Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sewing With Emma

Emma is my 11 year old granddaughter, and we love spending time together sewing.

She made most of this cute summer dress by herself.

She used a quilting cotton I had in my stash and this pattern.

This next one is a refashion I did using a long sleeved knit top of her's.  I cut off the sleeves and added narrow bands;  and added a skirt to make a cute summer dress.   I don't have a picture of her in this.

Next up is a sleeveless top:

I used this pattern:

I love this new dress I just finished for her.

I used McCall's 6923 for the bodice and McCall's 5042 for the shirt portion.  It's a simple sleeveless bodice with a half-circle shirt and has a zipper up the back.  I used a facing on the neckline and self-fabric bias binding on the armholes.

I'm happy with the fit and how cute it looks on her.  And most importantly, she likes it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Polly tank top

I made this using the "Polly" top pattern from By Hand London pattern company.  It's a free pdf
download.   Here's the link to the site:  By Hand London patterns.  You print it off and tape the sections together.   It seems daunting the first time you try it, but it's really not hard.  It's like putting a puzzle together.   I made a mistake when taping the pattern back together, so I had to add a panel up the back.  But I actually like how it turned out.

This is a great pattern.  Every piece fits together well and the sizing is accurate.  It's quick and simple to make, but very cute and a little different.

I like the rounded hemline.  If I make it again, I would raise the front neckline as it's a little bit low on me.  I like making and wearing woven pullovers, so it's great to have another pattern for one.