So I got in an order I just didn't know if I could fulfill... the lady saw the punk rock twirly skirt I made for a friend of hers, and contacted me about a skirt, but then she told me that she wanted it to be pink. And green. And pastel. And not skully or scary. Those are just things I don't really do. Buuuut.... my incrediblazing local fabric shop came to the rescue. I went in looking for something pastel and polka dotty, because boy oh boy, nothing in my stash is pastel. And this popped into view, like a vision from God.
I think I may have heard a chorus of angels. Or that might have been Japanese elevator music being pumped in. Whatever. So... I turned it into a circle skirt, adding in a waistband in my very favorite green cherry blossom fabric that managed to match like they were from the same collection (which, given that one was a couple years ago at Joann's and one is a current local fabric, I'm doubting).
I borrowed one of my mini Bird's friends for a model; she's 2 years older and a bit bigger than the girl this was made for, but it gives an idea:
(and I think it'll be a big hit, given that I had to practically pry her out of it)
So... Thursday afternoon, as they're putting my kindergartner into the car after school, the assistant teacher mentions that she needs to wear red on Friday, as it's 'Red Shirt Day'. Yeah... I live on a tiny island, the shopping on base sucks for normal sized people, off base I have yet to find a source for plain colored shirts, and my child is a minuscule little chicklet of a person. But, I think, I have a gorgeous red cotton in my stash.... and Vegbee does have that peasant shirt tutorial... And so I do what any sewing mama would, and whip my child up a shirt despite feeling like I should be in bed six hours ago.
Isn't she it just adorable? (Vegbee, seriously, you are my hero)
I had to run some elastic across the mid-back, because she has the tiniest little waist (yeah, ahem, 18") and everything is just so baggy on her! That and she likes everything to be on the snug-side. Guess she's learned early (all the What Not to Wear during her formative years...) that well-fitted clothes make you look bigger than clothes that you're swimming in.
And here's a close-up of the applique, which I was thrilled with, because I kind of just slapped it on there, no pinning, no anything, and it came out smooth and wonderful, even if it's a bit distorted in the shot due to being on a 3-D body at the time.
Aaaaaand one more completely gratuitous shot of my child being an utter goofball. I told her to 'stop posing' and this was her response:
Well... I lost my mind again. No, really. I swore these off after the last one, but then I went dumpster diving in my scrap bin and, well, it just had to happen. I couldn't fight the fabric.
(Completely unrelated stuff, feel free to skip) I had to take a while off from sewing; I had internal bleeding that went undiagnosed for months, culminating in my being admitted to the hospital with nearly 50% of my blood volume *gone*. The upside to all of this is that the months I took off of crafting weren't due to depression (what the doctor kept insinuating was wrong with me, not bleeding to death, ahem), laziness (what the husband and I were inclined to think), or sheer loss of creativity (my deepest fear). It was funny getting back on the sewing machine, and I'm glad this turned out so well, because when I started, I had been feeling like I'd forgotten how to sew. (End of unrelated stuff)
So... my little model was PISSED that this wasn't for her, so I'm imagining another venture into the crazy land that is piecing and gathering is in my immediate future (it is her birthday soon).
Thanks for looking, and possibly slogging through my novel... c&c more than appreciated!
My husband recently left to head back to Afghanistan, which is always a really interesting time with the two little kids. My son has been telling me since he left that he (my son) is 'The New Daddy'. He's three, but he's been trying to take out the garbage and the recycling, play PS3 (a very daddy job ), and grill. He's also informed me that he's my husband and told his big sister that he's her father. So perhaps it's more oedipal than cute. I'm not going down that route, tho.
Before the Man left, Boy was a Marine for Halloween.
Since Daddy's gone, and he has to wear his uniform every day (it's his job), Boy is the proud owner of a new pair of cammi pants and some resized green skivvy shirts.
It was hard to keep him still at the playground long enough to take pictures!
Back story - I usually make everyone jammies to give to them on Christmas Eve, a tradition started due to some truly horrid, unusable pictures from Christmas mornings past. Well, this year I lazied/forgot and ended up having to run out Christmas Eve around 3pm to try and buy everyone their jammies. I managed to find workable pairs for myself, the man, and the girl, but the boy posed a real problem for me, as there was NOTHING in his size. So, I came home, made him go through the fabric closet, and whipped these up in time for our pre-dinner gifting.
Forgive the face, my son does not know what "smile" means... this was my first applique, and it's quite wonky in places that thankfully you have to look for and that don't show up in photos. Now boy and girl are busy rooting through my supplies to find things they "must" have.
Oh! Shinkansen is the Japanese bullet train. We live in Okinawa and he's also quite the popular children's character. Being that my kids are in Japanese kindergarten, Shinkansen is a fixture in our lives here.
Whew! I have been busy! I was up til around 4 last night (this morning?) and finished off 4 dresses and a skirt. Some had been started previously, but all were finally completed this time! I am so thrilled with them all, especially with the fact that the gathering was baste and pull, which I have previously been atrocious at. Something must have clicked, because it works now! (I just love it when things like that happen, new talent developing in your sleep or something)
First, my pirate pixie skirt:
My leopard print sundress:
My deck of cards sundress:
My leopard/black sundress:
And my absolute favorite, the zebra one:
A close-up of the hot pink topstitching, not too visible in this light, but it's there!
And the hot pink rolled hem, which I was delighted with. I was too tired to really hem by this point and decided to put the topstitching thread in the upper looper of the serger and be lazy, which often works against me, but this was in my favor.
I'm debating on adding a hot pink ribbon to the waistband of the zebra one. Any thoughts?
I've been toying with this idea for a while - for my own son - but you know the saying... the cobbler's children are barefoot, or any of the many versions of that one. Well, in my house, it's just my son who is routinely neglected on the sewing front. These aren't for him, either. My daughter's been invited to a fireman themed birthday party for one of the little boys at her school, so I took some super bright fabric and made up a pair of fireman pajamas for the birthday boy. I really like the idea as it came to life, so often ideas are considerably better inside the head than they are out. Just your basic jammie pattern in yellow, with black collar and pants. Oh, and large black buttons, natch. I had some silver and red ribbon lying around that I was going to trim it out in, but honestly, it's already 5am. I quit.
It was picture day today, which means that I spent all night last night making a seashell dress. Ugh. Why do I choose complicated things for the last minute? Always? The seashell is due to preschool being a Waldorf school, where all the kids get symbols to mark their things instead of written-out names. Kid says to me last night "Did you finish my dress?" Urp. The one I hadn't even cut. So I hurried her off to bed and made myself regret falling in love with Vegbee's twirly dresses. What a labor of love! 100 4x4 patches, one lined bodice, one invisible zipper, and a hot pink ribbon later:
Sorry, craftster won't let me rotate my photos without them stretching awkwardly, and it won't upload them in their turned form. I just don't know.
I greatly prefer the back of the dress to the front. I think I put better squares there.
And I could die over the twirl.
On the plus side, I've gotten 3 requests for dresses just today, wearing this around, so...
My daughter's little friend (the blue bird is her symbol at school) had a birthday, so I made her a little summery dress for her present. It really is nice to be able to give nice gifts when you're on an... austerity.. budget. Anyways, it was some batik fabric from my stash that was a remnant find at Joann's originally. A couple of simple cuts later:
As modeled by my palm tree (and my duct-tape daughter, who is about a size smaller than the birthday girl). I will hopefully have pictures of the gorgeous birthday girl in the dress soon. She looked so beautiful when she tried it on!
Here she is outside of school, attacking the mulberry tree I wish I had a better camera with me (this was a celly pic) because she has the most amazing blue eyes and the dress totally made them pop. Okay, haha. I just realized why the picture of her wearing the dress kept looking off to me. She must have gotten herself dressed, because the side seams are in front, which totally explains why the straps looked so far apart today at school!