Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Finally inspired to do something!

I found my camera and downloaded the hundreds of pictures from christmas! Then I took some photos of my finished American Girl clothes! Yay, I got something sewing to show you! This is the pattern I used for the american girl clothes. It is simplicity 7083 and I made the little jumper and shirt in the top left hand corner. Here she is! I added some trim around the sleeves and the bottom of the jumper, to help tie this outfit together. There is blue in the jumper stripes, but it seems to get lost in the sea of pink. I got this trim off of a christmas was wrapped around a child's hooded towel to make it look prettier and I decided to save it. Funny where you can pick up cute trim! The pink jumper is a seersucker material leftover from some capris I had made my older dd a long time ago. The blue shirt is leftover interlock knit from a tank top I made myself last summer. The American Girl is the right size to use up those leftover scraps that are big enough they are hard to part with and small enough you are not quite sure why you are saving them!
Here is a full-length shot (I know - she doesn't have shoes on, that is the first thing my dd always takes off....)
Now on to some new projects! I'm really going all out here! This is one of my latest purchases of fabric from It is a cotton lawn. I have never used cotton lawn before, nor really knew what it was, so I wanted to give it a try. For those of you clueless like me, it feels like a light and airy cotton. I really love the pattern and you can't see in this photo, but there are bits of gold metallic in the design as well around some of the white pattern edges. Very cute. I was originally thinking a light airy skirt....but I didn't feel like dealing with lining and couldn't find the right pattern that I had in my mind, so it has become a shirt!
I am going to use this burda pattern on the cover of the 4/2009 issue. Many people have made this up and posted on patternreview and I really like the results of everyones creations. I added a couple of inches to the top bodice section for boob room and because I traced the size 42 (largest size) and I am more of a size 46 around the bust. I also added a little flare out at the hips of about 2". Lastly, I added 4" to the length of the bottom portion of the top, because I like my tops to cover my tummy and some of my booty!
I have it all cut out and ready to sew!
Next, I thought that I would want to wear a tank top underneath the above top, so I pulled out my tnt tank top pattern from Ottobre 2/2009 #1.
It is this one here in the gray. I cut mine out of an off-white bamboo interlock knit.
Then I decided that I would like some leggings to go with the outfit, so I pulled out my new jalie legging pattern and cut out some leggings in the same bamboo interlock knit. I then decided that the girls could have some leggings too and I cut my younger dd some in a white interlock knit and then I didn't have quite enough of the offwhite left to cut my older dd leggings, but some shorts! Kind of like bike shorts style. Stay tuned to see all of this sewn up!! Ambitious, huh!?! (maybe just crazy......)
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Marybeth said...

The pink Burda shirt will be beautiful - can't wait to see it!

beangirl said...

wow, when you go, you go! (I am a cotton lawn addict, and you will love working with it!)