Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm proud to say that I made both kids something *green* to wear today.  Mr. Great allowed me to "go to a meeting" a couple of nights ago, which meant that I got to sew while he gave the kids baths and put them to bed.  What a treat!  It's nothing elaborate, but I got to try out a few new things, and the kids were excited about their festive clothes.

Big Sister got a skirt made with some really fun fabric and elastic that I got from Ruffle Fabric.  The fabric ended up being pretty thin, so I lined it with some soft bamboo-blend white knit.  Even with the lining, it was a ridiculously fast project.  I'll post instructions separately.

I also added some applique to an Old Navy shirt (on sale for $4!) for Big Sister.  I saw a similar heart-shaped clover design at iCandy Handmade, but I didn't have enough good green scraps to do exactly what she did.  I did have high-quality felt, so I went with that instead.  I'll post my applique instructions too, but most of it will be what not to do.  Even though I ran into a few applique problems, it still turned out really cute.

Little Brother got new shorts, sewn from the MADE flat-front pants tutorial.  I wanted to check out sizing and fit, and I discovered that I had half a yard of green fine-wale cord that would be perfect for a trial run.  These are sized as 2T-3T for a skinny, tall guy who's potty-trained.  They're perfect for my 2T guy in a diaper, but next time I'll probably use 1/4 in. seam allowance instead of 3/8, to give a little extra room.  They're super fast and cute.  I love projects like that.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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