Last week I participated in the Kid's Clothes Week Challenge with ElsieMarley.com, and I can't wait to do it again next year. I tried a few new things, bought my first PDF sewing pattern, made a lot of plans for projects, finished some, and did a lot of sewing after the kids were down for the night. Sewing with....my brand new serger that is! It arrived, and I've never been so excited to see a box, a massive box, that I stared at for days until I got the courage to do more than just timidly glance inside. Now I've threaded it, unthreaded it, rethreaded it, read the manual over and over again, and finally conquered my fear, and I LOVE IT! I feel like I'm not just pretending to sew anymore. I'm a real sewist!
Now on to my real sewing:
I finally tried shirring using this tutorial which I found thanks to Rae who I virtually adore. (Virtually, because we've never actually met or anything, but she rocks. I know you dear reader understand. You've been there too. You're probably headed there now.)
I even performed my first rolled hem! (Performed...like open heart surgery...or not.) Squint and you can see that orange thread at the bottom of the purple ruffle. Right there.
The finished project. A collaborative effort. Inspired by the skirt below a while ago. It's been in my begging-to-be-finished pile for a while.
My niece picked out the fabric from JoAnn's, and I think it just may be my niece in fabric form. They belong together. I got a kick out of her being as excited about the skirt as I was. Will does a great job of being supportive, but it was fun to see my own joy mirrored in my niece's face.
One more thing. Ready to squint again?
this pattern from Purl Bee. Simple and adorable.