After a cold February and a chilly start to March, it is finally warming up in Minnesota! We're enjoying the time outside and the extra sunshine! I'm really loving the creativity challenge of sewing with Project Run and Play each month...it keeps me sewing, challenges my creativity and helps me in my goal of sewing more of my kids clothes. This pattern for the Forget Me Knot dress is great! It is unique while still being modest and is easy to put together with great instructions and pictures. I'm hoping Ruthie can wear it next winter too by adding a pink shirt underneath. I added an inch to the length of the bodice because Ruthie has a long torso and I wanted it to sit more at her natural waist. I also graded the pattern up to a size 7 but wouldn't have needed to -- the measurements in the instructions are spot on, but I was concerned with there being enough room for an undershirt next winter.
Both fabrics are from Walmart...the green polk-a-dots is a quilting cotton and the navy, white and pink is a cotton blend (?) bargin fabric.
Here's to hoping this warm weather continues and the grass begins to green up soon!
February has been tough for me...I've not been motivated to get much done beyond the daily necessities. even getting out my sewing machine was almost too big of a step some days. Thankfully, this month's challenge for Project Run and Play was a quick and easy sew! For Ruthie's I added 10 inches of width to the front and 6 inches of width to the back and then gathered! I finished it off with wide band around the bottom that was fitted to her waist. It is made with a tissue knit from Walmart's bargin fabrics (it was not fun to work with but did produce a nice drape when finished!). I sewed her up a quick skirt with a pre-hemmed fabric remnant -- instant outfit!
Hannah's I made with a bit of fabric from my stash. I added the ruffle to the bottom because Hannah loves dresses/tunics. The bow finishes it off for me. And she wore it two days in a row...so it must be a winner! It will nice and cool for the summer.
so serious...must spin :-)
Someday it will finally warm up in Minnesota and then I'll be able to take pictures outside!
Wow! January went fast this year...which is a bit unusual...January seems to be a "hump" month in cold Minnesota winters. Maybe it is because we had unseasonable warm weather (some days above freezing!), maybe it was because I stayed so busy (lots of sewing projects and books read), maybe God just blessed January! I have a feeling that February is going to feel LONG this year. It has gotten cold again. I'm getting sick of winter and loosing motivation. The kids are watching too many library videos because it keeps them from fighting. I feel a bit aimless today; needing to plot a course for the month so I have a goal to work towards and some things I can check off my list (because it feels good to check things off a list!) I did pretty well on my January goals: * Toys sorted and book shelf organized. Still need to find a spot for the bin of games. * Sorted clothes, mine and kids. Took three big bags to be donated/recycled. * Capsule wardrobe planned for me and the kids...pretty much set for spring/summer for the kids. * Sewed a raglan sweatshirt for me. * Sewed a T for spring for me. * Sewed some pants for Asher. A few I didn't get done: * Sorting the bathroom stuff. * Dress for Ruthie...started but not finished yet! * I also didn't work on our "house fire" goal as much as I should have. Some goals for February: * Finish Ruthie's dress. * Do the Project Run and Play sewing challenge. * Sort & organize the bathroom. * Sort in the room that will become our bedroom...including the dreaded"blue closet"! * Come up with a monthly meal plan rotation. * Do our taxes and submit...always a bit of an annoying project! Hopefully that will keep me busy but not feeling overwhelmed. What are your goals for February?
I don't like to buy sewing patterns...there are so many amazing ones you can get for free...but sometimes you just have to. A quality sewing pattern can make or break a project...and also make or break the joy of sewing.
I've been quite disappointed with inexpensive paper patterns -- they never seem to be the right size! I bought an "easy sew" elastic waist jeans pattern to make Ruthie some pants when she was 4 (she was a size 4 waist and a size 5 length). I measured her and according to the pattern envelope I should make her a size 4 waist and just lengthen to a size 5...so that is what I did...and they were HUGE! Super disappointing! They fit her now (a size 6), so at least she eventually got to wear them. Thankfully, I've had great luck with digital download patterns from sewing bloggers...maybe it's because they are actually sewing the same patterns for their kids! Asher is tough on pants...he runs holes through the knees fast! I wanted to make him some pants with enforced knees. He also wants a pant with an elastic waist -- who has time to bother with snaps and zippers!? After much searching, I bought the Clean Slate Pants Pattern. It was what I was looking for...elastic waist, pocket options, easy sew...and it did not disappoint!
Fabric added inside to the knees
I have already made this pattern three times! I made the size 5 and it is a bit big...but I think he would have quickly outgrown the size 4. He likes them but says he will wear them when he is bigger "because they are too long. The pants touch the tops of my feet!" If his current pants get much shorter, he is going to have to wear them and deal with it! They are a bit slimmer than I expected (but not near "skinny") so I may make the next pair a bit baggier, just sew they will roll up better until he is a bit taller. I also really like that the pattern goes up to size 8! Ruthie will be getting some of these too!