I've been working on making a successful final product from Lil Blue Boo's recycled t-shirt dress "Sienna Pattern" for a while now. I have had... moderate success. Although I'm fairly happy with the end results, I can't seem to get the last step, the neck, to look right.
Now wait, I guess I should back up a little here :). The pattern itself is awesome. Clear, detailed, lots of pictures. Definitely worth the price. I hemmed (Ha! Sewing pun!) and hawed about buying it for a month or so before I finally did, and don't regret it. My novice sewing skills are just not quite up to the challenge of necklines and topstitching, I guess!
Of course, I used some of my favorite old pieces of clothing to make this outfit, and I'll be one sad lady if I can't work together with my seamripper and hand-me-down Singer to figure this thing out! That shirt down there... see it? Those pieces are my well loved old H&M flower sleeve shirt, sparkly floral Gap tank top, another soft pink shirt from the Gap, and on the bottom, a light pink with sparkly accents shirt from Charlotte Russ. Clothes that I have not wanted to part with, even though they look pretty pathetic on my post-baby bod. By "up-cycling" them (I love that term!), I'm hoping I can get as much joy out of seeing them on Raina as I did wearing them myself.
Side note: I may get just a *tiny* bit emotionally attached to my clothes. Weird, I know. But every time I look at certain (most?) items of clothing, so many memories come flooding back, and I love that. Putting baby clothes away when they are too small has been EXCRUCIATING for me!! Hopefully, there's another baby girl in my future somewhere.... :).
So, there's my cutie, modeling her Mama's handsewn creation. She wasn't really in the mood for a photo shoot today, can you tell? "Hey, Ma! I'm tryin' to play over here!" Below it, the whole outfit, modeling itself on my bedroom floor :). Ta-da! The pants, by the way, were super-easy. They're the sleeves of a shirt used in the top, trimmed together, sewn in the crotch, and given an elastic waistband.
Okay... time to get friendly with Mr. Seamripper...