Maternity Shirts to Baby Dress!

I had a few maternity shirts with those lovely belly stains on them… 
in other words “not fit to donate or sell.”  
Looking at the shirts I thought that there was a lot of nice, soft, material in a maternity t-shirt, and the backs of the shirts were perfectly fine
so I started searching for free patterns on Pinterest.  
Now, I am not an expert at sewing so I wanted something very easy to get back in the swing of things.  

Found this one for a baby Cap Sleeve Dress on Shwin & Shwin that was adorable and thought I’d give it a try.

Cutting out Bodice from Maternity T’s
(was debating putting those molas on the dress)

Aimee is 4 months old tomorrow, but large for her age.  She’s about 15# and 29″ long so she’s wearing a 6 month size in most everything, even larger in some because of her height.  This free pattern was a size 12-18 month, but looking at it I didn’t think it was that huge so I made it to size.

I used the backs of two maternity t shirts in the end, a teal green one and a purple one.
For the skirt I didn’t follow the pattern because it didn’t fit on any of the shirts right.   I ended up taking the purple t shirt and just cutting off the bottom of it all the way around (about 10 inches long) and then gathering that and sewing it on the bodice.

My first attempt revealed that the bodice was way too long as well as the skirt, but width was fine.

“Mom, this is too big!” 

So, I cut the skirt off the bodice and cut length off of both, then resewed.

This was perfect.  BUT, my stitching wasn’t very straight and seam showed on skirt…
I used the binding that had been around the top of the teal v-neck t shirt and cut it off to make a belt of sorts.  I stitched it on using a decorative stitch on my machine and black thread.  I left the ends hanging like a real belt, and then made a fabric flower out of the purple fabric.

Floppy Flower and Belt Detail 

To make the flower I just cut the end of a sleeve off at about three inches
then folded it and sewed a basting stitch and gathered it into a rough flower.  Then I stitched those stitches together on the back and hand stitched it on, gathering where I thought it needed it.

I think she likes it! 

It was really quite easy to work with jersey.  I’d been scared to try but think making t-shirts for her would be so simple.  I have several other dresses cut out from patterns I’m making myself, so I’ll keep you posted!

Gonna Strip!

Sew strips that is…
I found a new fabric store while the kids were at dance last week…
Probably not a good thing.
This store has ONLY beautiful, adorable, marvelous fabric.  They are tiny and know how to sew (unlike the chain stores I usually shop at.)  They smock and have the most adorable baby girl dresses you’ve ever seen.  Too bad my baby girl is a teenager!
I found it AFTER I’d made Jac’s nap-mat (which did end up very cute) but they had some even cooler material I could have used. (The one with the forest animals was too cute!)
This is what I ended up with:

Cool pattern by Fig Tree Threads!
1933 Vintage Material- Chloe’s Closet by Moda
The material will make 5 aprons, so I’ll have enough for gifts.  
I’m scared to start because I’ve never used a rotary cutter and was informed that 
I was living in the dark ages.  Wish me luck!

Pancakes & PJ’s

Scott is the pancake king.  He always puts me to shame when he makes the kids pancakes on Sunday mornings.  For example:

A Griffin! 

Eating a Griffin
 Monster Face
 Eating (and making) a Monster Face
Chew-Chew Train
Hydrant For the Pup
 For Me!
My little happy face pancakes never stand a chance against these, don’t ya think? 

Big girl & I made her some new sleepy pants yesterday.   We are still working on the top so will post when we get that done.  Here is the finished result!  (I think they came out pretty cute considering I haven’t sewn any clothing in awhile.) 

Snow Days and Sewing Stuff

View up the street

The kids were so happy to finally have a “snow day” yesterday.  We had about 2 or 3 inches of sleet then last night had some snow start and got maybe an inch.  Talk about happy kids!  I don’t think we had any last year.   Haven’t had much for five years I know- the year Jac was born.
Don’t get me wrong, I like snow, but am SOOO glad I don’t live somewhere cold where we’d have it everyday.   I couldn’t handle the wet little feet prints and 20 pairs of socks from changing every time they go in/out all the time.
My dog especially loves it and wanted to spend the entire night in the snow!  Nut.

Our dog Cole and his buddy Bucky
Crazy Cold-Toed Kid

Yesterday I took advantage of my homebound boredom (and small burst of energy) and broke out my new sewing machine!
I have been wanting to make the boys a closet door/ puppet theater since I took off their closet door.  (They kept banging it against their other door and making huge dents in it.)  I saw this great one in Pottery Barn Kids book Kid’s Rooms awhile ago and have had the page bookmarked!  I used a curtain I’d gotten on sale at Land’s End for $4 made of navy canvas and cut it in half and used the second half for bits and pieces I needed. 

  Pottery Barn’s Version
My version

I have to get a curtain rod still (thinking an expandable spring rod,)  but this is what I came up with!  The boys want me to applique some things on it, we’ll see! 

Inside Pocket for Finger Puppets

Sew What?

Yesterday I spent almost the entire day learning how to operate my awesome new toy….

Scott got me my dream gift for Christmas,

A new sewing machine!

I didn’t realize he’d been listening when I was going on about how I’d almost bought a new sewing machine at the fabric store, but then researched and found out that it was considered junk by people who really sew (you know, the one with Martha Stewart on the box?)
I called our local sewing store to find out if that was true, and of course it was.
She recommended one to me, a Janome Magnolia for me. I was so surprised on Christmas when he brought it out!


It came with a free class on how to operate it, and better yet- 5 yrs of maintenance and I can trade up for full value if I want to.
I had a great time yesterday learning about what not to do (no bad needles or Walmart thread!)
I knew how to sew so most of the basics we covered I had done already, but did learn how to blind hem and lots of tricks for my machine I’d never have figured out from the stupid technical manual.

Now I want to make this,

and this..

I can’t wait to do some clothes recycling with those favorite T shirts!

Found some great sites with fun things to make…




(Not sewing related but fun anyway. They have free online classes on how to make some cool stuff!)

I’m so excited I already signed up for a quilting class!