Friday, June 8, 2012

Simple Summer Stuff - 2012 edition

It's that time of year again. My oldest daughter needs shorts and tops! A few months ago I emptied a box of clothes that I had in storage. They were clothes that I wore after having babies, before I was back to my usual size. I don't need them anymore, so some were donated and some were converted into clothes for my daughter.

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Both t-shirt and shorts made from two old tops.

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The picot elastic from stash was a good match.

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Two more tops cut up and re-purposed here. I used fold-over elastic around the neck and sleeve hems. The striped fabric is so stretchy that I had to staystitch the neck edge before applying the elastic. Then it had just the right amount of stretch to get the elastic on. After it was applied, I removed the staystitching (it's probably not actually staystitching then, is it?)

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And, then a different style top also made from an old top of mine. This is Ottobre 3-2012-17, a knit top with ruffled sleeves. Those sleeve ruffles are gathered with clear elastic and even though it looks fine from the outside, it was a mess getting it together. The fabric is another very stretchy rib, which I find challenging to work with.

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I don't have a rolled hem option on my serger, so I created a lettuce edge with a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine (explained more here).

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I'm not very excited about the shorts. It was stash fabric and matches okay enough, but the print (butterflies and flowers) is largely indiscernible.

I'd still like to make her a sundress, but that isn't as urgent as these outfits were. Bring on the summer!

1 comment:

  1. I bet she loves the flutter sleeve t-shirt. It's so cute and girly! My daughters would definitely like that sort of thing.

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