Last summer, on the afternoon of July 3rd I decided I wanted to make something for C to wear the next day to celebrate the 4th of July. I started to do something really simple like a basic skirt but it escalated just a bit into a dress that I worked on late into the night and part of the next day. I traced a vintage tunic to create the pattern and came up with a sundress using leftover navy voile for the skirt + hand-me-down white eyelet for the bodice. My plan was to use red buttons at the shoulders, until it came time to search through my button jar, where I of course found no red buttons! By this time it was maybe an hour or two before our friends were coming over to hang out for the 4th. So, alas, the red was missing from the ensemble. But it was cute and I was pretty proud of myself! (And then she puked on it about 1 minute after I put it on her. Oh, and she only got to wear it twice before she outgrew it. So it goes with infants.)
Anyway…fast forward to this year. Around a week and a half before the 4th, I decided to continue the tradition and make another 4th of July outfit for her. Problem was, we were leaving a couple days later to drive to Missouri to visit my parents. We would be spending the morning of the 4th with them and then heading to see friends in Illinois. Therefore, I needed something easy and I needed to decide soon. I thought of the free Oliver + S Popover Sundress pattern, which I had been wanting to try out. I also remembered this huge piece of seersucker I got a couple years ago in a box of old fabric from my mom (come to think of it, I think the white eyelet from last year came from the same box). Right before we left I got the pattern and fabric pieces cut out, and then I took it with us and sewed it up at my mom’s.
The downside of this approach was that I didn’t have any extra fabric to use if I messed up (which was dumb, because I could have remembered to bring the extra fabric). The upside was that I got to use my mom’s sewing machine, which is nicer than mine :-) Instead of clunk clunk clunk it was all just a gentle, quiet whir.
The pattern is super easy and should have all gone just fine. I had intentionally cut out the front main piece with extra width so I could gather it a bit in the front. I did that for some extra interest and also to ensure plenty of room for that big belly! The back main piece was supposed to be cut to the normal size, but when I started to attach it to the yoke I realized it was a little big as well. I think the seersucker poufed up a bit on the fold when I was cutting it out, creating some extra width in there. I simply created a tiny box pleat to fit it to the yoke correctly. Hey, I guess that gave a little extra room for that big cloth diaper booty! Finally, I shortened the dress into more of a top or tunic length. I thought about adding a strip of blue at the bottom to have the red, white, and blue all in one piece of clothing, but I liked it as it was. C wore it with the Paris skirt I made here. Cutie pie!
My mom has found a bunch of old toys for C to play with when we visit. Here, everybody was laughing about how C didn’t know what the toy rotary phone was, so I had to teach her how to hold it up to her ear when somebody said Hello!
Next up: Kid’s Clothes Week! Are you guys joining in next week? We are planning to be away for a few days next week for a camping trip so I’ve tried to get a head start with cutting out my patterns and fabric. Husband’s response was, “You’re doing that kid sewing thing again? Didn’t you just do that like three weeks ago?” No dear, it was a whole SEASON ago! I have to say, I’ve been kind of stumped by the kid art theme. I mean, I have lots of ideas, but I do think it would be more fun if my kid could help create some of the art. (Instead of just eating the crayons like she does now.) And when I let myself get carried away with ideas I tend to come up with fun things but not so much useful, needed items. I’m trying to keep my ideas realistic and sew up mostly things she actually needs, while still incorporating a bit of the theme.