I mentioned a few posts ago that I had been doing a lot of sewing lately. I think I have found my new perfect pattern, and I kind of want to make 100 variations of it. But I promised Scott I’d only make 5… in this size. For now. Last weekend at Joanns they had Simplicity patterns on sale for 5 for $5. And I stopped to pick up all four Lisette patterns from Liesl Gibson. They are originally like $18, so for a buck I made a special trip. As I was looking for a fifth pattern I came across Simplicity 5695. It’s just a little peasant top tiered dress, nothing too fancy. But the picture on the front looks as if it actually would fit a small person. This summer I’ve made probably four or five peasant tops, some from online tutorials, some from a pattern, and some I just made up. And I hated all of them. None of them fit Creamie correctly, and I was ready to give up completely on what seems to be the most basic of summer shirts. Anyway, long story short for $1 I figured I would try it, with a recently thrifted pillowcase.
I love it. A lot. I shortened the pattern to be a little shirt, and I had to adjust the length of the elastic to fit my skinnier than average child. (For my barely 23 pound 2 year old I used size 2, but adjusted the elastic lengths to be 16 3/4″ for the neck and 7.5″ in each sleeve.) But it fits her. And it looks like it fits her. And that my friends is amazing. (For me… I don’t know why I’ve struggled so much to figure out this simple shirt!)
And after I finished this green one, I made a few more. And emailed my two best sewing friends with little girls in their lives to tell them that I had discovered the most perfect sewing pattern…. and they should go get one too.
I picked up this cherry fabric for a 4th of July shirt, but then got all excited and let her wear it to go fly kites on Monday. Which is also when she figured out how to blow a dandelion. See, look how successful she looks! But I’m sure she’ll be wearing all of these shirts every single week the whole summer. (The cherries are from the new Riley Blake line Sew Cherry by Lori Holt)
I got the idea for the waist sash/tie thing from this shirt on pinterest, originally from here. I really like the way that it looks. And after I got this shirt done I realized that the red and white polka dot sash kind of makes her look like a pirate… Oops.
This post is turning out to be longer than I thought it was going to be, but I might as well put all these projects together.
I picked up this fabric last week to make a skirt for my friends daughter. It is Joel Dewberry‘s Aviary 2, and though I’m not really a purple person, these two colors remind me of the lilac bushes that are in my moms front yard. And after I got this skirt finished I decided I really liked it more than I had originally thought, and I picked up a bit more for another shirt for Creamie.
The sash on this one is just a little bit skinnier, but I don’t particularly prefer one over the other. I like them both. Oh, and did I mention I love this pattern? I wish it came in more sizes. It only comes in a 1/2,1,2 and a 2,3,4. I hope by the time she outgrows size 4 I’ve figured out how to grade patterns well enough to make some variation of this shirt for the next 10 years.
I love these last two pictures of her. And while I was changing her shirt a hundred times at the park (yeah, I’m organized like that) she kept saying “Mama make this shirt for me. I love it.” And that my friends is enough motivation to make at least 100 more of these shirts. I love it too. And next time you are at your local Simplicity pattern retailer, BUY THIS PATTERN. It is so far the best $1 I’ve spent in that department. I mean, I’ve made three in a week! And I’ve never purchased a pattern and had a finished product in such a short amount of time. And I already have fabric pulled out of my stash for two dresses and one more shirt… and I might try one out of knit too. I am going to be able to make this in my sleep. Actually, that would maybe be the awesomest thing ever. Being able to finish projects while I slept? Will someone develop a pill or a powder or a potion for that? I’ll be your first customer.