Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Fourth of July - a little tardy

Well I know we are a ways past the fourth, but I wanted to post my Independence Day project anyway. Better late than never, huh? In May I saw some patriotic fabric on the $2 a yard table at Walmart. For some insane reason I decided to buy enough to make jumpers for the girls. I phoned my sewing friend in Iowa right there to ask her what yardage I ought to buy (I had decided against patterns because same Iowa friend often makes patternless jumpers for her five daughters). She helped me figure out what to buy and I headed home where I promptly forgot about the fabric and jumpers ... until Thursday June 29th.

My mom offered to help me sew them so I brought the fabric with me for my normal Friday trip. We didn't have time to sew them, but no worries, I could still work on them over the weekend. Except I forgot the fabric at Mom's which is a half an hour by car. Ugh. We were scheduled to go down there on Sunday evening. I couldn't justify an extra trip with gas prices like they are so I waited.

Monday I sewed as much as I could between errands and household things that had to get done. Did I mention that the girls were to be walking in a parade Tuesday? Ha. I did manage to get the dresses finished. I was shocked to come out of the den (where my sewing machine is located) and see that it was 10 minutes to four. Ack! But the dresses were finished. I'm no pro sewer, but the girls liked them and I do think they are cute.

I made the jumpers reversible, though not the way reversible items should be done. Oh well. The smaller two are opposites of each other (one looking like the other when turned inside-out) as are the larger two.


Michelle (knitalittle) said...

Oh my what a great job. I haven't used a needle and thread in a long time. Your work makes me want to dust off the old sewing machine.... maybe not until Justin is a bit older. Summer clothes just make me smile.

Wool Winder said...

Those are so cute! I hope you took a picture of the girls all decked out in their patriotic duds. How smart of you to make them reversible.

kim said...

Those are cute and look simple. Are they? Cause I'm not much of a seamstress. But I really need to make (or have my oldest make) some more dresses. She's getting too tall for store ones.

Tell me more about "patternless jumpers" -- how do I do it if I'm a relative sewing newbie? I saw Jen's but she didn't really 'splain it there, either.

And I'd really like to do this! Especially if it's eaaaasy!