Not the most imaginative title - infact not imaginative at all. But I'm tired so it will have to do!
Today I thought I would post a couple of things I've actually made recently. Both of these items were started, if not finished afew months ago.
First up are these smashing beach dresses.
I went to a local water park with a friend afew months ago and of course Beth's clothes got wet and i hadn't brought any spares for her. My friend Lin lent me her daughters beach dress.
Bethany l.o.v.e.d. it and begged me to make her one.
I found the stretch terry towelling at Spotlight, traced around the borrowed beach dress and sewed it all together.
I used an old t-shirt to make the lining for the hood and added a couple of extra pockets at Beth's request.
For Aimee's I did the same but added an inch or two all around to increase the size. I messed up with the size of the neck hole and it came out too large, so I had to add an extra piece of fabric back on to fix it.
It turned out alright and is still perfectly wearable - its only for the beach or pool after all!
I'd actually forgotten about them, but the girls are having swimming lessons at the local pool this week and I found them in the beach bag and realised I'd never posted about them.
Yesterday I spent some time at the machine doing a spot of mending, making dog collars and leads for the girls toy dogs (as you do) and just generally moving bits and pieces from here to there.
I came across this half made dress, drafted from a pattern in Toni Coward's book
Its the pinafore pictured on the front.
I borrowed the book from the library a while ago and decided this looked like a quick, easy project and it would make a nice, cool dress to wear in the heat of summer.
It came together very quickly, with a little alteration to the shape of the skirt to stop it from looking too much like a tent. Then I decided to add in-seam pockets and just eyeballed their placement. Of course I inserted them too low down to be of any use what-so-ever.
I got as far as unpicking them and then lost interest in the project and promptly moved on.
When I came across it yesterday I decided to get on with it and finish it.
All I had to do was sew up the side seams and bind the neck edge, armholes and hemline.
I wore the dress all day today (hence the crease lines) and I've decided I simply cannot do without pockets so I'm planning to add some to the front of the dress.
The fabric is a quilting cotton I bought from Spotlight a couple of years ago. Not the best fabric for clothing, but the dress is such a simple style it works ok. I used a plain grey ready made binding.
Over all - this dress is cool and comfortable.
Not particularly flattering,
but do I really care about that on a stinking hot Sydney Summers day?
I think not!