my co-leader introduced me to a pattern designer who creates easy-to-follow pdf'd patterns that you buy online, download immediately and print out. they're multi-page patterns that you match the edges to, tape or glue together and then cut out. the instructions are accompanied by step-by-step photos and there's even a whole facebook support group page where people share tips and successes (and failures). the items are relatively simple - tops and dresses and pants - things that you find ready-made everywhere, but it's just really fun to make your own stuff.
after the first few successes with the little summer dresses i did a little while ago, i decided to tackle a top using some fun multi-colored striped knit fabric. it somehow didn't look just right on me, but when i had the old lady try it on, it was much better on her. i think she's already worn it to work, even.
speaking of the old lady, i'd bought a length of fabric on a shopping trip downtown with her and had promised to make her a dress with it. i finally got around to it, and she was pretty happy with it. so much so that she chose it to wear to a special evening out with her special friend, celebrating their first dating anniversary.
i also fulfilled another promise to her by trying out a super easy pattern for a kimono. this thing literally consists of two pieces of cut-out fabric, and the most difficult part is hemming it.
check out these cute little woven tags i ordered online:
next, i moved on to a raglan-style top for myself. i'm a fan of this one, and with the various add-on options like a hood, front pocket, cowl neck, and several sleeve lengths, i know i'll be making lots more as soon as it's not as hot as the surface of the sun out here.
a bit of super loud performance knit fabric i found at joann's turned into a pair of workout pants for me:
my next project brought me back to my regular sewing machine. a friend of mine mentioned that she was looking for sport headbands for her daughters to wear for soccer practice, and having pinned a tutorial for those a long time ago on pinterest, i volunteered to give it a shot for her. i tested it out with bands for me and the bean first:
those things go for a minimum of $10 apiece. my versions were maybe $2. sweeeeeet.
a dress pattern i'd been saving for weeks finally came out to play, too. like the others, it was easy to follow and was looking really good until i got a little too cocky/impatient/sleepy/whatever and didn't pay close attention while i was attaching the bodice to the skirt (that i'd added the optional side seam pockets to). this resulted in a slight disaster that took an extra half hour to fix:
can you see the print? if you look really closely, you can make out mickey heads atop the anchors and a "steamboat willie"-era mickey silhouette.
but ugh. i was so annoyed. i had to cut the skirt off, which also ended up with me shortening the bodice a little. but when i tried it on, it was still totally wearable. and i wore it to disneyland the next morning.
i redeemed myself with another dress using a really fun star wars-inspired custom knit fabric i'd found online. this time, i was careful to pin the pieces together properly.
the bean liked it so much, i made her one too. i thought i could get away with using the pattern in the XXS size, but because the pattern is graded for a woman's body, it was really low-cut on her. a tank top underneath solved that problem:
i think next i'll try another raglan top, this time using one of the many options. i can't wait to see how it comes out!