With one (holiday) weekend to go before family Xmas photos, here’s what I have left to do:
Daughter – jacket – haven’t started yet.
Son – vest: side seams, closures.
And which items are totally finished:
Daughter: Shirt, skirt.
Son: Tie, pants.
My dress 😀
I’ve got quite the pile of items that are very close to being done. I think I’m going to try to get those knocked off in the next couple days and focus next weekend on my daughter’s jacket, which should be pretty involved and for which I’m adapting three different patterns.
Here’s an in-progress photo of my son’s vest, which will be reversible – this is one side, and the other side is the same material as my and my daughter’s skirts, a navy blue floral. (My husband, upon seeing me laying out these pieces: “You know, there’s no way he’s going to wear it the other way, right?” I think I’m mostly ok with that, as long as I can get one photo of my kids wearing their matching outfits.)
Shorts on the Line voting has started! Head on over to Imagine Gnats and vote for my son’s patriotic shorts. He’s #252. Thanks!
For my son’s 4th of July outfit, I used red and white striped cotton shirting and navy blue broadcloth to make a short-sleeved button down shirt with a front yoke and collar and a pair of cargo shorts. Both the shirt and shorts are based off of Simplicity 4760 with a number of modifications.
I made this patriotic dress for my daughter right before Memorial Day, and as I mentioned, I was a little concerned that the points on the cutout star on the back wouldn’t stay up over time. True enough, after a couple washes, they started flopping around.
In keeping with the slightly formal (but not too formal) nature of our Christmas looks, I wanted the boy’s (my husband and son’s) versions to be dressy but not require a jacket. So I decided to make them matching vests and ties, using this men and boy’s pattern by Simplicity. The pattern directions are exactly the same, which makes things very easy – the men’s version is just bigger than the boy’s.
One of my aunts has been making home decor pillowcases for different seasons for a few years, and has sent me several, which I have gladly used to brighten up our living room for holidays from Christmas to Halloween to the Fourth of July.
However, she had not given me any spring pillowcases (I’m not calling these “Easter” pillowcases as I intend to leave them out all spring), so I set about making some for myself. I got a half yard of each of these fun coordinating fabrics (So St. Croix Carla Dot in brown and aqua, along with Pin Dot in Hot Pink) from Fabric.com, and used my favorite envelope pillowcase tutorial as a base.
For my own Easter dress this year, I wanted to tie in the stripes from my daughter’s dress and the colors (green, blue, pink) from my son’s shirt (picked up on sale at Gymboree a couple years ago for $4). I also was intrigued by the vintage style dresses where the pattern goes one direction on the bodice and another on the bottom. I found this striped chiffon fabric and thought it would work well, mixed with some sheer blue chiffon.