I made this dress for the girl:I didn't use a pattern, I just based it on a couple of the dresses she already owns. Honestly, I'm amazed it came out as good as it did. I'm not totally crazy about the fabric, but it was a Freecycle find so I made do. Next time I'll probably choose something more girlie. (As a side note, I highly recommend Freecycle and thrift stores for fabric for beginners. It may not always be the prettiest stuff, but it's so much easier to experiment with fabrics I paid nothing for. I'm quite positive I wouldn't have even attempted this dress if I was cutting into fabric that was $10 a yard.)
I think I've turned a corner in my sewing and I'm starting to understand more about garment construction and how all the different pieces go together to form an article of clothing. Of course, I haven't even attempted to make something with zippers or buttons yet. (And let's not even mention patterns.)
But I'm excited that the basics are coming a lot easier. This dress was made in just a few (uninterrupted)hours.The boy doesn't understand why I can't make clothes for him. He wants a shirt. He said, "It can't be that hard. Get some fabric and cut two holes for the arms and then a head hole." Oh, well okay. Why didn't I think of that sooner? For now he'll have to be happy with new pillowcases.
A few weeks ago Jay and I found a great wood chair along the side of the road. The seat cover was in pretty bad shape but I had to have it because the wood is in perfect condition and I sorta have a thing for wood chairs. So we brought it home and two weeks later it has a new cover:
I love being able to give new life to old things.
With that, I'll have to bring this Update to a close. The boy wants to play Sorry! and before I can do that I must wash the Vicks vapor rub off my hands.