:: the sewing bee ::
Adirondack Mama is taking a break, so there’s no Sewing Bee at her blog today. But I’ve been enjoying posting about the things I’ve been making, so I’m going to keep on doing it in her absence. Hopefully she’ll be back soon & then I can join her there again.
On my sewing table…
As soon as we got back from our trip to Buffalo I pulled out the Salvation Army dress I bought a few months ago, intending to make it over into something for one of the kids. Summery pants for Asher, maybe, or a tunic top for Julia—I hadn’t decided. And right before we left, I picked up a copy of Absolutely A-Line and spent a few evenings while we were away thumbing through it. The Salvation Army dress? Perfect for a cute little summery A-line play dress—with pockets, of course— for Julia.
I wish I’d taken a picture of the dress before I started cutting it apart. I was cutting one of the sleeves off when I realized I hadn’t, but it was too late to do anything about it at that point. To make up for it, I took a few snaps of the pattern (mid-tracing) and the fabric (mid-cutting)—
I can’t even begin to tell you how easy this pattern is—although I think I messed up cutting the front facing; either I cut the wrong size (or combined two sizes) or it doesn’t match up even remotely close to where it should. But either way, I was able to make it work fine, and since I only paid $1 for the fabric I’m not going to be too upset that it isn’t absolutely perfect.
I traced the pattern & cut everything on Tuesday while the kids were napping, during yesterday’s nap time I sewed, and here is where we are right now—
I still have to do the hemming and do the button in the back, and of course put on the pockets. I probably won’t get to that until tomorrow. But Julia loves it—when I tried it on her to see how it fit, she didn’t want me to take it off—and for a first go at sewing clothes for my kids, I’m pretty pleased with the result.
The book has a ton of projects based off the one A-line pattern, so now I am on the lookout for more inexpensive fabric so I can try some of them. I have my eye on an adorable pinafore & now I have to find just the right fabric to make it…