Monday, March 22, 2010

Summer Dresses

Well, we have officially been hit with Sick Kids Syndrome. You know how it goes, don't you?

One gets better/the other gets sick/then mommy gets it...repeat....repeat....repeat...

5 doctor visits and $150 later, you might all be well.  At least until the next round hits, that is!  At least Daddy has stayed healthy!  The latest caused us to cancel our trip to Busch Gardens today with Aunti Di, cousin Trey, Nena & Papa.  Spencer has strep throat!  Hopefully we can make it there next weekend!

I have managed to squeeze in some sewing time.  My baby has hardly any 12 to 18 month clothing, so I need to get started on her summer wardrobe.

The first outfit was started several weeks ago.  While making your own bias tape to match your outfit looks great, it can be very time consuming.  Especially when you cut the wrong width bias strips the first time around!  This outfit actually drove me to finally take my machine in to be serviced, which it sorely needed.  I found out the bobbin case had a huge nick in it.  Now it is working much better - no more thread nests underneath my fabric!

On the second outfit, I learned that gathering fabric can be quite tricky if you aren't doing it properly (I guess that can be said of anything!).  I finally found great instructions here on Wikihow of all places.  I didn't cut the skirt quite wide enough, but I'm still happy with it.  I used a cute white t-shirt I bought for $1 at Target, cut off a few inches, gathered the skirt, and attached it to the shirt.  Voila - new dress! 

And matching baby legs, made from a pair of women's knee high socks that I also bought on clearance at Target.  Total outfit cost:  about $4.00!  I may add a ruffled flower to the top of the dress. 

Next up, I'm going to try another t-shirt dress like this, but I want to add a sash to tie at the back. I also have some projects from the One-Yard Wonders  that I am wanting to try.  Stay tuned!


  1. Very cute! Glad you're up again!

  2. {LOVE}, love the outfits! I've been trying to take a little time out to "learn" how to sew some, well "better" I guess I should say! Hah! :) Maybe I could give the T-shirt dress a try??? Hummm... Nervous... Can't wait to see more of your ideas!

  3. These are adorable :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I love meeting new mommies!

    Looking forward to getting to know you better :)

  4. This is adorable, you are very talented! Love the fabrics!! Thanks for checking out my blog!!