I’m almost done with the #aweekofturias challenge!

#aweekofturias Week Three Six pairs of Turia dungarees finished.
#aweekofturias Six pairs of Turia dungarees finished.

It’s my final week of the #aweekofturias challenge to raise money for the #teamirfon cancer charity appeal on justgiving.com. Please sponsor me here.

I’ve now made six pairs of the Turia dungaree pattern by Pauline Alice and last week I made a discovery – by reducing the size of the digital pattern printouts, I could also make dungarees for my young daughters!

I enjoyed some unselfish sewing and my daughters were also pleased to get some new clothes. They literally ripped the finished dungarees out of my hands, they couldn’t wait to wear them! A rare happening!

Turia dungarees pattern printed smaller for children.
Turia dungarees pattern printed smaller for children.

Resizing the digital pattern by reducing the print out size isn’t a perfect science as the proportions of a women’s body and a child’s body are different. However by calculating what proportion of the length of my torso my daughter’s torsos are and printing the patterns that size, the dungarees worked out fine. The fit’s good on both children. The gentle curvature of the hips of the Turia pattern isn’t that noticeable on my children and besides, in this relaxed style of pants, a little extra room in the body is welcomed by active kids.

For my almost-seven-year old daughter, I printed the pattern at 75% and cutting out size 38.

Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice in Liberty Art Fabrics babycord.
Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice in Liberty Art Fabrics babycord.

I used Liberty Art Fabrics baby cord for both pairs of dungarees. It was very easy to work with and the fabric’s so soft, it’s perfect to make comfortable clothing for children. The busy fabric pattern is also handy for disguising sewing mishaps such as not-as-neat-as-they-should-be topstitched seams and spills etc. when children are wearing it!

mika turias

It was my younger daughter’s fourth birthday last week so we all wore our Turias for her party – that’s her in the above photo waiting for her party guests to arrive.

Topstitching on the Liberty baby cord Turia dungarees.
Topstitching on the Liberty baby cord Turia dungarees.

One of the main features of the Turia dungaree pattern, is the flat-felled seams and lots of topstitching. I used the same light grey topstitching thread on both of these dungarees. I chose not to use contrasting topstitching thread on my last denim pair of Turias, because I didn’t want to distract from the exposed denim selvedges.

For my four year old’s dungarees, I printed the pattern out at 67% and cut out size 40. I reduced the seam allowances to about one centimetre instead of following the one and half centimetre seam allowance in the pattern, in accordance with the pattern resizing.

This final week of the #aweekofturias challenge, I’m making the pair of dungarees that I’ll be auctioning, so stay tuned.

Here’s a sneak peek of the fabric.

Italian ramie lace and Italian linen.
Italian ramie lace and Italian linen.

These’ll be my most challenging-to-make pair yet in but I’m hoping they’ll be unique and worthy of your bid!

Please go to justgiving.com, #teamirfon and sponsor me if you haven’t already done so. I’d also like to thank the people who have sponsored me, I know Irfon will be happy!

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As always, enjoy your week and happy sewing,



2 comments on “#aweekofturias Cancer Charity Challenge Week Three: How to Resize the Turia Dungaree Pattern for Children.”

  1. Hi,

    I just made a donation to the cancer charity. I hope Irfon and his family are doing well.

    I’ll see about making it to the auction on March 2nd. The dungarees are too cute and practical to pass up.

    All the best,

    • Hi Jen, Thanks so much, really appreciate it! Thanks for asking after Irfon, I’ll update the blog with his situation soon, there’ve have been some developments! All the best to the family, C x

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