My original idea was that I would recycle a t-shirt that I found at a thrift store or garage sale into a dress for my youngest granddaughter, aged 4. Then her mom gave me a bordered remnant she had found at a thrift store. "Hmm," I thought, "Wouldn't that make a wonderful skirt for a t-shirt dress?" So once I had my focus skirt fabric, I wanted to find a t-shirt but wasn't scoring any time for rummage sales. I hit a big sale at Boston Store a couple of weeks ago for some needed summer shoes and checked the "yellow dot" racks and found two sweet t-shirts, very, very reasonable.
Yesterday morning was stormy and rainy-- great day for the sewing room. A couple hours later, we have two finished summer dresses. It was such fun putting these together. I basically followed the
SUNNY DAY directions on page 23 for the peach dress, adding ruffles made of remnant fabrics I had; and the blue and purple one comes from the basic idea of a t-shirt dress. I think the blue one will be a maxi on my granddaughter, but I like that look and hopefully she will be able to wear it more than one summer. I know she likes to twirl in her dresses so I think the peach one will be a hit. I've always liked that tiered look for girl's summer dresses. The top doesn't show up too well on the photos but it has lacey sleeves, making the outfit extra special. I enjoyed those rainy hours in the sewing room. Even used my serger which doesn't get enough use. By the time I was done, the sun was out and it was a glorious afternoon.
|Sunny Dress directions|
|Border fabric scored for 99 cents|
|Peachy dress - it is more peach than pink.|
|Happy border printed dress. Notice the sequins.|