If you’ve been following along here for any length of time, you of course might know that when I make one daughter something, I usually end up making my other daughter something as well. Sometimes it’s the same thing, other times it’s different. I always have fun picking out fabrics with them and I always love their excitement.
I also admittedly love sewing a pattern more than once. Knowing the steps and process starting out the second time makes me able to really sink into this mode of enjoyment. I don’t have to wonder if I’m doing things right. I know it’ll work. Yes, it is fun and necessary part of sewing for me to experiment and try new things. Projects like this is not one of those times. This is for pure enjoyment. Something I know I can make with my two hands and give to my children. I don’t think sewing gets much better than that.
If I didn’t have projects like this I can truthfully say that I would love the creative process a lot less. I personally can’t be in the ‘all experiments all the time’ mode. This happens to be a need I’m fulfilling that’s different than the need I feel when I’m creating a new pattern. I love them both, but they fill different areas of my heart and mind.
So, yes, this is another swing dress made by me for my daughter Emily. But it’s much more than that.
Pattern: City Park Tee by Hey June (modified using Adrianna’s swing dress tutorial)
Fabric: Imprint Knit in Morse Dot by Katarina Roccella purchased from Fresh Modern Fabric
After seeing Hey June’s City Park Tee in action a few times, plus the extra tutorials Adrianna added for modifying the tee to a dress and swing style dress I knew it was something my girls would love to wear. Having all the added options available was really great resource as well, because we all love variety! So a swing dress it is!
I go back and forth about sewing for my girls. I love love LOVE making them things. But kids are hard on clothes, they grow out of them quickly, and knits can be on the pricier side. But I think that being able to make something for them that they wear with pride, something they can help decide what they like and would want to change, something just for them – makes it all worth while for me.
The other super positive thing is that more and more knits are becoming more widely available. Plus, there are tons of great designer prints now, too. I used to spend a lot of time searching online or sifting through the remnant bins that my local Hancock Fabrics used to have. It was very hit or miss.
This was a fun and quick make. I used some of my stretch thread in the bobbin like Adrianna suggests in the pattern. I’m hoping this might be the last piece of the broken stitches puzzle that a lot of the hems I sew on my kid’s clothes succumb to. Making this dress for Natalie felt really great. Each step along the way I held it up and could just imagine the excitement on her face when she’d see it finished. I actually hadn’t sewn with knits for a while, more a year ago at least? It was too long and I’m glad to be back on the wagon.
Pattern: City Park Tee by Hey June (modified using her swing dress tutorial)
Fabric: Soy Jersey purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts
Sheepies!!! This Maker’s Tote has a fun story behind it – or at least I think so. And I love making things that have a little story.
My friend Amanda had been planning on making a Maker’s Tote after seeing our friend Jeni’s Maker’s Tote with the sheep fabric! I was super excited that they were excited and of course I love Jeni’s version. So when we were at our little get together they were talking totes and I mentioned to Amanda that I needed to make one as a step out for a class I was teaching. Now one of the parts about teaching is that making step outs can be either fun or really boring. I try super hard to make it fun for myself otherwise I’d go a little nuts. So it’s always way more interesting (even if it is a little more work) to make a sample that I’ll use for parts to teach, but then also finish sewing it and give it to someone!
So I just had to volunteer to make it for her! It was destiny. I was super excited that she just sent me the fabric and I got to get it mostly made, use it in class, then finish up sewing the binding on outside while my girls played in the backyard. Pretty nifty.
I really love the sheep and the coordinates that Amanda picked. Of course leaving off the front pocket to showcase the sheep was definitely necessary. I did put in the back zippered pocket, but only because it actually landed on a good place – the sheep’s back!
I’m so glad to send it off to her, and I hear it’s going to be used for her sock knitting! How fun!
Pattern: Maker’s Tote (size small, front pocket omitted)
Fabric: Sheep by Ellen Luckett Baker, from her Charms collection,
Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater, Timeless Treasures Sketch
Zippers: Zipit on etsy and wawak.com
p.s. here’s a couple sheep that live at the retreat center we go to! Couldn’t not include them!