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I cleaned out my closet this weekend, woo hoo! In the process I dug up a bunch of old tees, including an adorable t-shirt that hasn’t fit quite right since pregnancy. And so, a new sundress was born.
I made this dress for Gracie the other night and she wore it all day yesterday...it's a new favorite. When I had the idea I wasn't sure how it would turn out so we used some crazy supplies but now that I've made one I want to make like 10 more and this time use nicer T-shirts and some of the "good" polyester from my secret hoard. If you want to make one it is seriously the easiest project ever and I promise your little girls will love it (Gracie loves the long, cool, silky fabric.)
I have been staring at this yellow striped tee for two years. I love almost everything about it: the color, the stripes (duh), the light weight knit, and the fit. It was almost perfect, BUT about an inch and a half too short. Like, that annoying shows-off-your-belly-in-the-way-you-thought-was-coy-in-highschool-but-you’re-not-in-highschool-anymore sort of way.
This last two weeks has been a whirlwind. Mostly an Everything Bag Sewing whirlwind, but with some next-year-possibilities thrown in the mix. Oh and we were away for the weekend (a church retreat in Estes Park!).
I have recieived an inumerable comments and emails about the blog cutting off. I am so sorry about this. It seems to only happen to those who view the blog on explorer… Our techs have been trying to figure out why this happens. I PROMISE we have seriously been trying to figure this out. I know it must be incredibly obnoxious and I am so grateful you have stuck with us while we try to figure it out.
So this one isn't exactly reinventing the wheel. In fact, I didn't even bother to do a tutorial for it. Why? Because it was a simple re-sizing job, and who hasn't seen that in blogland a zillion times already. I basically found this brand new men's cardi on sale for only $5, and turned it into this... I didn't have to alter the hemlines or the neckline.
I am currently in love with anything nautical these days. There is just something so classic and charming about navy and white stripes. The nice thing about nautical touches is that you can add them to your home, or your wardrobe. That is what inspired me to create this piece:
Maybe I have been watching too much Downton Abbey (I love love love it) or maybe it was this Anthropologie Dress that caught my eye, but drop-waists have been on my mind. For some reason, I am really drawn to the silhouette. (I think for sure the late teens/20's versions, not the 80's!) Not to mention, they are one of the top trends for Spring 2012.
So I gotta share a bit of craziness we had last night with you guys real quick and then we'll get onto the sewing stuff! So last night the girls are literally on their way to their beds, and Charlotte fell (while getting "hugged" by Sadie...she gives enthusiastic hugs to her sister) into the corner of the wall and split her forehead open on the molding. It was bleeding like crazy but we got it to stop and then called in reinforcements (aka Mom) and took her to the ER.
Happy Monday!!! I hope y"all have had a wonderful weekend! Are you ready to get started? Today we are going to draft the dress pattern.
Alright, after lots and lots of work I am done with Merry and Bright pattern and ready to show how to cut and tape it together. Sorry it took so long but over 24 pattern pieces takes a while You can down load the pattern pieces HERE . If you already printed off the pattern I might encourage you to print it off again as I made some changes in an attempt to make it easier.
Today we are lucky enough to some how have scored Kirsten, from KOJO Designs (our partners in crime) amazing Maxi dress tutorial! I mean seriously? How awesome is she to share this amazing tutorial over here, I am not going to lie I kinda save the best ones for SINML ha! Just goes to show what an amazing person she is!