Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve said hello over here! The thing is that I went back to work for the first time since kids, and in a completely new job. So, I’ve been spending all my “free time” getting ready for my new venture. I started last week and am still here, so that’s good. I decided that it’s time to come up for air and think about sewing for a minute. Yay!
This brings me back to the cliffhanger I left you with over a month ago (haha). When we last were together, I told you about the holiday craft fair I participated in back in late November, and showed you the mess of Geraniums Dresses I made to sell. Well, I couldn’t leave the boys out completely, so I also made several gender neutral options. First up are three Charlie Tunics from Made by Rae.
Here is Kiki wearing a 4T Charlie in Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Stretch in Indigo with a fun print I got on sale at Hawthorne Threads last year after the holidays for the facings. (Sadly, I can’t remember exactly what it is and wasn’t able to spot it in a quick search of the site today.)
I love those gold buttons!
Here’s Charlie No. 2, a 3T, in chambray and a random leftover from another project — from Joann’s I think.
I love this pattern. It’s such a chic look for both girls and boys, and it’s a great way to use up the cherished leftovers of your favorite contrast fabric. You only need a fat quarter’s worth of fabric for the facings!
Rae also shows you how to convert this fab tunic into a very fun dress with a few adjustments. You can buy the add-on pattern on her site. I made a couple of foxy flannel Charlie Dresses last winter for both my girls, which were cozy enough even for the dreaded polar vortex. I’m thinking about maybe some springtime Charlie Dresses in a few months.
The last Charlie of the day is this 2T, modeled by the lovely Lulu, once again in chambray.
I got fancy with the contrasting facings here and used Threaded Shreds in Mamey from the Indelible line. I bought a full yard of it for this top, so I have plenty leftover for another smallish project. Hooray!
I also made a trio of long sleeved Flashback Skinny Tees. I’ve made millions of these and can whip them up in to time by now. What a great excuse to try out more of these wonderful Acorn Trail knits by Teagan White, and to use more Birch Organics elk in this gorgeous saffron color. At the sale, I actually got a “commission” for an elk tee in another size.
I actually made this dress for Lulu — and to my utter and complete shock, she refused to even try it on. I tried quite a few times to sell her on the awesomeness of these bugs and the comfy-ness of this dress — but to no avail. The child must be crazy to not have fallen completely in love, as far as I’m concerned. So, I threw it on the pile of stuff for the sale, and someone bought it right away. That’ll show her 😉
As I did in Lulu’s other, much beloved birdy Skater Dress — I cut the skirt 1 1/2 times wider than the pattern piece and gathered it, as suggested by Rachel of Stitched Together. I cut the bodice in 18m/2T, but shortened it a bit, and I cut the skirt at the 3T/4T length. I like to think that it would have fit Lulu quite well — but the world will never know. Ha.
So, in the end, I sold about half the stuff I made. The rest will end up in Kiki & Lulu’s closet, or in the fund raiser auction for our preschool. I never thought I wanted to make a habit of selling what I’ve sewn, and this experience didn’t change my mind. I’m glad I did it, but I think I’ll stick to sewing for my own little tribe for now.
But, now that I’m working (part time, but still . . . ), the real trick will be finding the time to sew at all. It’ll happen. Everything in good time.