Lately, I've been filling my time with business and parenting and not enough time sewing and creating. So this Saturday, I devoted my afternoon to sewing and made this:
I used Patty Young's Kyoko Pattern and Michelle Engel Bencsko's Shade Garden fabric. Four hours from start to finish, which I consider a good afternoon project. On the fabric, I used Snail Trail on Light Blue for the bodice and skirt, Teal Fiddleheads for the skirt, and Violets on Green for the bias trim and obo sash.
Above right is our family drawn in chalk. I'm the huge person in blue and Henry is the tiny little thing next to me. I'm not sure why I'm the biggest in the family-- I guess it's my large presence!
I hadn't sewn up one of Patty's patterns yet and I loved it. Easy to follow and I love the shape of this top. (It can also be sewn as a dress and with long sleeves.) It is very loose fitting, so if the child falls between sizes, I would go with the smaller one. I also lined and interfaced the bodice. (I've told you- I was raised by a woman who interfacing everything!) The pattern did not tell me to interface it and you shouldn't do it-- I turned the bodice into a light coat. I lined it since the bodice fabric is fairly light in color. But if you use a darker fabric, I don't think a lining is necessary.
I am going to make up some matching pants, but that will have to wait for another Saturday. By the way, the Flax and Olive Oasis Canvas look great with these fabrics. And yes, I know I need to drop the hem on last year's jeans. They are right now somewhere between jeans and capris.
And because a child's project always gives me an excuse for more pictures of the girl:
So, if you've taken a break from creativity, I highly recommend getting back into it. It sounds a little odd, but I think I need to "schedule" creative time so I make sure to get some in every week or so.