Tuesday night I cut out and sewed up a pair of pajama shorts for Evva (to match those I’d made for Anne). She was very happy, and the girls danced together in the hall tonight before bed while I took pictures.
Did I mention this KCW’s theme was upcycled clothes? Meaning, if possible, try to make clothes from fabric that is already made into something (thrifted, worn out, bad fit, etc.) So, I on Tuesday night I also cut up a hand-me-down knit dress with a truly terrible fit for young girls, and made the skirt part into a t-shirt for Evva. I drafted the pattern myself and experimented with no sleeves, just a little cap. I’ve seen this style around but I don’t know what it is called – a t-shirt with a front panel and back panel sewed together with sleeves as part of the panel, not separate sections. Anyway, I made the sleeves very short in case it did not work out well, but it seems to fit her.
I wanted to make the very plain t-shirt more interesting and debated how to do it. I’ve wanted to try to applique some designs onto knits and thought this was a perfect opportunity to try it out. So, on Wednesday, I interfaced some pink knit fabric scraps I had and cut them into flower petals. I appliqued by hand with embroidery floss – a shiny pink that was part of a friendship bracelet pack of Anne’s – using a backstitch. So, on Wednesday, I spent a little more than an hour wrestling the metallic thread through fabric to make a flower. I had plans to make another smaller one, but that thread was difficult and once I’d finished one flower, I’d had enough. Evva likes the shirt – and loves the flower. Anne and Evva both loved the flower, which makes me think I will start doing some applique on plain t-shirts. I love how it looks also. I was inspired by Alabama Chanin (which is far above anything I’ve done, but the idea of layering shapes in knit cloth) and Synergy. I love the clothes from both of these designers.
Next up? I am cutting up a beautiful dress of gorgeous fabric that just never worked for my girls (and the construction was a little shoddy in places). Planning on making a skirt. Tonight. I’m off.