So I made the girls dresses. I wanted them to have the same material, but I ended up making Kadie’s too small.

Bummer.

Good thing I know a couple of younger girls who might like it, so I’ll give it away.

Anabelle liked her new dress, essentially the same as her previous one. She just loves that blue fabric! Tomorrow, I’ll think of a way to add a little embellishment to the chest area… Three dresses in two days is enough to put me off the sewing machine for the night.

Here she is with her best grumpy face.

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So I had to think of something else for Kadie.

I reused the fabric from the pillowcase dresses I made ages ago, which have largely remained unworn. Then I added a wee flower using the ribbon from the pillowcase dresses and it’s done. Kadie loves it.

Here she is eating a tomato with such gusto.

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This was a cheap project. I had to buy the yellow fabric and the two yellow zips, but I had a coupon so I only paid a couple of bucks. Everything else I already had.

That blue flower fabric was an awesome score from an op shop and has well and truly done it’s dash.

This was also the first time I’ve ever sewn a zip! It wasn’t as scary as I thought, although I’ve got no idea how technically correct they are. Not that it matters if they work.

Visit the original tutorial here for the pattern and instructions.

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Recycled skirts

October 22, 2012

I got these two skirts for a couple of bucks at the local second-hand shop and tweaked them to fit the girls. I’m learning as I go and made a couple of mistakes but the kids don’t mind.

I’ve realised I need to select skirts with zips now. The better the fabric, the better the outcome!

Birthday Dress

September 25, 2012

I’ve been neglecting the blog a little bit but I’m posting a picture of AB in her dress which I made.

This was an interesting project. There was no pattern, but the original website explained how to make your own pattern using existing clothes that you know fit.

I mucked up a couple of times and had to do quite a lot of unpicking and resewing but the outcome is that AB loves (and I mean “LOVES”) the dress. Which I love.

Now, what to make next?

Pillowcase dresses

June 30, 2012

Apparently these are called pillowcase dresses because you can.. erm… (stating the obvious)… make them out of pillowcases….

See my favourite example: here.

It’s a very easy pattern to follow, even if you aren’t using pillowcases. I had this old wrap-skirt which I got from Indeja years and years ago. I actually wore it to my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding. At that point it wrapped around a whole lot more than it does now.

I wore it the other day and struggled to keep it decently wrapped. Reusing it to make dresses for the children seemed like a great way to give it a whole other lease of life.

I followed this tutorial (mostly). Got some lovely royal blue fabric and bright ribbons. Easy peasy….