I know we're all sick of the weather and sick of hearing ourselves talk about the weather, so let's not. Let's talk about luscious color on this otherwise very muddy, sloshy afternoon. I wish I had more sunny windows so I could plant more cacti and succulents and green to combat all the grey and white in the great big world. Grey and white, while they serve their purpose, are not things I delight in... Give me vibrant colors that I can splash around in! I recently did a bit of a wardrobe cleansing and realized that my thirty something self had gone the straight and narrow with many of my choices (practical yes, but altogether uninspiring). And while I don't necessarily want to return to some of the nutty outfits I wore as a young maiden, I thought it might be nice to spoil myself a little and make a few fun things for Spring.
I don't have much time to sew these days, and I know I should have been starting on some Easter dresses for the girls, but I've been wanting to sew for me for the longest time, and there is always something more pressing. So, what the heck! This was a quick sew, and I dove right in! I needn't feel guilty as I am hardly the fashionista, and barely even by myself clothes except when things start to get a bit beyond mending. And, there's still time before Easter to make the girls a little something, so I'll stop chiding myself for a bit of self-centerness.
Now I'm sure you're saying, "But, Bonnie, why did you make maternity ware?" Ha! You're so funny. No, I'm not pregnant, I'm just a sucker for flowy blouses that hide my mother of two belly. And "Comfy" is my middle name. I would have been even happier if this pattern belled out a slight bit more... maybe if I make another version. It came out a tad boxy, but I think it looks better on, than lying flat on the table.
I had to pose with my fake cup of tea so you could get the full effect. The camera and I don't get along too well. My apologies for that, but I spared you about fifty more awkward shots that the Mister snapped for me. It's a little hard to tell, but there is a yoke.
I imagine myself picking veggies in the summer sun in this "frock"... maybe not technically a "frock", but I think it begs to be called one! I have a few more Spring blouses to squeeze in before we can truly call it Spring around here (but Mud Season is officially in full swing!)
Pattern: "New Look" pattern #6913 style C
Fabric: Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics ( It's a super soft quilting cotton that almost feels like voile. It reminds me of a Liberty of London print or some beautiful Japanese fabric.)
Changes: I modified the back to be one piece instead of having an unnecessary seam. I also omitted the belt, which perhaps could help with the boxiness.
To see another version I made of this pattern in style D, click here.
Elsa: Proudly sitting on the table like a happy little Buddha. Did you know this girl can walk?! Oona: Otherwise known as "Bluey Reindeer"... We put some bows on the bear ears so they could be reindeer ears. I love my kooky coconuts.
On the first day of Spring we awoke to more snow. I guess it wasn't really a surprise, as Spring weather takes it time getting to the north country... usually when everyone else is declaring it summer, but it's been so dang cold this year, it would have been nice to have a little burst of sunshine. Anyway, as the saying goes, "when you have scrap fabric, make scrap fabric tutu's" or maybe it's something about lemons. I really don't know at this point. So, that's what we did to welcome Spring, even though it's not very Spring-like at the moment.
I dumped a big bag of scrap fabric on the floor and after the girls swam around in it, Oona and I dug around for the long thin strips. I cut them up with pinking sheers and tied them to an elastic ribbons I had sewn together in their sizes. You could also use regular ribbon and tie it in a bow if you wanted to make an adjustable one. Oona requested I make one for her llama, Lupe, too. That one was easy because I used the tiny scraps from the pinking sheers. I didn't do any measuring, just cut away in different widths and lengths, pointing the ends. The bag of scrap fabric I used was one I found at the thrift store for a couple dollars, and I've gotten endless use out of it... truly a magic bag as it never seems to run out.
Now we just have to do the 'Dance of the Spring Faeries' and maybe the sun will shine upon us a little brighter!
* There are endless examples of these scrap skirts on the web if you are looking for inspiration. I love this one by SouleMama . It would also be fun to make these with other scrap material such as lace, ribbon or vintage hankies, or perhaps all of the above.
My name is Bonnie Wildwood and I am a mama that lives in the north country, and I draw pictures and make things all day. I also help manage a little store called "The Wildwood Flower" where we sell all kinds of good things from antiques to musical instruments to beautiful handmade items.