Thursday, February 17, 2011

From the Vault

Have you ever gone to your child's closet and realized you had a bunch of tops and quite a few bottoms, but not very many outfits?  Many people try to alleviate that problem by putting together a SWAP (Sewing With A Plan).  By planning outfits out of coordinating fabrics, and making pieces that will mix and match, you end up with many different outfits.  Last spring, I decided to try my hand at a mini-swap for Allie. 

The stripes, dots and brocade are all very thin jersey from Hobby Lobby.  The jersey there is very cute, but it is really difficult to work with and the stripes are typically printed off-grain, which creates more problems than it is worth.  But, I couldn't resist this brown and pink. 

Here are 4 of the pieces.

And here's the fifth.  This is the Insa from Sewing Clothes Kids Love.  The pattern calls for woven fabrics, but it sews up very cute in a knit as well.  

This shirt is very cute.  It is from an Ottobre magazine and is described as a slim fit tee, which is very accurate.  The embroidery is one of my first attempts at digitizing for my embroidery machine. 

And one shot of Allie modelling.  Look at her hair!  There's a vent on the floor to her left, and the air was blowing it.


  1. These turned out so CUTE!! I think I'm going to go to Hobby Lobby and get some of this jersey. I just ordered a subscription to Ottobre, but probably won't get the issue the tee came from, but I know I can order it. Would you mind telling me what issue it is? I need a good tee pattern for my daughter.
    I stopped by from From an Igloo, too, and love your blog! I'm becoming a follower, too! You are really talented!

  2. Hi, Karen. Thanks for the compliments. The tee with the ruffles on the sleeves is in Otto 3/2010. There is also a cute little bolero in the same issue with the same ruffles.

  3. Sandra--thanks for the Otto info! I can't wait to try it!

  4. Wow! That's a lovely set of clothes.