During Days 1-5, I did the prep work for two items - a skirt for Sophia and kuspuk for Olivia. By the end of Day 5, I finished a skirt for Sophia.
On Days 6 and 7, I concentrated on finishing the kuspuk for Olivia. What is a kuspuk...you may be wondering? A kuspuk is a Native Alaskan outfit that is like a dress with a hood and pocket that can be worn on its own or over clothes/jacket.
Olivia in the kuspuk I sewed for her.
On Day 6, I sewed the bodice together; gathered the sleeves and made the cuffs; gathered the skirt and attached it to the bodice; sewed the pocket (it's lined with matching fabric); and sewed the hood.
In sewing the hood and trying it on Olivia (without attaching it to the bodice), the girls and I both agreed that Olivia looked like a gnome with it on. The pattern makes the hood rather pointy and gnome-like. That's okay if you're going for a costume. However, when making an outfit that I want her to wear, I knew that attaching the gnome-hood would ensure that the kuspuk would never worn.
So, I opted to attach the zipper and finish the top of the bodice. The fabric for the hood will be used for something else - doll clothes...a quilt...something small.
Olivia and her sister use the apple tree that fell down
in the November ice storm as a balance beam
and lateral climbing tree.
On Day 7 (which actually ended up being earlier this week since I had to drive 40+ miles to find a zipper that was the right length and color), I added the zipper, pocket, and finished the top of the bodice.
The sleeves and skirt are a bit long since it's a size 10 and Olivia has just started wearing size 6 and 8 (depending what the item is - pants run smaller while dresses and shirts she can wear in a larger size). She likes longer skirts, so she prefers the length (rather than having the skirt be at knee-length).
She says the dress is comfortable, and that she would wear it as a dress with capri leggings on under it (or without leggings...depending on how warm it is outside.
Olivia wearing capri leggings
as a dress over another outfit
(as a way to keep it clean and dry).
I'm so happy I did KCWC because it challenged me to make two new items of clothing that I had never made before, and to use a pattern that I had been holding onto for years, but had not gotten around to using.