I realize this is at least two months late, but I really did a tiny bit of sewing for KCWC this fall. The day before we arranged to do our annual cheapskate family photos, I decided to whip something up for Baby Girl. A few weeks earlier I hemmed a dress for a short friend, and kept the scraps from the brown gored skirt. The fabric was nice and I thought it would be perfect for a quick skirt or top for the little one since the bottom edge was already hemmed.
I ended up making a little swing top (could be a short dress with some bloomers for the summer). It was not quick, mind you, but you know how these things go. I always wildly underestimate the amount of time it will take me to sew anything.
I made the pattern by tracing a jumper in her size, and drafting the puffed sleeves based on the arm cycle and guessed at how puffy I wanted them to be. My first round with the sleeves wasn't puffy enough so I added another piece under the arms. As usual, I started this at night after all the kids were asleep. This has many advantages, but this time I was sad I couldn't try in on her earlier on. Somehow it came out a little too tight across the chest. I had to do some tricky maneuvering with the back, but eventually I got it to fit sometime the next morning (not too long before we left to take pictures).
So yeah, not quick. But cute, right? I really love the vintage cream button in the back, and the crochet lace trim (also vintage) on the front.
I really love this lace. I think it's so sweet. In addition, I inherited it from my grandmother (Mary Frances of course) when she passed away, and that makes me love using it even more. It's such a good feeling using bits of trim or fabric that she collected and saved over the years. I wonder what she had in mind when she bought this particular lace? I think she would be please to see it on her great granddaughter.