Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Creative Remake

I know a lot of people who are so creative when it comes to sewing. Several weeks ago, I got a call from a young mom in my church. She had decided to turn a too-big skirt she owned into a jumper for her daughter. After cutting out the pieces, though, she found that her sewing machine didn't work. So she called me and asked if I could sew the jumper together. That sounded like a fun project!

I really love how she cut the front of the jumper, with the embroidery on the side. I also think the chevron pattern of the fabric is really neat.

She modeled it off of the jumper below. All the work she had done made my job pretty easy. She even cut out pieces from the lining so the jumper could be fully lined!

It turned out to be a perfect fit, and I must say, that little girl is pretty cute!

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Perfect Gift

For Christmas, one of the things I asked for was random pieces of fabric - any style, material, pattern - just fabric. Weird, right? Well, I didn't think so! My sister didn't think so, either. She bought me three different pieces of fabric. One I used to make this little girl's nightgown:

One I haven't even gotten to yet. And the third piece was this beautiful red sheer with large flowers:

It took me a while to decide what to make with it. I wanted a skirt, but there wasn't quite enough material for that. Eventually, I settled on a a shirt with a drape neck and loose, 3/4 sleeves. 

For the neckline, I consulted my other sister, since she had made a couple of dresses with similar necklines. She had a paper pattern that she gave me as a guide, and I went from there. Basically you have to make the neck a lot wider and more shallow than usual.

For the shirt itself, I used one of my own shirts as a pattern. I gathered the side seams near the bottom to echo the drape of the neck.

I really love the flowy feel of the shirt, and the fabric is so elegant! What a perfect gift!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

In A Bigger Size

Several months ago, I posted about some girls' dresses I had made. A friend of mine at school saw the post and was disappointed that the dresses were too small for her! She especially liked this one:

She asked me about it, and I thought it sounded like a fun challenge: make an adult version of a girls' dress! Here is what I came up with:

I kept the contrasting band on the sleeves and skirt, and the general shape of the dress is the same. However, the skirt in the adult version is A-line, instead of gathered, the sleeves are shorter, and the collar is replaced by a narrow contrasting edge. 

I love the belt and necklace she added to complete the outfit!