I am participating in the Kids Clothes Week Challenge – YAY!
This is simply a week where you challenge yourself to sew kid clothes for 1 hour a day for 7 days. It’s the power of peer pressure at work! And I totally have a backlog of fabric I’ve bought for making dresses for my girls, and it’s time to make those dresses before they decide they don’t want to wear them anymore.
However, I have nothing to show you of what I accomplished the first night since that was simply some ironing and some cutting. Boo. And the second night I fell into bed EARLY after spending the day steam-cleaning all of our carpet. That calls for an even bigger BOO. Tonight, though! Tonight I will sew!
Despite my failure at the challenge so far, I still have some show & tell: a dress for Elena made just a month ago from a vintage sheet! She already enjoyed wearing it on a strawberry picking adventure:
Elena proudly showing her first strawberry, and wearing pearls. I have to point out the pearls because…it isn’t really a necklace. It’s a headband. Both girls wear those pearl headbands as necklaces and it cracks me up!
The pattern is Simplicity 2469. Funny thing is, I *knew* when I bought the pattern that I thought the top was a little too short and a bit too revealing for my liking. (Look at the pattern cover pictures to see what I mean.) Yet, I never bothered to alter it! So, it still looks a little short and revealing on top to me, but not too bad. Next time I make the pattern I will add a 1/2″ to the top of the bodice.
The other problem were the sleeves. The instructions called for you to use basting stitches, pull up to gather and then tie the ends. Unfortunately, both sleeves’ gathering fell apart the first time Elena wore the dress. You can kind of see the one un-gathered sleeve here:
I fixed that just by sewing down the gather all the way across and not worrying about any silly knots. Maybe not the most professional finish, but it did the job.
As for the rosettes across the top on the pattern, I didn’t do them initially. I pinned some on in the corner when she wore the dress for Easter, but can’t decide if its a keeper like that or not. Any preferences?
I know, what a sour-puss, but this is the best picture I have where you can see the roses I added.
And now, on to some more strawberry-picking picture fun, especially shown here for my Mom who couldn’t make it with us:
I also love Julia’s dress — it’s an Old Navy one I bought 2nd-hand several years ago. It has great embroidery on the bottom edge, but I don’t think you get a good shot of it in any of these pictures.
What does it mean that some of my fave pictures from this adventure were ones where you can’t see my daughters’ faces??!? I love the 2 pictures below!
The girls’ cousin joined in on the strawberry fun!
Yay for Aunt J who told us all about this great farm! It was great fun, even if REALLY HOT!
The great Strawberry family: