Sep 18, 2011

Spring in my step

I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged anything!  Whoops!

After a couple of false starts, the warmer weather is definitely upon us, so I've been inspired to get a few Spring and Summer projects underway.  I stumbled across this tutorial - I don't even know how I came across it to be honest, I think it was just random blog surfing one day - and decided that I had to make one for Katherine.  I had some stripey knit that I thought I could "practice" with, as I wasn't 100% sure on the measurements I'd need and figured that a knit fabric would be more forgiving.  Also, the colour of this fabric was so incredibly bright that  I knew I needed to transform it into something fun and Summery in order to do it justice.

I decided to do the top part differently and put a frilly gathered bit on instead of the little pleated panel.  Partly because I thought it would be simpler, and I am inherently lazy, and partly because I had seen them in the stores this way and liked the look of them.

This is what I came up with...

It is a bit long but I figure by the time Summer rolls around it will be a better fit.

I've also been making up a few simple skirts. I don't have photos of all of them, but this is one of the more recent ones I've done, and it's a bit different to the others. It's some white broderie anglaise fabric with some ribbon and button trim. I can't decide whether to put buttons all around the bottom, or to leave it as is. What do you think?

The skirt really isn't as long as it looks in these photos! I think because there was much running and jumping going on that it had started slipping down and really needed to be pulled up again! I made it just that tiny bit bigger than it had to be, because I guess I figured that Katherine is so tiny that she is sure to be due for a growth spurt soon and probably before Summer! I learned my lesson when making a bunch of clothes for Winter that didn't see her through the season as she grew too quickly.

I've got a couple more projects on the go, but I'm not 100% happy with them yet. I hope to be back again soon with more completed projects though.

Before I go, I'm just going to put up a photo of Elspeth in the dress I made for her birthday. This was back in June (where has that time gone?) but I have only just realised that I never posted a photo of her in the dress. Plus I don't want her to think this blog is all about Katherine!

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