Three ladies in the house, all in need of Spring and Summer clothes. It's a great thing that I finally cleaned that sewing room!
Mini wore her summer dresses 2 years in a row. First year as a dress with bloomers, last year as adorable shirts with jean shorts. She's outgrown these dresses for this year, so needs all new! I love making little girl dresses, so I don't mind having to do this.
The baby will be wearing a lot of knits still, as she won't be crawling
until probably late summer, or fall. I'm planning on some more kick
bags for Spring, some one piece knit onsies in adorable cotton and
breathable wools. But I also plan on a couple cute baby dresses with
this fabulous retro style pattern from Simplicity! I love that little yellow one on the top left.
Momma needs some new things too! I will be nursing this summer, so I need to have clothes that lend to that. I have dramatically changed clothing styles over the past few years. My disdain for many of the fabrics that make up former wardrobes, has caused me to, bit by bit, switch over to the cottons and linens that I love so much, and make me feel so much more comfortable.
All this makes for a very busy sewing season, and I'd like to get much of it done before the garden season really kicks in!
First dress, for Mini:
This is a play dress. Most of her clothes, even though they are handmade and adorable, will be play clothes. I'll have a couple dresses that will be more for going out, but when you are a 2 1/2 year old explorer of the world, all clothes are fair game for mud and water and all that good play has in store. I Used Simplicity 5659, and the great ribbon hem tutorial from the free skirt pattern on the Oliver +S website. I love that tutorial! I'm addicted to the ribbon hem. It's so easy and looks so finished. I want to hem everything with ribbon...well anything that I don't make reversible, since I really love to do that too!
I started the bodice for a sundress with a knitted top and a sewn fabric skirt. Also for mini, but I'm thinking a matching baby sister dress may be in order. I'm excited about the fabric/yarn combo! The baby was helping me knit...it tired her out.