After my thoughts on creativity, I thought it would be fun to share some recent projects.
Though I usually sew more for the children or to give as gifts to friends, several of my recent projects have been for myself.
I made this blouse and also entered it in this fun little sewing contest. The pattern is Simplicity 2211, and I decided to add the keyhole sleeve for more visual interest. It was a fairly simple alteration and the first time I had attempted this type of sleeve. I cut a 2 -inch slit in the center of the sleeve and made a narrow bias binding to cover the raw edges. Next time I may hand sew the binding because it was difficult to work with on the sewing machine. I used the arm band pattern piece and extended it by about 3 inches and rounded the corners when I stitched them together. I made a small button hole and sewed a button on to finish it off.
This skirt pattern is Simplicity 2226. I saw a sew-along on blog a few months ago with lots of inspiring ideas for using this pattern. It went together pretty quickly and I love the drape of the linen fabric. I will definitely use this pattern again. It could be easily altered to any length and also includes instructions for a belted version. Plus, any skirt with pockets makes me happy! I am a mom and pockets are practical—what else can I say?
These are some shirts I made for the girls. I try not to dress the children in matching clothes very often, but I had enough fabric left over for another small top. The bigger one is Simplicity 2238, and the smaller one is Simplicity 3511. The pattern directions for the larger shirt proved to be tricky around the sleeves, but I love the results and it was worth the effort.
I have a few other projects I want to share, but they are gifts and will have to wait until I have given them away. I don’t want to spoil the surprises!