In an effort to not allow Anna’s adorableness to monopolize all of my sewing and crafting energy, I tried very hard this month to do something for each of my children. So, from oldest to youngest . . .
For Djeryd’s P-52 Mustang (I’m sure that is the wrong name for the plane and he will have to correct me) I cut a stencil on freezer paper using my Silhouette machine and painted it on using regular old craft paint. I used the instructions found in the book, The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule, although I’m sure there are a million tutorials out there for this.
For Erik I took an plain old t-shirt and reverse-appliquéd an orange shark that I free-handed from the sharks on his jammie bottoms (the inspiration for the shirt!). He was ecstatic!
Little Miss Anna scored a whole dress. (Oh, my gosh! do you see all those Cheerios? and that freakish streak of dirt on my carpet? And I’m sure that was the cleanest piece of floor at the time of the photo. Agh!) I was testing out a pattern for some school dresses. This one wound up with a gathered neck because I forgot that when I traced this pattern several months ago to make this dress, I removed the seam allowances from the neck and hem on my pattern (I was doing a bias binding on both, and therefore, did not need the seam allowance). I even made note of this on the actual pattern pieces, but in my haste, failed to read my own notes. Dah! Oh, well, I think it turned out so very cute with that extra detail at the neck.
My favorite part is that candy-stripe ruffle at the top. It looks so yummy I could eat it. I thought it would have been perfectly lovely with just the candy stripe trim, but Anna wanted more ruffles. Which turned out lovely, too.
Alyx was in dire need of a sun hat – not that the sun actually shines here for more than an hour a day, but you can get a sunburn through clouds – and we have plenty of those.
This is a reversible sun hat from a pattern in Making Children’s Clothes by Emma Hardy.
Now Anna wants one.
I guess we need to start another round of goodies from mama. ;>