"Never let someone who doesn't know your value tell you how much you are worth"
Hello sewing loves happy Monday to you all! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend filled with sewing, family, friends, good food and most of all LOVE! I love it when summer rolls around especially when my kids are out of school kind of doing their own thing freeing me up to do mine. LOL I mean other than basketball games and camp for my son I really don't have to tend to them as much as I do when school is in session. One would think that sort of thing dies down once they reach the collegiate level but I'm here to tell you not so much! Anyhoo back to this! So as you all know my daughter is home for the summer which is awesome for two reasons, one I get to spend some time with my baby girl and two she can model for her mama. Let me tell you I'm loving this little break from being in front of the camera but I promise next week I'll be back to share another duo look which I'm sure you're going to love.
It's so easy dressing and sewing for my girl I can't even tell you how I hip through projects for her! Don't ask me why but for some reason I can look at her whip out a pattern or two and immediately go to work without any hesitation. Trust me it's not that there are any more style options for her than there are for me (cause trust at 50 I can still get it in LOL) but she is just so easy to fit and no matter what fabric or pattern be it commercial or when I draft one specifically for her I nail the fit the first time around. So when I'm running short on time or just plain tired I am quick to pull her into the studio and whip something up for her. This weekend we decided to use some African print fabrics I recently purchased from AKN Fabric in New York to create her look. Britney wanted something fun that would be cool enough for our California Summers with pieces she could mix and match with others already in her closet. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do but since I don't wear shorts and never make them I thought why not try that and while I'm at it I'll throw in a long cover up and bandeau top for a little sassiness.
So I went through my pattern stash praying I had something in her size that I could whip up in a jiffy and have ready for a photo shoot on Sunday. I remembered all the fab little projects New Look Patterns released for the summer and decided to start my search there. It's a good thing I did as it took me all of two minutes to find the pattern I was going to use for the long jacket New Look 6378 (show below). For the shorts I went with a pattern I've had in my stash for at least 3 years and I've been dying to make McCalls 6756 (shown below). While I knew which fabric I wanted to use prior to choosing the patterns I soon realized that my choice may have been the wrong move! LOLL Why you ask? Well because the actual print on the fabric looks even at first glance unfortunately it is not; thus trying to get those darn squares to line up just a little bit was an absolute nightmare. Nevertheless I decided to stick out to see what would come of it and I have to say I'm glad I did! Overall the print wasn't that bad and with a little manipulation and crafty pattern placement I got it to line up pretty darn well considering. In the end Britney loved her three piece and I finally got to make a pair of shorts! LOLLL Well that's it for me today loves I hope you all have a fabulous rest of the week as I look forward to sharing my next project with you real soon!
The long kimono jacket - New Look 6378
The Shorts McCalls Fashion Start -M6756 & the The little Bandeau tie is an extra long rectangle with piece of fabric with flared ends that I pieced together from scraps. She wanted it so mama delivered!