Last week was Kids Clothes Week (don’t count of me for timely news or reminders) and I really tried to sew along. Really, the whole thing is about devoting an hour to sewing a day for a week and that’s not so bad, right? I very much wanted to keep sewing my way through some of the fabric that I picked up recently and I feel like I’ve done a good job of that this summer! I only have two or three more yards that I should really try to do something with. Not too shabby.
First, the nautical dress with the anchor applique. I used a vintage McCalls pattern (that came complete with three iron-on transfers that are still begging to be ironed on to something) to make a simple A-line jumper.
Then I dyed a white cotton dress that I picked up. I was shooting for an ombre effect which I achieved with moderate success. I used a denim colored dye and the sailboat applique seemed fitting.
Finally, only three years after picking up the issue of Stitch magazine that featured the pattern, I made the Oliver+S ruffle halter. I love it. It’s not exactly right. I had a number of make it work moments. I wanted to badly to use this gray bias gingham but the ruffles are cut on the bias so I lost the whole effect. (Haha, that’s funny grammar but not inaccurate.) I want to list all the ways that I botched this pattern but they are too numerous. You can see that the proportions are a bit off in the photo and that’s from all of my meddling. The O+S patter itself, as always, is fab. I will probably make another one of these before the summer’s over. I just wish it hadn’t taken me three years to finally get to it. That’s a little ridiculous.
I love this picture. It’s my favorite of them all.