These days my late night habit is sewing.
So here are some more projects I’ve made as seen in grainy Instagram iPhone photos in poor bathroom lighting (I finish these things late and it’s just about my only option).
One night Stephen spent hours on Facebook trying to organize his social media life. He reports he was successful and he now spends less time trying to sort through all the crap to get to the good stuff like family updates and photos. I am still firmly in the, “It’s a waste of time!” camp and chided him the entire time. I also was super productive and made this skirt which made me feel even better about deleting my account.
It is a basic elastic-waist a-line skirt with two layers. I used Simplicity 1807 as a guide. The bottom layer was a Target dress that I used for my Wendy costume and didn’t care much for wearing because it made me think of PJs and it was slightly see-thru.
Stephen spent more time on Facebook that night blocking apps and certain types of updates and figuring out who his real friends are. So then I decided that my skirt would be better back as a dress and reattached the top.
I love this mustard yellow fabric with the little white blossoms.
Sprout kept asking me for a satchel because Flynn Rider (of Disney’s Tangled/Rapunzel fame) has one. I just signed the kids up for their fall dance classes (don’t judge, he’s been begging to be in dance like his big sister all year long, this isn’t me imposing on him) and figured a satchel would be perfect for him to carry his shoes in.
Side note: Cute itty-bitty feet in tap shoes!
He picked Thomas the Train fabric for it and I found some canvas for the sturdy main body of the bag.
I used McCall’s M6176 for the pattern. It turned out much bigger than I expected, but it will work. Oh and we’re not supposed to call it a bag. Sprout is very insistent, “It’s not a bag! It’s not a purse! It’s called! A! Satchel!” He also does the, “Whoa-ho-ho where’s my satchel?” line from the movie incessantly now whenever the thing is out of his sight.
Saturday night Stephen did some work and I did some sewing.
I made this dress which finally used up the last of some fabric my friend Talia gave to me years ago that I think she said she got at a yard sale for fifty cents. I combined my a-line skirt pattern (Simplicity 1807) with the military style bodice of a shirt pattern I used previously (Simplicity 2254).
I think Bean just went through a growth spurt because suddenly half the items in her closet seem too short. Most importantly, her favorite brown “church dress.” It’s about dang time though, because seriously, she’s going to be four in a few weeks and that dress along with the others were meant for two-year-olds! Pipsqueak!
Anyway, I started looking around at dresses for her because she only ever wants to wear dresses. I made up a little board of inspiration in my Stylebook App on my iPhone.
And I promptly got started knocking off what looked like the easiest for me to accomplish, the GAP Bow Bubble dress:
I used Simplicity 5695 and instead of doing the hemmed ruffle on the bottom of the drop-waist body, I used a fold of gathered satin. It actually made this dress somewhat easier because I didn’t have to do a hem. The bow was my arch nemesis though. I definitely need to take some lessons in bow-making from my friends that make awesome ones (ahem, Morgan) Bean is in love with it this morning.
I have more projects, as always, in the works. For now, this is it.