeve Top/Dress (currently down for updating) and Sterling Leggings patterns. This knit is buttery soft, super stretchy thanks to 5% spandex and sews up beautifully into both tops and leggings.
The floral print is Leilani in the Spearmint colorway – turquoise, spearmint, white and a touch of navy, and the coordinate is Fireworks also in Spearmint.
I used the tunic length option on my Opal Knit Tunic and Dress pattern, and added the optional ruffle at the bodice seam. I didn’t have to use a rolled hem on the sleeves and ruffle, but liked the decorative touch they added.
I chose the shorts length from the Sterling Knit Shorties and Leggings pattern, and the double ruffle option – because, ruffles! I also rolled the ruffle hems for decorative effect.
The back rise of the shorties pattern is higher than the front for a good fit, but little ones still have trouble finding back from front sometimes. A scrap of the Leilani flower print made a really cute no-scratch tag so my model can tell the front from the back.
And then … there were scraps! Soft, stretchy, beautiful scraps … so I bring to you, this
Free Flower Headband Tutorial – a great scrap project for knits!
First, the headband portion. Knits stretch different amounts, so there isn’t one ‘right’ measurement for headbands. The best way is to make sure the amount you are planning to cut stretches to the child’s head size. If you don’t have the child to measure, some general guidelines for a girl’s head size (not cutting length!) are:
0-3 months: 15″
6-12 months: 18″
1 to 3 years: 20″
4 to 8 years: 21.5″
So, before you cut, orient your fabric with the stretchiest direction going side to side, and pinch it at 0″ and a few inches less than the child’s head size. Pull to see if the fabric stretches to the child’s head size without pulling on it too hard. If it doesn’t, pinch a bit further away and check again. When you’ve found the right length, add 1″ to that measurement and cut your headband that length by 5″ wide.
Here, I am checking whether 17″ will stretch to 21″ for my 6-year-old model without pulling on it too hard. It does, so I cut it 18″ long.
1 headband cut in the stretchy direction the length determined above x 5″ wide
2 squares each 4.5″ x 4.5″ – this is a pretty ‘showy’ flower. You can make it smaller to your liking.
1 strip 6″ x 1″
Don’t worry about direction of stretch on the squares or strip.
Fold the headband right sides together and sew the long side using a stretching stitch (such as wide zigzag or serger) and a 1/4″ seam allowance. Don’t skimp on the stretchiness of your stitch or the headband might be uncomfortable. Turn right side out, roll the seam to the center of one side (which will be the inside of your headband), and press.
Tuck the raw edges of one opening under 1/2″. If you still have your iron out, press it into place, or finger press. Tuck the other end of the headband 1/2″ into the opening and stitch across at the fold. Your flower will cover this seam.