I had so many projects on my summer sewing list for this year, but most of them just didn't happen. Here's my small list of completed projects:
This sweet little bride dress-up dress was supposed to be a Christmas present! And then we got the flu and then strep and then my husband ended up in the hospital twice, and it just didn't happen. But at least I finished it before she outgrew the pattern! I already had all of the fabric and trim (which has been in my stash for years), so it cost me nothing to make except for the pattern.
I also made her a bridal veil to go with it, which was super easy to do, and again, I already had the trim. All I had to buy was a headband and a bit of tulle. She looks so sweet in it. I used this wonderful tutorial.
I made my two youngest girls these super simple cotton skirts, using the free Lazy Days Skirt Pattern from Oliver + S. I love how fast these are to make, and I love the added detail of the ribbon hem.
I found this skirt at a thrift store for a little over $2. It's meant for a preteen/teen girl, but it's way too short! It would be a super-mini skirt on my 14-year-old, and way above knee even on my shorter 12-year-old. But I love the fabric and the feminine details of the tucks and lace trim. So, I simply altered it using this method to fit my 7-year-old daughter, and for her it's perfect.
And then there was my swimsuit experiment. Which, as I said, I'm not completely satisfied with, but it's a start. I'm hoping next go around will be just right. But this one served me well this summer, so I think I'll wait until next year to work on a new one. And I'm hoping the next one will be several sizes smaller, after dedicated time eating the Trim Healthy Mama way. :)
One of the main reasons I didn't get more sewing done was that I didn't have time. We had a busy summer, and it was hard to fit in everything I wanted to get done. But also, with the price of fabric these days, I found it was sometimes cheaper to just buy something ready-made from a thrift store or even Zulily. The girls have received several cute and inexpensive skirts and dresses from Zulily this year. Some were gifts from the grandparents, and a few others we bought when they were on sale. Here are just a few of them below.
The above pink sequin skirt was a great price, and the dress below was a gift from Grandma.
The dress below is a DownEast Basics dress, purchased as a Christmas gift from Zulily, when it was on sale. I love the vintage feel to this dress.
The skirt my older daughter is wearing, below, was a birthday gift (and she's playing her sister's mandolin!).
And I've previously mentioned this adorable tutu skirt, which my mom purchased from Zulily as a gift. With so many cute dresses and skirts being given to us as gifts and available from Zulily at reasonable prices, it's hard to justify sewing when I don't really have the extra time!
Have you been doing any sewing this summer, or, like me, do you find it hard to fit in? I still have some more sewing I hope to get done sometime this year, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it. Some of them are more Christmas presents that I didn't get finished last year!
Linking to: Growing Home, Far Above Rubies, Frontier Dreams, A Wise Woman, Deep Roots at Home, Walking Redeemed, Raising Arrows