Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Dresses

Something about Saturday, as the day before Sunday, makes me want to sew. I guess it's because I then get to show off my creativity when we go to church on Sunday, and if anyone asks I can brush if off and say, "Oh, it's just something I whipped up yesterday." I'm modest like that. This Saturday I made two new dresses, one for each daughter.

For Audrey's dress, I used an old pattern that I've had for a few years, and that my mom had for several years before that. It's one that I used to make a dress for my youngest sister when she was a little baby.

This sweet little dress is white with purple flowers, and a pale blue yoke. The dress crosses over pinafore-style in the back, and buttons to the yoke at the shoulders.

For Zaylee, I used this tutorial to make a ruffle-bottom t-shirt dress. Zaylee and I both love all the fun little ruffles on the skirt.

I wanted the skirt to come just below Zaylee's knees, so I added 12 inches to the bottom of the shirt, with four fabric ruffles. Flouncy ruffly fun! I didn't have to hem any of them, since I used knit fabric.

If I wasn't sure it would end up looking ridiculous, I'd probably make one of these fun dresses for myself!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Sarah Hat

I seem to have bad luck when it comes to making things for myself to wear. They just don't fit right, or don't look right. Recently, a skirt for myself turned out so awful I had to cut it apart and turn it into skirts for Zaylee and Audrey instead. Hats that I try to make for myself usually end up too small and I have to give them to Zaylee. She makes them look way cuter than I ever could!

But this time I guess I found the right pattern, the Sarah Hat from BurdaStyle. It's a newsboy cap, with six triangular panels, a neat little brim, and a button detail.

I really love how this hat turned out. Especially the fact that it actually fit me. It's sassy, but with a dark color that's somewhat subdued, which really fits my personality as well.

I love my little guy. And my hat. :)

I'm submitting this project to The 12 Month Craft The World Challenge. The theme for February is Garden. This hat fits the theme because it is green, the color of plant life. Also, it would make a great hat to wear while gardening - you can look chic while keeping the sun off your face.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Rolled Flower Bib Necklace

I wanted a fun, romantic accessory to wear for Valentine's Day. Well, actually I made it to wear to church on Sunday, since we're not actually going to be going anywhere on V-day. I have seen lots of beautiful rolled fabric flower necklaces online, and wanted to try making my own. My inspiration:

From The Woman Who Couldn't Sit Still

From Mandipidy

From The Scrap Shoppe

Aren't they perfectly lovely?

So, armed with fabric, lace, and inspiration from these necklaces, I set out to make my own. I made several rolled flowers, glued them together, and added a few pretty buttons and a chain. Voila!

I liked doing these rolled flowers. They were simple to make, and turned out so cute. I can see myself making more of them, and using them for hair clips, headbands, etc.

A couple more pictures: