A Sewing Project or Two

by Rachel Blackburn in


While Michael has been doing projects I can't help with and after the kids have gone to bed, I have been spending some time at the sewing machine.  Caden is fascinated by my sewing and got the privilege of staying up past his bedtime one night to "help" me.  Emmy varies between loving what I make and running screaming from me when I ask her to try something on for size.  She's two.  Pretty sure I don't need to say more.

I started with adapting this peasant dress pattern to make a "pincess" dress for Em to wear at halloween.  I made it floor-length, then gathered 6 yards of tulle and sewed it to some quilt binding, which made the sash.  I cut the sleeves in a bell shape and added some elastic to gather it at the mid upper arm.  A little gold ric-rac and it was princess-worthy.    

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Then I figured I liked the pattern so much that I'd use up some of my fabric stash on a few more dresses.

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I love this pattern.  It takes maybe an hour to sew, which is my kind of project!  Little girly details like ric-rac add a little "extra".

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After the dresses I had some scraps left over so I thought I'd make a twirly skirt or two from this pattern.  It took a little time to figure out, but the skirt is stinking cute so I figured the pattern was worth it!

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Emmy wore one of her skirts to church.  I had a cute light pink shirt picked out but she has a definite fashion sense, so dark pink polka dot sweater it was.  She also put on her own shoes...

Hopefully the little girls in my life enjoy the new outfits!