I got a bit carried away this week. My sewing is like feast or famine. It helps to have a husband around to entertain the kids. I better enjoy it while it lasts because he leaves town next week (but so do Syd and I for a short while).
As mentioned in previous posts I’ve been working on a dress fashioned from this sun-suit tutorial. My first attempt was a big FAIL. I fussed around with the crotch gussets and then when I moved to shirring I didn’t have the appropriate tension on my bobbin so it didn’t really shirr right. It would have helped if this tutorial would say that as you sew, the garment should gather a bit. The way it reads (and is photographed) your gathering seems to take place at the end when you ‘steam’ the garment. I learned the hard way that steaming the garment gives you a bit of gather but not nearly enough. Syd should be able to wear that failed top though, sometime when she is 2!
Attempt #2 was a success though! I decided to skip the snaps that make it a romper entirely and go with a dress. This fabric is really gauzy and wasn’t sturdy enough for snaps anyways. In the end I decided to bring up the bottom of the tube to the last row of shirring and make a bubble dress (more like a tunic actually it could stand to be a bit longer). Fastened with two little flower buttons I had from a random button bag I picked up at the fabric store and voila! you have the perfect summer frock for a very wiggly baby! (Seriously you have no idea how hard it was to get those 3 photos!!!)
You may be admiring the blue tights in those photos too. And yes I made these as well. I ran into this baby-tight tutorial and armed with a bag of tops I was getting ready to donate I set forth to see what I could fashion for Sydney. I had to alter the pattern a bit for her ‘full volume’ legs and instead of making tights with feet I just used the bottom my top as the ‘bottom hem’ and made leggings instead! Now Syd can wear these cute dresses and protect her knees at the same time. I seriously feel like I won the lottery. In addition, not only am I able to recycle old ill-fitting garments, I’m getting more comfortable putting seams into knits! Yay for me!
And I also made another dress out of the sweetest fabric around. This pattern is so easy it’s almost embarrassing how many I could put together in an afternoon.