To celebrate diving back into sewing, I decided to do some stash-busting. Last fall when our local JoAnn’s was changing locations they started selling their remaining fabric by the bolt at deep discounts. This resulted in my acquiring several yards of cheery heart-apple seersucker, but no definite plans on how to use it. After languishing on my fabric pile all winter long, that fabric finally found its way into three coordinating summer dresses.
|Cutting out the pattern pieces. Good thing my mother-in-law gave me awesome scissors a couple years ago!|
|Amber's new dress. You can also see a little bit of my skirt on the side.|
The bias tape issue was probably the biggest with Amber’s dress. I used Simplicity patter 2677, and honestly I didn’t love it. I’ve made nightgowns before with a similar (but lined) bodice and definitely preferred the lined pattern. I also think the cap sleeves are kind of funny. But I think they look funny on the pattern envelope too, so I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.
For Katie I fell back on Butterick pattern 3405: still my very favorite baby girl pattern! It is such an easy dress, but I always really like the results. Since Katie already fits the largest size the pattern is printed for, and there’s no guarantee we’ll ever have another baby girl, I thought I better make it one more time before I lost the chance. I especially love the little ruffled sleeves.
|Katie was super excited that she got a diaper cover with her dress. She has kind of a funny fetish with diaper covers right now: she calls them her "tubbies" and loves, loves, loves wearing them.|
I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of Robyn’s dress when I started it, but in the end I’m actually really pleased with it. You can’t tell particularly well in the photos, but it has a very short bodice with a handful of narrow pleats poking out under it. It’s NewLook pattern 6972 and I think I’ll have to try it again sometime out of a fabric that emphasizes the unique construction a little better. Robyn of course most liked that it had cute pockets for her to stick “treasures” in.
|Robyn's dress and big floppy hair flower.|
So instead Mommy got a skirt too. I used McCalls pattern M5523, mostly because it had such low yardage requirements. I think I’m finally going to have to accept that seersucker (at least the tuity-fruity line at JoAnns…maybe the name should have been a clue?) isn’t really “grown up” material. It doesn’t fall very smoothly and I’m at a point, especially after pregnancy, where I don’t need fabric that floats out any bigger than I already am. It’s also such thin fabric that I feel kind of naked walking around in it, even with a good slip. Other than the funkiness of the fabric though, it was a great pattern: another one to whip out again someday.
|You can kind of see some of my skirt in the background.|
Of course, who wants to see pictures of moms in skirts?? Here are a few more pictures of the girls in their new summery dresses.
And one last picture of the boys. Who didn't get matching outfits. I think that's why Matthew is crying, personally.
Maybe next time, boys. Maybe next time.