Somehow now that I know a tiny bit about sewing I think I can make anything that comes in fabric. "What if I make you a tie, something really girly and cute?" I said without realizing just what that meant.
Oh, yay! she immediately brightened, envisioning once again a complete set of spirit week plans. And suddenly I was committed.
You know how that blind stitch scares me? Okay, so why didn't you tell me that ties are pretty much entirely hand-sewn in a blind stitch????
Little Boy's Tie but whoever named it obviously didn't use glitter-embedded rainbow unicorn fabric.
blind stitch, kids. My nemesis.
Okay, fine, the practice was good for me.
It looks like a real tie, right? If I made a matching one for her father, do you think he'd wear it to the office on Monday?
So all the kids will be wearing ties tomorrow, and will be undoubtedly adorable. Kindergartners usually are, I think. And Friday is uniform day: white shirts, blue bottoms. Hey-- that tie fabric is blue.
So I made her a matching skirt. Cuteness multiplied!
this pattern, which I rearranged. It calls for sewing the ribbon on as a last step to finish the bottom hem, sewing it on the wrong side, pressing it, and sewing it again from the right side. Instead I used pre-made quilt binding tape, sewed it all at once in just one run, and did it as the first step. That way when I pieced the skirt I didn't have to worry about lumpy seams. Can you tell I'm pleased with myself?
These are the first two pieces of clothing I've ever sewn. Three thoughts:
1) Sweet girl will be really excited tomorrow morning when she wakes up.
2) I made both pieces for about $7 in materials, which is pretty incredible, isn't it? Unless you count the value of my time. But mothers don't do that, do we?
3) I made that tie, but I have no idea how to tie it on her tomorrow. That's the lovely husband's job entirely.
Fabric - I can't even tell you, it's so cheap and glittery and ridiculous. Needless to say, she loves it SO MUCH. And I've already been made to promise her younger sister that I will make a little rainbow unicorn clothing something for her this weekend, as well.