Busy busy busy

Summer. I love it. The heat, the relaxed schedule, the kids enjoying life and each other’s company … when it’s all working together, it’;s amazing. Ah, this life!

I have been busy busy busy at home – we’re painting the interior of the new house. OK, new to us; it’s an old house.

I have been busy busy busy at work – corporate laid off dozens in my location over the past two days, so it’s been stressful and sad.

I have been busy busy busy  with the girls – fun in the yard, fun at the library, school shopping is done, school sewing is not even started, but we have plans! Fabric purchased and tutorials picked out, it’ll get done, hopefully, in these last weeks before school starts. I am planning peasant dresses for both girls, fully lined rainbow skirts with a scalloped hem … stay tuned!

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I have been busy busy busy sewing – since last I posted, I have made reversible bucket hats for myself and both girls, some American Girl Itty Bitty Baby doll clothes  (including this self-drafted, shirred bodice sundress from a scrap!) and a messenger bag as a gift for my Mom. Which I have to finish tomorrow.

Stay tuned for tutorial reviews on each of these projects!

Purple sundress!

Purple sundress!

So, this was a quick sundress that taught me something new! Attaching the straps in a sandwich style takes some planning, but it looks terrific. My little purple-loving preschooler wants to wear this dress ASAP, but the straps ended up too long. I’m trying to figure out how to fix them without making it too obvious.

I used this tutorial, but I think she’s nuts, there’s no way it took only one hour. It was fast, but not THAT fast! http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/02/one-hour-sundress.html

I modified the tut for a bigger sundress for my older daughter, and it was even faster. She won’t wear hers. Cause there’s BIRDS. Oh, the humanity.

There’s no pattern to buy or download, it’s just rectangles. It takes a good bit of math at the beginning, but if I can manage it, anyone can, promise!

Details to follow!

Welcome!

I’m Betsy. A 30-something, working, suburban mom of two. I’m into sewing (for me and my young daughters), photography, reading, TV, and chocolate. Oh, and wine. Please, sit for a spell and join me!

Here’s my most recent sewing project – a fast and easy three-layered skirt, perfect for summer, and best of all, both girls love them!

I used this layered skirt tutorial from Crazy Little Projects. It’s designed for a baby, but it was easily scale-able up to a 6T and a 7, which my girls are wearing now.

It’s important for every home sewist mama to have their children’s measurements written down. I have a cute little notebook on my sewing table that has chest, waist, waist-to-knee  and shoulder-to-just-above-the-knee measurements for each of my daughters. That makes it easier on everyone, since every time I try to measure them it ends up being something akin to a WWE Battle Royale. Then, each time they go up a size in store-bought clothes, simply measure them again.

My oldest, destined to be a supermodel, picked out her own fabrics from my stash. I guided my little one, a preschooler, toward the fabrics for hers. Both girls love their skirts, and are asking for cherry/watermelon/cherry skirts, too. Good thing I have more fabric in my hoard (oops, I mean stash) – and these are so easy to make, I can’t say no! Next time I make one, I’ll take photos of the process and post my measurements.

I may also find a different way to encase the elastic – there ends up being a LOT of fabric to sew through with this method.