Summer Sewing

Technically, it is not summer yet. However, living in the south means that we usually have a day of spring and move on.  One of the easiest ways to build up the girls’ wardrobes is by a bit of sewing.  A few months ago we were blessed with some fabric from a friend who was moving.  In that box of fabric was a green fabric with flowers. Sarah oohed and aahed over it every time she saw it.  She needed a few outfits for summer; I needed an afternoon of sewing to relax.

I decided to dig out a pattern that I have had for years. Simple and easy to whip up but so very cute. It was Simplicity 4927. I have made it with sleeves and without; it is always a favorite to wear.

I didn’t quite get the dress finished before bed. The next morning I went straight to the sewing machine to finish the hem and button closure. Sarah, very patiently, sat beside me in her pajamas. She did not want to get dressed in anything but her new dress made in her favorite fabric.

Adorable, yes? What are you sewing?

Simply Sewing ~ Peasant Dress

It has been quite some time since I have been at my sewing machine.  I have a list of items that need to be sewn, a small stack of fabric waiting to be cut and a few girls who would like a new dress or two. Time seems to fly by and by the end of the day, my sewing machine just collects a bit more dust. This past Friday, I decided that I really needed time at the machine. Despite the mistakes I make and the love/hate relationship I have with the seam ripper, sewing relaxes me.

Martha had a small growth spurt and her dresses have become a bit short. Also, since she is the smallest, sewing for her is quicker. We love peasant dresses here. Simple and cute but very easy to dress up a bit. The peasant dress is also a quick project. Just an hour or two and a dress is done!

peasant dress

What makes the simple peasant dress even better? Recycling fabric!   For Martha’s peasant dress and matching bloomers, I used an old flat sheet and an old jumper dress that had a few holes and stained spots.

Peasant dresses are very easy and one can quickly do a bit of math and have their own pattern. I’m lazy when it comes to math so if I can find a pattern that does the work for me, I use it!

infant dress

Sew Much Ado has a great peasant dress pattern for Infants 0-3 months. Very simple project and you can easily adjust the sizing for an older infant. I took this pattern and made it just a bit bigger for when Martha was around 6 months.

For Martha’s new dress, I used the 12/18 month peasant dress pattern from Scattered Thoughts from a Crafty Mom.  She also has a pattern available for 2T/3T and 4/7.

pinafore

The pinafore is a very quick way to dress up the peasant dress. I did this for two girls at Easter 2012 and they received many compliments. So easy! You can learn how to whip up a Pretty Little Pinafore at Sew Mama Sew. Lots of great tutorials there.

My model was not in the mood for a photo shoot. Martha and the dress had spent 6+ hours in the van and posing was not on her to do list. Excuse the wrinkles!

Sew on!

Keeping Cool

In the south, we have are having a lovely summer, um, I mean spring. Right. It is springtime. A very warm spring.

Enjoying the coolness of a rainy afternoon.

As warm as it has felt some days, I really don’t want to have the a/c running yet.  It can get really toasty in our house.  9 of us home all day, baking, working, cleaning, etc. The temperature can rise quickly!

Thread that machine, babycakes!

In an effort to keep cool while not running up an insane electric bill, I assigned my girls to sewing. Rice bags. You can heat them up but you can also keep them in the freezer. We use them when needed for headaches or injuries. Now they are our personal cooling systems. PCS.

Snip, snip

Get a little warm while working on math? PCS!  Hot after playing outside? PCS! Breaking a sweat in the kitchen? PCS!

What? You don't have a PCS?!?!

The kiddos really enjoy having them at night when they head to bed. Thankfully we have enough so everyone can have a PCS with reserves in the freezer.

Martha chillin' with her PCS

How do you keep cool?

Happy kiddo thanks to a PCS

Note: Rice bags are easy to sew so they can be a great project for beginning sewers. My girls made some a few years ago as gifts. Rice bags make wonderful, inexpensive gifts!

(I forgot to take pics of the bags. Ooops! )