Posts Tagged ‘Avery’s Summer Wardeobe’

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013


yellowThis is probably her favorite dress. Let’s say it’s her favorite non-pyjama dress or, perhaps, her favorite dress that actually belongs to her. I don’t always let her wear it. I try to push it to the back of the closet sometimes… especially on school days but school’s out for Avery so pretty much everything is fair game.

We went through this with Chase too. The whole needing to wear a dress and fancy shoes thing and then trying to climb stuff. It wasn’t until just this year that Chase would agree that running shoes were probably her best bet for heavy duty fun. These ruffles don’t seem to slow her down however and, even though I was wearing perfectly acceptable footwear, I’m the one with aching feet. And nobody even cares. Not even a little bit.

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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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Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Summer Bucket List :: Tie Dye

dress2Of course tie dye made the list.  It looks like we skipped last summer but the summer before we were all over it.  I kind of wish I’d gone back and read my own post on it before I got started.  I probably wouldn’t have wasted my time AGAIN with disposable gloves.  They are so waaaay beyond useless. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Finished :: Flower Girl Dress

Yay for me.  So it turns out if fits fine.  I was forgetting that I initially tried to squeeze it on her over the t shirt she was wearing.  So it’s fine but still the pattern runs incredible small because Avery is wee and she fits into the size 3 that I cut out.  By way of comparison, she can’t hold up a pair of RTW shorts in 24 months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, May 6th, 2011

Another Funny Hat

Avery has another funny hat.  I want to copy this one to make a pattern and to finally learn how to crochet flowers because I think adding something like that woud be cute.  I’m trying to figure out exactly how old this hat is.  The style and shape are not at all familiar to me.  Thoughts?

Both of my kids are so strangely attracted to hats.  I think we have enough of a collection to start thinking about how to store and/or display them.  And maybe just maybe if they have somewhere nice to put them where they can still see them they won’t fight me so hard when it’s time to take them off.  What are the chances of that? Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, April 29th, 2011

Somebody Made This Dress

Every now and then I write a quick post about a special find that I’ve picked up along the way.  Recently though I picked up a dress for Avery that is just so special.  I can’t stop thinking about it and I have to tell you why.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Thrift Find – O Pioneers!

So me and my friend down the street had ourselves a little thriftventure last weekend.  It was kind of a momentous occasion because it’s only recently that it’s not a huge hassle to put two kids in the car together.  So while Avery was sleeping, the four of us sneaked out for a little thrifting.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010


Right before I turned the thread snips on myself and poked my own eyes out I managed to finish it up.  I’m ready to pack it up and send it off tomorrow.  Phew.  That was… fun.   It was fun, but such hard work.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, May 16th, 2010

I Believe They Call It Weekending

Weekending, -verb  1. To be participating in the activities generally associated with the weekend. Such activities include going out with friends, watching television, procrastinating from unpleasant tasks, etc. Antonym of Mondaying. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Day 6 :: Quick Pants

Maybe the reason I haven’t made anything for Avery yet is because I can barely resist waking Chase up in the middle of the night to try stuff on and the urge is even worse when the clothes are really cute and tiny.  I was feeling a little guilty about my one sided work so I decided it was time to do something about it.  I really wanted to make her  a sunhat but none of the fifty patterns that I have been collecting for exactly that purpose are quite right.   Read the rest of this entry »

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