Saturday, April 9, 2011

Patchwork Peasant Dress and Crafty Books

Yay!  A post that isn't about cleaning!  I have been doing a little crafting here and there.  It is warm and wonderful here in Florida so I have been making some fun little dresses for my Bela.  Apparently I am one of those mothers who always puts their little girls in dresses... even for playing.  I kinda figured I would turn out that way, especially when cute little dresses are so easy to make!

I had some random chunks of this awesome fabric collection that I didn't really end up using the way I thought I would.  It's so pretty but I didn't have enough to make anything.  So I cut it all into 4x4 squares, sewed a big piece of fabric with them and made a fun little peasant dress with them :)  This is a great way to work on basic sewing skills, take up a couple lazy afternoons (those would be nice to have), and use up some larger fabric remnants.

And this is my fave so far, haha!  You will have to pardon the really bad lighting on this one.  I caught this one in the nick of time, right before I had to tell her to back away from the TV...again...

This was my first time lining a dress and who knows if I did it right, but I know there has to be an easier way...It turned out pretty well though!

So something else I am really stoked about is the two books that I ordered that came in :)

The first is One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker.  It is basically 101 projects you can do with just one yard of fabric.  How fun!  There are a ton of great projects,  I think I might have to make every single one!  I will be making some curtains and other things for the kids room over the next few weeks and there is a bird mobile that will go perfectly with our theme for her side of the room which I am using MoMo's It's a Hoot by Moda fabric :)

J'adore!  My mom got me some of the bottom fabric, which has this amazing whimsical scene on it.  The rest is on the way (weee!).  Lenny's side's theme will be some Michael Miller fabric called Dig It.

I am excited, It's going to be really cute.  Quickly! Let's get back on topic.  So the other book is Making Children's Clothes by Emma Hardy.  If you need a book that has all of the best, basic, wonderful children's clothing with the patterns all in one place, this is the books to get.  It has some stuff I have made before, but the helpful hints and tips are totally worth it. And having it all in one place and not in a thousand bookmarks on my computer is really handy.

Hopefully the next couple of weeks will be full of fun new projects!


Jennifer said...

Awesome! Love those books! I actually have checked them out from the library! :)

Joanne said...

LOVE the dress!! Good job!

Eva Scott said...

Love the dress and all the fabric! Cute!