Laura H. Sunday, September 16, 2012

I've taken a break from cutting out to start stitching things up. Elizabeth sort of needs some 'too cool for sleeveless, not hot enough for a coat' dresses, so I've done several of those. Also, I've reworked a pair of jeans because lightweight jeans are also awesome for playschool. I've manage to do one sewing project a day for the past 7 days. Two Pierrot's, these four, and the burgundy pants. I'm not showing those because there's a somewhat suggestive set of tracing marks on them.

Breaking up is EASY.

Dear Carters:
I'm sorry. I'm breaking up with you. Not only is your stuff all beginning to look the same, your prices suck.
Not to mention I found this pattern called the Go To Signature Dress that allows me to get looks way cuter than yours and hemlines that are not booty-tastic.
Sorry again. Hope you understand. And if you don't, go get the pattern and try it out.
Really easy.

And really, what's not to love? I'm even going to be using this pattern for Elizabeth's long sleeved tees - I just measured and hacked the pattern off. Only on the tees, I'm going to gather the neckline instead of pleat. I love pleats, but the gathering will be a little bit more casual looking. Excellent for tees.

Would you like fries with that?
Another little dress that I finished up was the much-anticipated School Uniform Dress knock off that I made from some of the Boy Scout's old work shirts. I have pictures of the before - the work shirts before I started cutting in to them. And while the franchise office said he could keep them since they were changing over to all dress-shirt-and-tie business, I don't trust that blatantly advertising the name of his company won't bring down the wrath of the CEOs and them take away a dress this adorable.
No, just a large juice box.

Granted, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out, but I doubt that the Powers That Be are reading this blog.I cannibalized a 4t boys polo shirt for the pieces, then left the original placket intact and added a dummy button below the functional one. I love that I have enough of the teal left over to add another ruffle to the bottom! She will need it before she outgrows this little dress. I wonder when 'teal' month is at playschool?

Trivia: My sister named me for...?
 This little dress is getting called the Little House dress. It is another Simplicity 2377 and it is so long! But I've already cut off a lot, so I'm just going to leave it alone. The fabric was in a bag of stuff my great-aunt and her daughter gave me last week. It was an a-line skirt when I took it out of the bag. Next day, it was this dress.

I'd made up some green gingham bias tape for my first attempt at the no big dill bias tape tutorial and then promptly forgot that I had it. I found it again and decided that using it on this would be both cute and handy.

Laura! From the Little House show.
I've decided that casings are just too easy not to use. And using the bias tape around the bottom hem adds weight without bulk, which is great on this dress since the fabric is so very thin. This dress is great for fall in the Southeast - fall colors, summer weight. And considering that we will be going to the National Banana Pudding Festival in a couple of very short weeks, it will be nice to have something on Elizabeth that can be layered.

And last but not least, the jeans. These are Made by Rae's Big Butt Baby Pants pattern. Elizabeth wore them so much that when I dropped the hem for this year, there was a wear line! So, I snatched this ribbon from one of her birthday presents and worked my magic. I can't believe she's grown so much! The original hem was at the red stripe on the ribbon. Where'd my wee-baby go?
Well, wherever that small little thing went, she'll be looking pretty adorable in her rainbow pants. Although I think I can file 'bows for jeans' under Not Doing It Again.

1 comment:

  1. Yay! I'm so glad to hear you love my Go To Signature Dress pattern! All of these clothes are adorable! I hope you'll stop by and link up to my weekly party, Make It Wear It!