One of my goals for this summer was to do lots of sewing, and I'm happy to say that's one goal that I actually accomplished--for a change! :) It was really fun, and even kind of therapeutic after a busy school year. The only thing that makes me sad is that I don't have as much time to sew the rest of the year! Anyway, between May and August I made 9 skirts and 1 dress, as well as hemmed a pair of dress pants for Jim and made a body pillow cover for myself, because my old store-bought cover was falling apart. For this post, I'm just showing you the fun stuff--the things I made for Julia and me. :)
I had used my birthday money to buy some jersey fabric to make maxi skirts. Before I cut into the fabric, I wanted to do a trial run, so I cut up an old maternity jumper and made this skirt. It came out a little more snug than I wanted, but it's still wearable. It gave me a basis to work from, to figure out what I wanted to do differently with my new fabric.
this tutorial to make a matching sundress/jumper for Julia. She complained that it wasn't very comfortable (the elastic top, I think) and she only wore it once. :( But I think it'll still be long enough for her to wear next summer; maybe I can find a way to make the top more comfy for her, or find a thinner shirt for her to wear under it. I was extra happy to find a perfectly-matching necklace for this outfit at Kohl's. I love it when an outfit comes together like that!
this tutorial from Ashley of Make It and Love It.
this topsy-tail variation off Pinterest, and I am loving it especially for church! (And can I just say I adore my daughter's hair--it is so easy to make it look nice in pretty much any style!)
this tutorial for both of Julia's, but for mine I used a pattern from a friend. I'm not normally a "green" person, but I thought this would be a fun fabric for summer. As it turns out, it's nice for fall, too! I wore this outfit to church a couple weeks ago. I already had a green tee that matched close enough, the jean jacket was a $1 thrift store find, and the scarf was made by me, a couple years ago. If you look close, you can also see my new cowboy boots that Jim bought me, which I am loving. :)
I am by no means a fashionista ;), but it's been really fun to add a few pieces to my wardrobe and come up with some new outfit variations using clothes I already have. For example, the blue sweater/plaid shirt combo in the pics above was one I just recently realized would work together, although I've had both pieces in my closet for a year or two!
I plan to do another post soon about some of my summer thrift store finds and how I add to my wardrobe in that way, too. For now . . . hope you've enjoyed seeing my sewing projects. It was really good to "scratch the itch" and get some creating done. Very satisfying! And I do have a few sewing projects on my list for fall, too--just not quite as many. Hopefully I can get at least a few of them done. :)