On Friday I got the itch to sew something. I have no sewing machine and no super sewing skills. Next to that, I have no money to spend on the necessities to sew. What was I thinking?
I did however, inherit a box of fabric and other household items from my Grandma Spencer before she passed away. So I began digging through it for inspiration. There was this turquoise blue dust ruffle and the pleated base of it was just enough to do a cute top for Carly. I also had tons and tons of ribbons on hand that my sister-in-law Andrea donated to my cause when she was cleaning out her home.
I had read about Pillowcase Dresses a long time ago and how easy they were to make. So after a little research on the internet, these instructions seemed to fit my capabilities just fine.
So I cut out, pressed and prepped the dust ruffle. I added some different sized black grosgrain ribbon to the bottom and spent an hour and a half at my moms house Friday night using her sewing machine (and expertise) making my first item of clothing for any of my kids!
I am so glad my mom was there to help out. She encouraged me to use bias tape (which she had on hand) around the armholes instead of extra fabric and was there to calm me when I was worried of making a mistake.
Also while at my moms house, my dad came tromping up the stairs with this very heavy box, the handle made out of a rubber hose. Inside was this beautiful and very old sewing machine. I am going to try to oil it up and put it into action next week! It only does a straight stitch, but at my level...that is all I need. This was another of my grandma's goodies. She was a very accomplished seamstress and crafter. I will have to take a picture of a few of the items she had sewn/made and post them.
I found additional pink fabric in my grandma's box of goodies and plan on making two more longer dresses for both Carly and Abi to wear in the summer. What a fun, easy and affordable project.
I realized that I have done a few more crafty things around the home that I haven't posted yet. So I will get on it!