Whew. Christmas came and went, didn’t it? I really felt the busyness of it this year- the school parties, the teacher gifts, the shopping…
I did my fair share of sewing this December. If you missed it, you can check out the Christmasey duds I made for my kiddos earlier this month over at Craftstorming. Besides all that, I kept myself busy at the machine this month making DOLL CLOTHES. But more on that in a future post.
For now, I’d like to show you a little non-Christmas outfit I made for a little friend.
Coco got her first real invitation to a birthday party this month for her pal, Elliot- known to most as “Elles”. Her mom Jenny and I have been buddies for a while, and Jenny has always been so complimentary of the clothes I make my kids- she is truly one who appreciates all the time it takes to make something special! In fact, this post is all about her. This past Summer, I met up with Jenny and Elles at a park, and Jenny handed me one of her favorite old dresses that had seen some better days and asked if I could use it to make something for Elliot.
Here is a horrible picture of the old dress:
I’ve been hanging onto it ever since. Elles’ birthday was the perfect push I needed to transform Jenny’s dress into something new.
This is the Oliver + S popover dress pattern (tunic-fied) in a 2T, and some (mostly) self-drafted bloomers.
I wanted this to be nice and flowy like the old dress, so I cut the front and back pieces several inches wider than the pattern, and gathered them at the center where they meet the yoke. I used the lining from the original dress to add a lining to this one.
The yoke is my beloved AMH square dance voile– y’all know I’m a fan of that fabric! I love the little pops of color it adds.
I had intended for this to be a dress, and had it all finished (and photographed for the blog) and ready to go when I noticed a small stain a couple of inches from the hem. So, I grabbed a wet washcloth and gently started to clean it and rrrrrrrriiiiippppppp!! This fabric is incredibly thin and it tore as soon as I started dabbing. SO… I had to cut off the hem and shorten it a bit into a top.
But mistakes can often be a good thing- because without the rip, I wouldn’t have thought to make the cute bloomers!
I started with the bloomer pattern from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing, but had to modify it since they were HUGE at first. So, I ended up cutting off a couple inches at the bottom, gathering just the outer sides, and adding a 3/4″ cuff. They are still a bit big on my model, 21 month old Coco… but they’ll be perfect on 2 year old Elles this Spring/Summer.
I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Gold, same fabric for the popover straps.
I love this last picture of Corinne… just as she was starting to melt.
Happy New Year to you all! Tomorrow I turn 34 and get to start a new year at a new age, it always feels like a fresh start. I have no resolutions yet. Any ideas?