Style Chat: Little Miss Songbird
Posted on 22 May 2018
The Little Miss Songbird Kimono & Cardi is an easy fit, outerwear garment for your mini fashionistas, whether they be little princesses or style savvy teens. Size 3-14.
The Little Miss Songbird sewing pattern is designed for both wovens & knits. It’s versatility will have you creating sun cover-ups, winter warmers, special occasion pieces or every day wear, with an option to suit all seasons & lifestyles.
Choose to create a matching Mummy & Me outfit with the ladies Songbird pattern or let your little Miss shine in her own unique fashion Kimono.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS YOU CAN ADD:
The cropped kimono comes to just below the waist, can be made with any of the sleeves & features a full length band.
Teamed with denim & a white tee: cropped really is such a fabulous new way to wear a kimono.
Photo 1: Rayon. Photo 2: Rayon. Photo 3: Brocade. Photos 4: Stretch Lace.
And no, brocade isn't in the list of suggested fabrics but my testing team are adventurous & Shelley decided to give it a go anyway. It turned out brilliantly.
The versatile hipster kimono reaches the hip, as you'd expect. With this one, you can choose between a short (cropped) or a full length band.
This length is so versatile in such a wide range of fabrics. Tie it at the front for a great updated look.
Photo 1: Rayon/Viscose. Photo 2: Stretch Velvet. Photo 3: Satin. Photo 4: Rayon.
KNEE LENGTH KIMONO
The knee length kimono reaches mid thigh. Sew one for Winter in a snuggly warm knit, or for Summer in a light airy rayon.
You can add pockets to the knee length kimono!!!
As with the hipster length, you can use the short (cropped) or full length band. You can add any of the sleeves options or add trim to the hem.
Photo 1: Rayon with Lace Trim. Photos 2: Rayon. Photo 3: Quilted Knit. Photo 4: Satin.
The longline kimono looks adorable on the littlies & chic on the teens.
Reaching mid calf, you can use the short (cropped) or full length band. You can add any of the sleeves options or add trim to the hem.
Plus, you can also add pockets to the longline kimono!!!
Photo 1: Pique knit. Photo 2: Cotton polyester knit. Photo 3: ITY knit. Photo 4: Satin.
The Girls Songbird neckline is finished with a narrow band. You can choose the Short (cropped) Band like the Ladies Songbird which finished just up from the hem or the Full Length Band that aligns neatly with the hem.
Both bands are fabulous, it really just depends on your personal preference. The exception is the Cropped Kimono. You must use the full length band on this one.
If you're going to be adding trim to the hemline, choose the Short (cropped) band so you avoid using any colourful, but often helpful, words.
Photo 1 & 2: Cropped band on Hipster length in Rayon. Photo 3: Full length band on Knee length kimono in French Terry. Photo 4: Full length band on Cropped Kimono in Brocade.
Add either the short or long tapered sleeve.
Choose from the very flared short sleeve or the semi flared 1/2 sleeve.
SHORT FLARED SLEEVE
1/2 SEMI-FLARED SLEEVE
ADD A FLOUNCE TO THE SLEEVE
If you've been wandering around the stores or looking in magazines, you'll have seen that flounces are gorgeously everywhere right now.
You can add a very pretty & on-trend flounce to either the short tapered sleeve or the 1/2 flared sleeve.
Yes pockets! absolutely deserves an exclamation mark. It's a very rare Pattern Emporium pattern that is without pockets.
Lots of treasures can be stored in these pockets. Or lip gloss or those extra hair bands we learn to carry around from a young age in case we need to climb a tree or a mountain or read a good book outside.
These pockets are sewn into the side seams and are pretty much hidden from the outside. You can add pockets to the Knee Length & the Longline Songbirds.
When I told Mel I was going to make a girls Songbird the first thing she requested was cuffs. This little gem of a feature was added for totally practical reasons - to keep sleeves out of food!
You can add a cuff to the Long Tapered Sleeve. And whether your Kimono is made out of woven or knit fabric, you add a knit cuff.
When the perfect fabric meets the lace trim you've been hoarding and you get a match made in heaven.
BUTTON OR SNAP FRONT
There's a little pattern hack right at the end of the tutorial that shows you how & where to add a snap or button/buttonhole.
- Learn to stabilise the shoulders for knits
- For beginners: a page just for you, outlining how to add a sleeve
- Easily shorten/lengthed kimono &/or sleeves
- And of course, our fantastically support Facebook Group is available to share &/or get help with your PE projects. Click here to go there now.
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