july was pretty crazy here for me here on the blog…did you notice? fresh back from vacation i had two tutorials, two pattern reviews, launch of a new series, started a facebook page, and at the last minute i also snuck in a little pattern testing! post on that coming soon. but yeah, this month was fun but nuts and i definitely had tunnel vision on the homefront (oooooh how the laundry piled up!). i should probably get better about saying no sometimes for my own sanity. on the other hand, it seems that my busy times are my most creative times…maybe better not to overthink and just act?
i don’t often feel the need for a break from sewing itself, but i do feel the need to make easy, practical projects. projects that have been sitting in my head that i just haven’t had time for. this is one of those.
the pattern is leila & ben’s sweet little dress. it was the pattern remix challenge for season 1 of project run & play (want a trip down memory lane? check out the entries!) and i bought it right then. i’ve made it a few times now, and each dress gets chosen often by either Em or daddy for casual daily wear. she wears the one i made for outerwear week all the time!
i saw this fabric as a little peasant dress on a friend’s daughter and loved it, so when i recently spotted it at joann i had to snap it up! i cut the dress at a 3T, but flared out the sides from the armpit so it’s a lot more a-line than the pattern. i bought 1.5 yards and made the dress as long as i could for growing room, with a 1″ hem (larger hems add weight and don’t tend to flip up as much, in my experience). i also lengthened the long, straight part of the sleeves 1″ to give them more puff.
in a little over an hour, it turns out a roomy, comfy, cute dress that makes self-dressing super easy for little gals. it’s one of my faves.
we decided to skip the summer session of ballet, and Em keeps asking when she gets to go to class again. she doesn’t like standing still.
she’d rather be moving.
just like her mama.