Sewing for spring 

It snowed again today. We rallied and went out for a walk because that’s what we do. 

   

 

We also baked digestive biscuits, and played with trains and I finished off some sewing. 

   

 

In fact, this week I finished off a bunch of sewing projects, making way for my upcoming week of zips. 

I completed Nomi and Zoey’s replacement airplane dresses. They are long. Little House on the Prairie long but there be growth spurts coming between now and fall, and I’d like them to last. 

   

 

  

In the interests of balance here is Nomi in another home sewn dress. 

   

 

I love the green and red combination in Nomi’s dress. I finished a pair of pj pants that are so big I think they should see the recipient through to double digits. The grey fabric really works with the butterflies I think. 

  

And then I finished up my second pinafore tunic. I played around with the basic pinafore pattern from the Japanese sewing book Happy Homemade Sew Chic. 

   

   

My first pinafore tunic is in voile which I LOVE. The second in a light to medium cotton, I love this too but if I were to make it again I’d opt for voile again. 

Let’s talk modifications before I nod off. I scooped out the sides (I wanted them open to the hips) and narrowed the front so it’s more like an apron. I narrowed it by adding pleats (6 in the front and 4 in the back) so that it measured around 9 inches across. Then I trimmed the bib down. I cut the straps a couple of inches longer, too. 

  

They are great for layering and jazzing things up as we wait for spring. 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kirstenfoubister
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 05:44:56

    I LOVE your pinafores! Really like what you did by scooping out the sides to make them more apron-like. Nice!

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  2. amy
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 15:37:16

    Love ’em all!! Especially your fearlessness in combining patterns/colors. It’s wonderful!! I’m a little trepidatious about diving into that sew chic book and figuring out the sizing. also need to figure out the difference between lawn and voile. i have one voile skirt i made and i love it but i do remember it being tricky to sew with, but that was ages ago. now i’ve conquered knits i’m sure it’ll be a piece of cake. 😉

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