Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I've re-appeared!

Kids Clothing Week seemed like a pretty good reason to reappear on my little blog.  I have some guesses as to why I've been MIA but the primary is winter.  The winter was HORRIBLE, I basically went into survival mode from January to March.  I took care of the family and house and when I had opportunities to sew I sat and surfed the internet. Many a good quiet times can be lost to Pinterest!  I also started knitting in January too, I've made two cowls and am working on a baby blanket.  The couch was warm and cozy so it called to me this past winter. I've got a few pounds to prove it.

I have, however, persevered and thanks to some much better weather (my mood is pretty weather dependent, I think this comes from being a farm kid.) I have actually been visiting my sewing machine and feeling the need to sew and been more productive overall! :)

Luckily what Peyton needs most for spring and summer are dresses, and if you've followed me at all, I LOVE to sew dresses.  YEAH for me!

This lovely dress by Hanna Anderson has been on my mind since I saw it in their catalog back in late January.  I love the simplicity of it, and the pop of contrast. I just can't bring myself to spend $35 on something I could make.  And without a lot of time spent to do so.  After much pattern deliberation I used this pattern by Patty Young.  It is a quick sew with only 2 pieces and seemed like a quick project.


I'll leave out some of my constant inner dialog and give you that stats:
Pattern: Penny by Patty Young
Size: 8
Fabric: a yard of lightweight knit that has been sitting in my stash for way to long.
Alterations:  To achieve the high empire waist of the inspiration dress I used the empire line in the pattern and then took it up some more, like an inch or so and then didn't add the 1/2" seam allowance.  This also helped to shorten the dress to keep it more like the inspiration piece.

I wasn't sure about the dress as I was sewing it. Once I had in on her this morning I liked it much better, and with the fun pop of yellow it really works for me!  I am hoping to get at least one more dress done this week, but we'll see.  :)