Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Merrily We Sew Along!


I’m so excited to have worked on this over the weekend. I hadn’t seen this book yet but I love, love, love the idea of Improv Sewing. It’s pretty much the only way I sew. I also made three pairs of bloomers over the weekend using a pattern I traced when Avery was a baby and fabric I bought when Chase was a baby, followed none of the instructions and had a great time!

I worked on this project as part of the fourth episode of merrily we sew along (and just in time for Kid’s Clothes Week!). It’s inspired by the two-tee dress. (you can find this project on page 262 of improv sewing.)

This dress started as a drapey woman’s tee. It had drapey sleeves with slits in the tops. It’s hard to see but this is the only before picture I took. Avery immediately loved this shirt. To her it immediately looked like a dress and it was VERY difficult to get her to take it off in order to make any modifications at all. Anything I wanted to do had to be done while she was sleeping. She’s probably worn it 5 out of the 6 days it’s been in the house.
I started by cutting off the drapey sleeves, cutting the shoulder seam and re-closing the shoulder with a simple knot. I took in a couple of inches on the side and fixed the arm scythe… aaaand that’s pretty much it. That was pretty much all she would allow me to do. She just really likes it the way it is and, frankly, so do I and so I didn’t really follow the instructions (shocker!). Though because I felt like a slacker I added some appliqued hearts one night. I was really, REALLY worried about the addition. I was afraid she would take one look at it and collapse in a heap wailing about how I RUINED her dress but I got lucky and she loved it.
Has that ever happened to you? We have this cute little sundress that I made when Chase was little but Avery won’t wear it because it has two decorative buttons. I mean honestly. Makes me crazy.
These lovely ladies are inviting anyone who’s inspired to stitch up their own two-tee dress to sew along (merrily, even) and share pictures in the merrily we sew along flickr group.
merrily we sew along

but before you start stitching, if you’d like a bit more inspiration there’s another fabulous guest poster:

Jane of Buzzmills

… and don’t miss the posts from our lovely sew along co-hosts: casa crafty and imagine gnats!

episode four: two-tee dress is sponsored by Creativebug. we’re excited to tell you that the winner of this project will receive a one month subscription to the fabulous classes on the Creativebug site!
perhaps you fancy learning how to crochet at midnight or have a hankering to paint in your pajamas? as a Creativebug member, you’ll have unlimited access to all of their workshops, anytime. featuring workshops from some of my favorite artists like Liesl Gibson, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner… and even improv sewing’s Debra Immergut and Nicole Blum, you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration.

so, stitch up yourself a two-tee dress and share a picture in the merrily we sew along flickr group by april 30 to be entered to win!! we can’t wait to see what you stitch up.

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